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Hepburn Shire promotes and encourages sustainable and efficient use of resource including water and energy to reduce the everyday impact, benefiting the community, environment and economy. Minimisation of climate change effects together with uptake of renewable energy alternatives are required to address a reduced reliance on fossil fuel, increasing carbon emissions and a changing climate.

 Hepburn Shire Local Producer Sustainability Award
Environmental Sustainability Strategy

The Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2011-2015 sets out to document the principles, markers and actions we can take to become more sustainable in our Council operations and provision of services to the community we serve. The strategy was officially launched on 1 May 2012.

Environmental Sustainability Strategy
Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) - International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives

Hepburn Shire Council joined the CCP in 2003 and is committed to reducing greenhouse corporate emissions by 20% by 2010 and community emission levels by 10% by 2010. The Cities for Climate Protection Local Action Plan was adopted by Council in 2007 and consists of two parts; corporate actions and community actions. A program of five Milestones, Council has currently achieved Milestone 4.

Shire of Hepburn Greenhouse Local Action Plan
CCP Program
Water Campaign - International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)

The Sustainable Water Use Plan was adopted by Council in 2007 and amended in 2008. Setting out water consumption reduction actions to achieve a Council reduction goal of 25% based on 2000/1 levels by 2010 has been endorsed by Council. A program consisting of five Milestones, Council is currently working toward Milestone 4. Projects underway include rainwater collection for truck washdown, tank installation to community buildings, waterless urinals, dual flush toilets to administration buildings, backwash facilities to swimming pools and water efficient infrastructure to sporting facilities as part of an on-going program.

Sustainable Water Use Plan

Water Campaign
Sustainability Accord

The Victorian Local Sustainability Accord is a partnership between the Victorian State Government and local governments to promote environmental sustainability. Council became a member in 2005 and has developed a Local Environmental Sustainability Priority Statement to identify key actions to work towards in a carbon restrained economy. Through this program a biodiversity project is currently underway in partnership with the City of Ballarat, Moorabool Shire and Pyrenees Shire to increase biodiversity awareness among new landholders and provide a tool kit to guide decision making in the Planning Scheme.

Local Environmental Sustainability Priority Statement


ECO-Buy, funded by Sustainability Victoria supports local governments in protecting and enhancing the environment by encouraging the increased demand for, and use of environmentally preferred products and services. As a member of ECO-Buy, Hepburn Shire is able to access information on recycled content goods and local suppliers, implementing sustainable products into everyday operations.
Waste Wise

Waste Wise is a program to promote waste minimisation and efficient use of resources. A program supported by Sustainability Victoria through Regional Waste Groups, Council has endorsed their Waste Wise Action Plan and received certification in 2008. Actions to increase sustainability and reduce waste in everyday operations have been identified in the Action Plan.
Waste recovery places focus on the social and environmental benefits of material recovery and recycling minimisation. Programs in place across the Shire, in addition to Councilís kerbside collection and general recycling includes drop off points by external providers.


Drop Off Points

     Mobile Phone - recycling through Rotary at service centres:

      Daylesford: Duke Street and Town Hall
     Creswick office

     Printer Cartridge - recycling through Close the Loop at Australia Post in:


     Fluorescent Recycling - Used tubes and globes may be deposited at :

     Daylesford IGA Plus
     26 Vincent Street Daylesford

Waste reduction action plan
Waste Wise
Eco Leaders

Established in 2007 the Eco Leader team is an internal representative group with the aim of strategically increasing the awareness and level of sustainability applied to Council operations. Guided by the Waste Wise Waste Reduction Plan, actions to date include implementation of an internal waste reduction program, energy audits, retrofitting of T5 energy efficient lighting and a trial with window insulation.
Eco Leaders
Sustainable Public Lighting Action Plan
Council has participated in an energy efficiency street lighting trial in Trentham in partnership with Powercor. This has involved use of energy efficient T5 lamps for a period of two years to assess the impact of cold overnight temperatures and general longevity in a streetscape environment. Powercor, as the energy retailer is responsible for lamp replacement and maintenance whilst Council is responsible for power use on all locally managed roads.

Sustainable Public Lighting Action Plan


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