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Published Tuesday 28 September 2021
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September Ordinary Council Meeting wrap-up

Growing Suburbs Fund 2021/2022 Priority Approval

A number of projects will be fast-tracked to apply for funding from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

Mitchell Shire Councillors endorsed the following projects to be Council’s priorities for submissions to the Fund:

  • Chittick Park Accessible Playspace, Seymour
  • Ryans Creek Activation Stage Two, Kilmore
  • Wallan Central Cycle and Nature Trail, Wallan
  • Greenhill Reserve Playspace, Wallan

The Growing Suburbs fund is a superb opportunity for Council to gain extra funding for special projects in the community. Councillors thanked the State Government for their support.

Councillors said these were very worthy projects and our staff had done a fantastic job in the past securing these funding opportunities and were confident Mitchell Shire would be lucky again with some of these projects.

Councillors said open space was important for connecting people particularly in our community’s recovery from COVID-19.

Draft Mitchell Shire Council Plan 2021-2025

Councillors endorsed the draft Council Plan 2021-2025 for community engagement from 21 September until 12 October.

Councillors said they were looking forward to hearing from members of the community, for their input on our plans for the next four years.

Annual Report 2021/21

Councillors officially adopted the Annual Report 2020/2021.

Councillors said the council was in a really strong position.

Australia Day Host Town 2022

Broadford get excited – Australia Day Community Awards and Citizenship Ceremony is coming your way in 2022, COVID-19 permitting.

The Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell will host the annual event.

Councillors said they were pleased the Club has put their hands up to do the Australia Day celebrations as they do a fabulous job with these events.

Renaming of Ridd Court, Seymour

The process of changing Ridd Court to Ridd Drive in Seymour will begin with Council agreeing to the renaming.

Councillors said it was only common sense that Council comply with State legislation on street naming.

The change would also make it easier for emergency vehicles to locate properties.

Quarterly Finance Report for the 12 months ending 30 June 2021

This report was endorsed with Councillors saying it was a good outcome considering all the aspects of COVID and they hoped to be able to implement quite a few of the projects planned.

Kilmore Rejuvenation

The largest streetscape project in Mitchell Shire Council history will begin after a Stakeholder Engagement report on the Kilmore Rejuvenation was presented to Councillors.

Councillors was delighted to see this project moving forward.

The planning is working towards a main street that demonstrates liveability for community members.

Planning permit applications

21-27 George Street Kilmore

A Planning Permit application was made for the development of the land for multiple dwellings and waiver of visitor car parking at 21-27 George Street Kilmore.

This application was refused with Councillors saying infill development wasn’t sympathetic to the area.

This was an historic horse precinct, and a high-density development with limited services didn’t fit in that area.

4-12 Crawford Street, Seymour

A Planning Permit application was made for development of the land for Multiple Restricted Retail Premises’ and Offices and a Reduction in Car Parking at 4-12 Crawford Street, Seymour.

Councillors said overall it was a good development and would bring life, employment and investment to that area of Seymour.

It was also noted that the location was a short walk from the train station which could be attractive to potential employees.

Response to Notice of Motion 1004 - Declaration of Climate Emergency

Councillors carried the motion that Council:

  • Acknowledges that we are in a Climate Emergency;
  • Supports the development of a Climate Emergency Action Plan to support a Climate Emergency declaration; and
  • Refers funding of $110,000 to the 2022/2023 Environment and Sustainability operational budget to fund the development of a Climate Emergency Action Plan including community and stakeholder engagement.

Councillors complimented the staff on a good report and said the plan was an important step so that if we did declare a climate emergency, we would know what it to do.

Climate action has been identified as something our community wants in the Community Vision.

This page was last updated on 28 September 2021.