Info Sessions – New Community Solar Bulk-Buy For Hepburn Shire

Come along to one of the Solar & Z-NET Info Nights being held across the shire. The Solar & Z-NET Info Nights are a great opportunity to learn more about The Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy and the Z-NET Community Transition Pilot. These two projects will help the Hepburn Shire transition to 100% renewables and the ultimate goal of zero-net emissions.

Click on the link to book your place https://hepburnsolar.eventbrite.com/

Supported by Hepburn Shire Council and Hepburn Wind, this bulk-buy is part of the Shire’s Z-NET initiative to become 100% carbon-neutral by 2025.

The organising team is from MASH (More Australian Solar Homes), the not-for-profit community solar bulk-buy that originated in Castlemaine and has since spread across central Victoria with almost 900 solar rooftops on homes, businesses and schools.

“Making the decision to invest solar or home batteries can be confusing as there are so many options”, says Jo Kaptein, Executive Officer at The Hub Foundation, the not-for-profit organisation behind the MASH bulk-buy.  The Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy aims to cuts through that complexity to make it easier for households and businesses to go solar – with an option they can trust.

“We’ve gone out to public tender to find the best possible solar supplier, with high quality solar and home battery systems at competitive prices backed by industry-leading warranties.  We’ll be providing an overview of the bulk-buy and the systems on offer – and answering residents’ questions – at info meetings and events throughout the Shire.  People will also be able to call us for general information about the bulk-buy on our community phone number, if they have any questions before registering for a quote with our supplier.

“Hepburn Shire Council is pleased to be a partner of the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy program.  We are confident that the not-for-profit organisation behind the bulk-buy – The Hub Foundation – has done its homework thoroughly by going through a full public tender process to find the best possible solar suppliers with the best possible solar and battery systems.  We believe that this bulk-buy provides households and businesses in the Shire with high quality solar and battery systems that represent good value for money.  There’s also a win/win for the community, with up to $20,000 in free solar for community groups should the bulk-buy achieve its target of 200 new solar rooftops in Hepburn Shire.  We know that the bulk-buy will support local jobs.  Any CEC Accredited local installers in the Shire are urged to get in touch with The Hub Foundation if they would like to be involved as a sub-contractor carrying out installations for this bulk-buy program.” – Mayor, Cr John Cottrell.

“Currently, 19 percent of homes in Hepburn Shire have solar PV”, said Jo Kaptein. “Our aim is to increase this to 22 percent with another 200 solar rooftops installed by the end of December 2018.  If we achieve this goal, we’ll also be able to donate $20,000 in free solar to community groups – as well as cut CO2 emissions by 1,100 tonnes annually, equal to 230 fewer cars on the road each year.

“We’re thrilled to have been invited by Hepburn Shire Council and Hepburn Wind to bring our model of a community solar bulk-buy to the households and businesses in the Hepburn Shire”, said Jo Kaptein.

“We are proud to partner with MASH to grow residential solar in 2018”, said Taryn Lane, Manager, Hepburn Wind.  “For our Shire to reach zero-net energy in the next couple of years we need as many households as possible to go solar. 19% of homes have already switched to solar and we hope that through this partnership we will become one of the leading Shires in 2018.”

The solar supplier for the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy selected through public tender is Energy Matters, a Clean Energy Council Accredited Solar Retailer.  Local CEC Accredited Solar Installers in the Hepburn Shire and surrounding areas who would like to install systems for this bulk-buy working under contract to Energy Matters are encouraged to get in touch with the Energy Matters team via Jo Kaptein on info@hubfoundation.org.au

The Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy will offer grid-connect solar PV systems and the Tesla Powerwall 2 grid-connect battery storage system.  Household systems start in size from 2kW, with 5kW being the most commonly installed system at the moment under the MASH project.  Larger solar PV systems – up to 99kW in size – for businesses, schools and other organisations are also available through the bulk-buy.

The MASH team would like to acknowledge the support of Hepburn Shire Council, Hepburn Wind and Zero-Net Hepburn Shire as partners for this bulk-buy. Also, we are pleased to have SHARE, Trentham Sustainability Group, Transition Creswick, Clunes Sustainability Group and Powershop as supporters.

For more information and to register for the bulk-buy launch email, visit www.mash.org.au/hepburn  or call the MASH team on 1300 466 274.

 

Hepburn – A Sustainable Shire

There are a range of exciting programs currently underway in the Hepburn Shire that relate to sustainability.  These programs are being implemented by a broad range of groups, including community groups, industry and Government.  Council recently appointed a full time Sustainability Officer, whose role will be to deliver projects and also to help facilitate projects occurring within the broader Hepburn Shire community.

