Council unveils $190.33 million budget to support rapid growth and community needs

Mitchell Shire Council adopted its 2024-2025 budget at a special council meeting this week.

The $190.33 million budget is aimed at enhancing community facilities, improving infrastructure, and bolstering environmental sustainability efforts across the Shire.

As Victoria’s fastest growing region, this is a budget that addresses both the immediate needs and long-term vision of the community, reflecting feedback gathered from extensive public consultations.

Key highlights of Council’s 2024/25 Budget include:

  • $20.93 million earmarked for upgrading and maintaining the road network including construction of Wellington Street and Darraweit Road in Wallan
  • $1.52 million to maintain and enhance the existing footpath network, improving accessibility and safety for pedestrians. Projects in the Missing Link Footpath program include Allen Street and Sutherland Street, Kilmore, and Main Road, Tallarook
  • $14.86 million to upgrade and construct community and recreational facilities including Wallara Waters Integrated Family and Children’s Centre and Greater Beveridge Community Centre expansion and Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub
  • $24.32 million to sustain essential services such as libraries, maternal child health, kindergartens, and waste services.

In response to community feedback and the urgent need for sustainable practices, Council is introducing a new kerbside collection service in 2025, which includes food and garden organics collection and improved glass recycling.

These initiatives are part of a broader commitment to environmental initiatives, outlined in the council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan and Urban Forest Strategy.

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