Annual Plan 2019-20 Adopted

At the Council meeting this evening in Clunes, Council adopted the Annual Plan 2019/2020.

The Annual Plan has been created to link the goals of the Council Plan with our overall planning and reporting framework.

Mayor, Cr Don Henderson, said that the Annual Plan is another commitment to our community that our Council is working to achieve certain priorities and actions over the coming year.

“We have a vision of ‘Our Council’, where we want the community to feel a sense of pride in our organisation based on the excellent work that we do.”

“The Annual Plan compliments the Budget and Council Plan and gives us a focus for the next 12 months. It also ensures that actions in the Annual Plan are monitored and reported on a quarterly basis, giving the community the confidence that we are getting things done,” said Cr Henderson.

The Annual Plan does not include all projects but a selection of priority projects and initiatives.  It has been developed using the same pillars as the Council Plan 2017/2021 – Quality Community Infrastructure, Active & Engaged Communities, Sustainable Environment, Vibrant Economy and High Performing Organisation.

Annual Plan 2019-2020 – Final Adopted


Active Women and Girls Strategy – Launch

Hepburn Shire Council in partnership with the Trentham Football Netball Club and Trentham Sports Ground Committee of Management are proud to launch the Hepburn Shire Council Active Women and Girls Strategy – 2019 – 2029.

The development of this strategy aims to promote a healthy lifestyle, reduce social isolation, and increase participation in structured and unstructured sport and active recreation.

The Strategy has a particular focus on female participation and programming, female friendly facilities and gender equity/equality.

Date: 1 August 2019

Location: Trentham Recreation Reserve


3.45pm: Optional 30 minute Qi Gong session with Patricia Kent – Lilac Moon Tai Chi School. Please note – Qi Gong is Chinese Health Exercise and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Please wear comfortable clothing.
(Trentham Netball Pavilion)

4.30pm – Formalities commence consisting of a strategy overview, Ambassador and Alliance introductions, and a panel discussion.
(Trentham Club Rooms)

5.30pm – Light refreshments served.

Registrations are essential. Please register by 25 July.

This Strategy was developed by Hepburn Shire Council in partnership with the Victorian Government.

Click here to register

Biodiversity Grants Awarded

The Hepburn Community Biodiversity grants were approved by Council on Tuesday 18 June 2019.  The grants are intended to support community-led projects that protect and enhance the Shire’s biodiversity.

The following projects amount to $24,000.  This is in addition to Council’s existing Landcare Grant program.

Blampied-Kooroocheang Landcare Group Inc was awarded $4,860 for the project New Community Spray Cart 2019.’ The grant will co-fund purchase of a spray cart to be used in environmental weed control by Landcare members on private property and roadsides.
Friends of Cornish Hill Inc was awarded $3,689 for the project Understanding the natural world’. The grant will co-fund a program of on-ground planting and educational programs with community and schools.
Friends of Creswick’s Park Lake Botanical Reserve was awarded $900 for the project  ‘Completion of planting of Victorian Section, Tolhurst Plan’.  The grant will  purchase local Blackwood trees to for landscaping of the Creswick Park Lake Botanical reserve.
Glenlyon Upper Loddon Landcare Group was awarded $4,860 for the project Enhancing the Glenlyon Biolink’. The grant will co-fund on-ground planting and weed control works and a consultant’s restoration plan for the Glenlyon biolink on the Loddon River.
Wattle Flat-Pootilla Landcare Group was awarded $4,831 for the project  ‘Slaty Creek Wildlife Corridor’. The grant will co-fund preparation and planting of a wildlife corridor in Slaty Creek.
Wombat Forestcare Inc was awarded $4,860 for the project  ‘Grow Wild: Gardening to sustain Wildlife in the Hepburn Shire’.  The grant will co-fund publication of a guide to using local plants in garden or property to attract wildlife.


Clunes Hard/Green Waste Collection 2019

The Clunes Hard/Green Waste Collection for 2019 will commence on Monday 19 August 2019.  Items must be placed out be 6am.

For everything you need to know about the collection click on the leaflet below.


E-Waste Ban – 1 July 2019

Council’s transfer stations accept e-waste free of charge (excluding fridges and freezers).  E-waste is collected and processed through a product stewardship scheme operated by TechCollect.  Small e-waste (up to the size of a laptop) can also be taken to one of our customer service centres – Daylesford, Creswick and Clunes – for recycling.

E-waste refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that is no longer working or wanted.  It covers a whole range of items from work, home and even the garden shed.  To protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government is banning all e-waste from landfill from 1 July 2019.

Click here for more information e-waste ban

Why recycle e-Waste?

All e-waste can contain hazardous materials. These can range from heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium to ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and flame retardants.  These substances can leach into soil and groundwater, or release into the air, creating long term environmental contamination issues. Many of these substances are particularly dangerous because they do not break down easily, meaning they stay in the environment for a very long time.

Creswick Community Park Outdoor Fitness Space

We’re excited to announce that the Creswick Community Park Outdoor Fitness Space is coming soon.  We’re hoping to commence installation of equipment on 13 June 2019 (weather permitting).

Council is delivering this project in partnership with the Creswick & District Community Bank Branch. Community input has been an important part of the design process for the fitness space. it will offer a range of cardio, strength, flexibility and mobility exercise opportunities through a mix of dynamic and static fitness equipment.  This will include a leg press, wheelchair friendly hand cycle, box jumps and a pull up bar.  Each piece of equipment will have an instructional panel which includes basic user information and a website link for more detailed use instructions.  There will also be suggested individual fitness plans.

The outdoor fitness space is designed for adults of all abilities, free to use and a great opportunity to further improve health and wellbeing in the great outdoors.  The delivery of our Shire’s first dedicated outdoor fitness space helps to achieve a key priority in the recently adopted Hepburn Shire Active Women and Girls Strategy to promote a healthy lifestyle, reduce social isolation, and increase female participation in structured and unstructured physical activity.

For further information on the project please contact Kathie Schnur on


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