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 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:

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

End of Year Closure & Emergency Contacts

Council offices/Hubs/Libraries will be closed from 3pm on Monday  24 December 2018, reopening on Wednesday 2 January 2019. 

Emergency Contacts:

In the case of an after-hours animal emergency, please call Council on 0419 587 955.  If you have any other after-hours Council emergency, please call us on 0419 583 573. If we are unable to answer the call, please leave a message  with your name and contact number.  For Mains Water Emergencies, call 1800 061 514.

Waste Collection & Cleaning:

For a missed bin collection or any waste issues, please call Wheelie Waste on 1800 999 690.  Waste collection calendars for your area can be found on Council’s website –    For issues relating to the cleaning of our Shire public toilets, please call 0429 664 592 (leave a message if you are unable to reach the cleaner on duty).

Visitor Information Centres:

Daylesford – open 9am-5pm daily – Closed Christmas Day

Creswick – open 10am-5pm daily – Closed Christmas day

Trentham – open 10am-4pm Saturdays & Sundays only

Clunes – open Thursday 27 December – 11am – 3pm,Friday 28 December – 11am – 3pm, Saturday 29 December – 11am – 3pm,Sunday 30 December – 11am – 3pm and Monday 31 December – 11am –3pm.  Closed on 25 & 26 December and Tuesday 1 January (Public Holidays)

Hammon Park Master Plan Finalised

The Hammon Park Master Plan has been finalised after a series of consultation sessions, an online forum and community feedback.

Changes to the Master Plan as a result of community feedback include:

  • A reroute of the bike path to between the toilets and the hall to avoid impacting car parking at the hall
  • Contingency plan for main car park to block circular traffic movement if required (speed humps)
  • Narrowing of entrance to main car park to direct head lights and traffic further north down Moore St and slow traffic turning right out of car park
  • Installation of Local Traffic only sign beyond car park entrance heading south on Moore Street
  • Arboreal inspection of large dying cypress between Moore St and car park.

We thank community members who have provided feedback and helped shape the finalised plan.

Click here to download a copy of the Master Plan

Call for Nominations – Mineral Springs Reserves Advisory Committee

The Mineral Springs Reserves Advisory Committee (MSRAC) will provide advice to assist Hepburn Shire Council plan, prioritise and implement maintenance works and major projects across all Mineral Springs Reserves located within the Shire, given parameters and funding opportunities.

Council invites community members and key stakeholders who have an interest in the Mineral Springs Reserves and who are interested in becoming a community representative on this Committee to submit a nomination for membership.

Nomination forms and a copy of the Committee’s Terms of Reference can be found below or by contacting Paulette Pleasance on

(03) 5321 6142 or via email

Completed nominations are to be lodged by Monday 17 December 2018 and can be emailed to or mailed to:

Mineral Springs Reserve Advisory Committee Nominations
C/- Paulette Pleasance
Hepburn Shire Council
PO Box 21
Daylesford  VIC  3460

Nomination Form Mineral Springs Reserves Advisory Committee

Terms Of Reference – Mineral Springs Reserve Advisory Committee 

Hepburn Shire Biodiversity Strategy 2018-2021 Adopted

The Hepburn Shire Biodiversity Strategy 2018-2021 was adopted at the 20 November 2018 Council meeting.

The strategy outlines the commitment of the Council to protect and enhance Hepburn’s unique biodiversity.   It identifies on-ground works, actions to increase Council’s capacity and to support community action and awareness.  Specific actions include the Council’s expanded roadside weeds program, a biodiversity forum and baseline assessments of biodiversity on council managed properties.

Click here to download a copy of the strategy

Australia Day Awards 2019 – Nominations Open

Do you know an outstanding Australian in the Hepburn Shire that could be nominated for an Australia Day Award?

Council is inviting nominations for the following Awards:

  • Hepburn Shire Council Citizen of the Year
  • Hepburn Shire Council Young Citizen of the Year
  • Hepburn Shire Council Community Event of the Year

Please send completed, confidential nomination forms by 5pm, Wednesday 2 January 2019, to:

Katherine Toom
Governance and Information Coordinator
Hepburn Shire Council
PO Box 21
Daylesford Victoria 3460

or email to

Australia Day 2019 – Nomination Form Local Awards – Guidance Document

Australia Day 2019 – Nomination Form – Local Awards

Cr Don Henderson & Cr Kate Redwood AM elected Mayor and Deputy Mayor

At the meeting held last night, Council elected Councillors Don Henderson (Creswick Ward) and Kate Redwood AM (Birch Ward) as Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

Cr Henderson commenced in his role of Councillor in 2008.

Mayor Cr Henderson said that he intended to use the office of Mayor to build closer ties with other municipalities in the region.

“The time has come to share resources and help each other to grow.  My intention is to also build relationships with bodies such as VicRoads, Regional Roads Victoria, Regional Development Victoria and others,” said Cr Henderson.

Evan King, CEO, congratulated Councillors Don Henderson and Kate Redwood AM on their election.

“Cr Henderson and Cr Redwood have the skills and knowledge to effectively lead our Council over the coming year.   I look forward to working closely with the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor as we move into another busy year in 2019,” said Mr King.

Image – Cr Kate Redwood AM (Deputy Mayor), Evan King (CEO) & Cr Don Henderson (Mayor)

Fire Danger Period Declared – Commencing 12 November 2018

The Fire Danger period for the Hepburn Shire will commences at 0100 hours on 12 November 2018 and will remain in place until 1 May 2019 unless stated otherwise.

This means you cannot light a fire in the open air unless you have a permit or comply with certain requirements.

If you don’t obtain a permit, you could be breaking the law and may be prosecuted.  Penalties may include a fine up to $19,342 and/or up to 12 months’ imprisonment.

For guides on what you can and can’t do during the Fire Danger Period or on days of total fire ban visit

The Rex Update – October 2018

Why build a community hub at The Rex?

The Hepburn Hub project at The Rex will transform this iconic building into a valuable community asset. The Rex project is a major Council initiative which will deliver a modern administration centre, library and facilities, including a community theatre and social enterprise cafe. The Rex is stage one of a broader program, including upgrades to the Daylesford Swimming Pool and Town Hall. The Daylesford Town Hall will accommodate the Visitor Information Centre, an updated Senior Citizens’ Room and gallery space. Combined, these projects will provide better access to improved community facilities across the Shire.

What are the benefits of The Rex project?

The reinvigoration of The Rex as part of the Hepburn Hub project will mean a better
utilisation of the space and more community use of the building. Delivering The Rex project will create greater efficiency in Council service delivery for the community, benefiting ratepayers across the
Shire. The consolidation of Council staff from different locations into one central location will deliver greater efficiency and reduction in operating costs. The project will also deliver other significant social, economic, environmental and financial benefits. The upgraded library with a larger collection
and space will draw people to the building. The inclusion of a social enterprise cafe, public toilets and community theatre will make this a true community space.

Why is The Rex project delayed?

A review of the project in early June highlighted unanticipated challenges with the construction of the project, which has had budgetary implications and will result in the budget being exceeded. The review also identified the need for a planning permit. As a result, works have ceased while a planning permit is being assessed, a detailed audit of the project is carried out and additional funding sources determined. Council has been working with the Daylesford Community Cinema during the unanticipated delay.

Will rates go up to pay for the project?

No. Despite the unanticipated increase in costs,rates will not increase to cover costs.

What’s next?

The planning permit is currently being assessed. Recommencement of works will be dependent on the outcome of the planning permit process.