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

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

A reminder that residents and visitors should continue to monitor fire conditions at VicEmergency –

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:
For more information regarding bushfire and public health, please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services:
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

Public Notice – Solar Savers Program

Proposal to declare and levy a special charge for households who have participated in the Solar Savers program

In accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1989 (Act) notice, it is hereby given that Hepburn Shire Council (council) at its meeting on 18 December 2018 resolved to give notice of the intention to declare and levy a special charge under Section 163 of the Act.

The special charge is for the purpose of defraying the expenses incurred by council relating to the provision of solar energy systems of residential properties participating in the Solar Savers scheme (Scheme). These residential properties have signed an agreement based on the quoted cost of the provision of a solar energy system at their property.
The Scheme arises out of Council’s function of advocating and promoting proposals which are in the best interests of the community and ensuring the peace, order and good government of Council’s municipal district.

A copy of the proposed declaration, known as ‘Proposed Special Charge Scheme for Solar Savers Program’ is available for inspection at Council’s Offices at 10 Duke St Daylesford during normal office hours until 12 February 2019.

The special charge is to be declared in relation to the properties listed in the Appendix to the report titled Proposed Special Charge scheme for Solar Savers Program, to be considered by Council at its Ordinary Meeting on 19 February 2019. A copy of the Appendix forms part of the documents available for inspection at Council’s offices.

The Scheme has been prepared on the basis that the participating property owners will receive 100% of the benefit. The total cost of the scheme is $221,653 and a special charge will be imposed on each property participating in the Scheme in respect of which a Householder Agreement has been executed which applies for a period of 10 years from 1 July 2019. The special charge will be calculated by reference to the site of the solar energy system being installed and the particular costs of installation at each property.

The special charge will be Ievied by notice forwarded to the property owner(s). Council will, by request, allow payment of the special charge by either full payment in a single lump sum or by quarterly instalments over 10 years, with the first payment due from 1 July 2019.

Any person may make a submission under Section 223 of the Act in relation to Council’s proposal to declare the special charge under Section 163 of the Act.
Any person who has made a written submission may also request that they (or a person acting on their behalf) be heard in support of their written submission. Such persons should indicate in their submission if they wish to be heard by Council.

Council will consider and, if requested, hear support for all written submissions received before 5pm 12 February 2019 at the Hearing of Submissions Committee meeting on 14 February 2019 to be convened if required.

Submissions should be addressed to:

CONTACT NAME        Dominic Murphy
POSITION                     Sustainability Officer
COUNCIL                      Hepburn Shire Council
ADDRESS                     76 Vincent St, Daylesford
POSTAL ADDRESS    PO Box 21 Daylesford VIC 3460

In addition to the right to make a Submission, participating property owners have the right to object to the proposed declaration in accordance with Section 163B of the Act. Such persons may object in writing to Council by 5pm 12 February 2019 by sending their objection to the above address.

It is stressed that any submission should clearly state if the author wishes to be heard by the Council, and whether the submission is a submission of support or comment only, or a formal Objection to the scheme as proposed.

It is proposed that Council will consider this matter at its Ordinary Meeting of 19 February 2019. Further information on this Scheme may be obtained from Dominic Murphy – Sustainability Officer on (03) 5321 6490 or

Australia Day 2019 Events

Australia Day Eve
Friday 25 January 2019
Daylesford Town Hall
Civic Reception
The Civic Reception commences at 7.00pm and includes the Australia Day Awards presentation and Citizenship Ceremony

Australia Day
Saturday 26 January 2019

5.45am – Mt Beckworth Reserve (meet at the Dam)
Sunrise Walk and Flag Raising Ceremony
Pancake Breakfast

5.30pm – Collins Place, Fraser Street
Flag lowering ceremony with Community BBQ and live entertainment

8.00am – Park Lake Reserve
Breakfast and Flag Raising Ceremony
Please note: BYO crockery, cutlery, cups (not throw away disposable items)

10.00am – Town Square
Flag Raising Ceremony with Community BBQ and entertainment

5.30pm – Recreation Reserve
Flag lowering ceremony with Community BBQ and live entertainment

For further event information please contact

Towards Zero Community Grants

Expressions of interest for Hepburn Shire Council’s Towards Zero Community Grants program are now open. This program aims to help community groups to reduce their carbon footprint through implementing energy efficiency, renewable energy generation or other suitable projects.

If your community group has a project in mind which could reduce emissions and operating costs, this program may be able to provide you with funding to implement it. Additionally, strong community support for the Hepburn Solar Bulk Buy throughout 2018 means that there is more funding available for solar PV systems at community facilities.

Click here to view the Grant Guidelines. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Council’s Sustainability Officer at and lodge formal applications here by the 22 February 2019. This is a great opportunity for your community group to lower emissions and operating costs and is just one of the measures being carried out by Council to assist the community in the Zero Net Emission Transition – Z-NET.

Towards Zero - Community Energy Saving Program Application

Online submissions for Hepburn Shire Community Grant Applications.

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