Hammon Park Master Plan Finalised

The Hammon Park Master Plan has been finalised after a series of consultation sessions, an online forum and community feedback.

Changes to the Master Plan as a result of community feedback include:

  • A reroute of the bike path to between the toilets and the hall to avoid impacting car parking at the hall
  • Contingency plan for main car park to block circular traffic movement if required (speed humps)
  • Narrowing of entrance to main car park to direct head lights and traffic further north down Moore St and slow traffic turning right out of car park
  • Installation of Local Traffic only sign beyond car park entrance heading south on Moore Street
  • Arboreal inspection of large dying cypress between Moore St and car park.

We thank community members who have provided feedback and helped shape the finalised plan.

Click here to download a copy of the Master Plan

Daylesford Repair Cafe

Repair Café dates for 2019:

January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17

Call for Nominations – Mineral Springs Reserves Advisory Committee

The Mineral Springs Reserves Advisory Committee (MSRAC) will provide advice to assist Hepburn Shire Council plan, prioritise and implement maintenance works and major projects across all Mineral Springs Reserves located within the Shire, given parameters and funding opportunities.

Council invites community members and key stakeholders who have an interest in the Mineral Springs Reserves and who are interested in becoming a community representative on this Committee to submit a nomination for membership.

Nomination forms and a copy of the Committee’s Terms of Reference can be found below or by contacting Paulette Pleasance on

(03) 5321 6142 or via email ppleasance@hepburn.vic.gov.au

Completed nominations are to be lodged by Monday 17 December 2018 and can be emailed to ppleasance@hepburn.vic.gov.au or mailed to:

Mineral Springs Reserve Advisory Committee Nominations
C/- Paulette Pleasance
Hepburn Shire Council
PO Box 21
Daylesford  VIC  3460

Nomination Form Mineral Springs Reserves Advisory Committee

Terms Of Reference – Mineral Springs Reserve Advisory Committee 

Hepburn Shire Biodiversity Strategy 2018-2021 Adopted

The Hepburn Shire Biodiversity Strategy 2018-2021 was adopted at the 20 November 2018 Council meeting.

The strategy outlines the commitment of the Council to protect and enhance Hepburn’s unique biodiversity.   It identifies on-ground works, actions to increase Council’s capacity and to support community action and awareness.  Specific actions include the Council’s expanded roadside weeds program, a biodiversity forum and baseline assessments of biodiversity on council managed properties.

Click here to download a copy of the strategy

Australia Day Awards 2019 – Nominations Open

Do you know an outstanding Australian in the Hepburn Shire that could be nominated for an Australia Day Award?

Council is inviting nominations for the following Awards:

  • Hepburn Shire Council Citizen of the Year
  • Hepburn Shire Council Young Citizen of the Year
  • Hepburn Shire Council Community Event of the Year

Please send completed, confidential nomination forms by 5pm, Wednesday 2 January 2019, to:

Katherine Toom
Governance and Information Coordinator
Hepburn Shire Council
PO Box 21
Daylesford Victoria 3460

or email to shire@hepburn.vic.gov.au

Australia Day 2019 – Nomination Form Local Awards – Guidance Document

Australia Day 2019 – Nomination Form – Local Awards

Working Towards the Safe Disposal of e-Waste

We’re working towards the safe disposal of e-waste.  We are about to commence key infrastructure works in preparation for the state-wide ban on e-waste entering landfill, which comes into effect on 1 July 2019.

With the help of Victorian Government funding, Council will build important e-waste collection infrastructure at the following transfer stations:

  • Daylesford ($88,750)
  • Creswick ($88,750)

E-waste can be described as anything with a plug or battery that has reached the end of its useful life. It includes everything from old mobile phones, computers and related equipment, audio devices, refrigerators and other white goods, hair driers, TVs, heaters, and air-conditioners.

The amount of e-waste generated in Victoria is projected to increase from 109,000 tonnes in 2015 to approximately 256,000 tonnes in 2035.

Click here for more on e-Waste 

Cr Don Henderson & Cr Kate Redwood AM elected Mayor and Deputy Mayor

At the meeting held last night, Council elected Councillors Don Henderson (Creswick Ward) and Kate Redwood AM (Birch Ward) as Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

Cr Henderson commenced in his role of Councillor in 2008.

Mayor Cr Henderson said that he intended to use the office of Mayor to build closer ties with other municipalities in the region.

