Disability Advisory Committee

Council is calling for applications from the community to serve on our Disability Advisory Committee (DAC), representing people with a disability. The DAC will work closely with Council to address barriers to access and inclusion in the community and monitor the progress and implementation of the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2018 – 2022 (DAIP).   We are seeking people who may have lived experience of physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or neurological impairments. Family members, carers and disability service providers are also welcome to apply. Applications close on 22 August 2018.

For further information and the application form, contact Deb Westin, Rural Access Officer, on dwestin@hepburn.vic.gov.au or call 0428 025 220.

Click here to download a copy of the DIAP

Click here to download the Access & Inclusion Policy

Budget Adopted For 2018-19

Hepburn Shire Council is pleased to announce that it adopted the 2018/19 Budget at its meeting held  on 20 June 2018 in Clunes.

The Capital Works program for 2018/19 will be $10.5 million, excluding projects that may be carried over from the 2017/18 year.  Of the $10.5 million in capital funding required, $7.4 million will come from Council operations, $1.7 million from external grants and contributions, $0.8 million from reserves and asset sales and $1.2 million to be funded by new borrowings.

Click on the Budget document below to download a copy.


Evan King To Be New CEO

Hepburn Shire Council is pleased to announce that it appointed Evan King as Chief Executive Officer at its Council meeting held last night in Clunes.

Mayor Cr John Cottrell said that he was pleased that the search for a new CEO has ended with the successful appointment of Evan King.  Mr King will commence in the CEO role on 23 July 2018.

“Evan was a standout candidate who has the experience and commitment to lead the organisation into the future,” said Cr Cottrell.

Mr King has previously held the position of General Manager Corporate Services at Hepburn Shire Council.

Evan has worked both in the private and local government sectors.  He has a list of achievements in Local Government, and is currently Director of Corporate and Community Services at Pyrenees Shire Council. Evan has a number of qualifications, including a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Federation University, he is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

“Evan was a well-respected member of the leadership team at Council during his time as a General Manager, and we look forward to his leadership as the new CEO,” said Cr Cottrell.

“I’m really excited to be heading back to Hepburn Shire as the new CEO.  I look forward to working with Councillors, the community and staff to pursue our priorities.  My priority over the coming months will be to ensure we put the customer first and creating a customer focused organisation,” said Mr King.


NAIDOC Week 2018

Ellen’s Walk For Reconciliation

Mt Franklin to Clarke’s Pool, Franklinford Sunday 15 July 2018, 9.00am – 2.30pm

Naidoc Week 2018 celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

Join us on a 12km guided walk from Mt Franklin down to a beautiful lunch spot at Clarke’s Pool. Learn about Ellen and other local stories as we wander through the former Loddon Aboriginal Protectorate.

Free event, although a $5 donation is required to Great Dividing Trail Association to support the walk. BYO lunch.

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Presented by Hepburn Shire Council, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation & the Great Dividing Trail Association

Works on the Rex Project Delayed

The Rex project is a major Council initiative which will deliver a modern administration centre, library and facilities, including a community auditorium and cinema. The Rex is stage one of a broader program including upgrades to the Daylesford Swimming Pool and Town Hall.  Combined, these projects will provide better access to improved community facilities.

A review of the project status in early June highlighted unanticipated challenges with the construction of the project, which has had budgetary implications.  The costs incurred will result in the budget being exceeded. This is due to unexpected works required and an under estimation of the actual costs at project inception.  This additional expenditure means that a planning permit is now necessary in order for construction to be completed.

As a result, works will cease while a planning permit is applied for and Council considers a detailed audit of the project.  Council will also explore options to support the Community Cinema through the unanticipated delay.

Bruce Lucas
Interim CEO

Lunaris – Clunes Public Art Launch

Please join Esther Anatolitis, Executive Director of NAVA (National Association of the Visual Arts) launch Lunaris.

This new artwork by Joanne Mott, recipient of Hepburn Shire Council’s annual major public art commission, combines land art and augmented reality to respond to the geology, landscape and history of Clunes and its relationship with the moon.

When: Saturday 23 June 2018 at 3:30pm
Where: Clunes Skate Park, Bailey Street Clunes Victoria
(If weather is poor please meet at The Warehouse – Clunes, upstairs in the Esmond Gallery, located at 36 Fraser Street, Clunes)

For catering purposes, please RSVP by Wednesday 20 June 2018 by emailing:
rball@hepburn.vic.gov.au or call 5321 6136.

Council acknowledges the involvement of the Hepburn Shire Council Public Art Panel for supporting the public art commission.