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Published Friday 3 December 2021
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Support for local activities and initiatives

Connecting young people, thanking volunteers, bringing neighbours together and supporting community-led group activities and events are features of the latest COVID recovery support packages available in Mitchell Shire.

The recovery plan identifies priority support areas to help address the impacts of COVID-19 and restrictions across the community and the economy.

The first round of applications is open now with support available for community-led activities and initiatives across four categories:

Mitchell Youth out and about

If you’re aged 12 to 24 and live or go to school in Mitchell, gather some friends and have a day at a Mitchell Leisure Services pool on us. You and three friends will receive entry into the Mitchell Leisure Services pool at either Seymour or Kilmore plus snacks and a drink.

Small street party in the park pack

Get your neighbours together and organise a small outdoor gathering in one of our local parks.

Packs include items such as sunscreen, hand sanitiser, gloves, park booking form, COVIDSafe and food-safe event information and a voucher for the purchase of food.

Volunteer thank you celebrations

Up to $500 available for community groups to to thank volunteers through Christmas and New Year celebrations to cover the cost of things like food, entertainment, small thank you gifts (no more than $20 per volunteer), transport or other associated costs.

Community-life activity and event support

Up to $500 for community groups and non-profit organisations to run activities or hold events that address one of seven priority areas within the COVID-19 Community Recovery Plan.

Eligible activities may include events that improve gender equality and empowerment of women and gender diverse people or initiatives that address and prevent education and employment disparity.

Round one is closing soon.

For dates and more information, please visit our COVID-19 hub or email community.development@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au

Comments from Mayor Cr Bill Chisholm

“Mitchell Shire Council want to make it easier for individuals and community groups to get back together,” he said.

“Local events, activities and initiatives are the heart of our towns. We need to get our local calendars filled back up with things for people to do."

“We know it’s short notice this year, but we wanted people to know what support is available as they prepare for Christmas.

“There will be more opportunities next year so keep an eye on Council’s website and social media for updates.”

This page was last updated on 3 December 2021.