Council Plan, Budget & Strategic Resource Plan Adopted

Community input into the Council planning and Budget process has meant that your aspirations for the shire have been heard.

The Council Plan and Budget documents were formally adopted at the at the 20 June 2017 Council meeting in Daylesford.  We now have the task of delivering on our commitments and reporting on progress in our Annual Report.

For copies of the the Council Plan and Budget click on the links below:

Council Plan 2017-2021
(including Strategic Resource Plan 2017-2021)

Budget 2017/2018


Winter School Holidays at Hepburn Libraries

Hepburn Libraries will once again be a hive of activity over the winter school holidays with a full calendar of events.

Give us a call at the Library that is hosting the session you would like to attend to book in.

Clunes – 5345 3359

Creswick – 5345 2145

Daylesford – 5348 2800

Trentham – 5424 1326



Friday 30th June

Movie, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – 4.30pm – Trentham Library


Monday 3rd July

Under the Sea Craft – 10am – Creswick Hub

Movie, Moana – 2:00pm – The Warehouse – Clunes


Tuesday 4th July

Laughing Crafting – 2pm – Trentham Library

Aboriginal Culture, Didgeridoo and Storytelling with Ron Murray – 3pm – Creswick Hub


Wednesday 5th July

Pom-pom pets – 11am – Daylesford Library

Dreamtime Storytelling – 11am – The Warehouse – Clunes

PG Movie in the Library – 2pm – Creswick Hub


Thursday 6th July

Dreamtime Storytelling – 11.30am – Daylesford Library

NAIDOC Movie, First Australians – 6pm – The Warehouse – Clunes


Friday 7th July

Make Your Own Mini-Aquarium – 2pm – Creswick Hub

Aboriginal Culture, Didgeridoo and Storytelling with Ron Murray – 3pm – Trentham Library


Monday 10th July

Roo Keepers –    11am – The Warehouse – Clunes

2pm – Daylesford Library

Badge making – 2pm – Creswick Hub


Tuesday 11th July

Winter Craft – 2pm – Trentham Library


Wednesday 12th July

Under the Sea Crafternoon – 2pm – Creswick Hub


Thursday 13th July

Snow Globes – 2pm – Daylesford

Crafternoon – 2pm – The Warehouse – Clunes

Youth Pizza & Movie Night – 6pm – The Warehouse – Clunes


Friday 14th July

PG movie in the Library – 10am – Creswick Library


NAIDOC Week 2017

We are pleased to present our NAIDOC week activities for 2017. NAIDOC week is held each year across Australia in July to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.

The official NAIDOC website outlines that NAIDOC originally stood for “National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.” The committee was responsible for organising celebratory activities nation-wide. The acronym has since become the name of the week itself and celebrations are hosted or organised by communities, governments and workplaces. Click here or the logo above to find out more information on the history of NAIDOC week.

Hepburn Shire’s events are listed below. Click on each of the events to find out more information.


NAIDOC Kick Off: Why Celebrate NAIDOC Week? – Daylesford Town Hall, 6pm


Didgeridoo and Indigenous Storytelling – Creswick Hub, 3pm

Clunes Movie Night, “First Australians” – The Warehouse – Clunes, 6pm


Dreamtime Storytelling – The Warehouse – Clunes, 11am

“True Soldiers, True Citizens: Indigenous Service Personnel” Creswick RSL, 6pm


Dreamtime Storytelling – Daylesford Library, 11:30am

“Bran Nue Dae” Free Screening – Daylesford Community Cinema, 6:30pm


Didgeridoo and Indigenous Storytelling – Trentham Library, 3pm

Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve – Community Conversations

The Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve (HMSR) Improvement Project aims to improve the visitor experience at the reserve, which remains one of the most popular resident and visitor destinations in the Hepburn Shire.   The HMSR is of state significance due to the rich history surrounding the area and the unique nature of the natural mineral springs located in the reserve.

To keep you informed of the project we are holding monthly community conversations.  Come along to hear more about the project at the upcoming sessions:

  • Friday 16 June 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Thursday 20 July 11.00am – 12.00pm
  • Monday 21 August 2.00pm – 3.00pm

The Project:

The HMSR improvement project will improve conservation, connections and paths, sustainable management, maintenance, interpretation and wayfinding signage, entry presentation, planting and traffic management.  The specific projects are as follows.

  1. Installation of a new gateway sign, destination and wayfinding signage and improvements to the existing interpretative signage.
  2. Improvements to the HMSR gateway landscaping.
  3. Upgrades to the picnic carpark including replacement of the decaying timber kerbing with concrete kerbs and wheel stops.
  4. Upgrades to the picnic carpark landscaping including removal of dangerous trees, significant tree (26 No) and groundcover planting (over 6000 No) and upgrades to the picnic areas including fencing of the steep embankment.
  5. Construction of a paths connecting the HMSR to the Hepburn Springs township including from the new pedestrian bridge to Mineral Springs Crescent and along Mineral Springs Crescent from the HMSR entry to the existing path across the creek.
  6. Construction of a footpath along Mineral Springs Crescent to Main Road and the remainder of the town’s footpath network.
  7. Construction and upgrade of the pedestrian path from the Bathhouse to the rear of the Pavilion Cafe.
  8. Construction of an accessible concrete path to Locarno Springs including removal of perpendicular carparking and continuation of the concrete footpath from the Bathhouse and including upgrading of the planting around the Locarno Springs.
  9. Construction of an accessible concrete path to the Mineral Springs including planting to reduce requirements of mowing steep slopes.
  10. Upgrades to the planting around the Mineral Springs including the entire north bank and a 5m width along the south bank of indigenous grasses and new plantings (of native and exotic species) to the Soda Springs gardens.
  11. A series of minor projects including the following.
    1. Replacement of the vehicle access gate with a removable bollard to make pedestrian access easier.
    2. Relocation of the bins around the picnic area where they are more in demand.
    3. Refurbishment including painting of the heritage lights.
    4. Relocation of the interpretative signs so they are accessible and readable.

Community Planning Implementation Fund

Has your community completed a community plan? Is there a high priority project in your town for which you would like to seek Council support?

Applications for Council’s Community Planning Implementation Fund are open and we are accepting Expressions of Interest from community groups! Please refer to the expression of interest Form below to assess your group’s eligibility and desire to apply. In addition, you may also refer to the Community Planning Strategy for further information on the process of having a project supported by Council. The Community Planning Strategy states, “the Fund provides $5,000 towards the implementation of a community project that will completed in the year following the application to the Fund (total funds available $10,000 per annum).”

The expression of interest closes on 23 June 2017.  Contact Nate Perry at for any enquiries.

Application Form – Community Planning Implementation Fund – Round 2 16/17

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.

Email My Rates Notice

We invite you to sign-up to receive your Rates notice(s) via email. 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 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