Throughout 2017, a number of Carbon Free Community Conversation workshops were held across the Shire. The outcomes of those sessions and future steps are currently under review, and will be publicised in coming months.   In the meantime here’s some information on other programs being rolled out across the Shire, and how to get involved:

Z-NET

UPDATE – Hepburn Shire selected as ‘Community Transition Pilot’

Following on from Hepburn Shire Council’s recent workshop series ‘Carbon Free Conversations’, that many of you attended and set the ground for further community action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the Shire, Hepburn Shire was successful in being selected to be the Z-NET pilot for Victoria under the Sustainability Victoria Take2 Community Transitions Pilot Program. In particular, this was due to its demonstrated track record in community energy with the Hepburn Wind project and the strong support shown by the Hepburn Shire Council, local community and business to pursue 100% renewable energy.

The Pilot is funded by Sustainability Victoria, Hepburn Shire Council, Hepburn Wind,  Samsø Energy Academy (Denmark) and Diversicon Environmental Foundation. The project will run from February through to August 2018. Further support is being provided by Engineers Without Borders, Melbourne University and Powershop. The Coalition for Community Energy members the Alternative Technology Association, Moreland Energy Foundation, Starfish Initiatives and Little Sketches are delivering the project.

The Z-NET Blueprint is a successful model that will be evolved through this process from the first version with Uralla (NSW), to encompass a wider carbon emissions inventory than stationery heat and electricity. It will also consider transport, energy storage, waste and land use.

Furthermore, the project will commence feasibility on projects identified to help reach 100% renewable energy and develop community capacity to deliver the community transition pathway. The project team will work closely with Hepburn Shire Council and the local sustainability groups: Hepburn Wind, SHARE, Hepburn Relocalisation Network, Trentham Sustainability Group, Transition Creswick and the Clunes Sustainability Group.

The project runs from March – August 2018 and will aim to:

  • Deliver a Z-NET Blueprint for the Hepburn Shire (carbon emissions inventory)
  • Deliver a co-developed Community Transition Plan
  • Produce feasibility analysis and business cases for local energy options
  • Build resources and capacity within the community
  • Update and expand the original Z-NET Blueprint

For more information contact Taryn Lane: taryn@ata.org.au | 0458 048 287

Join the Facebook group: Hepburn Shire Z-NET


First action:
Fill out the household survey and share it with your local friends and family

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hepburn-znet

This survey has been developed to help inform the Z-NET Hepburn Shire project.  The survey will help understand how you as the community of Hepburn Shire currently use energy in your homes and what you think about using less energy, generating your own energy, generating energy nearby and purchasing or importing renewable energy.

It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and is open until the end of April.

 

Second action: Join the Community Advisory Panel

Helping to guide the process, the CAP will be a group of community representatives who will come together to learn about the Z-NET Hepburn Shire program, what current strategies and opportunities exist; and to develop and recommend a set of goals and priorities for the Community Transition Plan.

Click here for the EOI document for further information on how to get involved

 

Third action: Hepburn Solar Bulk Buy

Hepburn Solar Bulk Buy is a program being rolled out by MASH – More Australian Solar Homes. The MASH group are behind the hugely successful community solar bulk buy which originated in Castlemaine. The goal of this project is to facilitate increased uptake of residential solar within Hepburn Shire, by cutting through the complexity and making it easier to go solar. The MASH team have gone to significant effort to find high quality, affordable options for solar and storage systems, which they will begin to roll out in April 2018. To register your interest in participating visit:

http://mash.org.au/hepburn/

 

Draft Reconciliation Action Plan

Council has developed a draft Reconciliation Action Plan and we would like your feedback. Reconciliation is about promoting unity, respect and understanding between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other community members. The draft plan lists 15 actions that Council is proposing to implement to promote reconciliation within the organisation and community.

If you would like to make an email submission, please send an email to:

Nate Perry, Cultural Projects Officer, at nperry@hepburn.vic.gov.au

 

Submissions can also be made in writing and be posted to the following address or dropped off at one of the customer service points with attention to:

RAP Project Officer

Hepburn Shire Council

PO Box 21 Daylesford Victoria 3460

Submissions can be made by post or online by 19 April 2018.

