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Evan King To Be New CEO

Hepburn Shire Council is pleased to announce that it appointed Evan King as Chief Executive Officer at its Council meeting held last night in Clunes.

Mayor Cr John Cottrell said that he was pleased that the search for a new CEO has ended with the successful appointment of Evan King.  Mr King will commence in the CEO role on 23 July 2018.

“Evan was a standout candidate who has the experience and commitment to lead the organisation into the future,” said Cr Cottrell.

Mr King has previously held the position of General Manager Corporate Services at Hepburn Shire Council.

Evan has worked both in the private and local government sectors.  He has a list of achievements in Local Government, and is currently Director of Corporate and Community Services at Pyrenees Shire Council. Evan has a number of qualifications, including a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Federation University, he is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

“Evan was a well-respected member of the leadership team at Council during his time as a General Manager, and we look forward to his leadership as the new CEO,” said Cr Cottrell.

“I’m really excited to be heading back to Hepburn Shire as the new CEO.  I look forward to working with Councillors, the community and staff to pursue our priorities.  My priority over the coming months will be to ensure we put the customer first and creating a customer focused organisation,” said Mr King.


NAIDOC Week 2018

Ellen’s Walk For Reconciliation

Mt Franklin to Clarke’s Pool, Franklinford Sunday 15 July 2018, 9.00am – 2.30pm

Naidoc Week 2018 celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

Join us on a 12km guided walk from Mt Franklin down to a beautiful lunch spot at Clarke’s Pool. Learn about Ellen and other local stories as we wander through the former Loddon Aboriginal Protectorate.

Free event, although a $5 donation is required to Great Dividing Trail Association to support the walk. BYO lunch.

Click here to book

Presented by Hepburn Shire Council, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation & the Great Dividing Trail Association

Works on the Rex Project Delayed

The Rex project is a major Council initiative which will deliver a modern administration centre, library and facilities, including a community auditorium and cinema. The Rex is stage one of a broader program including upgrades to the Daylesford Swimming Pool and Town Hall.  Combined, these projects will provide better access to improved community facilities.

A review of the project status in early June highlighted unanticipated challenges with the construction of the project, which has had budgetary implications.  The costs incurred will result in the budget being exceeded. This is due to unexpected works required and an under estimation of the actual costs at project inception.  This additional expenditure means that a planning permit is now necessary in order for construction to be completed.

As a result, works will cease while a planning permit is applied for and Council considers a detailed audit of the project.  Council will also explore options to support the Community Cinema through the unanticipated delay.

Bruce Lucas
Interim CEO

Lunaris – Clunes Public Art Launch

Please join Esther Anatolitis, Executive Director of NAVA (National Association of the Visual Arts) launch Lunaris.

This new artwork by Joanne Mott, recipient of Hepburn Shire Council’s annual major public art commission, combines land art and augmented reality to respond to the geology, landscape and history of Clunes and its relationship with the moon.

When: Saturday 23 June 2018 at 3:30pm
Where: Clunes Skate Park, Bailey Street Clunes Victoria
(If weather is poor please meet at The Warehouse – Clunes, upstairs in the Esmond Gallery, located at 36 Fraser Street, Clunes)

For catering purposes, please RSVP by Wednesday 20 June 2018 by emailing: or call 5321 6136.

Council acknowledges the involvement of the Hepburn Shire Council Public Art Panel for supporting the public art commission. 


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Bruce Lucas Appointed Interim CEO

At tonight’s meeting, Council appointed Mr Bruce Lucas, General Manager Infrastructure, as the Interim CEO from 2 June 2018, following the departure of Mr Aaron van Egmond.

Mayor Cr John Cottrell said, “Bruce is a highly valued and competent member of Council’s leadership team, who has the skills and knowledge to lead the organisation through to the appointment of a new CEO.”

Mr Lucas said he was looking forward to the challenges that the role presented.

“I look forward to working with the Mayor, Councillors and all our staff, to keep the organisation moving forward until the new CEO commences.

“It is nice to have the ‘vote of confidence’ from Councillors and many messages of support from across the organisation,” said Mr Lucas.

Current CEO, Aaron van Egmond, said, “Bruce is a strong leader and has extensive experience with major projects and stakeholder management. I have every confidence in his ability to perform this role.”

That Council:


Appoints Mr Bruce Lucas as Interim Chief Executive Officer from 2 June 2018 for a period of six months or until the commencement of the new Chief Executive Officer (whichever is sooner) in accordance with the attached Contract of Employment.


Approves the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to sign the Contract of Employment for Mr Bruce Lucas as Interim Chief Executive Officer.



National Reconciliation Week Forum


We will be celebrating National Reconciliation Week this year by holding a forum at Franklinford Hall.  The keynote speakers, Jida Gulpilil of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Paul Haw, local Boort historian will tell Dja Dja Wurrung stories and speak on the Aboriginal history of our area.  The event will commence with a traditional smoking ceremony. This will be a free event with a light dinner and tea served on the night.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Yandoit Hall

Click here to register 



Hammon Park Masterplan Complete

Working in conjunction with local designers and the Project Reference Group, a Masterplan has been developed that will guide the future development of Hammon park. Initial stages of development will focus on the pump track and parking, but as further funding becomes available other features of the plan will be implemented.

See the Masterplan and latest project update here:

Daylesford Town Hall & Pool Upgrades – Concept Plans


Previous consultations for Hepburn Community and Council Services Hub:

  • Sites and Spaces  – early – mid 2014
  • Design and Create  – late 2014-early 2015

What we heard?   

  • Most important – proximity to town, increased services, restoration of heritage
  • Look and feel – Nature, Community
  • Environmentally Sustainable
  • Accessibility – location and facilities
  • Supporting and enhancing community use of the site


The objectives of the current Daylesford Town Hall and Pool Upgrade project are to:

  • Provide access for all
  • Support and enhance current use of the space
  • Provide  new spaces and opportunities for:
    – artists and makers
    – visitor services
    – celebrating the development of municipal government and civil society
    – community events and activities
  • Increasing community use and ownership of the site

Click here to download the Concept Designs

Click here to download the Concept Designs Survey

Click here to give your feedback on the OurSay Forum

Please provide feedback by Friday 11 May 2018.

End of the Fire Danger Period

The CFA declares the Fire Danger Period for each municipality at different times in the lead up to the fire season. It depends on the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and other local conditions.

The Fire Danger Period will be terminated in the Hepburn Shire  at 0100 hours on 1 May 2018.

Click here for more information 

Hepburn Shire Biodiversity Strategy Community Reference Group

We are seeking six representatives for a Community Reference Group to assist with the development of Council’s Biodiversity Strategy.

The Expression of Interest and Terms of Reference documents can be downloaded below, or are available from libraries and Visitor Information Centres.

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

Expressions of interest close on 15 May 2018.

Click here to download the Expression of Interest Form

Click here to download the Terms of Reference


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