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Mitchell Shire Council divided on draft budget

By Colin MacGillivray MITCHELL Shire councillors have urged the community to have its say after last week debating a divisive 2021-22 draft budget. Council resolved to release the draft budget for public consultation at a meeting...

Mitchell Shire workers hit by JobKeeper cancellation

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk THE JobKeeper wage subsidy, implemented in early 2020 to keep businesses afloat during the pandemic and support employers to hold onto their employees, expired last week, cutting financial support to nearly one...

Bank offers COVID support grants

BENDIGO Bank will support community groups across Mitchell Shire with COVID recovery grants of up to $500. The Bank’s Wallan, Kilmore and Broadford branches, operated by NorCen Financial Services, will provide one-off payments to community...

Mitchell Shire Council’s growing deficit

FALLOUT from the COVID-19 pandemic continued to cause disruption for Mitchell Shire Council in late 2020, with its latest quarterly report showing an adjusted underlying deficit of $1.63 million. The deficit was $200,000 greater than...

Council’s $1.45M deficit

MITCHELL Shire Council has attributed a $3.11 million negative budget turnaround on the COVID-19 pandemic increasing costs and reducing revenue. There were also significant costs relating to waste diversion during Mitchell Landfill upgrade works. In council’s...

Council vision outlined

By Colin MacGillivray WHILE the City of Whittlesea will not join municipalities across Victoria hosting council elections this month, its panel of administrators has set down its vision for the next four years. Administrators Lydia Wilson,...

Planning for Gisborne underway

CONSULTATION is underway for the future of Gisborne, and Macedon Ranges Shire Council is encouraging residents to have their say on the draft plans. Council officers collaborated online with design consultants City Collective to host...

Council joins call for pokies reform

Whittlesea City Council is calling for changes to the poker machine industry before COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and venues re-open after a report showed four of the top 10 venues for pokie losses in...

Meals on Wheels tribute

NEXUS Primary Health helped celebrate National Meals on Wheels Day last week with a tribute to the region’s long-serving volunteers. Meals on Wheels is an Australia-wide service that delivers meals and conducts welfare checks on...

Kilmore man’s shocking discovery

A KILMORE man was pleasantly surprised to find out he had won $550,000 with TattsLotto, after initially reading his win as $500. The man, who did not wish to be named, purchased his ticket at...