Public Notice – Solar Savers Program

Proposal to declare and levy a special charge for households who have participated in the Solar Savers program

In accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1989 (Act) notice, it is hereby given that Hepburn Shire Council (council) at its meeting on 18 December 2018 resolved to give notice of the intention to declare and levy a special charge under Section 163 of the Act.

The special charge is for the purpose of defraying the expenses incurred by council relating to the provision of solar energy systems of residential properties participating in the Solar Savers scheme (Scheme). These residential properties have signed an agreement based on the quoted cost of the provision of a solar energy system at their property.
The Scheme arises out of Council’s function of advocating and promoting proposals which are in the best interests of the community and ensuring the peace, order and good government of Council’s municipal district.

A copy of the proposed declaration, known as ‘Proposed Special Charge Scheme for Solar Savers Program’ is available for inspection at Council’s Offices at 10 Duke St Daylesford during normal office hours until 12 February 2019.

The special charge is to be declared in relation to the properties listed in the Appendix to the report titled Proposed Special Charge scheme for Solar Savers Program, to be considered by Council at its Ordinary Meeting on 19 February 2019. A copy of the Appendix forms part of the documents available for inspection at Council’s offices.

The Scheme has been prepared on the basis that the participating property owners will receive 100% of the benefit. The total cost of the scheme is $221,653 and a special charge will be imposed on each property participating in the Scheme in respect of which a Householder Agreement has been executed which applies for a period of 10 years from 1 July 2019. The special charge will be calculated by reference to the site of the solar energy system being installed and the particular costs of installation at each property.

The special charge will be Ievied by notice forwarded to the property owner(s). Council will, by request, allow payment of the special charge by either full payment in a single lump sum or by quarterly instalments over 10 years, with the first payment due from 1 July 2019.

Any person may make a submission under Section 223 of the Act in relation to Council’s proposal to declare the special charge under Section 163 of the Act.
Any person who has made a written submission may also request that they (or a person acting on their behalf) be heard in support of their written submission. Such persons should indicate in their submission if they wish to be heard by Council.

Council will consider and, if requested, hear support for all written submissions received before 5pm 12 February 2019 at the Hearing of Submissions Committee meeting on 14 February 2019 to be convened if required.

Submissions should be addressed to:

CONTACT NAME        Dominic Murphy
POSITION                     Sustainability Officer
COUNCIL                      Hepburn Shire Council
ADDRESS                     76 Vincent St, Daylesford
POSTAL ADDRESS    PO Box 21 Daylesford VIC 3460

In addition to the right to make a Submission, participating property owners have the right to object to the proposed declaration in accordance with Section 163B of the Act. Such persons may object in writing to Council by 5pm 12 February 2019 by sending their objection to the above address.

It is stressed that any submission should clearly state if the author wishes to be heard by the Council, and whether the submission is a submission of support or comment only, or a formal Objection to the scheme as proposed.

It is proposed that Council will consider this matter at its Ordinary Meeting of 19 February 2019. Further information on this Scheme may be obtained from Dominic Murphy – Sustainability Officer on (03) 5321 6490 or

Australia Day 2019 Events

Australia Day Eve
Friday 25 January 2019
Daylesford Town Hall
Civic Reception
The Civic Reception commences at 7.00pm and includes the Australia Day Awards presentation and Citizenship Ceremony

Australia Day
Saturday 26 January 2019

5.45am – Mt Beckworth Reserve (meet at the Dam)
Sunrise Walk and Flag Raising Ceremony
Pancake Breakfast

5.30pm – Collins Place, Fraser Street
Flag lowering ceremony with Community BBQ and live entertainment

8.00am – Park Lake Reserve
Breakfast and Flag Raising Ceremony
Please note: BYO crockery, cutlery, cups (not throw away disposable items)

10.00am – Town Square
Flag Raising Ceremony with Community BBQ and entertainment

5.30pm – Recreation Reserve
Flag lowering ceremony with Community BBQ and live entertainment

For further event information please contact

Towards Zero Community Grants

Expressions of interest for Hepburn Shire Council’s Towards Zero Community Grants program are now open. This program aims to help community groups to reduce their carbon footprint through implementing energy efficiency, renewable energy generation or other suitable projects.

If your community group has a project in mind which could reduce emissions and operating costs, this program may be able to provide you with funding to implement it. Additionally, strong community support for the Hepburn Solar Bulk Buy throughout 2018 means that there is more funding available for solar PV systems at community facilities.

Click here to view the Grant Guidelines. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Council’s Sustainability Officer at and lodge formal applications here by the 22 February 2019. This is a great opportunity for your community group to lower emissions and operating costs and is just one of the measures being carried out by Council to assist the community in the Zero Net Emission Transition – Z-NET.

Towards Zero - Community Energy Saving Program Application

Online submissions for Hepburn Shire Community Grant Applications.

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International Women’s Day 2019 Event

Friday, 8 March 2019 @ 6pm
Creswick Town Hall
68 Albert Street, Creswick

Celebrating inspiring women and paying tribute to those in the Shire whose contributions, courage and examples have led to significant social change for women.

International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event

Bookings essential at: 

Daylesford Repair Cafe

Repair Café dates for 2019:

January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17

Working Towards the Safe Disposal of e-Waste

We’re working towards the safe disposal of e-waste.  We are about to commence key infrastructure works in preparation for the state-wide ban on e-waste entering landfill, which comes into effect on 1 July 2019.

With the help of Victorian Government funding, Council will build important e-waste collection infrastructure at the following transfer stations:

  • Daylesford ($88,750)
  • Creswick ($88,750)

E-waste can be described as anything with a plug or battery that has reached the end of its useful life. It includes everything from old mobile phones, computers and related equipment, audio devices, refrigerators and other white goods, hair driers, TVs, heaters, and air-conditioners.

The amount of e-waste generated in Victoria is projected to increase from 109,000 tonnes in 2015 to approximately 256,000 tonnes in 2035.

Click here for more on e-Waste 

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.


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