 

Council will also be hosting  “drop-in” style information sessions on the following dates where you can submit your ideas in person and speak with Council officers about the draft RAP:

Thursday, 12 April 2018
18:00 – 19:30pm
Daylesford Senior Citizens Room

 

Friday, 13 April 2018
9:30 – 11:30am
Creswick Hub

 

Click here to download the draft RAP

Daylesford Skate Park – Have Your Say

Come along and have your say on the Daylesford Skate Park Redevelopment.

The skate park designers will present the draft concept and facilitate the discussion. They will be seeking feedback on all aspects of the design from technical to aesthetic.

All community members and skate park users are welcome. There will be light refreshments.

Public Notice – Road Closures For ChillOut Parade

ChillOut Parade – Sunday 11 March 2018

The annual ChillOut street parade will take place on Sunday 11 March 2018.  The parade will commence in Vincent Street Daylesford at 10:00am.  Vincent Street between Central Springs Road and Midland Hwy will be closed to traffic from 6am.

Road Closures

To facilitate the safe conduct of this event, the following road closures will be in effect and detours in place:

  • Vincent Street, between Central Springs Rd and Midland Hwy: 6am-12pm and Vincent St extension, between Raglan St and Stanbridge St; 9:30am – 12pm
  • Duke Street, between Albert St and Central Springs Rd; 9:30am-12pm
  • Albert Street, between Midland Hwy and Duke St; 9:30am – 12pm
  • Central Springs Road, between Duke and Bridport St; 9:30am-12pm

See the map below.

Daylesford, Hepburn and Hepburn Springs Community Based Bushfire Management

“By working as one we will be more focused and more effective at reducing risk, and keeping Victorians safer.” Craig Lapsley, Emergency Management Commissioner

Managing bushfire risk is an ongoing and shared responsibility and everyone has a role.

The newly-established Daylesford, Hepburn and Hepburn Springs Community-Based Bushfire Management (CBBM) project, involving Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic), CFA and Hepburn Shire, will work with the communities near Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. This project aims to develop a shared understanding of bushfire risk in that area and what is important to the local community.

The first of many community meetings was held on Sunday 10 December 2017, where agencies and the community discussed how to work together on bushfire risk planning and fuel management.  At this meeting, local residents had the opportunity to meet with Forest Fire Management Victoria, Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Hepburn Shire Council staff and discuss bushfire risk and fuel management across Daylesford, Hepburn & Hepburn Springs areas.

Community members and agency staff shared their knowledge and information to identify what they valued in the community, and also determined how we could work together into the future. These discussions lead to a request for follow-up meeting in February, which is now confirmed to be held on Sunday 25 February 2018, from 10am to 12pm at the Hepburn Fire Station, 149 Main Road, Hepburn Springs.

To learn more click here or contact David George, the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer, on 5321 6431.

 

Biodiversity Strategy – Update

Thank you to community members who participated in the Biodiversity Strategy Workshop held in December 2017 and those of you that provided feedback online (and in other ways). We appreciate all submissions.

Following the review of all submissions and feedback provided at the workshop and online, we are committing to a further review of the draft strategy with a focus on additional consultation and community engagement. Consultation will be a combination of stakeholder meetings and one-on-one consultation beginning in March.  We will also have Ward based community consultations taking place from May to June.

In addition to further engagement, we will produce monthly newsletters, commencing in April, and advertise for participation in a community reference group.

We’re excited to have appointed Brian Bainbridge in the role of Biodiversity Officer. Brian Bainbridge has been employed to work with the community to refine the draft Biodiversity Strategy and then lead the Strategy’s implementation.  Brian has a background in ecological planning with a community-based catchment management group.  Brian is developing a response to the primary issues raised by the community through the feedback received to date on the draft Biodiversity Strategy. This “Biodiversity Strategy- Response to Feedback” will be distributed in March.  If your particular concern is not addressed fully by this response you will be invited to consult directly with Brian at that time.

Regional Centre for Culture – Events in Hepburn Shire

Throughout 2018, we will be shining a spotlight on the creative endeavours happening in our shire.  The Regional Centre for Culture program will spread through theatres, galleries, festivals and events, spanning the six seasons of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.  See below for a list of events in Hepburn shire

NOTE: Regular events such as markets have not been included in this list but appear in the online calendar on the RCC website and may also be listed on the RCC hub on Time Out.

January – March is Barramul (Emu) & Milakuk (Lightning) Time

 

February 17, 18

Four Seasons Fine Music Festival

St John’s Anglican Church, Creswick

 

Note: link has some difficulty

 

 

CV local grant – multiple dates

Four Seasons Fine Music Festival INFO & images

The Four Seasons Fine Music Festival is a series of weekend fine music concerts held over four weeks, to acknowledge and celebrate seasons in central Victoria. Performances will feature the historical pipe organs at the Anglican churches of St. John’s Creswick and St. Paul’s Clunes.

