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About Council


Mitchell Shire is one of the fastest growing areas in Victoria and is one of 7 designated growth areas within Melbourne’s outer suburbs. This growth is putting pressure on our already strained infrastructure and services. We face a variety of funding challenges that continue to require the support of the State and Federal Government.

Advocacy Priorities

In partnership with our community, a range of providers and industry representatives, we have identified our top advocacy priorities. These include a mix of longer and shorter-term initiatives requiring planning or funding investment.

Our top 8 advocacy priorities include:

  • roads
  • public transport
  • community infrastructure
  • policy
  • access to services (youth mental health, family support and housing)
  • jobs, investment and tourism
  • education
  • environment

We'll be reviewing these priorities in 2019 after the Federal election.

Federal Election 2019

During the Federal election, we called on candidates to commit funding for local mental health services and a full diamond interchange ramps joining Hume Freeway and Watson Street in Wallan.

We had a fantastic response from the community with more than 1000 emails and postcards sent to candidates in the seats of McEwen, Nicholls and Bendigo. You can learn more about the campaign at

We're currently reviewing our advocacy priorities and will have updated information available in coming months about these, and other campaigns.

Joining with Interface Councils

We’ve joined a group of 10 councils in Melbourne's outer suburbs that are also facing congested roads, inadequate public transport, lagging education facilities and high demand for health and human services. Known as the Interface Councils, the group commissions research, focusses on liveability in our areas and informs government policy and decision-making.

The Liveability Project

This campaign calls for a whole-of-government response to address the liveability challenges in Melbourne’s outer suburbs (including access to services and infrastructure) and to manage these challenges into the future.

This page was last updated on 27 October 2020.