“The time has come to share resources and help each other to grow.  My intention is to also build relationships with bodies such as VicRoads, Regional Roads Victoria, Regional Development Victoria and others,” said Cr Henderson.

Evan King, CEO, congratulated Councillors Don Henderson and Kate Redwood AM on their election.

“Cr Henderson and Cr Redwood have the skills and knowledge to effectively lead our Council over the coming year.   I look forward to working closely with the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor as we move into another busy year in 2019,” said Mr King.

Image – Cr Kate Redwood AM (Deputy Mayor), Evan King (CEO) & Cr Don Henderson (Mayor)

Fire Danger Period Declared – Commencing 12 November 2018

The Fire Danger period for the Hepburn Shire will commences at 0100 hours on 12 November 2018 and will remain in place until 1 May 2019 unless stated otherwise.

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.  Penalties may include a fine up to $19,342 and/or up to 12 months’ imprisonment.

For guides on what you can and can’t do during the Fire Danger Period or on days of total fire ban visit cfa.vic.gov.au/can

The Rex Update – October 2018

Why build a community hub at The Rex?

The Hepburn Hub project at The Rex will transform this iconic building into a valuable community asset. The Rex project is a major Council initiative which will deliver a modern administration centre, library and facilities, including a community theatre and social enterprise cafe. The Rex is stage one of a broader program, including upgrades to the Daylesford Swimming Pool and Town Hall. The Daylesford Town Hall will accommodate the Visitor Information Centre, an updated Senior Citizens’ Room and gallery space. Combined, these projects will provide better access to improved community facilities across the Shire.

What are the benefits of The Rex project?

The reinvigoration of The Rex as part of the Hepburn Hub project will mean a better
utilisation of the space and more community use of the building. Delivering The Rex project will create greater efficiency in Council service delivery for the community, benefiting ratepayers across the
Shire. The consolidation of Council staff from different locations into one central location will deliver greater efficiency and reduction in operating costs. The project will also deliver other significant social, economic, environmental and financial benefits. The upgraded library with a larger collection
and space will draw people to the building. The inclusion of a social enterprise cafe, public toilets and community theatre will make this a true community space.

Why is The Rex project delayed?

A review of the project in early June highlighted unanticipated challenges with the construction of the project, which has had budgetary implications and will result in the budget being exceeded. The review also identified the need for a planning permit. As a result, works have ceased while a planning permit is being assessed, a detailed audit of the project is carried out and additional funding sources determined. Council has been working with the Daylesford Community Cinema during the unanticipated delay.

Will rates go up to pay for the project?

No. Despite the unanticipated increase in costs,rates will not increase to cover costs.

What’s next?

The planning permit is currently being assessed. Recommencement of works will be dependent on the outcome of the planning permit process.

Draft Biodiversity Strategy

The Hepburn Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2018-2021 outlines the commitment of the Council to protect and enhance biodiversity across the Shire. The strategy includes an action plan with 13 strategic focus areas and 31 actions intended to provide on ground protection and enhancement of biodiversity, support well informed decision making, increase community awareness and support partnerships to improve biodiversity for future generations.

This revised draft incorporates feedback received throughout 2018.  Since the previous public display in September, substantial additional background information and mapping has been added, incorporating  feedback from community, DELWP and Dja Dja Wurrung.

This final exhibition period will take place between 12 October and the 24 October 2018. We are still open to making minor modifications and appreciate your ideas on helping implement the strategy or even for the eventual revision of the strategy in a few years time.

Click here to download a copy

Comment can be made by the close of business on Wednesday 24 October 2018 to shire@hepburn.vic.gov.au or in writing to Biodiversity Officer, Hepburn Shire Council, PO Box 21, Daylesford 3460.

Free Green Waste in November

Don’t forget that during the month of November we offer free green waste disposal at each of our three transfer stations – Creswick, Daylesford and Trentham.
This only applies to residential properties within the Shire and excludes commercial quantities of waste.  Noxious weeds and clean green waste must be separated. This is your opportunity to get your property ready for the fire season.

Annual Report 2017-18

Notice is hereby given that the Hepburn Shire Council Annual Report 2017/18 has been prepared and will be considered at the next meeting of Council to be held at 6pm on Tuesday 16 October 2018 at the Glenlyon Hall.

Copies of the Annual Report can be inspected or obtained from Council’s Customer Service Centres at Duke Street in Daylesford, The Warehouse – Clunes and the Creswick Hub.

Click here to download a copy

Financial Report & Performance Statement