 

February 18

Booktown on Sundays

The Warehouse, Clunes

 

Local event extension – multiple dates

 

March 8 – 12

Chillout Festival

Daylesford

 

Local event extension for winter event –

see listing for June 11

Elders Winter Ball – Winter Chillin

A ChillOut Event, Daylesford

 

March 17

This Is…the Creswick Market

 

Local event extension

‘This is…’ series of RCC presentations and performances at markets and trade shows (10 throughout the year across all RCC LGAs)

 

Workshops in March/April:

March 17 – Creswick Market

March 23 – Newlyn Primary School

April 4 – Clunes Warehouse – Library

April 4 – Creswick Hub – Library

 

DATES TBC

Hepburn Primary School

Daylesford Secondary College

St Michaels P.S in Daylesford

Clunes Primary School

 

Video Architecture ‘Colouring Competition’

Series of 8 workshops – Participatory element of major event/event extension ‘Now You See It…’ on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, May 11 – 13, 2018 during the National Trust Anderson’s Mill Weekend.

Lead artist Video Architecture runs

workshops in which participants create their own designs which will feature in an animated projection synched to music and “played” o the exterior of Anderson’s Mill in Smeaton.

Workshops are presented by the Regional Centre for Culture with all materials and equipment provided.  Workshops are free of charge for participants.

 

March 18

Booktown on Sundays

The Warehouse, Clunes

 

Local event extension – multiple dates

 

April is Murnong (Yam Daisy) & Ngaari (Black Duck) Time

 

April 13, 14 & 15

The Bottle Collector by Asking for Trouble

Clunes Neighbourhood House

 

 

CV Local grant

Christy Flaws (Asking for Trouble)

Performances of The Bottle Collector, a new circus/physical theatre work for families in Clunes.

 

Show dates/times are

April 13th – 6pm

April 14th – 2pm

April 15th – 2pm

Performances are free but bookings are essential and donations to The Neighbourhood House are welcomed as they will support presentation of future arts/cultural activities

 

April 15

Booktown on Sundays

The Warehouse, Clunes

 

Local event extension – multiple dates

 

April 15

Four Seasons Fine Music Festival

St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Newlyn

 

CV local grant – multiple dates

 

April 21

This is…the Glenlyon Village Market

 

Local event extension

‘This is…’ series of RCC presentations and performances at markets and trade shows

 

April 22

This is…the Daylesford Sunday Market

Local event extension

‘This is…’ series of RCC presentations and performances at markets and trade shows

 

April 21, 22 & 28, 29, May 5, 6

Open Studios

Daylesford & Macedon Ranges

 

Local event extension

http://dmropenstudios.com.au/

 

May-June is Datimdatim (Boomerang) & Wai-kalk (Wattle) Time

 

May 5

The Great Trentham Spudfest

Local event extension

The Great Trentham Spudfest:

Music & Makers on Market

Chill-out zone (in contrast to energetic family fun of Quarry Street Reserve) with local musos playing live jazz & blues. Locals and visitors will be able to enjoy a glass of wine, a barista coffee or locally produced herbal tea while indulging in a delicious meal or snack and browse stalls offering a variety of products, all hand-made with love by passionate artisans & craftspeople.

The street will be blocked off at High St & Albert St. A marquee for local musos will be situated opposite Wyld Thyme, with tables & chairs & umbrellas forming an “outdoor café” on the street in between. A temporary festival Liquor License will allow people to enjoy a drink and a snack while listening to the music.

Aims/objectives of the initiative:

 

May 5, 6

Four Seasons Fine Music Festival

St Paul’s Anglican Church, Clunes

 

CV local grant – multiple dates
May 11, 12, 13

Now You See It…

After-dark interactive visual arts & music focus at Anderson’s Mill

Smeaton

 

RCC MAJOR EVENT

 

 

May 12, 13

National Trust Heritage Weekend Anderson’s Mill

Smeaton

 

(National Trust website has only 2017 details)

 

Local event extension

Anderson’s Mill Heritage Weekend Inc.

