Info Sessions – New Community Solar Bulk-Buy For Hepburn Shire

Come along to one of the Solar & Z-NET Info Nights being held across the shire. The Solar & Z-NET Info Nights are a great opportunity to learn more about The Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy and the Z-NET Community Transition Pilot. These two projects will help the Hepburn Shire transition to 100% renewables and the ultimate goal of zero-net emissions.

Click on the link to book your place

Supported by Hepburn Shire Council and Hepburn Wind, this bulk-buy is part of the Shire’s Z-NET initiative to become 100% carbon-neutral by 2025.

The organising team is from MASH (More Australian Solar Homes), the not-for-profit community solar bulk-buy that originated in Castlemaine and has since spread across central Victoria with almost 900 solar rooftops on homes, businesses and schools.

“Making the decision to invest solar or home batteries can be confusing as there are so many options”, says Jo Kaptein, Executive Officer at The Hub Foundation, the not-for-profit organisation behind the MASH bulk-buy.  The Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy aims to cuts through that complexity to make it easier for households and businesses to go solar – with an option they can trust.

“We’ve gone out to public tender to find the best possible solar supplier, with high quality solar and home battery systems at competitive prices backed by industry-leading warranties.  We’ll be providing an overview of the bulk-buy and the systems on offer – and answering residents’ questions – at info meetings and events throughout the Shire.  People will also be able to call us for general information about the bulk-buy on our community phone number, if they have any questions before registering for a quote with our supplier.

“Hepburn Shire Council is pleased to be a partner of the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy program.  We are confident that the not-for-profit organisation behind the bulk-buy – The Hub Foundation – has done its homework thoroughly by going through a full public tender process to find the best possible solar suppliers with the best possible solar and battery systems.  We believe that this bulk-buy provides households and businesses in the Shire with high quality solar and battery systems that represent good value for money.  There’s also a win/win for the community, with up to $20,000 in free solar for community groups should the bulk-buy achieve its target of 200 new solar rooftops in Hepburn Shire.  We know that the bulk-buy will support local jobs.  Any CEC Accredited local installers in the Shire are urged to get in touch with The Hub Foundation if they would like to be involved as a sub-contractor carrying out installations for this bulk-buy program.” – Mayor, Cr John Cottrell.

“Currently, 19 percent of homes in Hepburn Shire have solar PV”, said Jo Kaptein. “Our aim is to increase this to 22 percent with another 200 solar rooftops installed by the end of December 2018.  If we achieve this goal, we’ll also be able to donate $20,000 in free solar to community groups – as well as cut CO2 emissions by 1,100 tonnes annually, equal to 230 fewer cars on the road each year.

“We’re thrilled to have been invited by Hepburn Shire Council and Hepburn Wind to bring our model of a community solar bulk-buy to the households and businesses in the Hepburn Shire”, said Jo Kaptein.

“We are proud to partner with MASH to grow residential solar in 2018”, said Taryn Lane, Manager, Hepburn Wind.  “For our Shire to reach zero-net energy in the next couple of years we need as many households as possible to go solar. 19% of homes have already switched to solar and we hope that through this partnership we will become one of the leading Shires in 2018.”

The solar supplier for the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy selected through public tender is Energy Matters, a Clean Energy Council Accredited Solar Retailer.  Local CEC Accredited Solar Installers in the Hepburn Shire and surrounding areas who would like to install systems for this bulk-buy working under contract to Energy Matters are encouraged to get in touch with the Energy Matters team via Jo Kaptein on

The Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy will offer grid-connect solar PV systems and the Tesla Powerwall 2 grid-connect battery storage system.  Household systems start in size from 2kW, with 5kW being the most commonly installed system at the moment under the MASH project.  Larger solar PV systems – up to 99kW in size – for businesses, schools and other organisations are also available through the bulk-buy.

The MASH team would like to acknowledge the support of Hepburn Shire Council, Hepburn Wind and Zero-Net Hepburn Shire as partners for this bulk-buy. Also, we are pleased to have SHARE, Trentham Sustainability Group, Transition Creswick, Clunes Sustainability Group and Powershop as supporters.

