Active Women and Girls Strategy – Workshop

A workshop exploring ways to increase women and girls participation in sport and active recreation

Council, in partnership with Sport and Recreation Victoria, is developing an Active Women and Girls strategy.  The development of this strategy is important as females are less likely than males to be physically active. Within the Hepburn Shire, 32.3% of females are meeting the physical activity guidelines compared with 50.7% of males (VicHealth, 2015). This strategy will provide a short, medium and long term action plan to increase women and girls participation in sport and active recreation within the Hepburn Shire.

We invite you to come and share ideas on increasing participation and strategies to address barriers to women and girls being physically active in the local Hepburn Shire community.  Attendees will hear about the current participation rates of women and girls in sport and active recreation within the Hepburn Shire.

Attendees will have the opportunity to identify:

  • Barriers that may prevent women and girls from participating in sport and active recreation in Hepburn Shire
  • Current activities, programs and initiatives within the Hepburn Shire that encourage women and girls participation in sport and active recreation
  • Initiatives that could enable more women and girls to participate in sport and active recreation.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday 18 September 2018

Start Time: Arrive at 9.15am for a 9.30am sharp start

Finish Time: 12.30pm

Location: Victoria Park Recreation Reserve, Daylesford

Registrations are essential. Tickets are limited.   Please RSVP by clicking here.

A Healthy Choices Morning Tea will be provided.

For further questions in regards to this workshop please contact Rachel – Community Projects Officer at Hepburn Shire, on 5321 6447 or

The agenda and additional resources/information will be distributed closer to the date of the workshop.

Please note – We acknowledge that this time and day may not suit all attendees. There will be additional opportunities for you and/or your organisation or club to provide feedback into this strategy. Please contact Rachel for more information. 

Tip Vouchers

2018-19 tip vouchers are available to pick up for those eligible residents in the shire.  The number of vouchers allocated to eligible residents can be found at the bottom of the rates notice.

Eligible residents can collect Tip Vouchers from Customer Service in Duke Street, The Warehouse Clunes, Creswick Hub and all Transfer Stations at Daylesford, Creswcik and Trentham (you will need to present your rates notice).

Please remember that lost Tip Vouchers will not be replaced.

Get It Right On Bin Night

By making a few simple changes around the home you can help reduce waste to landfill. Get it Right on Bin Night helps you understand how you can improve your recycling habits and make a difference from your kerbside.

Getting it right is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  • Know what you can recycle

Your kerbside recycling bin can accept paper, cardboard and packaging containers made from plastic, liquid paper board (eg. cartons), glass, steel and aluminium. Find out what you can recycle.

  • Check for recycling in every room

Many items in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, lounge and study can go in your recycling bin. Find out what you can recycle.

  • Make sure items are empty

Items don’t need to be sparkling clean, just empty.  Remove solid food scraps like pizza and leftovers.

  • Keep recycling out of plastic bags

Remember, if you put your recycling in plastic bags it may end up in landfill because it can’t be sorted and recycled.

  • Keep these items out of your recycling bin

Putting these items in your recycling bin affects the recycling process making it harder to sort and recycle the correct items.

  • Garden waste – Should be placed in the general waste bin or taken to the Transfer Stations.
  • General household waste, including items such as nappies – Put into your rubbish bin.
  • Food waste – If you have space at home you can compost your food waste, otherwise it should go in your rubbish bin.
  • Household chemicals – Find out about the Detox Your Home program.
  • Electronics (e.g. computers, TVs, mobile phones) and batteries – Can be taken to the Transfer Stations with no fee attached
  • Timber, concrete, bricks and rubble – Can be dropped off at the Daylesford Transfer Station only.
  • Household goods and furniture – Transfer Stations have ‘tip shops’ that accept good quality household goods and furniture which we then sell at great prices.

For items in good condition you can also contact your local charity shop to see if they would like them, or hold your own garage sale.

  • Polystyrene foam packaging – Place in your rubbish bin.
  • Ceramic and glass waste (non packaging) such as cups, crockery, drinking glasses, Pyrex glass, ovenware, window glass and mirrors – These items should be wrapped (if broken) and placed in your garbage bin. If they are in good condition contact your local charity shop to see if they would like them, or hand them on to friends or family.
  • Scrap metal items like car parts – these are accepted at the Transfer Stations

Draft Biodiversity Strategy – Workshops & Submissions

The Hepburn Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2018-2021 outlines the commitment of the Council to protect, enhance and restore biodiversity across the shire. The strategy includes a three-year action plan with 13 strategic areas of focus and 32 actions intended to provide on ground protection and enhancement of biodiversity, support well informed decision making, increase community awareness and support partnerships to improve biodiversity for future generations. This revised draft incorporates feedback received during public display and forums in late 2017, and has been further redrafted with the expertise of a community reference Group and the shire’s Biodiversity Officer.