Encouraging heritage activities that promote recognition of Anderson’s Mill

(also see RCC MAJOR EVENT listing above)

 

May 20

Booktown on Sundays

The Warehouse, Clunes

 

Local event extension – multiple dates

 

June 2, 16, 30

Town Hall Crawl

Concerts sung by the audience

Bharingup, Bullarto, Clunes, Creswick, Dunolly, Glenlyon, Lyonville, Maldon, Maryborough, Talbot

 

RCC Participatory Arts Project

 

June 11

Elders Winter Ball – Winter Chillin

Daylesford

 

 

 

 

Local event extension

Description:

An LGBTI elders ball as part of the Winter Chillin’ activities. Supporting economic benefit through generating cultural attractions which drive tourism and

social cohesion and celebration of community elders

 

June 17

Booktown on Sundays

The Warehouse, Clunes

 

CV local grant – multiple dates

 

June 17

Four Seasons Fine Music Festival

St Paul’s Anglican Church, Clunes

 

CV local grant – multiple dates

 

June 21 – July 8

In Search of Lost Evenings

Creswick Hub

 

 

 

 

CV local grant

Amie Sexton (Amie Brûlée)

www.amiebrulee.com.au

 

Treasure this opportunity to meet the older residents of Creswick in the Creswick Library and Hub where there’s a 45 minute experience you won’t want to miss.
In Search of Lost Evenings is a sound installation of eight stories from elderly people in Creswick, recounting their memories of evenings in their twenties.

Speakers and iPod are installed inside a vintage couch, where the audience can sit and listen.

Each story is selected, edited, professionally recorded by experienced storytellers, and matched with an evocative piece of music, taking the audience on a personal, historical and emotional meander through evenings past by anthropologist and artist Dr Amie Sexton.

8.30 to 5.30 Monday – Friday

9.00am to 12.00pm Saturday

 

June 27 – 30

Working Title: Mavericks and Misfits

Daylesford Town Hall, Vincent Street, Daylesford

 

(Note: link above is to auditions for workshops)

 

 

CV Local grant

Jen Bray

Young people in Daylesford, Clunes and Castlemaine to create a new theatre work that explores themes of gender identification, ethnicity, body image, passions and personal uniqueness. The show will have its world premiere in Daylesford.

Perf 1 Schools performance – daytime

Perf 2 Opening Night 7pm

Perf 3 Show 7pm

Perf 4 Matinee 1pm

Perf 5 Show 7pm

 

July – August is Wanyarra (Water) & Gurri (Kangaroo) Time

 

July 14 – October 14

IN CELEBRATION OF THE PUDDING: 100 YEARS OF THE MAGIC PUDDING – Norman Lindsay Exhibition

Creswick Museum

 

Local event extension

 

July 15

Booktown on Sundays

The Warehouse, Clunes

 

CV local grant – multiple dates
Throughout August

Words in Winter

Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford, Maryborough, Newstead, Trentham & more

 

Local event extension (Various LGAs)

 

August 4

Four Seasons Fine Music Festival

St John’s Anglican Church, Creswick

 

CV local grant – multiple dates
August 5

Four Seasons Fine Music Festival

St Paul’s Anglican Church, Clunes

 

CV local grant – multiple dates
August 19

Booktown on Sundays

The Warehouse, Clunes

 

CV local grant – multiple dates
September – October is Boyn (Bread) & Lawan (Mallee Fowl) Time
September 9

Four Seasons Fine Music Festival

St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Newlyn

 

CV local grant – multiple dates
September 16

Booktown on Sundays

The Warehouse, Clunes

 

CV local grant – multiple dates
September 28

TrumpitUp & DroneOn

Mass pipe & brass concert

Jubilee Lake, Daylesford

 

RCC MAJOR EVENT / Participatory Arts Project

 

 

September 28 – 30

Weaving a Magic Pudding Cubby

Lindsay Festival

Creswick

 

Local event extension

 

 

October 21

Booktown on Sundays

The Warehouse, Clunes

 

CV local grant – multiple dates
November – December is Giranul (Perch) & Wirrap (Cod) Time

 

November 3

Four Seasons Fine Music Festival

St Paul’s Anglican Church, Clunes

 

CV local grant – multiple dates
November 4

Four Seasons Fine Music Festival

St John’s Anglican Church, Creswick

 

CV local grant – multiple dates
November 5

Launch of Voices: Trentham Stories

Trentham Neighbourhood Centre

 

https://www.facebook.com/Trentham-Neighbourhood-Centre-228084343908099/

 

CV Local grant

Trentham Neighbourhood Centre

‘For a series of community workshops led by professional artists that will see the community create three new ceramic-based public artworks that will enhance the Trentham streetscape and the façade of the Trentham Neighbourhood Centre.’

