Carbon Free Action Workshop


Carbon Free Action Workshop

Hepburn Shire Council will be hosting a Carbon Free Action Workshop building on the themes which emerged from the Carbon Free Community Conversations held in June.

The workshop will be held on:

Saturday 14th October – 9.30 am to 4.30 pm at the Victoria Park Pavillion in Daylesford  

The workshop will bring together communities from across the shire to explore how your community could lead the way to become carbon neutral. Community members who didn’t attend the initial Community Conversations are welcome to attend this workshop.

Hear from guest speakers who have relevant knowledge and experience and help develop an action plan/roadmap to turn ideas into reality.

  • Learn from the Renewable Newstead and Hepburn Wind community energy experiences
  • Learn more about the Hepburn Solar Bulk Buy opportunity
  • What does it take to conduct a successful household/business energy savings program?
  • Find out more about Waste to Energy opportunities in the Hepburn Shire

Be part of a “ how to” community power workshop which will:

  • Build community knowledge about community energy and the steps involved
  • Familiarise the community with the most viable community energy business models in Australia.
  • Identifying the skills and resources needed.
  • Develop a plan for the next steps toward making community power projects a reality.

The workshops are open to all, however as numbers are limited registration is required.

For further details of the themes which emerged from the Carbon Free Community Conversations click here Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford and  Trentham.

For further information and resources on Carbon Neutral Communities and Community Power click here .

For further enquiries, please contact John Van Rooden at or on 03 5321 6125.

School Holiday Fun at Hepburn Shire Libraries

There lot’s happening at our libraries across the shire for school holidays. Keep the kids busy with some great activities and events.

Creswick library at the Creswick Hub – Ph: 5345 2145

Clunes Library at The Warehouse – Clunes – Ph: 5345 3359

Daylesford Library – Ph: 5348 2800

Trentham Library – Ph: 5424 1326

Seniors Festival 2017

Hepburn Shire will host one big showcase event for the Seniors Festival in 2017.  We hope you can come along.

Please remember to RSVP if you need transport to the event from elsewhere in the shire.


Hepburn Hub at The Rex – Plans Available

Plans for the Hepburn Hub at The Rex are available for the community to view. Works on the Hepburn Hub are scheduled to start later this month.

The works are likely to take 6 -9 months to complete, although parts of the new Community Hub, including the new cinema/auditorium and public toilets, will be available as they are completed.

The public toilets will be closed for the duration of the construction project until new public toilets are opened. Public toilets are available next to the Visitor Information Centre approximately 250 metres from The Rex.

In order to ensure the safety of the community and visitors, The Rex car park (off Duke Street) and access from Duke Street to Vincent Street via The Rex will be closed for the duration of the construction works.  During construction, the car parks at the front of The Rex building may be used for deliveries to the site from time to time.

Click here to view the plans

EOI – Welcome to New Residents Sessions

Council is calling on Expressions of Interest from not-for-profit community group(s) to conduct Welcome to New Residents sessions.

The sessions are to be conducted in Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford and Trentham.  These four locations are intended to cover the whole municipality.

The purpose of the Welcome to New Residents sessions is to provide information about Council and other services as well as an introduction to the local community, for example volunteering opportunities, local events and activities.  While the sessions would be organised and promoted by the successful community group they would be delivered in partnership with Council. It would be expected that the Mayor and /or Ward Councillor would be invited to make a welcoming speech and Council information would be provided at the session.

Council has allocated $1,000 per town for the delivery of a minimum of two sessions annually.  The successful group will enter into a terms and conditions agreement with Council for one year and will be required to submit an annual acquittal. Your expression of interest can relate to operating sessions in individual towns.

Expressions of Interest will be assessed on:

  • Proposed approach to Welcome to New Residents Session – how would the event be organised and run;
  • Cost to Council;
  • Demonstrated experience in organising and promoting community events;
  • Proven ability to work in partnership with other community groups and services; and,
  • Planned marketing and promotional activity.

EOI closes 13 September 2017.

Please email submissions to

Please call Kathleen Brannigan to discuss your submission – 5321 6418

Living with Bushfire Community Conference

Victorians will have the opportunity to hear from leading industry experts including fire ecologists and community emergency groups to gain valuable and provide practical knowledge on bushfire risk.

We’re delighted to be partnering with the other Local Governments, CFA, DELWP, Federation University, Parks Victoria and other emergency management organisations for the fourth Living with Bushfire Community Conference on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October 2017, at the Mt Helen Campus, Ballarat.

The Living with Bushfire Community Conference brings together emergency management organisations, community groups, decision makers, industry, researchers, and community members to share knowledge and contribute to community resilience in the Grampians region and across Victoria.

Registrations are now open via the Eventbrite website

New Arts & Culture Facebook Page Launched

We are pleased to announce that Council has launched a new Arts & Culture Facebook page.

The Arts and Culture Facebook page will help us communicate with a large sector of vibrant and creative community members.  The platform will be used to share opportunities for local artists to get involved in initiatives and apply for funding streams.  As the Regional Centre for Culture program unfolds in 2018, there will be activities to share with the arts community.

The Arts & Culture Facebook page aligns within our Council Plan Action to improve communication with the public by implementing new online social media platforms.  We encourage those in the community interested in arts and culture to like the page.

