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Hepburn Community Events Recovery Program

Hepburn Community Events Recovery Program

Council is seeking Expression of Interest (EOI) from event organisers who run regional and local events in the Hepburn Shire and who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This EOI process is to identify required support to assist event recovery and delivery, to...

Western Victoria Transmission Network Project

Western Victoria Transmission Network Project

Update - 3 August 2021 Council continues to advocate strongly on behalf of the community members potentially affected by the proposed Western Victoria Transmission Network project. The following letter has been sent to 33 State and Federal Ministers, including Shadow...

Support for storm recovery

Support for storm recovery

We understand the significant impact the recent severe storm event has had on our community. We would like to thank the residents of Trentham and surrounds for the way you have supported each other through these difficult times. We also acknowledge the work of Council...

Read our Hepburn Life newsletter

Read our Hepburn Life newsletter

The July edition of our e-newsletter, Hepburn Life, is out now! Read about our Community Vision and Council Plan, the launch of a Manna Gums Avenue of Honour, and how things are progressing with the storm clean-up. There's also the opportunity to have a say on tracks...

Impact of lockdown on Council services

Impact of lockdown on Council services

Victoria's lockdown has been extended to 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 July to prevent further spread of COVID-19. This means there are only five reasons to leave home: - Get the food and the supplies you need - Exercise for up to two hours and no more than 5kms from your...

Have your say on Central Springs Masterplan

Have your say on Central Springs Masterplan

Council is seeking community feedback on a masterplan to improve Central Springs Reserve, a popular destination for locals and visitors, located at the southern end of Lake Daylesford. The masterplan seeks to create a long-term plan to upgrade and improve the site. It...

Council adopts budget for year ahead

Council adopts budget for year ahead

Council has adopted its $40.879 million annual budget, which outlines the funds necessary to deliver priority projects and services for 2021-2022. Mayor, Cr Lesley Hewitt, said the financially responsible budget includes major projects across the Shire, along with the...

Special Council Meeting – 29 June 2021

Special Council Meeting – 29 June 2021

Council will be holding a Special Meeting on Tuesday 29 June. At this meeting Council consider the adoption of the: Annual Budget 2021/2022 • Revenue and Rating Plan Road Management Plan Mayoral and Councillor Allowances The virtual Meeting will start at 6:00pm and be...

Have your say on management of pets

Have your say on management of pets

Hepburn Shire is developing a new Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) and is looking for feedback from the community to inform Council’s approach to the management of dogs and cats over the next four years. Mayor, Cr Lesley Hewitt, said Council recognises both the...

Council and builder part ways on the Hepburn Hub at The Rex Project

Hepburn Hub at The Rex Project Update

At the meeting held on 15 June 2021, Council heard a confidential report on the Hepburn Hub at The Rex project and options available to it in relation to progressing the project. Mayor, Cr Lesley Hewitt, said that it is clear the current staff accommodation and...

Trentham Community Hub one step closer

Trentham Community Hub one step closer

Council has adopted the final concept design plans for the $4.62M Trentham Community Hub, which will include the redevelopment of the Trentham Mechanics Institute. The centrally located facility will include a library, visitor information centre, Council customer...

Council awards community grants

Council awards community grants

Congratulations to Creswick Amateur Theatre Group, Trentham Sustainability Group, St John Ambulance (Daylesford), Pavilion Arts & Sustainability and Kingston Friends of the Avenue, who will all share in $8,924 as part of the fourth and final round of Council’s...

Investment to improve biodiversity

Investment to improve biodiversity

Council will support seven different community-led projects to improve biodiversity in the Shire through its 2020/2021 Biodiversity Grants, as announced at a Council Meeting last night. Projects include the restoration of wetland areas to improve habitat for the...

Council highly commended on reconciliation

Council highly commended on reconciliation

Council has received a Highly Commended Award for its film series ‘Peaks Wetlands and Rivers’ at the HART Awards (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) in the Local Government category. The three films take viewers on a journey of truth telling across the landscape...

