Are you an Organically Certified Farm?

Council is supporting Organically Certified Farms by providing signage to help identify them as organic producers to contractors who may be undertaking works on adjacent areas and roadsides. We understand the importance of certification to your business.

If you are a Certified Organic Farm and would like some signs for your property boundary (maximum 2 per property) to help identify you as an organic producer, please visit one of our customer service centres and present evidence of your certification.

Please note that evidence of your certification will be required.

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens Master Plan Adopted

Following a thorough consultation, stakeholder engagement process and working with a project reference group, a Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens Master Plan has been developed that provides guidance for day to day operations, identifies improvement and development opportunities and compliments the Conservation Management Plan for the gardens.  The development of a Master Plan also responds to the recommendation made in the 2007 Conservation Management Plan and Council engaged Laidlaw & Laidlaw Design to develop the Master Plan.

The Master Plan was adopted at the Council meeting held on 21 March 2017.


Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens Master Plan

Master Plan Central Area – Image

Master Plan Entire Area – Image

Community Theatre to be Incorporated in Hepburn Hub at The Rex

At the meeting on 21 March 2017, Council resolved to support the construction of a space in the upstairs area of The Rex to facilitate the continued operation of the Daylesford Cinema in a new Community Theatre that is also available for Council and other community uses.

Mayor, Cr Sebastian Klein, said “It’s great to find a result that pleases the community, while simultaneously improving on the objectives of the Hepburn Hub project for the entire municipality.  I look forward to resolving a design that meets all of the goals of the project.”

CEO Aaron van Egmond said the new proposal is a win for both Council and the community.

“Incorporating a Community Theatre into The Rex facility, and the proposal to have a social enterprise café, will make this a true community building.  The future of the Daylesford Cinema now has certainty and we will be creating a usable community space.”

“The Daylesford Cinema will have non-exclusive use of the Community Theatre, enabling Council and the community to use the facility for events around the schedule of movie screenings.”

The library will now be located on the ground floor of The Rex, providing better access to the public.

“We believe this is good way forward, and one which balances the needs of the community and Council,” said Mr van Egmond.

International Women’s Day Inductees Announced

Inductees to the International Women’s Day Heather Mutimer Honour Roll were announced at the Hepburn Shire International Women’s Day event on 9 March 2017 at the Daylesford Town Hall.

The inductees are Candy Broad, Jenny Beacham, Kit Manning and Elsie Miller (posthumous).

Her Excellency, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, was the keynote speaker at the event, which included presentations from two Year 10 students from Daylesford Secondary College.  Antigone Jonas and Chloe Leonard spoke on the International Women’s Day theme of “Be bold for change”.

Mayor Cr Sebastian Klein said that the inductees were all worthy recipients of the honour.

“Here we have four very different women who have all championed the protection and advancement of women’s rights,” said Cr Klein.

The 2017 Inductees:

Candy Broad – A strong force in politics, and held many powerful roles, she proposed the Abortion Law Reform Bill into the Parliament in 2008, which was passed overwhelmingly on a conscience vote by Members of all parties. Candy also had considerable influence over the creation of federal ALP policy, and campaigned for the rights of women in the party. To this end, she played a significant role in the 1994 introduction of the ALP’s affirmative action scheme, aiming to have women pre-selected in 35 percent of winnable seats.

Jenny Beacham – Throughout her working career she has espoused the cause of gender equity, especially regarding the role of educating girls in rural areas. She has worked at the political level to achieve change. Her influence continues to be important at the local level, in that she has continued the direct mentoring of women in the community.

Kit Manning – A leader in her community for over 40 years, working in many areas including the local football and netball club as well as the Trentham Mechanics Institute. Consciously and deliberately achieving the cooperation of her fellow women and nurturing their skills and talents, providing long term change in the status of women in her community whilst broadening and strengthening roles of other women through her efforts.

Elsie Miller (posthumous) – A leader of the community who championed the advancement of gender equity. Elsie dedicated many years of her life to the Daylesford Ladies Benevolent Society which supplies the needs of disadvantaged women in the community, by providing them with food, clothing and other necessaries, without respect to creed or country. Elsie was also a part of the Mother’s Union, Girl Guides Support Group and the Red Cross.


Calling All Artists for the Trentham Public Art Commission

Calling all artists! Council is currently seeking expressions of interest for a major public art commission at Stony Creek Reserve, Trentham. Local artists are encouraged to apply.

Please click here to visit Council’s tendering portal for more information on the proposed site, history of the area and a link to apply.  The tender closes on 27 April at 2pm.

For more information on the commission please contact Nate Perry, Community and Cultural Development Officer, on or 0417 004 983.

International Women’s Day Organising Committee Nominations

Invitation to nominate for the Heather Mutimer International Women’s Day Honour Roll Organising Committee

Over the last decade, Council has built up an iconic International Women’s Day (IWD) event to celebrate and acknowledge women who have a made a difference. The honour roll and the event celebrate the strength, courage and contribution of women from the region and encourages the stories of these extraordinary women to be told.

This event is coordinated and run by an organising committee made up of community members, along with a Councillor as Council’s representative and Chair, and a council employee as an administrative support.

Council are now seeking nominations for new members to join the Organising Committee for a term of two to three years years. The Committee members role is to:

  • Advise Council on the IWD Women’s Honour Roll nomination process
  • Oversee the IWD Women’s Honour Roll nomination process
  • Provide recommendations to Council as to who to induct to the Honour Roll, and
  • Assist in the organisation of the Heather Mutimer Women’s Honour Roll event.

Nomination Form

Completed nomination forms must be submitted by mail, email or in person by 5pm on Friday 21 April 2017.

Further information about the committee can be obtained by contacting Cr Redwood on 0428 285 673 or Council Offices on 5348 2306.

International Women’s Day Event – The guest speaker is ….

We are pleased to announce that the guest speaker for the Hepburn Shire International Women’s Day (IWD) event for 2017 is Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.

Looking forward to seeing some of you tonight at the IWD event (7:00pm at the Daylesford Town Hall).



Do you have children between 0 and 8 and live in the Hepburn Shire?

Please take a few minutes to complete an important survey to help us understand early learning issues in the Hepburn Shire.

Hepburn Early Learning Matters Project aims to understand the issues from a family and community level which are contributing to concerning trends around school readiness, engagement in early years services and school absenteeism.  With this understanding we can work with early years’ services, schools, community and health agencies and the broader community to co-design strategies to improve early years and school engagement and reduce early childhood vulnerability.

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ChillOut Parade

ChillOut Parade – Sunday 12 March 2017

The annual ChillOut parade will take place on Sunday 12 March 2017. The parade will commence in Vincent Street Daylesford at 10.00am.

Vincent Street, between Central Springs Road and Midland Highway will be closed to traffic from 7am.

Road Closures

To facilitate the safe conduct of the event, the following road closures will be in place:

  • Vincent Street, between Central Springs Rd and Midland Hwy Daylesford: 7am – 11.15am
  • Duke Street, Daylesford: 9am – 11.15am
  • Albert St, Daylesford: 9am- 11.15am
  • Central Springs Road, Between Duke and Bridport Street: 9am – 11.15am