National Gallery of Victoria Kids on Tour 2018

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is thrilled to partner with venues all across Victoria to offer exciting school holiday workshops for children as part of NGV Kids on Tour 2018. Through activities developed with artists, children will be encouraged to unleash their creativity by taking inspiration from coinciding summer exhibitions at the NGV including, NGV Triennial and Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons.

The dates are as follows:

  • Friday 12th January at 10.30am – Clunes Library
  • Friday 12th January at 2.30pm – Creswick Library
  • Monday 15th January at 2pm – Daylesford Library
  • Tuesday 16th January at 2.30pm – Trentham Library

Contact your local library to make a booking.

Feedback Wanted on the Draft Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021

The Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021 (MPHWP) aims to protect, improve and promote the health and wellbeing of people living in Hepburn Shire.  The plan outlines how Council, with support from other local health partners, will work to address key health priorities to achieve a higher level of health and wellbeing for people who live, work and play in Hepburn Shire.

The MPHWP sets four priorities that will guide action over the next four years.  These priorities have been determined based on the review of health related data, community consultation and health partner consultation.

The four priority areas are as follows:

  1. Health Eating and Active Living
  2. Healthy and Safe Environments
  3. Social Inclusion and Community Resilience
  4. Preventing Family Violence

Council is seeking community feedback on its DRAFT Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021. Any person wanting to make a written submission to Council on the Draft MPHWP should do so by the close of business on Friday 19th January 2018. Submissions can be made to or in writing to Environmental Health Officer, Hepburn Shire Council, PO Box 21, Daylesford 3460.

You can also provide also provide feedback using an OurSay forum at

Click here for a copy of the DRAFT Hepburn Shire Council Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021. Copies can also be viewed at Council’s offices in Daylesford, Clunes and Creswick, and in libraries in Daylesford and Trentham.

End of Year Closure

Council Offices, Depots, Hubs and Libraries will be closed from 3:00pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and will re-open on Tuesday 2 January 2018.
Over this period, we will operate the following services:

Emergency Management

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.

Waste Transfer Stations

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

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 31 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 Year’s Day


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

Towards Zero Community Energy Saving Program

Council is now calling for Expressions of Interest for the Towards Zero – Community Energy Saving Program. Community groups are encouraged to apply for funding projects which will save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in community facilities.

This funding program links to the Hepburn Shire Council Plan.  Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate how their project links to the objectives of the Towards Zero – Community Energy Saving Program.

Funding is available for projects which can demonstrate energy and cost savings and a tangible reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 7 February 2018.

Prospective applicants must contact the Sustainability Officer prior to submitting an application – refer to guidelines for contact details.

Toward Zero – Community Energy Saving Program Guidelines 2017-2018

Daylesford Community Based Bushfire Management

Daylesford, Hepburn and Hepburn Springs residents are invited to a community meeting and BBQ hosted by CFA, Forest Fire Management Victoria and the Hepburn Shire Council at 11am – 1pm on Sunday 10 December 2017 at the Hepburn Springs Fire Station, 149 Main Road, Hepburn.

With help from you, the local community, our agencies want to know your understanding of bushfire risk. We want to discuss how Daylesford, Hepburn and Hepburn Springs communities and local agencies can work together on bushfire risk planning and learn how bushfires are predicted in your area using Phoenix Rapidfire (computer modelling).

For more information, please see the attached Invitation or contact David George, Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officer on 5321 6431.


Are you prepared for flooding?

The Bureau of Meteorology continue to predict severe weather for the north and central regions of Victoria today and over the weekend.  Council have been preparing for this upcoming weather event for several days.  We are checking and clearing drainage ‘hot spots’.  Sandbags are available and sand has been sourced.  A sandbag machine is also ready to go.  Our Emergency Management staff have been briefed and are on standby.

Communication between Council and other agencies is occurring and will continue throughout the weather event.

If you’re in trouble and your house is flooding, please contact the SES.

For other drainage maintenance issues please call our Council after hours emergency number 0419 583 573.

Click on the link for more information on the weather waning –

Click on the link to visit the Vic Emergency website


Creswick Mountain Bike Mecca – Community Engagement Session & Project Reference Group

Last Thursday (23 November), was the inaugural Project Reference Group (PRG) meeting for the Creswick Trails Project. Around 30 community members from a variety of backgrounds attended the meeting for an update on the project scope, schedule and progress to date.   Nominations are now open for those interested community members to be part of the PRG. This is an opportunity to have input and influence over key project elements such as the trailhead design and ongoing management model.