Regenerative agriculture farm walk success

Regenerative agriculture farm walk success

On the 17 May 2021, Council’s Artisan Agriculture project hosted a farm walk for producers, growers and farmers on what is regenerative farming and how these practices can be applied on a farm. More than 35 attendees, from backgrounds including viticulture, egg...

Towards Zero Community Grants – Open 7 June

Towards Zero Community Grants – Open 7 June

Council is excited to announce the extension of the application period for its Towards Zero Community Grants Program for 2020/21. This funding is offering support to non-profit organisations for community projects to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in...

Impact of lockdown on Council services

Council to reopen services from Monday 7 June

Council will reopen key services to the public from Monday 7 June following changes to the Victorian State Government’s circuit breaker lockdown for regional areas. Customer Service Centres, Visitor Information Centres, Libraries and Tip Shops in Hepburn Shire will...

Aquatic Strategy – Have your say

Aquatic Strategy – Have your say

Council is developing a 10-year Aquatics Strategy and we are seeking community feedback on current aquatics facilities across the Shire, in particular how people use and enjoy these facilities, along with ideas for improvements. Current facilities in the Shire are:...

Youth Space Activation Grants

Youth Space Activation Grants

The Youth Space Activation Grants Program is a one-off funding program from Council.  A funding pool of $40,000 is available for eligible Community Groups who are engaging with Young people to create dedicated Youth Spaces. Projects should align with the Hepburn Shire...

JOIN OUR GENDER EQUITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

JOIN OUR GENDER EQUITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Council is establishing a Gender Equity Advisory Committee (GEAC) and is looking for community members to join.  The aim of the committee is to provide Council with advice on improving gender equity within Council and the community. Council is now calling on...

Council and builder part ways on the Hepburn Hub at The Rex Project

HEPBURN HUB AT THE REX – PROJECT UPDATE

At last night’s meeting, Council received a report on the Hepburn Hub at The Rex project as part of our commitment to provide a monthly update to the community to be open and transparent about the project. Works onsite have not commenced since the awarding of the...

PLANNING SCHEME INFORMATION SESSION

PLANNING SCHEME INFORMATION SESSION

A Planning Scheme information session was held yesterday afternoon. There has been a lot of community interest and feedback on this scheme amendment, and the session was really well attended. The formal process for Council to consider the Independent Panel Report...

$3.5M BOOST FOR TRENTHAM HUB

$3.5M BOOST FOR TRENTHAM HUB

Council has today received confirmation that the State Labor Government will provide a $3.5M grant towards the construction of the Trentham Community Hub. The centrally located facility will include a library, visitor information centre, Council customer service...

NEW TOURIST PRECINCT AT BULLARTO

NEW TOURIST PRECINCT AT BULLARTO

Council will lead a project to create a working museum at Bullarto Station thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Victorian State Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund. The project is a result of years of planning and lobbying by the Daylesford Spa Country Railway...

Western Victoria Transmission Network Project

Transmission Line Project

Council continues to advocate on behalf of community groups on the construction of 190km of overhead transmission lines, proposed as part of the Western Victoria Transmission Network (WVTN) Project. We are very supportive of renewable energy, and the importance of...

COUNCIL ANNOUNCES REACTIVATE HEPBURN GRANTS

COUNCIL ANNOUNCES REACTIVATE HEPBURN GRANTS

Thirteen local groups across the shire will share in more than $25,000 worth of funding to make it easier for people to participate in activities that build social connection and encourage physical activity. Council’s Reactivate Hepburn grants will support a range of...

COUNCIL LAUNCHES E-NEWSLETTER

COUNCIL LAUNCHES E-NEWSLETTER

We have launched the first edition of our monthly e-newsletter, Hepburn Life. The newsletter gives an overview of some of the things we're working on, along with information we are keen to share with our community. It replaces the printed Shire News, which we...

ROADS ON COUNCIL’S AGENDA

ROADS ON COUNCIL’S AGENDA

The maintenance and upgrade of local roads was a key topic at this week’s Council Meeting, with Council adopting an Asset Management Policy, a new Road Upgrade Policy and opening its draft Road Management Plan for community feedback. The Road Upgrade Policy provides...