To visit (and “like”) the page click on the following link:

We’re Partnering with the Regional Centre for Culture

Council is a proud partner of the 2018 Creative Victoria initiative, the Regional Centre for Culture (RCC). The RCC is a yearlong program celebrating the creative industries and capacity in our region. The City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander Shire, Central Goldfields Shire and Hepburn Shire local governments are all partners to the initiative.

The RCC producers will be hosting Town Hall style meetings around Hepburn Shire for anyone interested in being involved with the program. Funding is available from $1,500 to $30,000 for local individuals, groups or organisations to hold events or showcases during the program.

The following link will direct you to the official Regional Centre for Culture webpage:

If you have any questions, please contact your Hepburn Shire RCC representative, Nate Perry, by phone on 5321 6439.

The details for the Hepburn Shire Town Hall meetings are below:


Thursday 10 August: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
The Warehouse,
38 Fraser St, Clunes


Thursday 10 August: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Creswick Hub,
68 Albert St, Creswick


Wednesday 16 August: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Trentham Neighbourhood Centre
High St, Trentham


Wednesday 16 August: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Senior Citizens Room (behind the Town Hall)
76 Vincent St, Daylesford


Victoria Park Community Pavilion Association – Nominations open for Executive Members

The Victoria Park Community Pavilion Association is being established to manage the Victoria Park Community Pavilion in Daylesford.  Nominations are open for the appointment of community members to serve on the Executive Committee.  Council will enter into a lease with the Association, which will be responsible for management of the facility.

Community members of the Committee should have a connection with Daylesford and expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Financial management and budgeting;
  • Facility management;
  • Fundraising and sponsorship;
  • Marketing and promotion;
  • Governance

Interested community members can download the Nomination Form and the proposed Rules of Incorporation below.

For further information contact Michael Hynes, Community and Economic Project Coordinator on 5321 6136.

Nominations close on Monday 14 August 2017 and will be considered by Council.

Model Rules for Incorporated Organisation

Nomination Form

Calling all Daylesford Library Users…

Following extensive community consultation over the last couple of years we are about to start building the new Daylesford Library as part of the Hepburn Hub in The Rex and we want to hear from you about collection, services and opening hours as we plan our move to the new Library.

If you’re interested please complete a quick survey by following the link below.

Survey will be available until 31st August 2017.


Waste to Energy Project Funding Announced

For over three years  Council has reviewed various waste to energy solutions aiming to transform organic waste otherwise sent to landfill into a valuable fuel resource.

We have identified a small scale, renewable energy solution which demonstrates clear economic, social and environmental benefits.

$650,000 funding under the New Energy Jobs Fund will enable Council to:

  • Process 1,500 tonnes of organic waste diverted from landfill annually
  • Create 5 ongoing jobs.
  • Reduce landfill and waste transportation costs by $280,000 annually
  • Generate renewable base load energy.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 200,000 tonnes over 20 years from avoided fossil fuel use and landfill methane emissions.
  • Demonstrate the economic and technical viability of this fast rate anaerobic digestion process
  • Highlight how smaller, scalable system design can be readily deployed to meet varying energy demands.

The system has been designed to readily scale up to process 40,000 tonnes of organic waste into the future in collaboration with neighbouring Councils.

The longer term innovative vision is to use the existing gas network to distribute ‘green gas’ from the Hepburn Waste to Energy plant to micro power generation sites in community facilities across the region.

This solution has the potential to be a catalyst for the growth of sustainable energy jobs in Victoria.

This project has the potential to encourage other Councils and organisations to understand the benefits of adopting this scalable waste to energy solution.

Watch this video to see how it will work…

(L-R: Cr John Cottrell, Mary-Anne Thomas MP, The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, Mayor Cr Sebastian Klein & Cr Don Henderson)


Notice of Annual General Meetings & Call for Nominations for Special Committees

The Annual General Meetings for Council’s Section 86 Committees are as follows:

  • Creswick Museum Special Committee of Council – 4:30pm – Monday 7 August – The Creswick HUB.
  • Glenlyon Recreation Reserve Special Committee of Council – 7:30pm – Wednesday 2 August- The Pavilion.
  • Lyonville Hall Special Committee of Council – 7:00pm – Tuesday 17 October – Lyonville Hall.
  • Lee Medlyn Home of Bottles Special Committee of Council – following the general meeting commencing at 10:30am – Wednesday 9 August – Lee Medlyn Home of Bottles
  • Dean Recreation Reserve & Tennis Courts Special Committee of Council at 7:00pm – Wednesday 26 July – Dean Recreation Reserve.

Council is also seeking applications from individuals, including current members and other interested people, to be appointed to the following Special Committees:

  • Creswick Museum- must be willing to serve on the roster a minimum of once per month, as well as assist within the museum and research centre
  • Lyonville Hall
  • Dean Recreation Reserve and Tennis Courts
  • Glenlyon Recreation Reserve
  • Lee Medlyn Home of Bottles
  • Drummond Hall

New members will be appointed for either two or three years – to enable continuity of some members when the next renewal occurs.

Application forms are available from Council offices or by clicking here. Completed applications detailing your interest in the committee and experience, including your resume, should be forwarded to Katherine Toom, Hepburn Shire Council, PO Box 21 Daylesford VIC 3160 or by 5pm Friday 28 July 2017.