Community Workshops

We will host three community workshops to discuss the strategy:

  • 3 September, Smeaton Bowling Club – 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
  • 4 September, Daylesford Senior Citizens – 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm
  • 5 September, Trentham Neighbourhood Centre – 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

To register your interest please call us on 5348 2306 (option 1 on the menu) by Thursday 30 August 2018 (specify dietary needs).


Click here to view  a copy of the Draft Hepburn Shire Council Biodiversity Strategy 2018-2021. Copies can also be viewed at Council’s offices in Daylesford, Clunes and Creswick, and Daylesford and Trentham libraries.

If you would like to make a submission on the Draft Biodiversity Strategy 2018-2021 please do so by the close of business on Friday 6 September 2018. Submissions can be made to or in writing to Biodiversity Officer, Hepburn Shire Council, PO Box 21, Daylesford 3460.

For more information contact Brian Bainbridge, Biodiversity Officer, on 5321 6488.

Get It Right On Bin Night

When it is your scheduled collection time remember to:

  • have your bin out no later than 6am the morning of collection. Better still why not put it out the night before!
  • have your bins at least 50cm away from each other
  • place your bins no further than 1metre from the roadway
  • ensure your bins are at least 1m from the nearest obstruction (eg. tree, vehicle etc)

Remember – NO garden cuttings, plastic bags or food scraps should go into your Recycling Bin. All of our garbage trucks have cameras installed so they can see what is in the bin.

Clunes Hard Waste

The Clunes Hard Waste collection is scheduled for Monday 20 August 2018. Please see information below on what can and can’t be included in the collection.

Love Food Hate Waste Victoria

Food waste costs the average Victorian household $2,200 a year and we throw out 1 in 5 bags of food we buy!

The Love Food Hate Waste Victoria campaign, by Sustainability Victoria, has hundreds of tips, ideas and recipes to help you reduce your food waste.

And right now, they are helping Victorians to love their leftovers!  By using up leftovers and using what you’ve already got, you will waste less food, get more from your grocery bill and do a little bit for the environment while you’re at it.

By using up leftovers, your household could:

  • Reduce your grocery bill
  • Help the environment by wasting less resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Be more organised in the kitchen
  • Get more nutrition from your groceries
  • Live more sustainably.

Whether it’s last night’s dinner or the last few mushrooms in your fridge, there are lots of ways you can love your leftovers, such as:

  • Reinvent last night’s dinner into today’s lunch
  • Use up or freeze fresh produce if it’s about to go bad
  • Make friends with your freezer by freezing leftovers in single serve portions
  • Check the fridge and pantry before shopping so you know what you have
  • Cook up a hearty winter soup or stew to use up vegetables that are past their best
  • Plan meals around what you already have and need to use
  • Start a weekly leftovers night

Check out this video on the Love Food Hate Waste campaign…

How to get involved…

For tips, advice and recipes, you can follow the Love Food Hate Waste Victoria Facebook page or visit the website


Trentham Postal Survey – Call for Scrutineers

The count of the responses received for the Trentham Postal Survey on the preferred location of the Trentham Hub will be held on Monday 6 August 2018.

Council would like to thank all community members within the Coliban Ward for their participation in the process.

The count of the surveys will be overseen by the Returning Officer, Mr Ron Ritchie, and will take place in the Trentham Library.

While the Library will be closed to the public on this date, Council is now taking nominations from members of the public to be scrutineers. Up to two scrutineers will be permitted as representatives of each site preference, therefore a total of four.

What is a scrutineer?

A scrutineer for the purposes of this postal survey is a person permitted to observe, and be present within the room when the surveys are sorted and counted so as they may confirm the integrity of election processes on behalf of the community.

For the purposes of this survey, each scrutineer will be required to attend the count within the Trentham Library from 10 am on Monday 6 August 2018 and commit to staying for the duration of the counting process.  Mobile phones and other devices with internet connectivity will not be permitted.

How do I nominate as a scrutineer?

Nominations will only be considered from eligible voters within the Coliban Ward.

To nominate as a scrutineer, please send your name and contact number to the Returning Officer, Mr Ron Ritchie, stating which Hub site you represent.  Nominations must be received by 5 pm on Thursday 2 August 2018.

In the event that the nominations received exceed the number of scrutineer positions available (two per site preference), the nominees will be drawn at random by the Returning Officer.  This draw will occur at his office in Mount Waverley at 10 am on Friday 3 August 2018 and the process will be overseen and verified by an independent observer.

