Australia Day 2018

Australia Day Eve – Thursday 25 January 2018

Hepburn Shire residents and visitors are invited to attend the Australia Day Eve 2018 Citizenship Ceremony and Civic Function.

Thursday 25 January 2018
Daylesford Town Hall, 7:00pm

The civic event will include the Hepburn Shire Council’s Australia Day Awards for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year.

Australia Day – Friday 26 January 2018

Details of events in Trentham, Clunes, Glenlyon and Creswick will be added to this page shortly.

National Gallery of Victoria Kids on Tour 2018

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is thrilled to partner with venues all across Victoria to offer exciting school holiday workshops for children as part of NGV Kids on Tour 2018. Through activities developed with artists, children will be encouraged to unleash their creativity by taking inspiration from coinciding summer exhibitions at the NGV including, NGV Triennial and Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons.

The dates are as follows:

  • Friday 12th January at 10.30am – Clunes Library
  • Friday 12th January at 2.30pm – Creswick Library
  • Monday 15th January at 2pm – Daylesford Library
  • Tuesday 16th January at 2.30pm – Trentham Library

Contact your local library to make a booking.

Feedback Wanted on the Draft Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021

The Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021 (MPHWP) aims to protect, improve and promote the health and wellbeing of people living in Hepburn Shire.  The plan outlines how Council, with support from other local health partners, will work to address key health priorities to achieve a higher level of health and wellbeing for people who live, work and play in Hepburn Shire.

The MPHWP sets four priorities that will guide action over the next four years.  These priorities have been determined based on the review of health related data, community consultation and health partner consultation.

The four priority areas are as follows:

  1. Health Eating and Active Living
  2. Healthy and Safe Environments
  3. Social Inclusion and Community Resilience
  4. Preventing Family Violence

Council is seeking community feedback on its DRAFT Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021. Any person wanting to make a written submission to Council on the Draft MPHWP should do so by the close of business on Friday 19th January 2018. Submissions can be made to or in writing to Environmental Health Officer, Hepburn Shire Council, PO Box 21, Daylesford 3460.

You can also provide also provide feedback using an OurSay forum at

Click here for a copy of the DRAFT Hepburn Shire Council Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021. Copies can also be viewed at Council’s offices in Daylesford, Clunes and Creswick, and in libraries in Daylesford and Trentham.

Towards Zero Community Energy Saving Program

Council is now calling for Expressions of Interest for the Towards Zero – Community Energy Saving Program. Community groups are encouraged to apply for funding projects which will save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in community facilities.

This funding program links to the Hepburn Shire Council Plan.  Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate how their project links to the objectives of the Towards Zero – Community Energy Saving Program.

Funding is available for projects which can demonstrate energy and cost savings and a tangible reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 7 February 2018.

Prospective applicants must contact the Sustainability Officer prior to submitting an application – refer to guidelines for contact details.

Toward Zero – Community Energy Saving Program Guidelines 2017-2018

Creswick Mountain Bike Mecca – Community Engagement Session & Project Reference Group

Last Thursday (23 November), was the inaugural Project Reference Group (PRG) meeting for the Creswick Trails Project. Around 30 community members from a variety of backgrounds attended the meeting for an update on the project scope, schedule and progress to date.   Nominations are now open for those interested community members to be part of the PRG. This is an opportunity to have input and influence over key project elements such as the trailhead design and ongoing management model.

The Terms of Reference document outlines the role of the PRG and includes the nomination form.

Nominations are open until 31 December 2017.

Please email your signed nomination to

Alternatively, drop your signed form into the Creswick Hub.


Hepburn Hub at The Rex – Plans Available

Plans for the Hepburn Hub at The Rex are available for the community to view. Works on the Hepburn Hub are scheduled to start later this month.

The works are likely to take 6 -9 months to complete, although parts of the new Community Hub, including the new cinema/auditorium and public toilets, will be available as they are completed.

The public toilets will be closed for the duration of the construction project until new public toilets are opened. Public toilets are available next to the Visitor Information Centre approximately 250 metres from The Rex.

In order to ensure the safety of the community and visitors, The Rex car park (off Duke Street) and access from Duke Street to Vincent Street via The Rex will be closed for the duration of the construction works.  During construction, the car parks at the front of The Rex building may be used for deliveries to the site from time to time.

Click here to view the plans

Introducing the Solar Savers Program for Pensioners

We are pleased to introduce a new program that is helping pensioner households to install solar with no upfront costs. At Hepburn Shire Council, we recognise that many households are interested in solar but are put off by the upfront costs and the complexity of finding a quality system and installer. That is why we have joined with 20 other councils from across Victoria to offer the pioneering Solar Savers program.

What is Solar Savers?

Solar Savers supports pensioners to install solar and save money on electricity bills, stay cool in summer, and lower emissions.  Solar Savers is being offered exclusively to pensioner households, because most own their own homes and use the majority of their power during the day, when solar panels are producing electricity.

How does Solar Savers work?

First, Solar Saver checks that solar is right for your household and that it will save you money. Next, it helps you to arrange a quality solar system from a trusted installer. Once your system is installed, Solar Savers stays in touch and helps you to make the most of your new solar panels.

There are no upfront costs. Instead, you pay for your solar system gradually through a low-interest loan. The cost of the repayments is less than the savings you make on electricity bills, so your solar system pays for itself from the beginning.

Who can participate?

If you:

  • Own your home
  • Have a Government Pension Card (aged or disability)
  • Are usually at home from 9am to 5pm
  • Have average to high electricity use (contact Solar Savers if you’re unsure)

Call Solar Savers on 9385 8512, or email You can also find out more about the program on the Solar Savers website at

We hope you will consider participating in this exciting program.

Email My Rates Notice

Did you know? You can receive your first instalment rates notice for the 2017/18 financial year and all future notices by email if you register by 30 July 2017.  You can also register at any time for future instalments. It’s easy.

Using information in your Rates notice(s), simply complete the following steps to sign up:

  1. Your Details – Enter owner details and email address
  2. Properties – Enter each of your properties
  3. Submit

We will review your application and notify you by email when the registration is complete.


Have you got a great idea for a Community Project?

Council’s Community Grants Program is now open.

Community groups are encouraged to apply for funding for events, programs, projects and equipment.  This funding program links to the Hepburn Shire Council Plan.  Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate how their project links to the program objectives in one of the three Community Grant Program categories.  Grants can be sought for amounts up to $2,000.  These amounts are intended to fund a portion of the total project costs, with the remainder to be provided through other sources.

Recommendations to Council will be made on a monthly basis.

Council Officers will work closely with organisations to advise and assist to develop their project ideas and complete the application process.

Click here to apply

Please contact Tamara Patterson to discuss your ideas.


Online Service Request

If you have a customer service request, please submit it by registering in the request system using the link below, or phone one of our customer service centres on 03 5348 2306 and you will be issued a reference number to enable you to track progress on your request.

For after hours emergencies please use the following numbers:
Animal Control – 0419 587 955 (eg. dog attacks and stock on Council roads)
Other Council Emergency – 0419 583 573