Revolutionising the way we deal with waste

Council is revolutionising the way it deals with waste by introducing a range of waste initiatives, including social enterprises at the Daylesford, Creswick and Trentham transfer stations, subsidised worm farms and compost bins and extending kerbside waste collections in small hamlets.  These initiatives are key actions in the Council Plan and Waste Management and Resource Strategy.

The contract for waste services at transfer stations was recently awarded to Future Employment Opportunities (FEO).  Council will be working in partnership with FEO to deliver best practice social enterprise operations that will create local jobs, encourage the reuse of disposed material, reduce waste to landfill, reduce emissions, create business opportunities and reduce waste management costs.

The social enterprise would significantly change the way the shire deals with waste.  The social enterprise model will ensure we reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by finding new uses for components of our waste, it will create jobs and strengthen our community by developing social connections and better waste management..

There was strong community support for social enterprise operations at transfer stations in Hepburn Shire during the community consultation process for the current Council Plan, but also in the development of the Waste Strategy.

The transfer stations will prevent waste going to landfill through processes such as down-cycling, recycling, reusing and up-cycling.  An open day was held at the Daylesford Transfer Station on 11 July in conjunction with FEO.

Aboriginal Flag Flies Permanently Over Daylesford Town Hall

Council recently replaced a single flag pole at Daylesford Town hall with two new flag poles to enable the Aboriginal flag to be flown permanently.  The Aboriginal flag was officially raised above the Daylesford Town Hall on 5 July 2015, the first day of NAIDOC week, in recognition of the Traditional Owners of Hepburn Shire, the Dja Dja Wurrung people.  We also recognise our indigenous culture, land and the living heritage that is unique to our region.

We worked in collaboration with Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to present this event. We now look forward to working with Traditional Owners, local indigenous representatives and colleagues in reconciliation organisations to further discuss local government reconciliation initiatives in 2015-16.

For copies of speeches delivered at the flag raising ceremony on 5 July 2015 click on the links below:

Speech by Graeme Atkinson – Chair, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

Speech by Cr Kate Redwood AM – Mayor

 

 

 

Significant Tree Register

Hepburn Shire Council has prepared Planning Scheme Amendment C54 to the Hepburn Planning Scheme.

The purpose of the Planning Scheme Amendment C54 is to implement the findings of the Hepburn Significant Tree Register – Statements of Significance Report 2015 by introducing planning controls to protect significant trees identified in the strategy as being of importance to the municipality.

Council called for nominations from the community for suitable trees to be included in the Register and received a total of 70 nominations.  Assessments of the nominated trees were subsequently undertaken.

The Hepburn Significant Tree Register – Statements of Significance Report 2015 contains recommendations for the inclusion of trees or groups of trees onto Council’s Significant Tree Register and the application of the Heritage Overlay or the Vegetation Protection to protect these trees.  The Hepburn Significant Tree Register – Statements of Significance Report 2015 provides clear guidelines about how to manage the vegetation identified in the Report.

The application of the Heritage Overlay (with tree controls included in the Schedule) and the Vegetation Protection Overlay will mean that planning permit applications would be required to remove or lop trees included in these overlays under this Amendment.


EXHIBITION

The proposed amendment was on exhibition from 9 July 2015 to 10 August 2015.  Submissions have now closed.

DOCUMENTATION

Hepburn Significant Tree Register – Statements of Significance Report 2015

Proposed Changes to the Hepburn Planning Scheme can be viewed at www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/publicinspection

Any questions relating to Planning Scheme Amendment C54 can be directed to planningenquiries@hepburn.vic.gov.au or phone Strategic Planning on 5321 6427.

Open Day at Daylesford Transfer Station – 11 July 2015

Saturday, 11 July 2015 between 9am – 5pm (Sausage Sizzle)

Come along to an Open Day at the Daylesford Transfer Station to meet with representatives from Future Employment Opportunities (FEO) and find out more about the exciting plans for the resource recovery centre operations.

