Budget 2017-18 Ideas – Have Your Say

Early in 2017, Council will be working with the community to develop our four year Council Plan 2017-2021 and Budget for 2017-2018… and we want to hear from you as we develop these important plans to set our direction.

As a first step, this year we are introducing a new opportunity to submit budget ideas early in the process. We are inviting budget ideas for our next budget now until Monday 23 January 2017.  Although we are unable to commit to funding all ideas, we want to hear what the community needs.  This will help inform both the budget and Council Plan priorities for the next four years.

There will be further opportunities to have your say.  We will respond to all ideas submitted and work with you over the next few months.

How do you have your say?

  • Online on our website (complete the form below)
  • Mail to shire@hepburn.vic.gov.au
  • Hard copy submission in post (PO Box 21 Daylesford 3460)
  • Council Customer Service Centres/Hubs (Creswick, Clunes and Daylesford)


Australia Day 2017

Hepburn Shire residents and visitors are invited to join the Australia Day celebrations.

Australia Day Eve – Wednesday 25 January 2017

Daylesford Town Hall, 7:00pm

A civic event will take place on Australia Day Eve. This includes a Citizenship Ceremony and Hepburn Shire Council’s Australia Day Awards.

Australia Day – Thursday 26 January 2017


5:45am- Sunrise walk to Mount Beckworth, flag raising ceremony followed by breakfast. Meet at the dam.

5:30pm- Collins Place. Flag lowering ceremony. Community BBQ with entertainment by “The Insyders” and “SpamMail3370”


8:00am- Park Lake Reserve. Official Ceremony. Breakfast will be served. BYO Plates, Cups, Cutlery and Chairs.


5:30pm- Glenlyon Recreation Reserve, Dysart Street. Flag lowering ceremony. Entertainment with free BBQ.


11:30am- Rotunda corner Cosmo and High Street. Flag raising ceremony. Free sausage sizzle organised by Trentham Lions Club Inc.

Please note: In the case of a Total Fire Ban, some events may be cancelled.

Customer Service Centre Closures

Council Offices, Depots, Hubs and Libraries will be closed from 3:00pm on Friday 23 December 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

A reduced number of staff will continue to operate during the closure period to ensure that essential services continue. Staff involved in Emergency Management will undertake their roles and responsibilities in accordance with the Emergency Management procedures.

On declared Code Red days, Hepburn Shire Council Emergency Management staff will be stationed in the Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre (MECC) in readiness for any incidents.

Transfer stations will be closed Christmas Day and other times as per normal.

Emergency Contact numbers are:

  • Animal Control – 0419 587 955 (for dog attacks and stock on Council roads)
  • Other Council Emergency – 0419 583 573

Aged & Disability Services
Council’s Aged & Disability Services staff will continue to provide essential services such as Personal Care over the Christmas and New Year period. Further information will be sent to clients prior to the end of year closure.

Visitor Information Centres
Clunes will be open as per normal except for the period Christmas day to the 31st of December (subject to volunteer availability), Creswick will be open every day except Christmas Day 10am-5pm.
Daylesford will be open every day except Christmas Day 9am-5pm.
Trentham will be open Sat & Sun as per normal hours (subject to volunteer availability), closed Christmas Day & New Years Day.

Swimming Pools will be closed Christmas Day and open as per normal other days.

Fire Danger Period Declared

Hepburn Shire Fire Danger Period Declared from 12 December 2016 to 1 May 2017. Once the Fire Danger Period has been declared, fire restrictions come into force.

This means you cannot light a fire in the open air unless you have a permit or comply with certain requirements.

To find out what you can or can’t do during the fire danger period, please visit http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can/

Flood Recovery Updates

With our rivers and catchments already saturated, further heavy rain may result in further flash flooding in the shire and across the State. Damage from the recent flooding is extensive.  Council has invested significant time and effort to ensure drains are clear and working effectively in case of further rain events. We continue to have maintenance teams on call and available in case of further flooding and are closely monitoring weather forecasts and warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology to ensure we are as prepared as we can be.

Click on the following Flood Recovery Updates for more information.