EOI – Welcome to New Residents Sessions

Council is calling on Expressions of Interest from not-for-profit community group(s) to conduct Welcome to New Residents sessions.

The sessions are to be conducted in Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford and Trentham.  These four locations are intended to cover the whole municipality.

The purpose of the Welcome to New Residents sessions is to provide information about Council and other services as well as an introduction to the local community, for example volunteering opportunities, local events and activities.  While the sessions would be organised and promoted by the successful community group they would be delivered in partnership with Council. It would be expected that the Mayor and /or Ward Councillor would be invited to make a welcoming speech and Council information would be provided at the session.

Council has allocated $1,000 per town for the delivery of a minimum of two sessions annually.  The successful group will enter into a terms and conditions agreement with Council for one year and will be required to submit an annual acquittal. Your expression of interest can relate to operating sessions in individual towns.

Expressions of Interest will be assessed on:

  • Proposed approach to Welcome to New Residents Session – how would the event be organised and run;
  • Cost to Council;
  • Demonstrated experience in organising and promoting community events;
  • Proven ability to work in partnership with other community groups and services; and,
  • Planned marketing and promotional activity.

EOI closes 13 September 2017.

Please email submissions to shire@hepburn.vic.gov.au

Please call Kathleen Brannigan to discuss your submission – 5321 6418

Nominations Open – International Women’s Day Heather Mutimer Honour Roll


Do you know an inspiring woman? Nominate Now!

The Honour Roll seeks to pay tribute to the women in the Shire whose contributions, courage and actions have led to significant social change for women. Successful inductees will be recognised at a Civic Function celebrating International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March 2018.

If you wish to print a nomination form and fill it out by hand, see below.

Click here for a printable nomination form

There is also the option of saving a word document and filling relevant details to the boxes without having to print. Please ensure you save the document to your computer before filling out.

Click here for the word version of the nomination form

Completed nomination forms must be returned by 5pm on Monday 30 October 2017 to:

Women’s Honour Roll Nominations
Hepburn Shire Council
PO Box 21
Daylesford Victoria 3460

Or via email to shire@hepburn.vic.gov.au – with the subject line Women’s Honour Roll Nominations.

Living with Bushfire Community Conference

Victorians will have the opportunity to hear from leading industry experts including fire ecologists and community emergency groups to gain valuable and provide practical knowledge on bushfire risk.

We’re delighted to be partnering with the other Local Governments, CFA, DELWP, Federation University, Parks Victoria and other emergency management organisations for the fourth Living with Bushfire Community Conference on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October 2017, at the Mt Helen Campus, Ballarat.

The Living with Bushfire Community Conference brings together emergency management organisations, community groups, decision makers, industry, researchers, and community members to share knowledge and contribute to community resilience in the Grampians region and across Victoria.

Registrations are now open via the Eventbrite website https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/living-with-bushfire-community-conference-2017-tickets-34787542476

New Arts & Culture Facebook Page Launched

We are pleased to announce that Council has launched a new Arts & Culture Facebook page.

The Arts and Culture Facebook page will help us communicate with a large sector of vibrant and creative community members.  The platform will be used to share opportunities for local artists to get involved in initiatives and apply for funding streams.  As the Regional Centre for Culture program unfolds in 2018, there will be activities to share with the arts community.

The Arts & Culture Facebook page aligns within our Council Plan Action to improve communication with the public by implementing new online social media platforms.  We encourage those in the community interested in arts and culture to like the page.

To visit (and “like”) the page click on the following link:


Introducing the Solar Savers Program for Pensioners

We are pleased to introduce a new program that is helping pensioner households to install solar with no upfront costs. At Hepburn Shire Council, we recognise that many households are interested in solar but are put off by the upfront costs and the complexity of finding a quality system and installer. That is why we have joined with 20 other councils from across Victoria to offer the pioneering Solar Savers program.

What is Solar Savers?

Solar Savers supports pensioners to install solar and save money on electricity bills, stay cool in summer, and lower emissions.  Solar Savers is being offered exclusively to pensioner households, because most own their own homes and use the majority of their power during the day, when solar panels are producing electricity.

How does Solar Savers work?

First, Solar Saver checks that solar is right for your household and that it will save you money. Next, it helps you to arrange a quality solar system from a trusted installer. Once your system is installed, Solar Savers stays in touch and helps you to make the most of your new solar panels.

There are no upfront costs. Instead, you pay for your solar system gradually through a low-interest loan. The cost of the repayments is less than the savings you make on electricity bills, so your solar system pays for itself from the beginning.

Who can participate?

If you:

  • Own your home
  • Have a Government Pension Card (aged or disability)
  • Are usually at home from 9am to 5pm
  • Have average to high electricity use (contact Solar Savers if you’re unsure)

Call Solar Savers on 9385 8512, or email info@solarsavers.org.au. You can also find out more about the program on the Solar Savers website at www.solarsavers.org.au.

We hope you will consider participating in this exciting program.

We’re Partnering with the Regional Centre for Culture

Council is a proud partner of the 2018 Creative Victoria initiative, the Regional Centre for Culture (RCC). The RCC is a yearlong program celebrating the creative industries and capacity in our region. The City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander Shire, Central Goldfields Shire and Hepburn Shire local governments are all partners to the initiative.

The RCC producers will be hosting Town Hall style meetings around Hepburn Shire for anyone interested in being involved with the program. Funding is available from $1,500 to $30,000 for local individuals, groups or organisations to hold events or showcases during the program.

The following link will direct you to the official Regional Centre for Culture webpage: http://creative.vic.gov.au/about/key-initiatives/regional-centre-for-culture

If you have any questions, please contact your Hepburn Shire RCC representative, Nate Perry, by phone on 5321 6439.

The details for the Hepburn Shire Town Hall meetings are below:


Thursday 10 August: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
The Warehouse,
38 Fraser St, Clunes


Thursday 10 August: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Creswick Hub,
68 Albert St, Creswick


Wednesday 16 August: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Trentham Neighbourhood Centre
High St, Trentham


Wednesday 16 August: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Senior Citizens Room (behind the Town Hall)
76 Vincent St, Daylesford