Calling All Artists! Clunes Public Art Commission

Calling all artists!

Hepburn Shire Council is seeking a qualified artist for a major, site-specific public art installation in Clunes valued at $30,000.

The art commission seeks to implement Council’s public art policy and support the development and activation of public spaces in Clunes. The successful artistic concept will promote the history and culture of the area and be innovative and contemporary in design. The successful design may be artworks such as sculpture, integrated design, landscape based art, installation works, sound, light or multimedia works and interactive/performative works.

For more information please visit and register for free at Hepburn Shire Council’s online tendering portal:

Feedback Wanted on Draft Biodiversity Strategy 2017-2021

The Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2017-2021 aims to strengthen the capacity of people in the Hepburn Shire to protect, enhance and restore biodiversity across the shire. The strategy contains thirty three actions that are proposed to create partnerships, increase education and awareness and to provide protection and enhancement on biodiversity matters to improve biodiversity for future generations and to support well informed decision making. The strategy builds on the Hepburn Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan background paper.

Council is seeking community feedback on its DRAFT Biodiversity Strategy 2017-2021. Any person may make a written submission to Council on the Draft Biodiversity Strategy 2017-2021 should do so by the close of business on Friday 10 November 2017. Submissions can be made to or in writing to Manager Planning, Hepburn Shire Council, PO Box 21, Daylesford 3460.

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

For more information, contact Justin Fiddes, Manager Planning on 5348 2306.

Annual Report 2016-17

The Annual Report 2016/17 has been prepared and will be considered at the Council meeting to be held at 6pm on Tuesday 17 October 2017 at the Trentham Neighbourhood Centre.

Copies of the Annual Report can be inspected or obtained from Council’s Customer Service Centres at Duke Street in Daylesford, The Warehouse – Clunes and the Creswick Hub, or downloaded below.

Annual Report 2016-17

Signed Annual Financial Report including Performance Statement and Audit Reports

Construction at The Rex

We’re excited to announce that construction  on our new community hub at The Rex is commencing on Monday 9 October. The site will be closed for the construction period. We will soon have a new library, community theatre/cinema, social enterprise café and Council offices. With a project of this scale there will be some inconvenience.

The public toilets will be closed for the duration of the project and access to the building will not be permitted. The car park at the rear of the building will be part of the worksite and also closed.

We appreciate your understanding and hope that you are as excited as we are about our new community hub.

Draft Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021

In accordance with Section 68A of the Domestic Animals Act 1994, every council must prepare a Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) at 4 yearly intervals, and undertake annual reviews.

Council’s DAMP will set the strategic direction for the Council’s animal management activities until 2021. The Draft DAMP identifies what Council does and plans to do in relation to animal management and explores ways to improve current practices and future directions.

Council is seeking community feedback on the Draft DAMP 2017-2021. Any person may make a written submission to Council on the Draft DAMP and comments will be accepted until 5.00pm on Friday 27 October 2017. Submissions can be made to or in writing to Community Safety, PO Box 21, Daylesford 3460.

Click here for a copy of the DRAFT Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021. Copies can also be viewed at Council’s offices in Daylesford, Clunes and Creswick, and in libraries in Daylesford and Trentham.

For more information, contact our Community Safety team on 5348 2306.

Community Catch-Ups – Lake Daylesford & Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve

Community catch-ups have been scheduled for Lake Daylesford and the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve on the following dates and times.

Lake Daylesford Community Consultation Sessions:

  • Friday 22 September 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Thursday 26 October 12 – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 30 November 10.00am – 11.00am

Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve Community Consultation Sessions:

  • Monday 25 September 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Monday 23 October 3.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Thursday 23 November 11.00am – 12.00pm

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

Nominations Open – International Women’s Day Heather Mutimer Honour Roll


Do you know an inspiring woman? Nominate Now!

The Honour Roll seeks to pay tribute to the women in the Shire whose contributions, courage and actions have led to significant social change for women. Successful inductees will be recognised at a Civic Function celebrating International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March 2018.

If you wish to print a nomination form and fill it out by hand, see below.

Click here for a printable nomination form

There is also the option of saving a word document and filling relevant details to the boxes without having to print. Please ensure you save the document to your computer before filling out.

Click here for the word version of the nomination form

Completed nomination forms must be returned by 5pm on Monday 30 October 2017 to:

Women’s Honour Roll Nominations
Hepburn Shire Council
PO Box 21
Daylesford Victoria 3460

Or via email to – with the subject line Women’s Honour Roll Nominations.

Hepburn Shire Council Supports Marriage Equality

Hepburn Shire Council supports marriage equality.

In 2012, Council passed a notice of motion advocating for a change to the marriage act to allow same-sex couples to marry. At this week’s Council meeting, a motion was passed calling for the rainbow flag to be raised in Vincent Street Daylesford in recognition of our support for equality.

Australian people will have the opportunity to have their say with a same-sex marriage postal plebiscite. Mayor Cr Sebastian Klein and Max Primmer from the ChillOut committee did the flag raising honours.

Max Primmer (ChillOut Committee), Mayor Cr Sebastian Klein and Bec Pedretti (Events Coordinator)

New Arts & Culture Facebook Page Launched

We are pleased to announce that Council has launched a new Arts & Culture Facebook page.

The Arts and Culture Facebook page will help us communicate with a large sector of vibrant and creative community members.  The platform will be used to share opportunities for local artists to get involved in initiatives and apply for funding streams.  As the Regional Centre for Culture program unfolds in 2018, there will be activities to share with the arts community.

The Arts & Culture Facebook page aligns within our Council Plan Action to improve communication with the public by implementing new online social media platforms.  We encourage those in the community interested in arts and culture to like the page.

To visit (and “like”) the page click on the following link:

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.