Draft Biodiversity Strategy

The Hepburn Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2018-2021 outlines the commitment of the Council to protect and enhance biodiversity across the Shire. The strategy includes an action plan with 13 strategic focus areas and 31 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 throughout 2018.  Since the previous public display in September, substantial additional background information and mapping has been added, incorporating  feedback from community, DELWP and Dja Dja Wurrung.

This final exhibition period will take place between 12 October and the 24 October 2018. We are still open to making minor modifications and appreciate your ideas on helping implement the strategy or even for the eventual revision of the strategy in a few years time.

Click here to download a copy

Comment can be made by the close of business on Wednesday 24 October 2018 to shire@hepburn.vic.gov.au or in writing to Biodiversity Officer, Hepburn Shire Council, PO Box 21, Daylesford 3460.

Annual Report 2017-18

Notice is hereby given that the Hepburn Shire Council Annual Report 2017/18 has been prepared and will be considered at the next meeting of Council to be held at 6pm on Tuesday 16 October 2018 at the Glenlyon Hall.

Copies of the Annual Report can be inspected or obtained from Council’s Customer Service Centres at Duke Street in Daylesford, The Warehouse – Clunes and the Creswick Hub.

Click here to download a copy

Financial Report & Performance Statement

Business Mentoring Program

Council, together with the Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS), are offering 10 individual businesses in the Shire the opportunity to take part in a 12 month business mentoring program.

The business mentoring will be tailored to the individual business, making this more effective than a one-size-fits-all approach to business training, and delivering quantifiable results for the business operators.

SBMS is an incorporated not-for-profit association with around 130 Mentors, both male and female, who have the skills and experience to help small businesses.

To apply to be part of this program, please submit your expression of interest below, by close of business Tuesday 16 October 2018.

Councils Economic Development Officer will be available to answer all enquiries with regards to this program from Monday 8 October 2018 on rpedretti@hepburn.vic.gov.au




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 rmurphy@hepburn.vic.gov.au.

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. 

Active Women and Girls Strategy – Surveys Open

Council, in partnership with Sport and Recreation Victoria, is developing an Active Women and Girls strategy.  This strategy will provide an action plan to increase female participation in sport and active recreation within the Hepburn Shire, and ultimately promote healthy and active living.

Hepburn Health Services has been appointed by Hepburn Shire Council as the consultant for the development of this strategy.  In order to obtain a greater insight into the influences on female participation in sport and active recreation, and the actions that will enhance this, we invite all Hepburn Shire residents (both male and female) to take part in a questionnaire.  We want to know what influences female participation in sport and active recreation. There are specific questionnaires for adults, secondary and primary school students.

Survey Links

Questionnaire for adults living in Hepburn Shire aged 18 years and over https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QJVR722

Questionnaire for Secondary School Students living in Hepburn Shire https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q8RZNWN

Questionnaire for households with Primary School Students https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JTRKWBD

If you wish to receive a paper copy of this survey please attend your nearest Hepburn Health Service Community Health Centre or call 53459162.

International Women’s Day 2019 – Nominations Open

Do you know an inspiring woman?

The Heather Mutimer Honour Roll seeks to pay tribute to the women in the Shire whose contributions, courage and examples have led to significant social change for women. Successful inductees will be announced at a Civic Function celebrating International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March 2019.

Where can I get a Nomination Form?

  • Hepburn Shire Council Customer Service Offices
  • Click here to download a Nomination Form

Do you need help completing the nomination form?

Nominations must be made on the official nomination form and must be lodged with Council by 5pm on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

How do I RSVP to the event?

For more information or to RSVP (for catering purposes) contact Customer Service on 5348 2306.



Asset Protection Permit Form

Residents are informed that they may need to apply for an Asset Protection Permit for some building works to ensure:

  • Public Assets or infrastructure, such as footpaths, vehicular crossings, kerbs, channels, drains, roads and laneways, are not damaged during the works
  • The safety of anyone who lives near or passes the building site is not affected.

Please download the Asset Protection Permit Form (click here) and submit the Form to Council for the following works:

Dwelling Addition / Extension / Renovation / Demolition
Garage Extension / Renovation / Demolition
Pool House
Swimming Pool / Spa
Utility Connection / Extension
Vehicle Crossover / Driveway
Any Other Works which may affect Council’s Assets


Calling for Nominations – White Ribbon Ambassadors & Committee Members

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women.  The White Ribbon vision is that all women live in safety free from all forms of men’s violence.  The Hepburn White Ribbon Committee was established in 2016 and aims to work with the community to create social awareness and cultural change around the issue of violence against women.

The Hepburn White Ribbon Committee is seeking expressions of interest for the following positions:

Committee Members:

  • To support the actions of White Ribbon Australia
  • Provide strategic direction in regards to the projects/initiatives of the Hepburn White Ribbon Committee
  • Attend and coordinate local White Ribbon events
  • Attend quarterly Committee Meetings
  • Participate in training modules


  • To support the actions of White Ribbon Australia and the Hepburn White Ribbon Committee
  • Attend and coordinate local White Ribbon events
  • Participate in training modules

If you are interested in taking on either of these roles, please contact Rachel Murphy – Community Projects Officer at Hepburn Shire Council via email – rmurphy@hepburn.vic.gov.au

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.

TrumpItUp & Drone On

A free concert of pipes and brass

Friday September 28
Grand Final Friday public holiday

On the banks of Jubilee Lake, TrumpitUp & DroneOn will feature performances by hundreds of brass and pipe musicians from Central Victoria.  The concert will feature music ranging from Love Is In the Air to The Floral Song and Long Way to the Top. Daylesford’s own Daylesford Community Brass Band will be on show along with bands and dancers from Bendigo, Creswick, Maryborough, Maldon and special guests Jessica Hitchcock and Lincoln Hilton.

The event culminates in the premiere of a stunning new composition by Louisa Trewartha “The Nature of Sound”.

The participating bands are Bendigo Youth Brass Band, City of Greater Bendigo Brass Band, Creswick Brass Band, Daylesford Community Brass Band, Daylesford & District Pipes & Drums, Maldon Brass Band, Maryborough & District Highland Pipe Band who will be joined by senior and junior members of the Ballarat Highland Dancers.

Award-winning opera singer, actor and songwriter Jessica Hitchcock will also perform.

The Oval, Jubilee Lake Holiday Park

151 Lake Road, Daylesford

Start time:   2.00pm for a 2.30pm start

Finish time:  5.00pm

Parking at Victory Oval with free shuttle buses to and from Jubilee Lake Holiday Park.

Food trucks on site or bring a picnic.

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