ROUND 3 OF COMMUNITY GRANTS AWARDED

ROUND 3 OF COMMUNITY GRANTS AWARDED

Community groups across the Shire were big winners at the Council meeting last night with six applications recommended for full funding and one recommended for partial funding.  A total of over $13,000 has been allocated across the successful applicants. Eleven...

Towards Zero Community Grants – Open 7 June

Towards Zero Community Grants

Council is excited to announce the launch of its Towards Zero Community Grants Program for 2020/21. This funding is offering support to non-profit organisations for community projects to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in community facilities.  The...

JOIN THE SHIRE’S EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE

JOIN THE SHIRE’S EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE

Community members are invited to apply to become a member of the Hepburn Shire Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee (MEMPC), a multi-agency group that facilitates emergency management activities within the shire. The MEMPC is seeking expressions of...

ChillOut Youth Ball

ChillOut Youth Ball

Council are hosting the ChillOut Youth Ball as part of the ChillOut Festival. The event is for young people aged 12-17 years, who identify as LGBTIQA+ and friends. The event is being held at the Daylesford Town Hall on Friday  23 April, at 6:30pm-9pm. Special...

COUNCIL ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY PANEL

COUNCIL ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY PANEL

Forty people will represent members of the Shire on the Hepburn Together Community Panel, with almost 200 people applying for a place on the group. Mayor, Cr Lesley Hewitt, said Council was impressed by the enthusiasm and interest from people to join the panel and...

Sporting club grants now open

Sporting club grants now open

If your Sporting Club is looking for support with coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery and help with return to play in a COVIDSafe environment there is an additional $6 million in the current round of the Sport & Recreation Victoria Sporting Club Grants Program across...

ROUND 3 OF COMMUNITY GRANTS AWARDED

COMMUNITY GRANTS NOW OPEN

The latest round of Community Grants is now open. If you’re a community group or organisation looking for funding for a new or one-off event or program then look no further. Categories include Active and engaged communities, Quality community infrastructure (including...

COUNCIL ADOPTS PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENT

COUNCIL ADOPTS PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENT

Hepburn Shire Council has adopted the C80hepb Planning Scheme Amendment and will now submit it to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the Minister for Planning for approval. Mayor, Cr Lesley Hewitt, said the amendment was a significant project...

JOIN ANZAC DAY COMMEMORATIONS

JOIN ANZAC DAY COMMEMORATIONS

Join Anzac Day commemorations in the Shire on Sunday 25 April. Please note all participants and spectators need to pre-register their attendance prior to these events for contact tracing purposes. Click on the link below to book your free ticket. You can also collect...

FREE EVENTS ON FARMING

FREE EVENTS ON FARMING

As part of the Artisan Agriculture Project, Council will be holding two free events on being a new and aspiring farmer in the region on 24 April and what are regenerative farming practices on 17 May. Farmers will have the opportunity to hear about the key elements of...

COUNCIL ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY PANEL

COMPLETE A HEALTH AND WELLBEING SURVEY

Council has moved to Stage 3 of the Hepburn Together project, which means its focus is now shifting towards identifying ways to improve community health and wellbeing. Each local council in Victoria must develop a Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan, and Hepburn Shire...

Aquatic Strategy – Have your say

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE POOL SEASON

Now that the pool season is over Hepburn Shire Council wants to hear from you! If you visited your local pool or aquatic facility over summer Council invites you to complete a short survey to provide feedback on your experience. Complete the survey and tell Council...

What’s happening with organics?

What’s happening with organics?

In 2016, Hepburn Shire began a feasibility study with funding from the Victorian Government New Energy Jobs Fund (NEJF) to look at options for processing organic waste rather than it going to landfill. An anaerobic digestor project operated at Creswick Transfer...

$2.1 Million for Hammon Park in Creswick

$2.1 Million for Hammon Park in Creswick

Council has secured $2.1 million of State Government funding for the multi-million dollar Hammon Park Trailhead Community and Youth Hub. Hammon Park will serve as the main trailhead for the network of mountain bike trails coming soon to Creswick. It will also serve as...

