Community Services

The Yarriambiack Shire Council Community Services department offers various services & programs:

Family and Children’s services

Maternal Child Health Service

Nanette Freckleton MCH Nurse Southern & Central
Michelle Schilling MCH Nurse Northern

Aim – To provide a free, universal service to parents of children 0-6 to monitor the progress and development of the child and assist parents with their role as care givers. Both staff members are nurse immunizers.

Monday   Tempy / Patchewollock alternate weeks
Minyip / Rupanyup alternate weeks
Tuesday     Warracknabeal / Hopetoun
Wednesday    Murtoa / Beulah / Woomelang on alternate weeks
Thursday    Warracknabeal

The Maternal and Child and Child Health Nurses will be holding monthly immunisation clinics across the Shire.

All mothers should arrive at starting time.

Please call Michelle (0437762104) or Nanette (0427876355) if you have any questions or concerns.

Venue for all immunisations will be the M&CH Centres in each location.

What is a playgroup?

Playgroups provide parents and caregivers with the opportunity to meet new people, gain support and exchange parenting ideas. They allow babies, toddlers and preschoolers to socialise as they play and learn together. All playgroups are different but the emphasis is on fun and friendship. For more information visit: Playgroup Victoria, phone toll free 1800 171 882 or email

Tempy & Patchewollock alternate Mondays – Vivian Yetman (Playgroup Coordinator)

Other playgroups exist in Murtoa, Rupanyup, Minyip, Warracknabeal, Beulah, Hopetoun and Woomelang and are usually run in conjunction with Maternal & Child Health sessions.



Janet Gardy Teacher
Chris Campbell Assistant

Preschool Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.


Robyn Hallam Teacher
Viv Yetman Assistant
Preschool Days: Tuesday, Friday


Anna Kelly Teacher
Anne Templeman Assistant

Preschool Days: Tuesday, Thursday


Anna Kelly Teacher
Anne Templeman Assistant

Preschool Days: Wednesday, Friday


Robyn Hallam Teacher
Narelle Gibson Assistant

Preschool Days: Monday


Robyn Hallam Teacher

Preschool Days: Wednesday


Kate Williamson Teacher
Jill Adams Assistant
Preschool Days: Monday – Thursday

Council has cluster management status for the preschool licenses in Beulah, Rupanyup, Minyip, Hopetoun, Murtoa, Woomelang and Warracknabeal.

Youth Services

Aim – To provide a health focused referral service to assist young people between the ages of 12 – 25 to live healthy active lives and create opportunities recreation and civic participation for young people across the shire. The service also aims to assist parents of teenagers.

Yarriambiack Youth Facebook Page – ‘Yarriambiackyoungppl‘ – a great resource for young people to receive instant updates about ‘youth specific’ events happening throughout the Shire.

Aged & Disability Services

Alannah Lehmann Positive Ageing Coordinator

Mandy Bryce and Hannah Butuyuyu Regional Assessment Officer

17 Community Support Worker staff located across the shire.

Many volunteers in every community that deliver Meals on Wheels

Aim – to provide entry level support services to people aged 65 years and over so that they can maintain their independence and continue to live in the community.

Services include meals on wheels, meal vouchers, centre base meals, domestic assistance, senior citizens, home modifications, social support individual and  personal  care.

Emergency Relief Support

Council provides emergency relief and recovery as part of the shire emergency management plan in the event of a major incident emergency relief centres will be opened in towns affected.
Elder Abuse Prevention

Older Victorians have the right to live safely and be free from harm and abuse. Practical steps can be taken to safeguard the rights and assets of an older person who may be under pressure to make a decision against their wishes by people close to them. There are resources and services available to assist older people who might be subject to financial, physical or psychological abuse. Read more about what can be done here.

Links: Seniors Online

Regulatory Service

Environmental Health

Tim Rose Environmental Health Officer

Aim – Regulates food premises, monitors air and water quality and disease outbreaks, and oversees septic tank installation.

Local Laws/Ranger Services/Fire Prevention

Craig Byron Local Laws Officer (Telephone 5398 0136 / Mobile 0428 591 980 / )

Aim – to enforce the Domestic Animal Act and administer Councils Local Law. Fire prevention officer duties include inspection of properties to ensure fuel reduction and working with CFA network.