For more information and to register for the bulk-buy launch email, visit  or call the MASH team on 1300 466 274.


Daylesford Skate Park

We had a great turn out to the Daylesford Skate Park Redevelopment community consultation session in mid-March. There was some good feedback from the young people in the room about the proposed design.  Below are some images of the concepts.

The next steps are to finalise design and apply for funding.

If you have any questions regarding this project, contact Angeline Dooley on on

New Public Toilets in Glenlyon

A Community Information and Drop-in session was held at the Glenlyon Hall on 22 March.  Plans for the new toilets are available for viewing at the Hall and below.   Council will consider feedback received from the community prior to the commencement of construction.

The indicative time-frame for construction of the toilets is:

  • Review consultation outcomes (9 -23 April)
  • Inform community of consultation outcomes – 23 April
  • Revise design and services documentation (23 April – 7 May)
  • Procurement and building permit (7 – 31 May)
  • Works commence (4 June)
  • Construction complete (September 2018)

Click here to view the plans

Click here to review consultation outcomes

Hepburn – A Sustainable Shire

There are a range of exciting programs currently underway in the Hepburn Shire that relate to sustainability.  These programs are being implemented by a broad range of groups, including community groups, industry and Government.  Council recently appointed a full time Sustainability Officer, whose role will be to deliver projects and also to help facilitate projects occurring within the broader Hepburn Shire community.

Throughout 2017, a number of Carbon Free Community Conversation workshops were held across the Shire. The outcomes of those sessions and future steps are currently under review, and will be publicised in coming months.   In the meantime here’s some information on other programs being rolled out across the Shire, and how to get involved:


UPDATE – Hepburn Shire selected as ‘Community Transition Pilot’

Following on from Hepburn Shire Council’s recent workshop series ‘Carbon Free Conversations’, that many of you attended and set the ground for further community action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the Shire, Hepburn Shire was successful in being selected to be the Z-NET pilot for Victoria under the Sustainability Victoria Take2 Community Transitions Pilot Program. In particular, this was due to its demonstrated track record in community energy with the Hepburn Wind project and the strong support shown by the Hepburn Shire Council, local community and business to pursue 100% renewable energy.

The Pilot is funded by Sustainability Victoria, Hepburn Shire Council, Hepburn Wind,  Samsø Energy Academy (Denmark) and Diversicon Environmental Foundation. The project will run from February through to August 2018. Further support is being provided by Engineers Without Borders, Melbourne University and Powershop. The Coalition for Community Energy members the Alternative Technology Association, Moreland Energy Foundation, Starfish Initiatives and Little Sketches are delivering the project.

The Z-NET Blueprint is a successful model that will be evolved through this process from the first version with Uralla (NSW), to encompass a wider carbon emissions inventory than stationery heat and electricity. It will also consider transport, energy storage, waste and land use.

Furthermore, the project will commence feasibility on projects identified to help reach 100% renewable energy and develop community capacity to deliver the community transition pathway. The project team will work closely with Hepburn Shire Council and the local sustainability groups: Hepburn Wind, SHARE, Hepburn Relocalisation Network, Trentham Sustainability Group, Transition Creswick and the Clunes Sustainability Group.

The project runs from March – August 2018 and will aim to:

  • Deliver a Z-NET Blueprint for the Hepburn Shire (carbon emissions inventory)
  • Deliver a co-developed Community Transition Plan
  • Produce feasibility analysis and business cases for local energy options
  • Build resources and capacity within the community
  • Update and expand the original Z-NET Blueprint

For more information contact Taryn Lane: | 0458 048 287

Join the Facebook group: Hepburn Shire Z-NET

First action:
Fill out the household survey and share it with your local friends and family

This survey has been developed to help inform the Z-NET Hepburn Shire project.  The survey will help understand how you as the community of Hepburn Shire currently use energy in your homes and what you think about using less energy, generating your own energy, generating energy nearby and purchasing or importing renewable energy.

It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and is open until the end of April.


Second action: Join the Community Advisory Panel

Helping to guide the process, the CAP will be a group of community representatives who will come together to learn about the Z-NET Hepburn Shire program, what current strategies and opportunities exist; and to develop and recommend a set of goals and priorities for the Community Transition Plan.

