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Published Friday 12 August 2022

Roads, health and jobs top Council’s State Election priorities

Early delivery of essential infrastructure, connecting communities, and investment in health and wellbeing top the list of Mitchell Shire’s State Election priorities.

Building on Council’s Connecting Mitchell campaign that was launched for the Federal Election, Council is looking for commitments from State leaders to deliver positive outcomes for the community.

Council’s 2022 State Election priorities include:

Kilmore Bypass (Stage 1)

This bypass on the Northern Highway would enable more efficient movement of freight and through traffic.

With the Northern Highway’s rapidly increasing freight load, a bypass at Kilmore would enable more efficient movement of freight and through traffic.

As one of Victoria’s oldest townships, Kilmore’s heritage value would be enhanced by the removal of heavy vehicles from its historic main street.

Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub

Operating a “No Wrong Door” model, Seymour Hub will offer access to integrated health and mental health support, together with other vital community services transforming the lives of individuals and families across the region.

The Hub is 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. It is also a priority project for the Goulburn Regional Partnership.

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 into the future support more than 20,000 jobs.

Construction of the interchange would significantly improve access to jobs, services and recreation for one of state’s fastest growing communities. And, would put in place the most significant piece of enabling infrastructure for the Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal.

There is a strong commitment by the Federal government for this project, and we are also seeking support from the State Government for this vital piece of infrastructure.

Greenhill Recreation Precinct

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 precinct will protect, enhance and celebrate Greenhill’s natural and cultural significance.

Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal

A transformational project for Melbourne’s North, bringing 20,000 jobs to the region and unlocking billions of dollars of freight, logistics, and industrial activity.

Situated in Beveridge, the BIFT will connect two of Australia’s most significant freight routes and the Hume Freeway, in turn transforming how freight and logistics operates in Eastern Australia.

There is an existing investment of $1.62 billion which would see this project delivered. Council hopes the State Government supports this project and provides any assistance required to see it constructed.

Hilldene Employment Precinct (Stage 2)

There has been a significant increase in investment interest from construction and manufacturing businesses looking to relocate to Mitchell in recent years, but they have been unable to find suitable land.

The Hillldene Employment Precinct on the outskirts of Seymour at 470 Seymour-Tooborac Road, Hilldene, consists of the southernmost 50ha of the larger 100ha Council owned land. The State Government has supported Stage 1 with a financial commitment of $1.6 million to deliver pre-planning for the entire site. The early works include a new intersection and infrastructure design and authority approvals for the expansion of the reticulated water and sewerage network to the precinct.

Stage 2 is the construction of the final infrastructure component for the employment precinct, an upgrade to the reticulated water and sewerage services. Once this infrastructure is complete, the precinct will be ready to welcome occupants in turn creating much needed jobs for the region. Council is seeking a commitment of $5.2 million to deliver Stage 2 of this project.

Old Goulburn Bridge Restoration

Built in 1863, this bridge was closed to vehicles in 1987 and has been closed to pedestrians since 1998.

In 2019, Council undertook works to stabilise the existing structure, and the goal is to restore the bridge to provide a unique and vital element of an improved trail network around Seymour and its historic and environmental assets.

Council is seeking funding for the restoration of one of Seymour’s most significant historical structures.

Kilmore Government Secondary College

Kilmore is rapidly growing and developing and is one of the largest towns in Victoria without a public secondary school.

The future Kilmore Secondary College was identified in the Kilmore Structure Plan, and Mitchell Shire is seeking the State Government’s commitment to the purchase of this land, and the development of the school.

Support for Family Violence Services - Fully Operational Orange Door in Wallan

The Orange Door has been operating as an access point in Wallan since October 2021, with strong support from the State Government. Expanding it to a fully operational model would provide the community with greater support to early prevention and family violence services. Council is seeking financial support to expand the service.

We’ve identified some truly transformation projects for Mitchell Shire, our community and the region but we can’t deliver these without the help of the State Government.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

These priorities build upon Council’s Federal Election, Connecting Mitchell campaign focussing on people, jobs and health.

Whilst these are Mitchell Shire’s key priority projects, advocacy during the election will continue around all Council’s identified projects.

These projects would help to create and maintain a healthy, connected, and sustainable community.

This page was last updated on 15 August 2022.