Council will work in partnership with FEO as the new contractor to operate the Creswick, Daylesford and Trentham Resource Recovery Centres. FEO is a non profit organisation that currently operates the Eco-centre at Eaglehawk and other sites. The social enterprise operations will offer local job opportunities through enhanced recycling and up-cycling of unwanted materials. FEO will work closely with the community to reduce waste which would otherwise be destined for landfill. Future open days are planned for Creswick and Trentham.

Call for Nominations – Special Committees

Council is seeking applications from interested community members, including current members, to be appointed to the following Special Committees of Council due to expiry of some existing appointments:

  • Creswick Museum – 3 vacancies
  • Dean Recreation Reserve & Tennis Courts – 5 vacancies
  • Drummond Hall – 4 vacancies
  • Glenlyon Recreation Reserve – 5 vacancies
  • Lee Medlyn Home of Bottles – 3 vacancies
  • Lyonville Hall – 3 vacancies.

Application forms are available from Council offices or can be downloaded here.

Some new members will be appointed for two years and some new members will be appointed for three years.

Completed applications detailing your interest in the committee and experience, including your resume, should be forwarded to Mary Dancuk, Hepburn Shire Council, PO Box 21, Daylesford VIC 3460 or shire@hepburn.vic.gov.au by 5pm Friday 31 July 2015.

Operation & Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems

Pursuant to section 119 of the Local Government Act 1989, notice is hereby given that the Hepburn Shire Council proposes to make a new Local Law No. 3 – Operation and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems.

The purpose of this Local Law is to:

(a) provide a mechanism for Council to ensure the ongoing Operation and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems so that they do not:

  1. cause a nuisance to others because of odour;
  2. cause a nuisance to others because of discharge;
  3. cause or could cause a risk to public health and;
  4. cause or potentially cause environmental or property damage.

(b) provide a mechanism for Council to require the owner or occupier of the land on which an Onsite Wastewater Treatment System is installed to:

(i) make the Onsite Wastewater Treatment System available for inspection by an authorised officer when requested to do so;

(ii) ensure that the owners or occupiers of high risk properties as identified in the Domestic Wastewater Management Plan must provide a status report by a suitably qualified professional or servicing agent. The owner/occupier of the land must submit the report to Council within 90 days of the issue date of the initial request by Council and;

(iii) have the septic tank inspected by a suitably qualified professional or servicing agent including submission of a regular maintenance report as required by EPA Certificates of Approval or as required by any conditions contained on any approved Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (Septic Tank) permit issued by Council. The owner/occupier of the land must submit the report to Council within 30 days of the maintenance inspection.

Note:   This requirement cannot be retrospectively applied to any system that has been lawfully installed and is operating where the system is not causing a public health nuisance, or, where no permit conditions were required when the Onsite Wastewater Treatment System permit was granted.

(c) provide a mechanism for Council should an authorised officer determine that an Onsite Wastewater Treatment System is operating or maintained contrary to subclause (2.1). The owner or occupier of the land on which the septic system is located may be required to modify the system to the standards prescribed in the EPA Code of Practice for Onsite Wastewater Management and the Australian Standard AS/NZA 1547.

Documents available for inspection

The Proposed Local Law is available at Council’s offices 8:30am – 5pm in:

Daylesford      76 Vincent Street, or

                         Corner Duke & Albert Streets

Creswick         68 Albert Street

Clunes             The Warehouse, 36 Fraser Street,

at all Hepburn Library branches and can be downloaded here.

Submissions

In accordance with section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989, any person may make a written submission on the Proposed Local Law.

A person making a submission may request in their written submission to be heard in person in support of their written submission.

Submissions clearly marked ‘Local Law Submission’ should be addressed to:

Chief Executive Officer, PO Box 21, Daylesford 3460 or by email to shire@hepburn.vic.gov.au and be received before 5pm on Friday 31 July 2015.