Public Art Commission – Calling All Artists

Council is now inviting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from suitably qualified artists to undertake development and construction of a permanent artwork at Calembeen Park, Creswick.

Works proposed for the Creswick Public Art Project could comprise, but are not restricted to:

  • Sculpture
  • Installation works
  • Integrated design (such as street furniture)
  • Landscaping
  • Sound, light or multimedia works
  • Interactive and/or performative works.

The selected artwork will be an innovative and contemporary concept. The work will inspire locals and visitors by re-imagining the physical and cultural aspects of Calembeen Park through a site-specific artistic response. This will be an ambitious and achievable work that will inspire and delight audiences, resonating for some time after they have seen it.

Victorian Seniors Festival

This year marks the 33rd annual Victorian Seniors Festival.  The festival is organised by the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services to encourage seniors all over the state to participate in and enjoy a wide range of more than 1,300 activities, generally free or low-cost, held throughout the State during October.

The programming theme for the 2015 Victorian Seniors Festival is ‘Celebrating Communities.

Hepburn Shire Events




Contact Details


Trentham Neighbourhood Centre

Friday 9 October

FREE 3 course lunch together with activities and entertainment provided by Youth Group members. Activities – Quiz local history of Trentham and Entertainment, young member playing piano.


Victoria Wells

Ph: 5424 1354

Creswick & District U3A Inc

Thursday 15 October

 All Welcome.  Bus Trip to Macaroni Factory Hepburn Springs. Guided Tour of Facility & Gardens together with Talk on Swiss Italian Heritage and importance to this area. Lunch Provided: Pasta & Home Made Bread.


Bill Morrison

Ph: 5345 2995


Daylesford Senior Citizens Club

Wed 7 October

12 noon lunch at Senior Citizens Hall – 3 course lunch.  Music “Maccas Music”


Betty Newman

Ph: 5348 5616

Clunes Senior Citizens Club

13, 21 & 31 Oct


13th Oct: Visit Bray Raceway – Morning Melodies & Lunch;

21st Oct: Indoor Bowls with Talbot & Avoca Seniors invited

31st Oct: Evening Dinner with Race Week Theme (dress up) – Community members invited.


Eileen Bradshaw

Ph: 5345 4097


Trentham Life Activities Club

8th and 9th October


8th Oct:  Play petanque in village square followed by coffee & cake 10am

9th Oct: Craft Activities 10-12noon, followed by lunch, and then Maj Jong (Chinese Health Exercises / Qigong) 1-4pm


Di Clausen

Ph: 5424 8586

Probus Club of Creswick

Thursday 8 October


Exploratory day excursion to Melbourne Docklands etc


Joan McMillan

Ph: 5334 4207

For more information visit or call Seniors Information Victoria on 1300 135 090.

Worm Farm/Compost Bin Initiative

We want to help you reduce the amount of food and other organic waste going into general waste, so we’re offering residents the choice of either a compost bin system or a worm farm at a subsidised price. Up to 500 compost bin and worm farm systems will be available through Council’s three transfer stations (until they run out).

Free workshops will be held to help you understand the best way to produce good compost and worm castings to nourish the garden and reduce your household’s carbon footprint.

By working together we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent around 56 tonnes per year of organic waste ending up in landfill.

Are you interested in obtaining a worm farm or compost bin?

To register your interest email John Van Rooden on or call 5321 6125.

Save up to

$60 on a Worm Farm (cost to you $40)
– or –
$30 on a Compost Bin (cost to you $20)

New Art Unveiled at Iconic Lake Daylesford

The iconic bush surrounds of Lake Daylesford are now home to a new permanent artwork titled Cottage, by artist Jason Waterhouse.  The artwork has been months in the making with thousands of s-shaped pieces being hand crafted from three kilometres of wrought iron, then joined together to form a scaled-down miners cottage.

‘Cottage’ is a highly decorative wrought iron sculpture inspired by the gates at the Convent in Daylesford. The work references the rich opulence of the Victorian gold rush and pre-war spa resort era in its patterning. In its form ‘cottage’ pays homage to the miners, workers and farmers on whose backs the riches of Daylesford were built.

Cottage is the first in a series of significant public artworks to be commissioned by Council. Cottage will enhance one of Victoria’s premier tourist destinations, Lake Daylesford.

Council’s Public Art Panel selected this work for its high-quality presentation and its broad community appeal.  Daylesford is known for its mineral springs, and this work, located near the Lake Daylesford Mineral Springs Reserve, will add a great deal of interest for visitors and locals alike.

Council had over fifty artists interested in this commission and shortlisted three to develop their concepts.  The process was unique in that artists were asked to propose a location to us, we only specified that we wanted a work to reflect the unique heritage of Daylesford.  The project was commissioned for $30,000.

As well as contributing to numerous group exhibitions, Jason Waterhouse has been awarded several art prizes, including the prestigious Moreland Sculpture Prize, and the Sculpture by the Sea Young Sculptors Prize.  He has also been recognized as a finalist for the Helen Lempriere Sculpture Prize, The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture and the McClelland Sculpture Prize and has completed public art commissions in Melbourne and Ballarat.


Pet Microchipping Day
– 19 September 2015

Council’s Community Safety team is holding a pet microchipping and registration day on Saturday 19 September 2015.

Microchipping provides a permanent form of identification which can quickly reunite owners with lost or injured pets. From 2007, all dogs and cats registered for the first time with Council, must be microchipped.

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a tiny computer chip the size of a grain of rice, which has a number programmed to it. The chip is inserted under the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades and is a simple procedure. To identify the animal, a scanner that reads microchips is passed over the pet’s skin. The scanned number can then be checked against a register, to obtain the owner’s contact details.

Microchipping bookings are required. Please contact Julie Breed, Compliance Officer, on 5321 6444 or email to secure your appointment.

Cost:  $30 per pet microchipped (does not include pet registration)
Where:  Council Customer Service, Duke Street Daylesford
When:  Saturday 19 September 2015, between 9:30am-12:30pm

Dogs must be on leash. Cats must be in a carrier.