Community Theatre to be Incorporated in Hepburn Hub at The Rex

At the meeting on 21 March 2017, Council resolved to support the construction of a space in the upstairs area of The Rex to facilitate the continued operation of the Daylesford Cinema in a new Community Theatre that is also available for Council and other community uses.

Mayor, Cr Sebastian Klein, said “It’s great to find a result that pleases the community, while simultaneously improving on the objectives of the Hepburn Hub project for the entire municipality.  I look forward to resolving a design that meets all of the goals of the project.”

CEO Aaron van Egmond said the new proposal is a win for both Council and the community.

“Incorporating a Community Theatre into The Rex facility, and the proposal to have a social enterprise café, will make this a true community building.  The future of the Daylesford Cinema now has certainty and we will be creating a usable community space.”

“The Daylesford Cinema will have non-exclusive use of the Community Theatre, enabling Council and the community to use the facility for events around the schedule of movie screenings.”

The library will now be located on the ground floor of The Rex, providing better access to the public.

“We believe this is good way forward, and one which balances the needs of the community and Council,” said Mr van Egmond.

International Women’s Day Inductees Announced

Inductees to the International Women’s Day Heather Mutimer Honour Roll were announced at the Hepburn Shire International Women’s Day event on 9 March 2017 at the Daylesford Town Hall.

The inductees are Candy Broad, Jenny Beacham, Kit Manning and Elsie Miller (posthumous).

Her Excellency, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, was the keynote speaker at the event, which included presentations from two Year 10 students from Daylesford Secondary College.  Antigone Jonas and Chloe Leonard spoke on the International Women’s Day theme of “Be bold for change”.

Mayor Cr Sebastian Klein said that the inductees were all worthy recipients of the honour.

“Here we have four very different women who have all championed the protection and advancement of women’s rights,” said Cr Klein.

The 2017 Inductees:

Candy Broad – A strong force in politics, and held many powerful roles, she proposed the Abortion Law Reform Bill into the Parliament in 2008, which was passed overwhelmingly on a conscience vote by Members of all parties. Candy also had considerable influence over the creation of federal ALP policy, and campaigned for the rights of women in the party. To this end, she played a significant role in the 1994 introduction of the ALP’s affirmative action scheme, aiming to have women pre-selected in 35 percent of winnable seats.

Jenny Beacham – Throughout her working career she has espoused the cause of gender equity, especially regarding the role of educating girls in rural areas. She has worked at the political level to achieve change. Her influence continues to be important at the local level, in that she has continued the direct mentoring of women in the community.

Kit Manning – A leader in her community for over 40 years, working in many areas including the local football and netball club as well as the Trentham Mechanics Institute. Consciously and deliberately achieving the cooperation of her fellow women and nurturing their skills and talents, providing long term change in the status of women in her community whilst broadening and strengthening roles of other women through her efforts.

Elsie Miller (posthumous) – A leader of the community who championed the advancement of gender equity. Elsie dedicated many years of her life to the Daylesford Ladies Benevolent Society which supplies the needs of disadvantaged women in the community, by providing them with food, clothing and other necessaries, without respect to creed or country. Elsie was also a part of the Mother’s Union, Girl Guides Support Group and the Red Cross.


Calling All Artists for the Trentham Public Art Commission

Calling all artists! Council is currently seeking expressions of interest for a major public art commission at Stony Creek Reserve, Trentham. Local artists are encouraged to apply.

Please click here to visit Council’s tendering portal for more information on the proposed site, history of the area and a link to apply.

For more information on the commission please contact Nate Perry, Community and Cultural Development Officer, on or 0417 004 983.

International Women’s Day Organising Committee Nominations

Invitation to nominate for the Heather Mutimer International Women’s Day Honour Roll Organising Committee

Over the last decade, Council has built up an iconic International Women’s Day (IWD) event to celebrate and acknowledge women who have a made a difference. The honour roll and the event celebrate the strength, courage and contribution of women from the region and encourages the stories of these extraordinary women to be told.

This event is coordinated and run by an organising committee made up of community members, along with a Councillor as Council’s representative and Chair, and a council employee as an administrative support.

Council are now seeking nominations for new members to join the Organising Committee for a term of two to three years years. The Committee members role is to:

  • Advise Council on the IWD Women’s Honour Roll nomination process
  • Oversee the IWD Women’s Honour Roll nomination process
  • Provide recommendations to Council as to who to induct to the Honour Roll, and
  • Assist in the organisation of the Heather Mutimer Women’s Honour Roll event.

Nomination Form

Completed nomination forms must be submitted by mail, email or in person by 5pm on Friday 21 April 2017.

Further information about the committee can be obtained by contacting Cr Redwood on 0428 285 673 or Council Offices on 5348 2306.

Do you have children between 0 and 8 and live in the Hepburn Shire?

Please take a few minutes to complete an important survey to help us understand early learning issues in the Hepburn Shire.

Hepburn Early Learning Matters Project aims to understand the issues from a family and community level which are contributing to concerning trends around school readiness, engagement in early years services and school absenteeism.  With this understanding we can work with early years’ services, schools, community and health agencies and the broader community to co-design strategies to improve early years and school engagement and reduce early childhood vulnerability.

Click here to complete the survey

Council Plan – We want to hear from you

In the coming months we will be working with the community to develop our new Council Plan 2017- 2021…and we want to hear from you.

The Council Plan sets our strategic direction and priorities for the next four years. Over the previous Council Plan process we heard what the community wanted and we have been working hard to deliver on our commitments. It’s now time to start thinking about the next four years and projects/initiatives that will deliver significant benefits for our community.

Council Plan drop-in sessions were held around the shire in February.  There will now be a community conference held on 22 March 2017 at the Daylesford Town Hall (76 Vincent Street) at 7pm.  The conference is an opportunity for the community to come together and discuss the top priorities.

What other ways can you have your say?

  • Email to
  • Hard copy submission in the post
    (PO Box 21, Daylesford 3460)
  • Council Customer Service Centres/Hubs (Creswick, Clunes and Daylesford).

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on getting involved in the Council Plan process.

Your ideas will help shape the Council Plan into a blueprint for the future.

Click here to download the Discussion Paper

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We will review your application and notify you by email when the registration is complete.


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