 

November 17 (DATE TBC)

Seed Cinema

Quarry Reserve, Trentham

 

https://www.facebook.com/seedcinema/

 

https://www.seedcinema.com.au

 

CV Local grant

Seed Cinema INFO & images

 

Seed Cinema is a year-long filmmaking project for primary school children across Hepburn Shire, culminating in a free outdoor public screening in November 2018

 

November 17 & 18

Harvest Festival’s Regional Producers Day

Lake House, Daylesford

 

Local event extension

Lake House Hotel. Restaurant. Spa

 

November 18

Booktown on Sundays

The Warehouse, Clunes

 

CV local grant – multiple dates
December 16

Booktown on Sundays

The Warehouse, Clunes

 

CV local grant – multiple dates
Additional
DATE TBC

From Op Shop to Race Day

Local event extension

Clunes Neighbourhood House presents an exhibition of

pre-Edwardian costumes. The exhibition will feature the story and costumes made by local women as part of a social wellbeing program led by Mel Drummond.

http://www.clunesnh.org/

 

 

 

 

 

Biodiversity & Sustainability – Brian & Dom Join The Team

Council is excited to have recently appointed Brian Bainbridge in the role of Biodiversity Officer. Brian Bainbridge has been employed to develop and deliver the shire’s Biodiversity Strategy with community.  Brian has a background in ecological planning with a community-based catchment management group.  He has worked for over twenty years on ecological restoration projects across the rural, industrial and urban landscapes of the Merri Creek valley near Melbourne.  Since moving to Central Victoria two years ago, Brian has engaged with the land management issues of his local area and the challenge of establishing sustainable small-scale agriculture with his wife on their own small block.  He enjoys the task of helping others discover their local flora and fauna and motivating community action for the survival of biodiversity.

Dominic Murphy has been appointed to the role of Sustainability Officer with the Hepburn Shire Council. Dom is a Mechanical Engineer and has been working as a consultant for 7 years, across a broad range of projects including infrastructure, renewable energy, agriculture, product development and manufacturing. The main focus of this role will be to implement projects that support the delivery of key activities under the Sustainable Environment pillar of the Council Plan (2017-2021). In particular, there will be a focus on projects that reduce Council’s emissions, as outlined in Council’s “Towards Zero Emissions Roadmap”.

Both Brian and Dominic work within Council’s Community and Economic Development department.

Photo – Brian (left) and Dom (right)

Interested in volunteering? How about Volunteer Visiting?

The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) aims to enrich the quality of life of  residents in aged care facilities who are socially isolated or lonely and would benefit from a visitor for friendship and companionship. Volunteers have a chance to make a positive difference to the care recipients life as well as their own.

Benefits of volunteering

  • volunteering connects you to others
  • volunteering is good for your mind and body
  • volunteering brings fun and fulfilment to your life
  • volunteering can advance your career

Click here to download an information flyer on CVS volunteering

If you’re interested in learning more contact CVS Coordinator Shelley Brasher on 5321 6101 or sbrasher@hepburn.vic.gov.au.

Deborah Cheetham AO Keynote Speaker at IWD Civic Event

We are pleased to announce that Deborah Cheetham AO is the keynote speaker for the 2018 International Women’s Day Heather Mutimer Women’s Honour Roll Function.

Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, Soprano, composer and educator has been a leader and pioneer in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years.

Date:          Thursday 8 March 2018
Time:         6 pm
Venue:      Daylesford Town Hall – 76 Vincent Street, Daylesford

Come along and celebrate International Women’s Day in Hepburn Shire. Light refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the event.

(Photographer: Kristina Kingston)

 

Disability Access & Inclusion Plan – We Want Your Ideas

The Hepburn Shire is currently reviewing its Disability Access and Inclusion Plan and would appreciate your ideas and feedback. ‘Access and Inclusion’ is about making all services, buildings, information and activities available to people who have a disability so that they can be included in the community. The Plan will assist Council to build a more inclusive and accessible community.

We would like you to assist us by providing feedback and ideas about how to make the Shire more accessible.  We have a short survey available to help us understand the issues facing those in our community with a disability.

If you need any help with the survey, require the survey in a different format or have any questions, please contact Deb Westin, Rural Access Officer on 0428 025 220 or email at dwestin@hepburn.vic.gov.au.

To complete the survey online visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/communitysurveyDAIP, or visit one of our customer service centres for a hard copy (drop it into customer service or post it to Deb Westin, Hepburn Shire Council, PO Box 21 Daylesford).  Please complete the survey by no later than 2 March 2018.