The Terms of Reference document outlines the role of the PRG and includes the nomination form.

Nominations are open until 31 December 2017.

Please email your signed nomination to

Alternatively, drop your signed form into the Creswick Hub.


Biodiversity Strategy 2017-21 OurSay Forum, Workshop & Road Show

Council is seeking input and feedback on its DRAFT Biodiversity Strategy 2017-2021.  We have had a lot of interest so far from the community, and those in the agricultural sector, regarding the draft Strategy. We want to capture as much feedback as possible from the community and businesses on the main focus areas outlined in the strategy, so we are extending the deadline for submissions to Thursday 21 December 2017.

We have also created an OurSay online forum to capture your ideas (click on the OurSay logo below to have your say). The Biodiversity Strategy introduces strategic areas of focus which will guide the work we do. Those areas have been added to the forum to give you an overview and to better enable you to give us your feedback. On the forum, you can support the strategic areas you would like to prioritise, comment on the strategic areas or submit a new idea. 

We will also be conducting a road show to gather more feedback (more info on this shortly) and don’t forget that we will also be hosting a community Workshop:

Thursday 07 December – 2pm to 4pm

Daylesford Senior Citizens Centre

To register your interest or for more information please contact Justin Fiddes, Manager Planning on 5348 2306 or email by Friday 1 December 2017.

You can also make a written submission on the Strategy until Thursday 21 December 2017.  Submissions can be made to or in writing to Manager Planning, Hepburn Shire Council, PO Box 21, Daylesford 3460.

We will consider all feedback in early 2018, with a view of finalising the document in the first quarter of 2018. Once the Biodiversity Strategy is adopted by Council, we will have the important task of delivering the key actions contained within it. We look forward to doing this in collaboration with the community and businesses who will have much to gain from these actions.

Fire Danger Period Declared

The Fire Danger Period for Hepburn Shire is set to be Declared from 27 November 2017. Once the Fire Danger Period has been declared, fire restrictions become effective immediately. This means you cannot light a fire in the open air unless you have a permit or comply with certain requirements.

If you don’t obtain a permit, you could be breaking the law and may be prosecuted. To find out what you can or can’t do during the fire danger period, please visit

Community Planning Fund Applications are open!

Has your community completed a community plan and is there a high priority project in your town with which you would like to seek Council support?

Applications for Council’s Community Planning Fund are open and we are accepting Expressions of Interest from community groups! Please refer to the expression of interest Form below to assess your group’s eligibility and desire to apply. In addition, you may also refer to the Community Planning Strategy for further information on the process of having a project supported by Council.

Community Planning Strategy link

Please visit Council’s website for more information and the Application Form. Additionally, an application form can be collected from our Daylesford Customer Service Centre, The Warehouse Clunes and the Creswick Hub.

Expressions of Interest close Friday, 5 January 2018.

For further information and to discuss your project, please contact Nate Perry, Community and Cultural Development Officer, at or 03 5321 6439.

Application Form


Trentham Public Art Unveiling

Council will be launching a major public artwork in Trentham at Stoney Creek Reserve. As part of Council’s annual public art program, the major commission in Trentham will be completed and installed over the next week.

Council will be holding an official unveiling on Friday, 8 December, open to the public. The launch event will include a traditional smoking ceremony, artist presentation and light nibbles and refreshments to begin the evening. Cr Sebastian Klein, the Coliban Ward Councillor, will speak on behalf of Council.

Event details:

  • Friday, 8 December at 6pm
  • Stoney Creek Reserve (near bowling club)
  • 6:00pm –  Nibbles and Refreshments
  • 6:30pm – Formalities commence

Trentham Community Hub – Information Session

Council is excited to announce the appointment of Antarctica as the architects to undertake Planning and Design Services for the Trentham Community Hub at 14A Victoria St, Trentham.

A ‘drop in’ community information and consultation session is being held on Wednesday 6 December between 4.00 and 7.00pm at 14A Victoria St, Trentham. This is your chance to meet the architects who will share the findings of the site analysis.

Community members will have the opportunity to share their views about connections to other spaces in Trentham and explore site opportunities.