Mayor and Councillors

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Image caption: (Left to right) Councillors Brian Hood, Tessa Halliday, Jen Bray (Deputy Mayor), Juliet Simpson, Don Henderson, Lesley Hewitt, Tim Drylie (Mayor).

Hepburn Shire Council has seven councillors elected every four years by the community to represent them on local public issues. They represent five wards. Birch and Creswick Wards each have two councillors. Cameron, Coliban and Holcombe Wards each have one councillor.

Every year councillors elect a Mayor and Deputy Mayor to serve for 12 months.

The current Councillors will serve until the next local government election in November 2024.

Find out how to invite the Mayor or Councillor(s) to an event. View the ward map of the Shire.

Meet the Mayor
Would you like to meet with our Mayor, Cr Tim Drylie, to discuss a local issue, provide feedback or raise a specific matter? You can book in a 30 minute session to meet the Mayor, either in-person or online.

The schedule for Meet the Mayor sessions is as follows:

  • Wednesday 26 October 2022
  • Wednesday 22 February 2023
  • Wednesday 26 April 2023
  • Wednesday 28 June 2023

Book a session

 

Councillor Tim Drylie (Mayor)

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Creswick Ward Councillor

Phone: 0427 503 258

Email: tdrylie@hepburn.vic.gov.au

Cr Tim Drylie was elected to Council in October 2020 and voted Mayor in November 2021.

He represents Council on the:

  • Committee of Management for DELWP
  • Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group Forum
  • Public Art Advisory Committee (as an alternative)

Cr Drylie grew up in Warrnambool in Western Victoria and completed a music scholarship at The University High School in Melbourne. He has a BA in Drama from Latrobe University and PostGradDip and an MA in Cinema Studies from The University of Melbourne. He has worked with ABC TV in Melbourne as an Assistant Director and Floor Manager, tutored at the University of Melbourne, and has run a vintage furniture store in Montmorency.

He has three teenage children, lives in Creswick and runs a second-hand business with his partner, Holly. Tim also coordinates the Creswick Market and Hepburn Z-NET Home Energy Assessments. He is a member of the Transition Creswick sustainability group, Creswick Theatre Company and the Z-NET roundtable committee. He is a lead vocalist with the Creswick Brass Band. 

Councillor Jen Bray (Deputy Mayor)

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Birch Ward Councillor

Mobile: 0428 150 652

Email: jbray@hepburn.vic.gov.au

Cr Jen Bray was elected to represent Birch Ward Councillor in October 2020 and voted Deputy Mayor in November 2021. She is one of two councillors representing Birch Ward.

She represents Council on the:

  • Committee of Management for DELWP
  • Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Committee
  • Salvaging at Transfer Stations Local Law no. 2 Community Reference Group
  • Planting on Nature Strips Local Law no. 2 Community Reference Group

Cr Bray is a theatre director, drama teacher and events manager. She has lectured at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and has been a VCA department manager and a short course co-ordinator at the National Institute of Circus Arts. She teaches drama and dance for children, teens and adults and presents large-scale theatre events at the Daylesford Town Hall and helped form the Daylesford Youth Theatre.

Cr Bray moved to Hepburn Shire in 2004. She believes Council has a duty to protect its natural environment, Indigenous and historical cultural heritage, strong farming traditions, arts, sports, local businesses and its diverse social make-up.

Councillor Lesley Hewitt

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Birch Ward Councillor

Mobile: 0408 793 941

Email: lhewitt@hepburn.vic.gov.au

Cr Lesley Hewitt was elected to represent Birch Ward Councillor in October 2020. She is one of two councillors representing Birch Ward.

She represents Council on the:

  • Municipal Association of Victoria
  • Central Highlands Councils Victoria
  • Loddon Campaspe Councils Victoria
  • Committee of Management for DELWP
  • Risk and Audit Committee
  • Disability Advisory Committee
  • Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Committee

Cr Hewitt is a retired social worker and a former Hepburn Shire Council Mayor (2020). She has worked in sexual assault and child protection front line services and policy development and has lectured at Monash University where her research interests included interpersonal violence, program evaluation and social inclusion.

