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.

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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.

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Financial Report & Performance Statement

New Community Grants

Did you know that Council has introduced two new community grant categories?

Do you run an event or program that focuses on supporting disadvantaged or vulnerable members of the community? Charitable Purposes Grants ($2,000 ) will be awarded annually in each Ward. Applications are now open and will close on 1 November 2018. Groups that run on-going programs or annual events will be considered.

Do you run programs for children aged 8 to 12 years? Children’s Programs Grants will be available in ten $1,000 grants, along with four $500 “Quick Response” grants that will be administered using our Quick Response Youth Grant process. Applications from schools will be considered.

Don’t forget, we still have our existing grant categories, Active & Engaged Communities, Quality Community Infrastructure, Sustainable Environment, Reconciliation Support and White Ribbon & Family Violence Action Initiatives.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit www.hepburn.vic.gov.au/community-grants-program/, or call Rachel Palmer on 5321 6425.