Trentham Postal Survey – Call for Scrutineers

The count of the responses received for the Trentham Postal Survey on the preferred location of the Trentham Hub will be held on Monday 6 August 2018.

Council would like to thank all community members within the Coliban Ward for their participation in the process.

The count of the surveys will be overseen by the Returning Officer, Mr Ron Ritchie, and will take place in the Trentham Library.

While the Library will be closed to the public on this date, Council is now taking nominations from members of the public to be scrutineers. Up to two scrutineers will be permitted as representatives of each site preference, therefore a total of four.

What is a scrutineer?

A scrutineer for the purposes of this postal survey is a person permitted to observe, and be present within the room when the surveys are sorted and counted so as they may confirm the integrity of election processes on behalf of the community.

For the purposes of this survey, each scrutineer will be required to attend the count within the Trentham Library from 10 am on Monday 6 August 2018 and commit to staying for the duration of the counting process.  Mobile phones and other devices with internet connectivity will not be permitted.

How do I nominate as a scrutineer?

Nominations will only be considered from eligible voters within the Coliban Ward.

To nominate as a scrutineer, please send your name and contact number to the Returning Officer, Mr Ron Ritchie, stating which Hub site you represent.  Nominations must be received by 5 pm on Thursday 2 August 2018.

In the event that the nominations received exceed the number of scrutineer positions available (two per site preference), the nominees will be drawn at random by the Returning Officer.  This draw will occur at his office in Mount Waverley at 10 am on Friday 3 August 2018 and the process will be overseen and verified by an independent observer.

The nominees successfully appointed under this process will be notified by phone or email on Friday afternoon.

Rules for Scrutineers of the Trentham Hub Postal Survey

A scrutineer appointed must:

  • Arrive at the Trentham Library by no later than 10 am on Monday 6 August 2018,
  • complete and sign a scrutineer appointment and undertaking form supplied by the Returning Officer,
  • inspect, but not touch, any survey paper at the count,
  • remain within the Trentham Library for the duration of the count, from 10 am until the result is announced by the Returning Officer in the presence of the Mayor,
  • direct all communication or questions through the Returning Officer

You must not:

  • Touch survey papers,
  • use an image recording device (such as a camera, a video recorder, or a camera or video-enabled mobile phone) in the counting location,
  • unreasonably delay or interfere with the progress of counting the surveys,
  • send or receive any correspondence (written, verbal or non verbal) with any person or party outside of the counting venue while the count is in progress and until the Returning Officer confirms that it is ok to do so

Should a scrutineer fail to adhere to the above guidelines, they may be asked to leave the venue.


Toss It? No Way! Repair Cafe






A Repair Café is a neighbourhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out. The initiators organise a Repair Café where residents can bring their broken items to fix them on the spot with the help of volunteers.

Council is looking for local residents interested in sharing their skills as volunteers, and supporters of the Repair Cafe concept, to attend an information session:

16 August 2018
1 – 2.30pm at the Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre
16 August 2018
6.30 – 7.30 at the Daylesford Senior Citizens

We are looking for people who are handy with:

  • clothing/textiles
  • bicycles
  • electrical appliances
  • furniture/wooden objects.

We look forward to meeting lots of volunteers and supporters at these sessions.

Sort Your Load & Save

Residents are encouraged to sort their loads before they go to the waste transfer station.

You can save their money by making a few small changes to how you pack your load. The Transfer Stations have different charges for different materials, so if an item can be recycled, repurposed or reprocessed, it is cheaper to dispose of, and some materials are accepted for free.

If a load is not sorted, it can be difficult to see what types of materials are in the load. This means in some cases, the attendant can only charge the highest rate. This is why sorting your load before you leave home is so important.

Sorting can be as simple as putting all of the household recyclables together, separating any aluminium/tin cans, flattening any large cardboard boxes, putting bricks and rubble together, and separating timber, metals, electronic waste and green waste.

By doing all of this, residents can help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, which ultimately helps our environment.

There are many items that don’t attract a disposal fee. These include:

  • Aluminium
  • Paper
  • Cardboard (clean)
  • Wheel rims
  • Oil
  • Scrap Metal
  • Empty paint tins
  • Clean drums (DrumMuster)
  • Batteries
  • E-waste
  • Re-usable goods and furniture
  • Re-usable building materials (operator discretion)

See your local Transfer Station Operator for more information.

Did you know it is illegal not to secure your load? Please go to the attached link to see what fines/charges are payable if you don’t secure your load correctly.

Click here for information from VicRoads on fines for not securing loads


Free marketing opportunity for Hepburn Shire Businesses

A call out to all tourism businesses in Hepburn Shire – we have an opportunity to market and promote your business if you provide disability access into your premises or within your services. We are focussing on finding ‘accessible’ accommodation providers, restaurants, cafes and retail outlets.  Council has an in-house disability access consultant who would like to hear from you if you already consider yourself accessible or would like to improve your access provisions. A register of all accessible venues and services will be promoted through a new tourism portal and disability networks to attract more visitors to our region.

Please contact Deb Westin on or call or SMS 0428 025 220 for more information.

Meet the CEO Sessions

Evan King, our new CEO, commences on 23 July 2018.  As a way of introducing Evan to the community, we have organised a number of “Meet the CEO” community sessions around the shire. Community members are welcome to attend a session in their Ward, or any other session that may suit them. We are also organising sessions for business operators in the shire and non-resident ratepayers. This is your opportunity to meet Evan and have an informal chat.

  • Daylesford: Tuesday 31 July, 5.30 – 6.15pm – Council Chambers, Town Hall, Vincent St.
  • Creswick: Wednesday 8 August, 4.30 – 5.15pm, Creswick Hub, Albert St.
  • Glenlyon: Tuesday 14 August, 5.00 – 5.45pm, Glenlyon Shire Hall, Barkly St.
  • Clunes: Wednesday 15 August, 5.00 – 5.45pm, Esmond Gallery, The Warehouse – Clunes, Fraser St.
  • Trentham: Friday 24 August, 5.00 – 5.45pm, Trentham Neighbourhood Centre, High St

Animal Industries Planning Reforms

On 27 June 2018, the Victorian Government announced new animal industries planning reforms to balance industry growth, environmental protection and community amenity. These reforms will come into operation in September 2018. The reforms have been shaped by extensive consultation with rural and regional communities, peak industry bodies, animal industries, councils and planners. The reforms introduce new land use definitions and associated planning controls for animal industries into the Victoria Planning Provisions and all local planning schemes in Victoria. An information session will be held at The Pavilion, Victoria Park, 3011 Ballan-Daylesford Road, Daylesford on 25 July, 10am to 2pm.

Registration for the Daylesford session is through Agriculture Victoria, please register online at:…

Registration closes 24 July and places are limited.