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Published Monday 19 July 2021
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Hello baby, 25 births in 8 days

The pitter patter of little feet is taking over Mitchell with a post COVID-19 lockdown baby boom.

A staggering 25 babies were born in the span of just eight days earlier this month across the shire, with Kilmore seeing a 34 per cent increase in births over the past 12 months.

There was a 21 per cent increase in the number of babies born across Mitchell Shire in 2020/21 – meaning 706 bundles of joy were delivered.

How many newborns did your community welcome in 2020/21?

  • Beveridge: 104
  • Broadford: 61
  • Kilmore: 135
  • Puckapunyal: 25
  • Pyalong: 13
  • Seymour: 61
  • Wallan: 273
  • Wandong: 31

The number of children and parents accessing Mitchell’s Maternal and Child Health Centres is also at a record high with a 5 per cent increase from 0-6 year olds.

Kindergarten enrolments are up 32 per cent across sessional kindergarten services in Mitchell between 2019 and 2021.

As our population continues to grow and we welcome more babies to Mitchell, our advocacy teams are working harder than ever to ensure we have the facilities to meet future demand.

In March, Council opened the Wallan East Children’s Centre which has the capacity to accommodate almost 200 children.

Work is underway on the Wandong Kindergarten and Maternal Child Health expansion. While Kilmore’s Marie Williams Kindergarten will be transformed into the Kilmore Family and Children’s Centre, an integrated facility to accommodate the population growth and the introduction of funded three-year-old kindergarten in 2022.

Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

"It’s great to see so many people choosing to raise their families here in Mitchell," she said.

"Our Maternal and Child Health Service is first class and we’re delighted to be able to deliver this free service to families at what can be both an exciting and overwhelming time in their lives.

"Planning and managing population growth is challenging, but it is also very rewarding when you see facilities like those we have plans for here in Mitchell come to fruition."

"We couldn’t provide the facilities we have on our own and we sincerely thank the Victorian Government for all their support."

This page was last updated on 19 July 2021.