Composting Workshop

Do you want to learn how to set up a new compost or worm farm or have an existing one that you want to reinstate?

We are calling on community groups to register their interest (form below) in a 2 hour composting workshop being facilitated by Grampians West Waste and Resource Recovery Group, to be held in either May or June.  Further details will be provided to those interested parties closer to the confirmed date.   Please let us know whether you’re interested in attending the workshop by 26 April  2019.

Registration of Interest - Composting Workshop

Coliban Ward By-election

A by-election is currently being held for Hepburn Shire Council’s Coliban Ward. This is a postal election.

Completed ballot material must be in the mail before the close of voting at 6.00 pm* on Friday 29 March.

It should be posted as soon as possible, following the instructions in the ballot pack, or can be delivered to the election office in person no later than 6.00 pm on Friday 29 March.

For more information on the election process and candidates, please visit the VEC website.

*Local mail clearance times vary. Ballot material must be mailed before final clearance times in the last week of voting.

Draft Active Women & Girls Strategy

Council in partnership with Sport and Recreation Victoria, has developed a 10 year Active Women & Girls Strategy specific to our local community. The development of this strategy is critical to address the current inequality that exists between female and male participation in physical activity, allowing for more girls and women to experience health benefits from regular active participation.

Please click here to download a copy of the draft Active Women and Girls Strategy.

Comments on this draft strategy can be made by close of business 10 April 2019 to shire@hepburn.vic.gov.au or in writing to Community Programs Officer, Hepburn Shire Council, PO Box 21, Daylesford 3460.

If you would like to access a highlights summary of this strategy, please click here to download a copy. 

IWD Inductees 2019

Congratulations to our International Women’s Day, Heather Mutimer Honour Roll inductees for 2019; Margret Lockwood, Donna Cooper, Caelli Greenbank, Kathleen Morrison and Rozanne Moynihan (Posthumous) accepted by husband Danny.  Also pictured Mary-Anne Thomas MP, Louise Staley MP and Heather Mutimer.

Blackberry Control Workshop

The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce and Council are hosting a workshop to demonstrate effective blackberry control techniques including mechanical and chemical. There will also be drone demonstrations, resources and opportunities to discuss planning. All Hepburn Shire residents and landholders welcome.

Saturday 23 March 2019
10am and 12 pm
(Morning tea and lunch provided)
Location: Creswick, details available on booking

RSVP by 20 March 2019 (essential for location and catering purposes)

Places are limited, so if you’re interested, please register by clicking on the link https://www.trybooking/BASEN.

Redevelopment of the Central Springs Pavilion

We will be holding 2 Community “Drop In” sessions to get community feedback on the preferred location for the replacement of the Pavilion that is located at Central Springs at the southern end of Lake Daylesford. The structure has been severely damaged by fallen trees in recent years and Council has allocated funds to replace the Pavilion.

Come along and chat to Council Officers and members of the Mineral Springs Reserve Advisory Committee on either of the following dates:

  • Wednesday 20 March 4.00pm – 5.00pm – Daylesford Town Hall
  • Saturday 23 March 10.00am – 11.00am – Senior Citizens Room

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, please complete the short survey below…

Refurbishment of Central Springs Pavilion

Review of General Local Law No. 2 – Community Amenity and Municipal Places and Designated Dog Areas

Council is reviewing its General Local Law No. 2 – Community Amenity and Municipal Places and designated dog areas to ensure they are relevant to and reflect the expectations of the community.

We are inviting the community to provide feedback on the current local law and designated dog areas to see what is or isn’t working well and what needs more or less control. This feedback will help Council draft a new Local Law and new dog designated areas that will be presented to the community for further comment later in the year.

The current General Local Law No. 2 regulates activities such as burning off, obstructions in public places, keeping animals, unsightly land, busking and the consumption of alcohol. Your feedback on the current Local Law is encouraged to ensure any future local law reflects the expectations of the community.

The current designated dog on leash areas are generally the main township CBD’s, Calembeen Park, Hepburn Mineral Springs and Lake Daylesford. Most areas within the Hepburn Shire are dog off leash areas. Your feedback on the current designated dog areas are encouraged to ensure any future designated areas reflect the expectations of the community.

Click here to view the current General Local Law No.2 and designated dog on leash area

To submit your feedback use the following form or if you wish to submit your feedback in person, please contact David George, Coordinator Community Safety on 5348 2306 to book an appointment. Please note that you can remain anonymous. Submissions close Friday 15 March 2019.

Local Law and Designated Dog Area Review

  • E.g. footpath trading, dogs allowed off leash in many areas, street stalls and busking
  • E.g. unsightly land, footpath trading, obstructions of public places, keeping livestock in residential properties, cat control, dogs off leash
  • E.g. cat curfews, the use of drones, landscaping of nature strips, burning greenwaste, dogs on leash
  • E.g. cat curfews, dogs on leash, burning greenwaste,

Daylesford Repair Cafe

The next Repair Cafe will be held this Sunday (17 February) between 1pm and 4pm at the ARC in Smith Street Daylesford (Note: change of venue for this cafe). The Repair Cafe is collaborating with the Daylesford Secondary College and we’re encouraging school students to come along and get their bikes and favorite clothes repaired, as well as learning repair skills. All welcome – come along and learn bicycle maintenance and repair, bring along your favourite clothes to be repaired, fix equipment, repair household and garden items, learn how to sharpen knives and tools, and more.

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

Fire Recovery Information For Residents

Council is committed to working with its community to respond and recover from the Hepburn fire.  Fire recovery will take time. We are committed to the well-being of our fire affected residents and will continue to support you every step of the way.  Click on the newsletter below for more information.

Hepburn Fires – Water Quality Information

Residents directly affected by the Hepburn fire who are reliant on tank water for their drinking water supply are able to access a roof cleaning and tank refill service if required.

Councils Secondary Impact Assessment team will begin assessing properties within the vicinity of the fire from this afternoon.  Properties that do not have access to reticulated water supply will be prioritised.

During the fire a large amount of ash, or possibly fire retardant, may have come into contact with roofs or tanks.

If your water tastes, looks or smells unusual do not drink it or give it to animals.

Water must not be sourced from a creek that has been affected by bushfire as the water may also be contaminated.

Council will provide a service that involves the removal of ash, emptying of the tank and refilling with drinking water.

If you have a private drinking water supply and would like an assessment to be carried out, please contact Council’s Customer Service Team on 5348 2306 to register for this service.

For more information visit https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/publications/Factsheets/after-a-fire-private-drinking-water-and-water-tank-safety

Fire in Dry Diggings, Elevated Plains, Hepburn & Hepburn Springs

A reminder that residents and visitors should continue to monitor fire conditions at VicEmergency – https://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/

If your property has been impacted by aerial water bombing or fire retardant activities, it is important that you contact the Hepburn Shire Council on 5348 2306.  Council will work with you to determine if your water tank needs to be cleaned out prior to any human consumption of your water.
For further information regarding bushfires and your water supply, please refer to Central Highlands Water website: https://www.chw.net.au/residents/bushfires-and-your-water-supply
For more information regarding bushfire and public health, please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services: www.health.vic.gov.au/environment/bushfires
For injured wildlife, call the Wildlife Victoria 24 hour state-wide wildlife rescue service on 1300 094 535 or DELWP Forest and Wildlife Officers on 136 186.

Some useful resources:

Australia Day Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 Hepburn Shire Australia Day Award winners:

– Community Event of the Year – Centenary of the Shire of Creswick Avenue of Honor at Kingston

– Young Citizen of the Year – Ethan Brown

– Citizen of the Year – Lawrence Porter