Annual Plan 2019-20 Adopted

At the Council meeting this evening in Clunes, Council adopted the Annual Plan 2019/2020.

The Annual Plan has been created to link the goals of the Council Plan with our overall planning and reporting framework.

Mayor, Cr Don Henderson, said that the Annual Plan is another commitment to our community that our Council is working to achieve certain priorities and actions over the coming year.

“We have a vision of ‘Our Council’, where we want the community to feel a sense of pride in our organisation based on the excellent work that we do.”

“The Annual Plan compliments the Budget and Council Plan and gives us a focus for the next 12 months. It also ensures that actions in the Annual Plan are monitored and reported on a quarterly basis, giving the community the confidence that we are getting things done,” said Cr Henderson.

The Annual Plan does not include all projects but a selection of priority projects and initiatives.  It has been developed using the same pillars as the Council Plan 2017/2021 – Quality Community Infrastructure, Active & Engaged Communities, Sustainable Environment, Vibrant Economy and High Performing Organisation.

Annual Plan 2019-2020 – Final Adopted


Active Women and Girls Strategy – Launch

Hepburn Shire Council in partnership with the Trentham Football Netball Club and Trentham Sports Ground Committee of Management are proud to launch the Hepburn Shire Council Active Women and Girls Strategy – 2019 – 2029.

The development of this strategy aims to promote a healthy lifestyle, reduce social isolation, and increase participation in structured and unstructured sport and active recreation.

The Strategy has a particular focus on female participation and programming, female friendly facilities and gender equity/equality.

Date: 1 August 2019

Location: Trentham Recreation Reserve


3.45pm: Optional 30 minute Qi Gong session with Patricia Kent – Lilac Moon Tai Chi School. Please note – Qi Gong is Chinese Health Exercise and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Please wear comfortable clothing.
(Trentham Netball Pavilion)

4.30pm – Formalities commence consisting of a strategy overview, Ambassador and Alliance introductions, and a panel discussion.
(Trentham Club Rooms)

5.30pm – Light refreshments served.

Registrations are essential. Please register by 25 July.

This Strategy was developed by Hepburn Shire Council in partnership with the Victorian Government.

Click here to register

New Resident Session Evaluation and Acquittal – 2018/19

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Biodiversity Grants Awarded

The Hepburn Community Biodiversity grants were approved by Council on Tuesday 18 June 2019.  The grants are intended to support community-led projects that protect and enhance the Shire’s biodiversity.

The following projects amount to $24,000.  This is in addition to Council’s existing Landcare Grant program.

Blampied-Kooroocheang Landcare Group Inc was awarded $4,860 for the project New Community Spray Cart 2019.’ The grant will co-fund purchase of a spray cart to be used in environmental weed control by Landcare members on private property and roadsides.
Friends of Cornish Hill Inc was awarded $3,689 for the project Understanding the natural world’. The grant will co-fund a program of on-ground planting and educational programs with community and schools.
Friends of Creswick’s Park Lake Botanical Reserve was awarded $900 for the project  ‘Completion of planting of Victorian Section, Tolhurst Plan’.  The grant will  purchase local Blackwood trees to for landscaping of the Creswick Park Lake Botanical reserve.
Glenlyon Upper Loddon Landcare Group was awarded $4,860 for the project Enhancing the Glenlyon Biolink’. The grant will co-fund on-ground planting and weed control works and a consultant’s restoration plan for the Glenlyon biolink on the Loddon River.
Wattle Flat-Pootilla Landcare Group was awarded $4,831 for the project  ‘Slaty Creek Wildlife Corridor’. The grant will co-fund preparation and planting of a wildlife corridor in Slaty Creek.
Wombat Forestcare Inc was awarded $4,860 for the project  ‘Grow Wild: Gardening to sustain Wildlife in the Hepburn Shire’.  The grant will co-fund publication of a guide to using local plants in garden or property to attract wildlife.


Budget 2019/2020 Adopted

Hepburn Shire Council is pleased to announce that it adopted the 2019/20 Budget at its Council meeting held last night in Daylesford.

Mayor, Cr Don Henderson, said that the 2019/20 Budget funds new projects and delivers important services for the community without any new borrowings.

“Rates, Government Grants and other income allows Council to fund more than 100 services across the Shire. The services range from maintenance and construction of footpaths, roads and bridges, managing our public open spaces and leisure facilities, supporting local arts and culture, and providing services like maternal and child health,” said Cr Henderson.

The Capital Works Program for 2019/20 will be $9.84 million, which equates to 55% of general rates.

“The $9.84 million Capital Works Program for 2019/20 will be used to improve, renew and create new infrastructure, with large and small projects to be delivered across the Shire,”.

The Budget includes new and continuing initiatives, including:

  • Upgrade disabled parking spaces ($79,000).
  • Continuation of construction works of the Creswick Trails ($981,000)
  • Increased maintenance of aquatic facilities ($97,000) and preventive building maintenance ($85,000)
  • Continuation of the Hepburn Planning Scheme Review ($120,000)
  • Implementation of actions from the Biodiversity ($86,000), Economic Development ($30,000), Active Women and Girls ($10,000) and Youth Strategies ($100,000).

