The Community Development Team brings together a number of related activities that have a focus on improving the quality of life for the residents of the Mitchell Shire, building community capacity, addressing social disadvantage and facilitating active citizenship. One way we do this is through annual community events. Council understands the importance of bringing community together to ensure people stay connected, engaged and involved in their community. Below is a list of annual community events hosted by the Community Development Team.
If you or your community group/organisation would like to be involved in the planning and delivering of these events please contact the Community Development Team on 5734 6200.
Held Annually in March
Cultural Diversity Week is held in late March each year and provides an opportunity for Victorians to come together to share aspects of their culture, faith and language, and celebrate the benefits multiculturalism brings to our state.
On 22 March, Mitchell Shire Council came together with partner agencies to host a Family Fiesta in Hadfield Park, Wallan. The event was not only a colourful celebration of cultural music and dancing but also an opportunity to say a big “Welcome” to Mitchell Shire’s new culturally diverse residents.
The Chinese Lion dance started off the festivities, led by students from the Kilmore International School. The program also showcased Indonesian dancing by Wallan Secondary College, Samoan dancing and the Haaka, as well as Indian Bollywood dancing.
There were also a range of outdoor activities which were enjoyed by local families. The sumo wrestling suits from the YMCA activity bus had the local kids laughing and the soccer kicking trials led by Mitchell Rangers Soccer Club included Police radar to record everyone’s scores. There was mask making and craft activities put on by FamilyCare and stencil art put on by Berry Street. The 1st Wallan Wallan Scout Group and Wallan Neighbourhood House provided a free sausage sizzle to starve off everyone’s hunger from all the dancing!
Mitchell Shire Council held a free Community BBQ to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week on Saturday 16 March at Merri Creek Park, Wallara Waters, Wallan. Cultural diversity resources such as ribbons and information were given out to families that attended. As the park was surrounded by new housing and the Shire wanted to reach out to new communities the location was appropriate. A partnership was set up with Nexus Primary Health, FamilyCare, 1st Wallan Wallan Scout Group, Wallan Neighbourhood House and CatholicCare. Activities included free face painting and a Jumping castle. All partners gave out information in relation to their services. The Waste Education Officer from Mitchell Shire also attended and spoke to residents.
The 1st Wallan Wallan Scouts Group ran the free BBQ and good time was had by all.
Date: Held annually on 8 March
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.
On Thursday 6 March 2014, the Community Development Team hosted ‘Postcards from Mitchell’ in celebration of International Women’s Day at SSAC. The creative workshop centred on the theme of ‘Inspiring Change’ which is the theme for International Women’s Day this year. The afternoon brought together women of all ages and backgrounds from across the Mitchell Shire to reflect on what inspires them in their daily lives and what they hope for the future.
The event was well attended with around 30 women present and some fantastic artwork produced as a result! All artwork has been photographed with an intention to host an exhibition either online or in a gallery space. The works will also hopefully be used for our corporate publications.
Date: Held annually on 3 December
International Day of People with Disability is celebrated worldwide and is an opportunity to recognise the achievements and contributions of people of all abilities. It brings together individuals, businesses, community organisations and governments from every corner of the globe.
This year marks the 21st year of the International Day of People with Disability. Details of the 2013 event can be found on our Access and Inclusion page
Date: Held annually on 25 November
Australia’s campaign to stop violence against women
Mitchell Shire Council is a supporter of the White Ribbon Campaign and acknowledges White Ribbon Day, held on the 25 November, by taking a lead role in annual community events.
‘Walk the Talk’ for White Ribbon Day 2013 was held in Seymour on Monday 25 November 2013.Mitchell Shire Council, in partnership with Nexus Primary Health Service and Victoria Police hosted a march along Station Street Seymour including a free community lunch after the march.
Males of all ages who live, work, or study in Mitchell Shire were invited to participate in order to raise awareness and lead social change that will improve the safety and quality of life for women in the community.
Mitchell Shire Council Deputy Mayor Cr Rodney Parker said, “Statistics show that nearly one in six women in Australia have experienced violence by a current or previous partner in their lifetime.”
“Preventing male violence against women is every man’s responsibility. Get involved in this year’s White Ribbon Day and take action for your community. Walk the talk.”
The Victorian Seniors Festival is an annual celebration featuring hundreds of free or discounted events held across Victoria by government, community and commercial organisations. In celebration of Seniors Week, Mitchell Shire Council hosts the Annual Seniors Concert in October.
On 10 October 2013 Mitchell Shire hosted the annual Seniors Festival Concert with ex Eurogliders’ Grace Knight entertaining in an afternoon of jazz and soulful sounds. Seniors were able to tap their feet to the gorgeous sounds of Grace, and the event ended with afternoon tea provided by the CWA.
Date: Annually held in May
As part of National Volunteer Week, Mitchell Shire Council hosts an annual volunteer luncheon to acknowledge and thank our valuable volunteers.
The Volunteer Luncheon was held and the Broadford Shire Hall on Thursday 15th May 2014. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary year of National Volunteer Week and the theme “Celebrate the power of volunteering” was adopted.