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Hepburn Shire is committed to strong economic development in the region and has a genuine interest in establishing long term relationships with potential developers.

The Shire offers a diverse range of development opportunities and encourages developments that are ecologically sustainable and based on sound environmental principles.

Several of these opportunities lie in the expansion and further development of the forestry industry, private plantation forestry and research and development in temperate eucalyptus technology utilising the existing educational and training facilities located in Creswick.

There are also opportunities in the development of resort/tourist related businesses, as well as holistic health facilities, expertise and products.

Further opportunities exist in tourism product development beyond accommodation and dining such as gourmet foods, recreational opportunities and service oriented businesses related to tourism.

Hepburn Shire has a well established arts community with a broad range of skills offering a unique opportunity for arts development across all media.

Opportunities also exist in the development of high value horticulture, viticulture and organic food crops.

Council will provide assistance to facilitate the establishment of new businesses and the expansion of current businesses and will also coordinate access to information from government agencies.

You may find the External Web Links below useful to look at, as they provide excellent information and advice for small business.

Please click to view the Hepburn Shire Economic Development Business Plan.

Upcoming Business Workshops
Central Highlands Digital Enterprise Community Strengthening Workshops

Where are all the Volunteers? - Tuesday 12 August 5-7pm, Council Chambers, 76 Vincent Street, Daylesford

Recruitment-Retention-Responsibilities in volunteer management.

Lots of community work to do, but too few volunteers?
Your best helper is your worst liability?
If your organisation is struggling to find or manage volunteers you need to attend this workshop.

Register here.


Secrets of Successful Committees - Tuesday 26 August 5.30-8.30pm, Creswick RSL, Albert Street, Creswick.

There are an estimated 700,000 not-for-profits operating in Australia. If you are a member of an incorporated association, a representative of a Committee of Council, or hold a Board position in the local sporting club, you have responsibilities.

Community groups in Hepburn are eligible for FREE DigiBiz workshops funded through the Australian Government.

Learn the basics of good governance and receive a take-home resource kit to help you improve your association or club.

Register here.

External Web Links
 Business Victoria
 Small Business Tips
 Small Business Mentoring Service
 Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
 Australian Taxation Office
 ezEonline - Website Assistance
 VECCI - Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry
 National Broadband Network
 JobAccess - help and workplace solutions for the employment of people with disability.
 Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)
 Small Business Assistance Program
 Tourism E-Kit
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