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Published Thursday 3 March 2022
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Council launches Federal Election priorities

Pictured: An artists impression of the proposed Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub.

Health and wellbeing support, a freeway interchange and new recreational facilities top the list of Federal Election priorities for Mitchell Shire Council.

Through its Connecting Mitchell campaign, Council is looking for a commitment from candidates to fund Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub, Camerons Lane/Hume Freeway interchange and detailed planning for Greenhill Recreation Precinct.

With a focus on people, jobs and health, Council’s Connecting Mitchell campaign is looking to our Federal leaders to listen to the community and support projects that will deliver positive outcomes.

Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub

The Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub will transform the lives of individuals and families across the region.

Operating a “No Wrong Door” model, Seymour Hub will offer access to integrated health and mental health support, together with other vital community services.

The Hub will have a focus on adult and veterans’ mental health. It will also be home to other health care and community spaces including a Centre Against Sexual Assault service, community dental service, primary health services, a library, and flexible community spaces to promote social connection.

The Hub is the result of a partnership between Mitchell Shire Council, Goulburn Valley Health, Seymour Health, and Nexus Primary Health and was a top priority project identified by the community through the Seymour Revitalisation Project.

Council is looking for a commitment of $14 million from the Federal Government towards this transformational $23 million project.

Camerons Lane/Hume Freeway interchange

A diamond interchange at Camerons Lane on the Hume Freeway at Beveridge would create up to 2,000 direct and indirect jobs, unlock 30,000 homes and support more than 20,000 jobs at the Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal (BIFT).

Construction of the interchange would significantly improve access to jobs, services and recreation for one of Melbourne fastest growing communities. Along with this, the interchange would put in place the most significant piece of enabling infrastructure for the Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal (BIFT).

Greenhill Recreation Precinct

The Greenhill Recreation Precinct will be a premier sporting and recreational development to meet the needs of the Wallan community.

At the heart of Greenhill Recreation Precinct will be an integrated facility for stadium sports, gymnastics, aquatics, and other leisure activities. This will sit along-side a truly unique environmental and cultural precinct encompassing the Greenhill cone. This area will protect, enhance and celebrate Greenhill’s natural and cultural significance.

Council is looking for a $5.2 million commitment for detailed design work to complete the first stage of this project.

Get involved

To get involved and tell candidates you want these projects or to find out more about Council’s Federal Election priorities visit our Federal Election page.

Mitchell Shire Council covers three Federal electorates – McEwen, Nicholls and Bendigo.

Comments from Mayor Bill Chisholm

“Our population is growing fast – and it’s going to get faster. Mitchell is Victoria’s fastest growing municipality. We need investment now by the Federal Government to ensure positive outcomes for our community as we grow," he said.

“Spending a timely dollar now, will save on spending far more dollars down the track. We need the timely delivery of infrastructure."

“Investment in the Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub will help to uplift the community from deeply entrenched intergenerational disadvantage.

“Camerons Lane interchange at Beveridge sits at the heart of one of Australia’s fastest growing corridors. Critical funding for this project now will support future decades of housing and jobs expansion, that will change the face of Melbourne and northern Victoria.

“The Greenhill Recreation Precinct is a game changer for our community. It will be a truly unique environmental, cultural and sporting precinct. A $5.2 million investment will help to progress this project.

“We are calling on the Federal Government to show their support for our community by investing in the important projects which form part of Council’s Connecting Mitchell campaign.

This page was last updated on 4 March 2022.