“We are looking forward to working with the community on the development and implementation of these works over the coming year. I would like to thank community members who provided feedback on the draft Budget,” said Cr Henderson.

Click here on the link to download a copy of the Hepburn Shire Council Adopted Budget 2019-20.


Business Resilience Workshop

Council are hosting a Small Business Victoria workshop on Wednesday 26 June 2019, on the topic of ‘Building Business Resilience – How to prepare for business challenges.’

Without an up-to-date crisis management plan ready to activate, your ability to shield your business from the fallout is already on the back foot.  At this workshop you will learn to plan, prepare, respond and recover from a crisis and so much more.

For further details on this workshop or to register to attend, click on the flyer below:

Building resilience Flyer FINAL

Clunes Hard/Green Waste Collection 2019

The Clunes Hard/Green Waste Collection for 2019 will commence on Monday 19 August 2019.  Items must be placed out be 6am.

For everything you need to know about the collection click on the leaflet below.


E-Waste Ban – 1 July 2019

Council’s transfer stations accept e-waste free of charge (excluding fridges and freezers).  E-waste is collected and processed through a product stewardship scheme operated by TechCollect.  Small e-waste (up to the size of a laptop) can also be taken to one of our customer service centres – Daylesford, Creswick and Clunes – for recycling.

E-waste refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted.  It covers a whole range of items from work, home and even the garden shed.  To protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government is banning all e-waste from landfill from 1 July 2019.

Click here for more information e-waste ban

Why recycle e-Waste?

All e-waste can contain hazardous materials. These can range from heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium to ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and flame retardants.  These substances can leach into soil and groundwater, or release into the air, creating long term environmental contamination issues. Many of these substances are particularly dangerous because they do not break down easily, meaning they stay in the environment for a very long time.

Creswick Community Park Outdoor Fitness Space

We’re excited to announce that the Creswick Community Park Outdoor Fitness Space is coming soon.  We’re hoping to commence installation of equipment on 13 June 2019 (weather permitting).

Council is delivering this project in partnership with the Creswick & District Community Bank Branch. Community input has been an important part of the design process for the fitness space. it will offer a range of cardio, strength, flexibility and mobility exercise opportunities through a mix of dynamic and static fitness equipment.  This will include a leg press, wheelchair friendly hand cycle, box jumps and a pull up bar.  Each piece of equipment will have an instructional panel which includes basic user information and a website link for more detailed use instructions.  There will also be suggested individual fitness plans.

The outdoor fitness space is designed for adults of all abilities, free to use and a great opportunity to further improve health and wellbeing in the great outdoors.  The delivery of our Shire’s first dedicated outdoor fitness space helps to achieve a key priority in the recently adopted Hepburn Shire Active Women and Girls Strategy to promote a healthy lifestyle, reduce social isolation, and increase female participation in structured and unstructured physical activity.

For further information on the project please contact Kathie Schnur on


World Environment Day – 5 June 2019

World Environment Day (5 June 2019) is a day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Council has been working on many initiatives aimed at reducing emissions, addressing climate change and protecting biodiversity. Here is a snapshot.


Hepburn Reserves Biodiversity Audit

Council is auditing the biodiversity assets within Council owned or managed reserves. Over 40 parcels of land are being assessed for vegetation quality, threatened species, habitat features and environmental threats and opportunities. Completion of the audit is expected by August.

Hidden biodiversity treasures, (and a few horrors!) have been revealed. Data from the audits will inform reserve management and help prioritise Council’s biodiversity actions and community support. The hundreds of new plant records will be supplied to the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas.

Towards Zero Emissions Roadmap

Towards Zero Emissions Roadmap is Council’s plan to reach zero net emissions due to Council operations by 2021. Works such as installing solar photovoltaics (PV) and upgrades to energy efficient lighting and equipment are ongoing at sites around the Shire. Council is assessing different options to procure the remaining electricity consumption from renewable projects.
A passenger electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid vehicle have just been purchased. Council is also seeking quotations for a replacement light truck and is considering diesel, hybrid and full electric options. EV uptake will also require an expansion of charging infrastructure.

Bioenergy Pilot Project

The Bioenergy pilot project is currently underway. Council was successful in obtaining grant funding from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to implement a bioenergy pilot project, aimed at diverting organic waste from landfill. The technology is called anaerobic digestion, which is the breakdown of organic waste in the absence of oxygen to create biogas (fuel), digestate (fertiliser) and water.

This funded project has required infrastructure works to be carried out at the Creswick Transfer Station. A trial unit is on site and consultants have been commissioning and testing in recent months. The pilot will be operating for the remainder of 2019, after which the project outcomes will be reviewed. Expansion to full scale would allow the site to process up to 5-7 tonnes per day – diverting almost all of Hepburn Shire’s organic waste from landfill.


