Have Your Say – Economic Development Strategy

Have your say on Council’s Economic Development Strategy. The strategy will help shape economic development in the Shire for the next five years. How can economic development be better supported in Hepburn Shire? Click on the link and complete the online survey, or call 5321 6111 and we can send you a hard copy.

We want to hear from business owners and the community.


Support the Campaign Against Family Violence

Family violence is the most significant contributor to death, disability or illness in Victorian women aged 15 – 44. In the past five years, Hepburn Shire incidents of family violence reported to the police have continued to increase. Last financial year, there were 128 police reported family violence offences in Hepburn Shire with children present at 32% of these police call outs.

Council is establishing a White Ribbon Committee to initiate a campaign to end violence against women. White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end violence against women.

Show your support by nominating for the White Ribbon Committee and /or purchasing White Ribbon merchandise from Council’s libraries and customer service offices.

Nomination Forms and a Terms of Reference for the committee will be available shortly.

We’re Having a Pool Party

We’re hosting pool open days on 5 December 2015 at the Daylesford, Trentham and Clunes outdoor pools and we want you to come along.  Bring the family and enjoy lots of games and activities.  Hepburn Shire pools are about Fun, Fitness and Family.


Have Your Say – Recreation & Open Space Strategy

Council is currently preparing a Recreation & Open Space Strategy. The purpose of the strategy is to help guide Council and the broader community on where to best invest time and resources in relation to recreation and open space programs, services and facilities over the next 10 years. communityvibe is working in partnership with the Shire to develop the Recreation & Open Space Strategy. We are particularly keen to hear from you about what activities you currently participate in and your ideas to improve the recreational and open space opportunities for all. This will help us to shape the final plan.

How can you be involved?

Complete a community survey for your town/district by Thursday 24 December.  Please encourage everyone in your household to fill in a survey. Surveys are available online at:

Creswick/Newlyn – www.surveymonkey.com/r/cresnew

Clunes – www.surveymonkey.com/r/Clunes

Daylesford/Hepburn Springs/Glenlyon – www.surveymonkey.com/r/dayhepglen

Trentham – www.surveymonkey.com/r/tren

Hard copies of the survey are also available at the following locations:

  • Daylesford –  Daylesford Town Hall
  • Creswick – Creswick Hub / Library
  • Trentham – Trentham Library
  • Clunes –  The Warehouse – Clunes / Library

For more information, please contact Wendy Holland at communityvibe on 0438 433 555 or wendy@communityvibe.com.au.

Cr Neil Newitt – Our Newly Elected Mayor

Hepburn Shire Council elected Cameron Ward Councillor Neil Newitt as its new Mayor, with Cr Pierre Niclas appointed Deputy Mayor at the 2015 Statutory Meeting of the Council held last night.

Cr Neil Newitt, who served as Deputy Mayor over the past 12 months, began the role of Councillor in 2012. He takes over the role from Cr Kate redwood AM.   Cr Newitt moved permanently to Clunes with his family in 2007, after being weekend visitors for several years. Cr Newitt is a professional photographer with over 30 years experience working with major newspapers such as The Age. He now runs a gallery in Fraser Street, Clunes.  In 2014, Cr Newitt expanded the gallery to include a wine bar.

“I’m honoured to be elected to the position of Mayor.  I’ll be focussed on delivery of the Council Plan and continuing the achievements of this Council.  I pay tribute to the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Kate Redwood,” said Cr Newitt.

Proposed Naming of Pedestrian Bridge within Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve

Naming of features, localities and roads is a local government responsibility under the Local Government Act 1989. Council is required to seek public comment before making any decision on a naming proposal. Naming proposals are conducted according to the Guidelines for Geographic Names 2010, V2.

Background to the Proposed Naming

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve in March 2015, Council marked the occasion with the construction of a new pedestrian bridge that replaced one of the early structures located over the creek adjacent to the entrance car park. The previous Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve Advisory Committee, the Organisation Committee for the 150th Anniversary Event and the Friends of the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve submitted a proposal to Council to name the pedestrian bridge, Anniversary Bridge.

Council has deemed that the proposed new name is in line with the State Government’s naming requirements. The proposal also has the informal support of local community members. Council has subsequently endorsed the name for public consultation. See below for a map of the location of the bridge subject to the naming proposal.

Submissions and Objections

Any interested individual or organisation may make a submission in support of, or opposing the naming proposal. Submissions must be in writing (emailed submissions are accepted) and clearly show the name and postal address of the person or organisation making the submission. If no valid submissions are received, it will be assumed that there are no objections to this proposal. Submissions close at 5pm on Wednesday, 9 December 2015.

Submissions and enquiries must be directed to:

Christian Anderson
Hepburn Shire Council
PO Box 21

Ph: 5348 2306
Email: canderson@hepburn.vic.gov.au
Website: www.hepburn.vic.gov.au

No late submissions will be accepted.

All submissions received by the relevant Officer before the closing date will be taken into account before Council makes a decision. If two or more submissions are received from the same organisation, person or property, they will be treated as one submission unless they contain conflicting viewpoints. If a submission reveals significant new information, the proposal may be deferred to allow further research and/or readvertised to allow further comment.

After choosing a name

Local councils must notify the Registrar of Geographic Names of new or altered features, localities or roads. This is done by notifying the Registrar in writing of Council’s endorsement of the proposal, with a map or plan on which the subject feature/locality/road has been depicted and can be identified.

General information about the principles and policies of the place naming process can be obtained from the Guidelines for Geographic Names 2010, V2., or contact the Registrar of Geographic Names at:

Further information contact:

The Registrar of Geographic Names
Office of Geographic Names
GPO Box 527
Melbourne VIC 3001

Phone: +61 3 8636 2525
Fax: +61 3 8636 2776
Email: geo.names@delwp.vic.gov.au


Transfer Station Open Days

FREE e-waste* disposal
FREE Mulch (you will need to hand load)

Creswick – Saturday 14 November 2015, 10am – 2pm
Trentham – Saturday 21 November 2015, 10am – 2pm
Daylesford – Saturday 28 November 2015, 10am – 2pm

Come along and see how we are reducing waste sent to landfill.  Council in partnership with Future Employment Opportunities (FEO), are increasing recycling rates, improving how materials are reclaimed, transforming green waste into useable products and minimising organics sent to landfill.

We will be launching our new name “Waste Transformation Station.” There will be lots of displays and information……AND FACE PAINTING for the kids!!

* e-waste includes mobile phones, TV’s, monitors, fax’s & computers

Save up to: $60 on a Worm Farm (cost to you $40)
– or –
$30 on a Compost Bin (cost to you $20)
(Cash Only)