Aussie Backyard Bird Count Results

Aussie Backyard Bird Count Results

The results of last year’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count are in! In October 2020, over one hundred thousand Australians participated in the count, one of the largest citizen science projects in Australia. Some key statistics from Hepburn shire include: 280 observers...

What’s happening with organics?

Organics bin trial is coming to Clunes

An organics bin kerbside collection is coming to Clunes, with bins being delivered in mid March and the first collection due on Monday 22 March. The organics bin is for food scraps (including meat, citrus and dairy) and garden organics (grass clippings, small...

IWD Inductees for 2021

IWD Inductees for 2021

Congratulations to the 2021 International Women’s Day Heather Mutimer Honour Roll inductees at last week's civic event - Frances Fiddian, Betty Johns and Verena Doyle. L-R: Verona Doyle, Betty Johns & Francis Fiddian

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Hepburn Shire Council & Youth Gurus are running a free Youth Mental Health First Aid workshop. Similar to regular First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid is an accredited course but for assisting young people experiencing mental health conditions. The 14-hour...

COUNCIL ADOPTS PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENT

Council services during lockdown

📢 COUNCIL SERVICES DURING LOCKDOWN   A number of our services have been affected by the 5 day lockdown from 11.50pm tonight (Friday 12 February) to 11.59pm Wednesday (17 February): 👉 Pools - are closed. 👉 Transfer Stations - are open for...

Council awards community grants

COMMUNITY GRANTS NOW OPEN

If you’re a community group or organisation looking for funding for a new or one-off event or program then look no further - Round 3 of Council's Community Grants are now open! Categories include: Active and Engaged Communities (including Welcome to New Residents...

Australia Day Awards 2021

Australia Day Awards 2021

Council hosts a citizenship ceremony and civic event on Australia Day eve. We would like to congratulate our Australia Day Award recipients for 2021: Community Event of the Year – Daylesford and District Horticultural Society Webinar Series Prior to COVID the...

BRADLEY THOMAS APPOINTED AS HEPBURN SHIRE CEO

Council Appoints Bradley Thomas Interim CEO

At the special Council Meeting this evening, Council appointed Director Community and Corporate Services to the role of Interim CEO, while a recruitment campaign for a permanent CEO commences.  This comes after the recent resignation of Evan King and his appointment...

COUNCIL ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY PANEL

Hepburn Together Project Launches

Hepburn Shire Council has launched ‘Hepburn Together’, a new major strategic planning project which will shape the future of the Hepburn Shire. Hepburn Shire Council CEO Evan King said that Council was looking forward to working with the community on this important...

Code Red Days – Are You Ready?

Code Red Days – Are You Ready?

In a Code Red Day, the safest place to be is away from high risk bushfire areas and leaving the night before or early in the day is the safest option. During extreme weather, such as a Code Red Day, localised power outages may happen. Make sure you have your emergency...

Council Closedown over Christmas

Council Closedown over Christmas

🎄 MERRY CHRISTMAS HEPBURN SHIRE 🎄   From all of us at Hepburn Shire Council to all of you across our Shire and other parts of the world, we hope you have a fun and relaxing Christmas and New Year.   A reminder: all of our offices, depots and libraries...

Australia Day events

Australia Day events

Australia Day Eve Monday 25 January 2021 Daylesford The Civic Event commences at 6.00pm at the Town Hall. This event will be closed to the public as numbers are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Australia Day Awards presentation and Citizenship Ceremony will...

Artisan Agriculture Survey

Artisan Agriculture Survey

Hepburn Shire Council is inviting artisan agriculture producers and growers from the Hepburn Shire and broader region to complete the annual Artisan Agriculture Survey. The survey aims to help Council’s Artisan Agriculture Project Advisory Group to better understand...

