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Published Friday 24 April 2020
Tags:General, Media Release, COVID-19

Mitchell Shire keeping connected with the community

Local communities have been using social media to stay connected to Mitchell Shire Council services that are now being streamed online. Council’s Leisure Services and Library Services teams are livestreaming free online fitness classes and StoryTime sessions now that the centres are closed.

The Leisure Services team has been livestreaming a range of free online fitness classes since the Leisure centres closed at the end of March. A comprehensive timetable of classes led by experienced trainers is on from Monday to Friday, including high intensity interval training (HIIT), yoga, pilates, core, total body conditioning and classes especially tailored for seniors.

The number of people enjoying the online classes is triple the past attendance of in-person classes at the centres. The Leisure Services team is adding even more variety to their timetable next week with the introduction of two new classes, cardio and core, and combat.

Council’s libraries have also joined suit by adapting their StoryTime, RhymeTime and BabyTime sessions to an online format. The sessions were previously held in person at libraries in Beveridge, Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan each week prior to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Online sessions are presented by Deb and Fiona from Council’s Customer and Library Services team. Deb and Fiona are experienced in presenting the in-person sessions and have adapted the sessions for an online audience. Stories are suited to infants and preschool aged children and songs and other interactive activities.

The first StoryTime session has been viewed more than 2200 times and people from near and far have been tuning in ever since. Council will soon launch new activities for school-aged children as well.

For more information and session times please visit the Mitchell Shire Council Facebook Page and Mitchell Leisure Services Facebook Page.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Councillor David Lowe

It’s so great to see community coming together and embracing this change in our service, we’ve enjoyed reading through all the positive feedback we’ve received. I’d also like to congratulate the Customer and Library Services and Leisure Services team’s for their initiative in bringing these sessions and adapting to a new way of presenting.

We are pleased to bring a little bit of normality to the families who are no longer able to attend in person, but also connect with new families who may benefit from enjoying our StoryTime sessions and online fitness classes during self-isolation.

It’s important for us all to feel connected during this unprecedented time. It’s also important for the community to see Mitchell Shire Council are still here for them and I encourage everyone to join the fun.

This page was last updated on 21 May 2020.