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Disability Advisory Committee (DAC)

The Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) works closely with Council to address barriers to access and inclusion issues in the community and monitor the progress and implementation of the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2018 – 2022 (DAIP). Click here for a copy of the DAIP

Purpose of the DAC

The DAC will collaborate with Council to ensure that there is a proactive, two-way conversation about how to effectively implement the actions in the DAIP and other Council strategic plans and address other access issues as they arise.

The DAC will also act as Council’s disability representatives in the community to seek broader views on access issues and develop proactive solutions to effectively address access issues as they arise.

Objectives of the DAC

To provide advice to Council on:

  • future policies, plans or services that may impact people with a disability
  • helping to promote positive images of people with a disability
  • suggesting ways to advocate for better access and disability rights in the community
  • supporting tourism attractions and employment opportunities for people with a disability
  • advocating to organisations and partnerships for increased access for people with disability
  • raising awareness and improve the employment opportunities of people with a disability in the Shire
  • issues that affect people with a disability within the Shire
  • issues and concerns are dealt with in a proactive manner and recommended ways forward


The Committee will consist of key representatives’ individuals, volunteering, caring, working, and/or are passionate about all access and inclusion advocacy for people with disability. The membership to the Committee will be reviewed annually.

Membership to the Committee is based on one or more of the following attributes:

  • Personal lived experience as a person with disability
  • Knowledge, understanding and expertise in all access and inclusion advocacy for people with disability
  • Willingness and ability to fulfil the key Committee responsibilities (outlined above).

At least one Hepburn Shire Council Councillor will be an active Committee member at a given time.

List of current members

In alphabetical order:

Andrew Brown, lives in Clunes

Andrew Brown is a person with a vision impairment who manages his own IT company and specialises in creating adaptive equipment, apps and other supports for people with vision issues. He is an active member of the Blind Citizen’s Association. Click here for bio

Darren Manning lives in Coomoora

Darren was a keen motorbike rider and after a motorbike accident became a quadriplegic (all four limbs effected). He was and remains an active volunteer with the CFA albeit in a less physical role these days. He has full time carers which help him to be as independent as possible, has a very positive attitude and wants to help other people with a disability.

David Moten lives in Creswick

David is profoundly deaf but still managed to hold down a career in the grocery/retail sector. He is now retired and has since had two cochlear implants and hears very well. He will be a great advocate for people with a hearing impairment.

Fiona Porter, lives in Tipperary Springs Daylesford. Fiona have been working in the disability sector for over 16 years. Also, she worked as a Rural Access worker for the Hepburn Shire, researched and set up and managed a supported living network called Neighbourhood Connections in Melbourne and is currently working for Wintringham as a Recreational Officer for people who are at risk of becoming homeless.

Graham Downey lives in Dry Diggings.  Graeme used to manage a TV and film production company and has previously belonged to the Hepburn Health Service entertainment committee. He had a stroke some years ago and is now an active member of the Stroke Support Group and the local Men’s Shed. He also supports and mentors a young person with autism.

John Condon lives in Clunes

John had a stroke some time ago and is a very strong advocate for people who use mobility scooters. John has successfully advocated to public transport services in the Clunes vicinity that have made profound changes to make travel more accessible. He is an active member of the Clunes Men’s Shed and Lions Club.

Kaylene Howell lives in Daylesford

Kaylene works for Grampians Disability Advocacy as the representative in the Hepburn Shire. She was a member of a previous advisory committee facilitated within Hepburn Health Services which has now disbanded. She is a proactive and staunch advocate for people with any kind of impairment. Click here for bio

Lainey Curr lives in Clunes.

Lainey was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 6 months of age which affects her some everyday activities. She has a great deal of interest in serving in the DAC not only because she has grown up in the Hepburn shire with a disability, but she believes she could be a great advocate for others that have disability.

Peter Waters lives in Daylesford

Peter was born with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and has been a dedicated advocate for improving access and inclusion in the disability community. He also extended his interest into the other vulnerable populations. He has taken on many roles in disability committees for various councils over the past 35 years.

Steve Kelly lives in Trentham

Steve has a neurological, degenerative disease that has meant he has to use a wheelchair. He manages his own building design company and has extensive knowledge and experience with the AS1428 Standards for access and mobility. He is a former member of the Quarry Street Reserve Committee.  Click here for bio

Useful Links

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Disability Parking Permit Scheme Update


  • The meetings are usually held every two months between 11:30 and 2:30 in an accessible community venue and the venue rotates across the Shire – Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford and Trentham- visitors are welcome. Please contact the disability community development officer Yusuf  Kasap on and 0418301136 for more information
  • Councillor Lesley Hewitt is the Chair of the meetings
  • All decisions of the Committee are agreed on by consensus
  • A guest speaker or expert is invited to each meeting

Terms of Reference


May 2021

March 2021

February 2021  

August 2019

April 2019

February 2019

December 2018


May 2021

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June 2019

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December 2018