Click here for the EOI document for further information on how to get involved


Third action: Hepburn Solar Bulk Buy

Hepburn Solar Bulk Buy is a program being rolled out by MASH – More Australian Solar Homes. The MASH group are behind the hugely successful community solar bulk buy which originated in Castlemaine. The goal of this project is to facilitate increased uptake of residential solar within Hepburn Shire, by cutting through the complexity and making it easier to go solar. The MASH team have gone to significant effort to find high quality, affordable options for solar and storage systems, which they will begin to roll out in April 2018. To register your interest in participating visit:


Draft Reconciliation Action Plan

Council has developed a draft Reconciliation Action Plan and we would like your feedback. Reconciliation is about promoting unity, respect and understanding between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other community members. The draft plan lists 15 actions that Council is proposing to implement to promote reconciliation within the organisation and community.

If you would like to make an email submission, please send an email to:

Nate Perry, Cultural Projects Officer, at


Submissions can also be made in writing and be posted to the following address or dropped off at one of the customer service points with attention to:

RAP Project Officer

Hepburn Shire Council

PO Box 21 Daylesford Victoria 3460

Submissions can be made by post or online by 19 April 2018.


Council will also be hosting  “drop-in” style information sessions on the following dates where you can submit your ideas in person and speak with Council officers about the draft RAP:

Thursday, 12 April 2018
18:00 – 19:30pm
Daylesford Senior Citizens Room


Friday, 13 April 2018
9:30 – 11:30am
Creswick Hub


Click here to download the draft RAP

Cat Desexing Program

There is a big issue with feral cats throughout Australia, and Hepburn Shire is no exception.  In an effort to reduce the problem, Council has introduced a pilot program to assist the community with the cost of desexing their cat which is hoped in turn will reduce the number of stray/feral cats falling pregnant and assist in achieving responsible pet ownership.

The Daylesford Veterinary Practice and Creswick Veterinary Clinic have come on board to assist with this program.

Council will cover 50% of the cost to sterilise your cat(s) as part of this program. To be eligible for a 50% discount, your cat(s) must be microchipped, vaccinated and registered with the Hepburn Shire Council. You must also reside within the Hepburn Shire and proof of residency (eg. drivers licence, utilities bill) is required for your application to be approved.

Please complete the online form (below) and submit it. You will need to upload your proof of residency and vaccination.

Alternatively, click here to please print and complete this form and drop it into one of our customer service centres.

Council will process your application and provide a response within 10 working days.


Cat Desexing Application

Cat Desexing Application Form
  • Please provide the gender and registration number for all cats to be desexed.
  • Drop files here or
    Upload copies of your proof of residency and your cats vaccination. E.g. drivers licence, utilities bill

Daylesford Skate Park – Have Your Say

Come along and have your say on the Daylesford Skate Park Redevelopment.

The skate park designers will present the draft concept and facilitate the discussion. They will be seeking feedback on all aspects of the design from technical to aesthetic.

All community members and skate park users are welcome. There will be light refreshments.

Detox your Home is Coming to Daylesford

Detox your Home, a safe, free and easy-to-use service to dispose of common household chemicals without harming your health or the environment – is coming to Daylesford.

When:             Saturday 12 May 2018

Time:               10.00 am to 2.00 pm

Where:            Daylesford Transfer Station, Ajax Road in Daylesford

Why not take the opportunity to clean out your shed, bathroom, kitchen, laundry and garage to get rid of unwanted, highly toxic household chemicals?  And make sure you tell your friends and family so they too can take advantage of the FREE Detox your Home event.

Just show up on the day and the trained Detox your Home team will do the rest.

The collected items are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill.

Detox your Home. Do the right thing for your loved ones and your environment. It’s easy and it’s free.

Paint and other common products

Paint, household batteries, and fluorescent lights – which are less toxic than household chemicals (but also a more common waste item) – can be disposed of throughout the year at a permanent drop-off site.

Visit for a full list of permanent drop-off sites or call 1300 363 744 for more information.