Council has been talking to local businesses and agencies such as Victoria Police, DHHS, Daylesford Macedon Tourism and Central Highlands Rural Health about plans for when the ‘ring of steel’ comes down.

This will occur at midnight, 8 November, and Hepburn Shire will again be a very popular destination for people to visit.

Council’s priority is safety – making sure our streets have enough room for physical distancing. This is a real challenge in Vincent Street, Daylesford, more than any other location, due to the number of visitors and the narrow footpaths.

Council has had traffic management plans drafted, which have been shared to all the local businesses a number of times for feedback as also undertook a survey of businesses. The plans have been on Council’s website for four weeks for review (www.hepburn.vic.gov.au/phases-for-easing-restrictions) and publicised on Facebook.

Council has listened to the feedback and has made modifications to the plans. which are proposed to start from Friday, 6 November.

You can view the plan for Vincent St here: Hepburn Shire – Covid 19 Restrictions Easing – Phase 1A

Council’s is committed to keeping our Shire COVID-safe and acknowledges some people may not support what we are planning to do, however community safety remains Council’s number one priority.

If you have any feedback, let us know at shire@hepburn.vic.gov.au Council is open to further refining this plan for Vincent Street.

This is a big step towards a return to what we used to know. And we know it is causing some anxiety amongst the community. Together, we can make sure all our towns are ready to welcome back our friends from Melbourne.

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