New Youth Instagram Page Launched

We are getting active in the youth social media space again after the launch of our Instagram page.  The page will be a place for our shire’s young people (we like to call them the Teen Squad) to share ideas and information about events.  We’re hoping that the possibility of winning an Apple iPad will encourage our young people to follow the page and spread the word.

You can view (and follow) the page at

Notice of intention to revise Council’s Road Management Plan

In accordance with section 54 of the Road Management Act 2004, Council gives notice that it intends to revise its Road Management Plan.

The proposed amendments are to ensure that the standards in relation to, and the priorities to be given to, the inspection, maintenance and repair of the roads and footpaths and the classes of road to which the Road Management Plan applies to, are safe, efficient and appropriate for use by the community served by the Council.

Click here for a copy of the revised Road Management Plan (Version 5) 2017.  Copies can also be inspected at Council’s offices in Daylesford, Clunes and Creswick, and libraries in Daylesford and Trentham until Thursday 4 June 2017.

Any person may make a written submission to Council on any proposal contained in the Road Management Plan and must be received by Council before 5.00pm on Thursday 1 June 2017. Submissions should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Hepburn Shire Council and submitted by post to PO Box 21, Daylesford 3460 or email to

At the Council meeting scheduled for 6.00pm on Tuesday 20 June 2017 to be held in the Daylesford Senior Citizens’ Room, Council will formally meet to consider and determine the adoptions of the Road Management Plan (Version 5) 2017.

Information Sessions – Proposed Council Plan, Budget & Strategic Resource Plan

Proposed Council Plan 2017-2021
Proposed Strategic Resource Plan 2017-2021)

Proposed Budget 2017/2018

Community input into the Council planning and Budget process means we have heard your aspirations for the Shire.

Drafts of the Council Plan and Budget were adopted at the at the 18 April 2017 Council meeting.  The draft is now available to the community for public comment (click on the links above to download copies of the documents).  Once public submissions are considered, the Council Plan and Budget will go to the June Council meeting for adoption.  We will then have the task of delivering on our commitments and reporting on progress in our Annual Report.


Public Information Sessions

As part of Council’s consultation process, we will hold a series of information sessions in each ward for ratepayers to get an insight into the proposed Council Plan (including the Strategic Resource Plan 2017-20121) and Budget 2017/18. These information sessions will also provide an opportunity for ratepayers to provide feedback on the Road Management Plan (Version 5).

Information sessions will be held as listed below:

Tuesday, 2 May 2017 6pm – 7.30pm Creswick RSL
Tuesday, 2 May 2017 6pm – 7.30pm The Warehouse – Clunes
Thursday, 4 May 2017 6pm – 7.30pm Glenlyon CFA Hall
Thursday, 4 May 2017 6pm -7.30pm Daylesford Senior Citizens’ Room
Monday, 8 May 2017 6pm – 7.30pm Trentham Mechanics Institute (Supper Room)

Western Bulldogs Leadership Project

In April of 2017, 10 emerging young leaders from the Hepburn Shire were nominated and selected for the Western Bulldogs Leadership Project, where the students will undertake a variety of development workshops over the next 6 months. The students will have the opportunity to put together and deliver a community project based on the wants and needs of young people in the Hepburn Shire.

The Western Bulldogs Leadership Project is proudly supported and sponsored by the Hepburn Shire Council. We would like to thank Adam Moedt, Jenna Browne and the team at the Western Bulldogs for their continued support and commitment to the project. We look forward to seeing what our young leaders will achieve in the coming months.

From left: Cr Don Henderson, Kayleb, Maddie, Erin, Mayor Cr Sebastian Klein, Keenen, Oscar, Rachael (Hepburn Shire Council) and Cr Kate Redwood AM. (Absent: Chloe, Briony, Angie, Kelly and Abbey)

Plastic Bag Free Daylesford

On Friday 31st March, Daylesford launched the Plastic Bag Free campaign.

What this means is the Plastic Bag Free Daylesford community led group will:

  • commence a program to educate our community about the damage plastic bags are causing and why we need to stop using them
  • introduce Boomerang Bag boxes that will be set up at both Coles and Tonnas to help us all transition to remembering our reusable bags when we go shopping instead of reaching for plastic bags
  • Boomerang Bag boxes will contain reusable bags that can be borrowed if shoppers forget to bring their own bags, returning them next time they go shopping.

Council is a proud supporter of this initiative.

For more information visit

Are you an Organically Certified Farm?

Council is supporting Organically Certified Farms by providing signage to help identify them as organic producers to contractors who may be undertaking works on adjacent areas and roadsides. We understand the importance of certification to your business.

If you are a Certified Organic Farm and would like some signs for your property boundary (maximum 2 per property) to help identify you as an organic producer, please visit one of our customer service centres and present evidence of your certification.

Please note that evidence of your certification will be required.

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens Master Plan Adopted

Following a thorough consultation, stakeholder engagement process and working with a project reference group, a Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens Master Plan has been developed that provides guidance for day to day operations, identifies improvement and development opportunities and compliments the Conservation Management Plan for the gardens.  The development of a Master Plan also responds to the recommendation made in the 2007 Conservation Management Plan and Council engaged Laidlaw & Laidlaw Design to develop the Master Plan.

The Master Plan was adopted at the Council meeting held on 21 March 2017.


Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens Master Plan

Master Plan Central Area – Image

Master Plan Entire Area – Image

Community Theatre to be Incorporated in Hepburn Hub at The Rex

At the meeting on 21 March 2017, Council resolved to support the construction of a space in the upstairs area of The Rex to facilitate the continued operation of the Daylesford Cinema in a new Community Theatre that is also available for Council and other community uses.

Mayor, Cr Sebastian Klein, said “It’s great to find a result that pleases the community, while simultaneously improving on the objectives of the Hepburn Hub project for the entire municipality.  I look forward to resolving a design that meets all of the goals of the project.”

CEO Aaron van Egmond said the new proposal is a win for both Council and the community.

“Incorporating a Community Theatre into The Rex facility, and the proposal to have a social enterprise café, will make this a true community building.  The future of the Daylesford Cinema now has certainty and we will be creating a usable community space.”

“The Daylesford Cinema will have non-exclusive use of the Community Theatre, enabling Council and the community to use the facility for events around the schedule of movie screenings.”

The library will now be located on the ground floor of The Rex, providing better access to the public.

“We believe this is good way forward, and one which balances the needs of the community and Council,” said Mr van Egmond.

Email My Rates Notice

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  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.


Online Service Request

If you have a customer service request, please submit it by completing the form below, or phone one of our customer service centres 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