Cr Hewitt is a bush walker and coaches at Daylesford RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria). She aspires to a strong economic recovery post-COVID, and an active and engaged community that uses locals’ skills and knowledge to secure 21st century infrastructure to improve liveability across the shire.

Councillor Tessa Halliday

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Cameron Ward Councillor

Mobile: 0427 596 101

Email: thalliday@hepburn.vic.gov.au

Cr Tessa Halliday was elected to represent Cameron Ward in October 2020.

She represents Council on the:

  • Public Art Advisory Committee
  • Committee of Management for DELWP
  • World Heritage Listing of the Victorian Goldfields Region Steering Committee (as an alternative)
  • Disability Advisory Committee (as an alternative)

Cr Halliday moved to Clunes in 2011 where she has six hectares and 59 animals. She started and ran Open House Dinners in Clunes for 18 months before handing this event to the Clunes Neighbourhood House.  

Cr Halliday is a member of Clunes and District Agricultural Society, ChillOut Festival Daylesford and Clunes Field and Game. She has held roles in the Clunes Farmers Market, the Clunes Makers Market and the Clunes Landcare and Waterways Group and has run other small wellbeing groups and events. She is focused on ensuring her constituents feel informed and valued through communication, community consultation and transparency.

 

Councillor Brian Hood

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Coliban Ward Councillor

Mobile: 0427 797 151

Email: bhood@hepburn.vic.gov.au

Cr Brian Hood was elected to represent Coliban Ward in October 2020.

He represents Council on the:

  • Committee of Management for DELWP
  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Municipal Emergency Management

Cr Hood played football as a teenager and was an AFL level umpire and secretary of the AFL Umpires Association. He is a life member of that organisation and a former Hepburn Shire Council Deputy Mayor (2020).

His sporting interests are AFL (Western Bulldogs), EPL (Liverpool) and athletics.

Cr Hood wants help make our shire an even better place to live and work. He wants to see important projects such as the Trentham Community Centre and Sportsground upgrade completed with infrastructure that serves the community’s long-term needs.

Councillor Don Henderson

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Creswick Ward Councillor

Mobile: 0427 559 684

Email: dhenderson@hepburn.vic.gov.au

Cr Don Henderson was elected to represent Creswick Ward in October 2020.

He represents Council on the:

  • Committee of Management for DELWP
  • World Heritage Listing of the Victorian Goldfields Region Steering Committee
  • 2021 Heather Mutimer International Women’s Day Honour Roll Interim Selection Panel
  • Collection of Firewood Local Law no. 2 Community Reference Group

Cr Henderson is a self-funded retiree and has been on Council since 2008. He has worked as a self-employed construction contractor and safety and industrial relations consultant. He has been advisor to the Australian Workers Union and the Victorian Building Industry Board, been president of the Ballarat Trades and Labour Council and has held roles with the inaugural steering committee of National Women in Construction, the Building Workers Industrial Union and has served as a board member/director on company and industry boards and the Homeless Building Trust.

Cr Henderson was born and raised on the Creswick goldfields. He wants to preserve nature and our built and natural heritage. He is passionate about community and empowering people, especially young people, to achieve their life goals. He has met and chatted with Nelson Mandela.

Councillor Juliet Simpson

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Holcombe Ward Councillor

Mobile: 0427 855 603

Email: jsimpson@hepburn.vic.gov.au

Cr Juliet Simpson was elected to represent Holcombe Ward in October 2020.

She represents Council on the:

  • Committee of Management for DELWP
  • 2021 Heather Mutimer International Women’s Day Honour Roll Interim Selection Panel
  • Mineral Springs Reserves Advisory Committee

Cr Simpson is a beef farmer and passionate gardener and is regenerating part of her farm with native flora. She has worked as a hotel concierge, a bank customer service officer and has been a director of the Nowranie Pastoral Company.

She is an active member of the Daylesford Historical Society, the Daylesford Horticultural Society and Glenlyon and Upper Loddon Landcare.

Cr Simpson wants to ensure the highest standards of governance are met and to represent her ward and the shire fairly.