Glenlyon Recreation Reserve update

Glenlyon Recreation Reserve update

Interested in the latest news on what is happening with the Glenlyon Rec Reserve soil contamination project? There is a new update on the project page on our website: https://www.hepburn.vic.gov.au/glenlyonrecreationreserve/

International Day of People with Disability

International Day of People with Disability

Often when we think of someone living with a disability, we think of those with ‘visible’ physical disabilities like those requiring wheelchairs or a guide dog. But there are also lots of other disabilities, invisible disabilities, that aren’t so easy to identify....

Go Local First video campaign launches

Go Local First video campaign launches

Hepburn Shire Council is putting local businesses front and centre producing a series of online videos, to promote the Go Local First initiative. Hepburn Shire Council CEO Evan King said the new videos feature businesses and townships across Hepburn Shire, showcasing...

Hepburn Girls Can Week

Hepburn Girls Can Week

This Girl Can Vic is about women getting active whenever, wherever and however they choose – without worrying about being judged. Come and join in the fun during the Hepburn Girls Can Week! Booking details: Monday 16 November 2020 Clogging for Beginners to Advanced...

NAIDOC Week 2020

NAIDOC Week 2020

NAIDOC Week 2020 events: Flag Raising Acknowledgment of Country and Aboriginal flag will be raised in Vincent Street Daylesford by Erica Higgins, member of HSC RAP Advisory Committee. Clunes Booktown on Sunday Sunday 8 November 4pm Conversation with Indigenous...

COVID-safe plans for Shire footpaths

COVID-safe plans for Shire footpaths

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...

COVID-safe plans for Shire footpaths

Travel Exemption Form – No longer required

Are you in Melbourne and have a property in our Shire you wish to visit to undertake works for the summer season? Due to the proposed easing of travel restrictions from midnight 8 November (which means you can travel up to our Shire whenever you want from next Monday...

Join the Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Join the Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Spring means birds will start reappearing from their winter hideaways ready to be counted in BirdLife Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count from 19 October to 25 October. Hepburn Shire encourages participation by residents to help understand environmental change in...

COVID-safe plans for Shire footpaths

Phases for easing restrictions

Hepburn Shire Council is working with the community, local businesses and visitors to support a COVID-safe reopening as part of our pandemic response for our region. Council’s role is to ensure the safety of our community while ensuring businesses have the support,...

COVID-safe plans for Shire footpaths

SERVICE UPDATE

Quick guide to what Council services are open: Customer service - yes, on restricted hours and days. Libraries - yes, on restricted hours and days. Tip Shops - open as per usual. Parks and skatepark - open as usual. For more information:...

COVID-safe plans for Shire footpaths

CUSTOMER SERVICES AND LIBRARIES NOW OPEN

Good news! We re-opening both Libraries and Customer Service points from next Monday, 21 September. Each of our sites will be open for two days per week. Open one weekday and again on Saturday morning: 👉 Creswick Hub: Monday 8.30am - 5pm and Saturday 9am-12pm...

Go Local First video campaign launches

Go Local First

Council is participating in the Go Local First campaign to promote and support local businesses. The campaign encourages and reminds us to choose local small businesses when purchasing products, goods and services to hep get the economy back on its feet, keep locals...

International Women’s Day Nominations

International Women’s Day Nominations

** Nominations have now closed International Women’s Day is celebrated across the world on 8 March each year. The purpose of the day is to recognise women and their achievements. In 2005, the Heather Mutimer Honour Roll was established to pay tribute to the women in...

LOCAL LAW NO. 2 COMMUNITY REFERENCE GROUPS

LOCAL LAW NO. 2 COMMUNITY REFERENCE GROUPS

In February, Council committed to working with our community in developing guidelines to compliment the adopted General Local Law No. 2. At the Council meeting on Tuesday 21 July, Council endorsed the Terms of Reference for the Local No. 2 Community Reference Groups....

Election Result Declared – New Councillors for Hepburn Shire

2020 General Elections Hepburn Shire Council

Have you thought about being a Councillor? Being a Councillor is a rewarding challenge – one which requires commitment, responsibility and accountability. Many people in our local communities provide strong and strategic leadership. Local government can perform at its...