The nominees successfully appointed under this process will be notified by phone or email on Friday afternoon.

Rules for Scrutineers of the Trentham Hub Postal Survey

A scrutineer appointed must:

  • Arrive at the Trentham Library by no later than 10 am on Monday 6 August 2018,
  • complete and sign a scrutineer appointment and undertaking form supplied by the Returning Officer,
  • inspect, but not touch, any survey paper at the count,
  • remain within the Trentham Library for the duration of the count, from 10 am until the result is announced by the Returning Officer in the presence of the Mayor,
  • direct all communication or questions through the Returning Officer

You must not:

  • Touch survey papers,
  • use an image recording device (such as a camera, a video recorder, or a camera or video-enabled mobile phone) in the counting location,
  • unreasonably delay or interfere with the progress of counting the surveys,
  • send or receive any correspondence (written, verbal or non verbal) with any person or party outside of the counting venue while the count is in progress and until the Returning Officer confirms that it is ok to do so

Should a scrutineer fail to adhere to the above guidelines, they may be asked to leave the venue.


Toss It? No Way! Repair Cafe






A Repair Café is a neighbourhood initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out. The initiators organise a Repair Café where residents can bring their broken items to fix them on the spot with the help of volunteers.

Council is looking for local residents interested in sharing their skills as volunteers, and supporters of the Repair Cafe concept, to attend an information session:

16 August 2018
1 – 2.30pm at the Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre
16 August 2018
6.30 – 7.30 at the Daylesford Senior Citizens

We are looking for people who are handy with:

  • clothing/textiles
  • bicycles
  • electrical appliances
  • furniture/wooden objects.

We look forward to meeting lots of volunteers and supporters at these sessions.

Sort Your Load & Save

Residents are encouraged to sort their loads before they go to the waste transfer station.

You can save their money by making a few small changes to how you pack your load. The Transfer Stations have different charges for different materials, so if an item can be recycled, repurposed or reprocessed, it is cheaper to dispose of, and some materials are accepted for free.

If a load is not sorted, it can be difficult to see what types of materials are in the load. This means in some cases, the attendant can only charge the highest rate. This is why sorting your load before you leave home is so important.

Sorting can be as simple as putting all of the household recyclables together, separating any aluminium/tin cans, flattening any large cardboard boxes, putting bricks and rubble together, and separating timber, metals, electronic waste and green waste.

By doing all of this, residents can help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, which ultimately helps our environment.

There are many items that don’t attract a disposal fee. These include:

  • Aluminium
  • Paper
  • Cardboard (clean)
  • Wheel rims
  • Oil
  • Scrap Metal
  • Empty paint tins
  • Clean drums (DrumMuster)
  • Batteries
  • E-waste
  • Re-usable goods and furniture
  • Re-usable building materials (operator discretion)

See your local Transfer Station Operator for more information.

Did you know it is illegal not to secure your load? Please go to the attached link to see what fines/charges are payable if you don’t secure your load correctly.

Click here for information from VicRoads on fines for not securing loads


Meet the CEO Sessions

Evan King, our new CEO, commences on 23 July 2018.  As a way of introducing Evan to the community, we have organised a number of “Meet the CEO” community sessions around the shire. Community members are welcome to attend a session in their Ward, or any other session that may suit them. We are also organising sessions for business operators in the shire and non-resident ratepayers. This is your opportunity to meet Evan and have an informal chat.

  • Daylesford: Tuesday 31 July, 5.30 – 6.15pm – Council Chambers, Town Hall, Vincent St.
  • Creswick: Wednesday 8 August, 4.30 – 5.15pm, Creswick Hub, Albert St.
  • Glenlyon: Tuesday 14 August, 5.00 – 5.45pm, Glenlyon Shire Hall, Barkly St.
  • Clunes: Wednesday 15 August, 5.00 – 5.45pm, Esmond Gallery, The Warehouse – Clunes, Fraser St.
  • Trentham: Friday 24 August, 5.00 – 5.45pm, Trentham Neighbourhood Centre, High St

Animal Industries Planning Reforms

On 27 June 2018, the Victorian Government announced new animal industries planning reforms to balance industry growth, environmental protection and community amenity. These reforms will come into operation in September 2018. The reforms have been shaped by extensive consultation with rural and regional communities, peak industry bodies, animal industries, councils and planners. The reforms introduce new land use definitions and associated planning controls for animal industries into the Victoria Planning Provisions and all local planning schemes in Victoria. An information session will be held at The Pavilion, Victoria Park, 3011 Ballan-Daylesford Road, Daylesford on 25 July, 10am to 2pm.

Registration for the Daylesford session is through Agriculture Victoria, please register online at:…

Registration closes 24 July and places are limited.