Budget Adopted For 2018-19

Hepburn Shire Council is pleased to announce that it adopted the 2018/19 Budget at its meeting held  on 20 June 2018 in Clunes.

The Capital Works program for 2018/19 will be $10.5 million, excluding projects that may be carried over from the 2017/18 year.  Of the $10.5 million in capital funding required, $7.4 million will come from Council operations, $1.7 million from external grants and contributions, $0.8 million from reserves and asset sales and $1.2 million to be funded by new borrowings.

Click on the Budget document below to download a copy.


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:
rball@hepburn.vic.gov.au or call 5321 6136.

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


Solar Bulk-Buy Events in Hepburn Shire

Trentham Hub Postal Survey

At the April 2018 meeting, Council resolved to facilitate a postal survey of eligible voters in the Coliban Ward to determine the preferred location for the Trentham Hub.


The postal survey will be held in July 2018.

To have your say, you must be enrolled to vote in the Coliban Ward by 4.00 pm on Thursday 7 June 2018.

Am I enrolled to vote and will therefore receive a survey?

  • you will be 18 years of age or over on 19 July 2018 AND
  • you live in Coliban Ward AND
  • you are on the State electoral roll for your present address.

Or if:

  • you own a property within Coliban Ward but don’t live in the municipality.

You can also have your say in the postal survey if you pay rates for a residence or corporation within the Coliban Ward. If you enrolled directly with Hepburn Shire Council for the 2016 Local Government elections and you are still eligible, you will not need to re-enrol.

How can I check my enrolment?

If you are an Australian citizen you can check your enrolment details at vec.vic.gov.au at any time, or call 1300 805 478.

If you have any other voting entitlement, contact the Council on (03) 5321 6419.

How do I enrol?

Complete an enrolment form online at vec.vic.gov.au or pick one up at any post office or Australian Electoral Commission office and return it to the Victorian Electoral Commission by 4.00 pm on Thursday 7 June 2018.

If you are not on the roll for this survey, but you do pay rates in Coliban Ward, you may be eligible to apply to be enrolled with Council. Please contact the council on (03) 5321 6419 for more information.

Proposed Budget 2018-19

The Hepburn Shire Council has prepared its Proposed Budget 2018-19 for the financial period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

The Proposed Budget 2018-19 is available for inspection at Council’s offices in Daylesford, Clunes and Creswick, libraries in Daylesford and Trentham and from Council’s website (below) until Friday 25 May 2018.

At the Council Meeting scheduled for 6pm on Tuesday 19 June 2018 at The Warehouse – Clunes, Council will formally meet to consider and adopt the Budget for 2018-19.

Budget Information Sessions

As part of Council’s Budget consultation process, Council held a series of information sessions in each ward for ratepayers to get an insight into the Proposed Budget 2018-19 and ask questions.


Any person may make a submission to Council on any proposal contained in the Proposed Budget. Submissions must be received by Council before 5pm on Friday 25 May 2018.

Those who write a submission should clearly specify if they, or their representative, wish to be heard in support of their submission at the Special Council Meeting scheduled for 6pm on Tuesday 5 June 2018 to be held in the Daylesford Senior Citizens’ Room.

Submissions should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Hepburn Shire Council and submitted by post to PO Box 21, Daylesford 3460 or emailed to shire@hepburn.vic.gov.au.


Click here to download a copy of the Proposed Budget 2018-19

Cat Desexing Program

There is a big issue with feral cats throughout Australia, and Hepburn Shire is no exception.  In an effort to reduce the problem, Council has introduced a pilot program to assist the community with the cost of desexing their cat which is hoped in turn will reduce the number of stray/feral cats falling pregnant and assist in achieving responsible pet ownership.

The Daylesford Veterinary Practice and Creswick Veterinary Clinic have come on board to assist with this program.

Council will cover 50% of the cost to sterilise your cat(s) as part of this program. To be eligible for a 50% discount, your cat(s) must be microchipped, vaccinated and registered with the Hepburn Shire Council. You must also reside within the Hepburn Shire and proof of residency (eg. drivers licence, utilities bill) is required for your application to be approved.

Please complete the online form (below) and submit it. You will need to upload your proof of residency and vaccination.

Alternatively, click here to please print and complete this form and drop it into one of our customer service centres.

Council will process your application and provide a response within 10 working days.


Cat Desexing Application

Cat Desexing Application Form
  • Please provide the gender and registration number for all cats to be desexed.
  • Drop files here or
    Upload copies of your proof of residency and your cats vaccination. E.g. drivers licence, utilities bill

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



Local event extension for Chillout event on September 8 & 9

Spring Women’s Adventure



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 5 – Daylesford Secondary College

March 7 – Clunes Primary School

March 17 – Creswick Market

March 20 – Hepburn Primary School

March 23 – Newlyn Primary School

April 4 – Clunes Warehouse – Library

April 4 – Creswick Hub – Library

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” on the exterior of Anderson’s Mill in Smeaton.

Workshops are presented by the Regional Centre for Culture with all materials and equipment provided and   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



April 29

Big Dance


RCC Participatory Arts Project

Presented by Ausdance Victoria

Participants from across the four LGAs


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






May 12 – 13

National Trust Heritage Weekend Anderson’s Mill


Local event extension

Anderson’s Mill Heritage Weekend Inc.

Event to be supported by the program:

National Trust Anderson’s Mill Heritage Weekend 2018

Description of the event:

Celebration of Anderson’s Mill


• To bring the wider community to a free event at the Anderson’s Mill site in Smeaton.