Blackberry Workshop

In April, Hepburn hosted a well-attended demonstration of Blackberry control techniques by the Victorian Gorse Taskforce in Creswick. The demonstrations included the use of mulchers, drones and organic-derived herbicides. Given the high level of local interest, the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce and Hepburn Shire Council are in the early stage of planning another event in the second half of 2019.

Biocontrol of Environmental Weeds

In early autumn, a biocontrol for English (Scotch) Broom, the ‘Broom Gall Mite’ was identified in the Shire. The mite was released in the Australian Alps in 2012 by Agriculture Victoria. The mite has since been identified by Council officers at many sites around Daylesford and surrounding areas, perhaps introduced by enthusiastic volunteers. It appears to be having a significant impact on the Broom, reducing seed production and vigour- even killing some plants. A late spring program to involve community in helping the mite spread to other parts of the Shire is being discussed with Agriculture Victoria.


The Hepburn Shire Zero Net Emissions Transition (Z-NET) project was developed throughout 2018 and a Community Transition Plan was formally launched on 4 April 2019. This is a collaborative project between community members, sustainability groups, industry experts, Hepburn Wind, Hepburn Shire Council, Sustainability Victoria and various others.
The project uses real world, local data to develop a greenhouse gas emissions baseline for stationary energy (electricity & heat), transport, agriculture, land use change, waste and wastewater within the Shire. This information will be used to guide local emission reduction programs and track progress over the next ten years. Project resources are available at


Biodiversity Grants – $24,000 has been allocated by Council for a new grant program to support biodiversity actions. Several excellent proposals were received from local groups in May and, following Council approval, successful applications will be announced in late June.

Towards Zero Community Grants are allocated to community groups within the Shire to help them reduce their emissions and operating costs. More than $27,000 was allocated in May to community groups to upgrade to energy efficient lighting, install solar PV and perform energy efficiency assessments and upgrades.

Hepburn Solar Bulk Buy is run by the not-for-profit community group, MASH. The Bulk Buy has run throughout 2018/2019 and has been strongly supported by Council. The program has been highly subscribed and helped to increase the percentage of solar installations within the Shire. A new supplier has recently been appointed and the team at MASH have been working hard to support customers through this transition. More than $22,000 has been raised for the Bulk Buy Community Bonus from MASH and Council, which is being used to install solar on community facilities around the Shire. Funding was allocated in May after an application and assessment process.

Solar Savers supports pensioners and low-income households in the Shire to access solar PV systems. Council covers the cost upfront, which is paid back through a special rates charge to the property over ten years, at 0% interest. Energy bill savings are expected to offset the repayments, meaning that participating properties should be in front by $100 or more in the first year.
The project was fully subscribed in 2018/2019 and consequently it will be offered again in the 19/20 financial year.

To discuss any of the projects listed above or new potential projects, please contact Council’s Sustainability Officer at or 0437 061 349 or the Biodiversity Officer at or 0437 048 648.


Reconciliation Film Club

As part of National Reconciliation Week we are partnering with the Daylesford Community Cinema to bring you some special screenings.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 at 6:00pm

Undermined: Tales From The Kimberley (1hr 30min)

Award-winning director Nicholas Wrathall investigates the true costs of development in the world-famous Kimberley, where mega-mining and pastoral developments threaten not just the pristine environment but more than 200 Indigenous communities and their peoples’ sacred links to Country.

Daylesford Town Hall

Community Screening – Free Entry

Thursday, 30 May 2019 at 7:00pm

We Don’t Need A Map (1hr 25min)

A feature length documentary about Australia’s complex relationship to the Southern Cross. It is the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere and ever since colonisation it’s been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual, and just about completely unknown. Warwick Thornton, one of Australia’s leading film-makers, tackles this fiery subject head on in a bold, provocative and poetic essay-film. Produced by Barefoot Films.

Daylesford Town Hall

Community Screening – Free Entry

Friday, 31 May 2019 at 7:00pm

Top End Wedding  (1hr 53min)

Lauren and Ned are engaged, they are in love, and they have just ten days to find Lauren’s mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding.

Daylesford Town Hall

Community Screening – $15 – all proceeds will be donated to Daylesford Community Cinema

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Grounded In Truth – Reading The Country At Contact Tour

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth.

Join Adjunct Professor Barry Golding and Dja Dja Wurrung Elder Uncle Ricky Nelson for this one day bus tour.

This tour invites you to experience a range of important sites in the Dja Dja Wurrung landscape where there is evidence of contact from the late 1830s between the peoples of the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Nation and the invading pastoralists, including John Hepburn, after whom the Shire is named.

Wear clothing and footwear suitable for the predicted weather and for walking up to 500m away from the bus across paddocks. Bring your own lunch and morning/afternoon tea.

Numbers are limited so please register online to book your place. For all enquiries please contact Rachel Palmer –