• To encourage heritage activities that promotes international recognition to Anderson’s Mill. To have artistic performances at the venue.

• To have a range of exhibitions and demonstrations over the weekend.

• To have the mill site restored so that the public can use the site.


May 18

Words in Winter Daylesford

Festival Launch

The Woodshed, Daylesford

CV local grant – multiple dates
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

10 concerts across 3 shires: Baringhup, Bullarto, Clunes, Creswick, Dunolly, Glenlyon, Lyonville, Maldon, Maryborough, Talbot


RCC Participatory Arts Project

Town Hall Crawl – concerts at which the audience sings. Workshops facilitated by Tara Flinn, Merrin Torpy and Rebecca Phillips.

June 2

10:30amSinging from Country with Rebecca Phillips and Eva Popov

Baringhup Town Hall, 39 Alfred St, Baringhup

1:00pmVocal Technique with Merrin Torpy

Bowenvale Timor Hall, Timor Rd, Bowenvale

3:30pmContemporary Acapella with Tara Flinn

Dunolly Town Hall, Broadway, Dunolly

June 16

10:30amContemporary Acapella with Tara Flinn

Lyonville Public Hall, Gleeson St, Lyonville

1:00pmSinging from Country with Rebecca Phillips and Eva Popov

Bullarto Hall, 134 South Bullarto Rd, Bullarto

3:30pmVocal Technique with Merrin Torpy

Glenlyon Shire Offices & Town Hall Daylesford-Malmsbury Rd, Glenlyon

June 30

10:30am Vocal Technique with Merrin Torpy

Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, 19 Victoria St, Creswick

1:00pmContemporary Acapella with Tara Flinn

Clunes Town Hall, 98 Bailey St, Clunes

3:30pmSinging from Country with Rebecca Phillips and Eva Popov

Talbot Town Hall, 15 Ballarat St, Talbot

7:00pmTown Hall Crawl Finale: Performance by everyone with Tara Flinn, Rebecca Phillips,  Eva Popov, Merrin Torpy and special guests

Maryborough Town Hall, 71 Clarendon St, Maryborough


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)



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

Mavericks and Misfits

Daylesford Town Hall, Vincent Street, Daylesford


(Performance for schools only on June 27)


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.

60 young performers of acting, circus and dance present a new theatre work about being unique.

Including performers from Inside Out Dance Theatre, Castlemaine Youth Theatre and Daylesford Sprung Circus.



Creative artists working collaboratively and with smaller independent groups of youth participants:

Jen Bray

Inside Out Youth Theatre Theatre director/ Production manager /Drama skills

Kirstie Babbage

Castlemaine Youth Theatre – Drama skills/Theatre director

Joanne Tsakoumagos

Inside Out Dance Theatre – choreographer/drama skills

Mara Macs

Sprung Circus Daylesford and Castlemaine – Circus skills, qualified gymnastics certification

Mark Dickenson

Writer & Narrative development / Sound Design & music/ Lighting / Tech

Geoffrey Williams

Choir, singing workshops, group composition of original songs.


July – August is Wanyarra (Water) & Gurri (Kangaroo) Time
July 14 – October 14


Creswick Museum

Local event extension

via support of artist Jodie Goldring who will weave a magic pudding cubby house (see listing September 28 – 30)


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

Note: Dates and programmes yet to be finalised


Local event extension (Various LGAs)



Saturday 4 August

Clever Towns Challenge – library – 10 – 11.30am – Val Goodwin

Dystopian Fiction – local convenor – Ina Bertrand. All ages: includes Young Adult Texts, Library – 2 – 3.30pm


Saturday 18 August

Contemporary Poetry – 10.30 – 12 noon

Bush Poetry 2 – 3.30

Both at Trentham Neighbourhood Centre with break for lunch.

Announcement of the winner of the Ellen Kemp Memorial Writing Prize and the Red Beard Microfiction at afternoon tea which is being provided by the Trentham Historical Society

Performance by local much loved Trenthamite Peter Fernon at the Pig and Whistle in the evening


Sunday 19 August

Henry Handel Richardson event – all day event 10am – 4pm – $5 entry fee

10 am –  20 minutes introduction then the film The Getting of Wisdom will be screened

12 noon lunch break

1pm guest speakers – Richard Trembath –  Ballarat historian, Ina Bertrand and Delia Bradshaw

HHR book stall and door prize

Afternoon tea


Sunday 19 August

4.30 at the Wine Room at the Cosmo

“Cringe” by Saskia and

A surprise event which will have more to come


Red Beard Bakery 50 word Microfiction will continue throughout July and close on Sunday 12 August.


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 17 – 26

Words in Winter



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 8 & 9

Spring Women’s Adventure



September 8

Women’s Choir Workshop with Wendy Stapleton

Daylesford Town Hall, 10am-3pm

Flappers Masquerade Women’s Ball

Daylesford Town Hall, 7:30pm

September 9 – Events TBC

RCC Event extension (HEP)

Chillout Festival event

A weekend of activities for women – targeted at all identified women. Offers include: choir singing workshops with Wendy Stapleton, a Masquerade Ball – women only event; a brunch with a prominent speaker, and a concert of women performers.

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/Children’s Festival



Local event extension

Part of the Norman Lindsay Exhibition at Creswick Museum from July 14 – October 14



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 3 – 8

From Op Shop to Race Day

The Weavery, Fraser Street, Clunes


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.


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




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 10

Seed Cinema

Quarry Reserve, Trentham






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






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