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If you or a loved one are living with a disability in Hepburn Shire, there are a range of local services and resources that are available. We’re continually working with local people with disabilities, families, carers, service providers and support organisations to make Hepburn Shire more a more inclusive community.

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...

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...

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...

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...

COMPLETE A HEALTH AND WELLBEING SURVEY

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...

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE POOL SEASON

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...

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...

Organics bin trial is coming to Clunes

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...

Customer Service and Libraries open 2pm Monday 22 March

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...

COMMUNITY GRANTS NOW OPEN

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...

Council Appoints Bradley Thomas Interim 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...

COMPLETE A HEALTH AND WELLBEING SURVEY

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...

COUNCIL ADOPTS 2020/21 BUDGET

COUNCIL ADOPTS 2020/21 BUDGET

Hepburn Shire Council is pleased to announce that it adopted its 2020/21 Budget at the Council meeting held virtually on 21 July 2020. Mayor, Cr Licia Kokocinski, said that the 2020/21 Budget provides important services to the community, particularly during this...

The Great Hepburn Shire Scavenger Hunt

The Great Hepburn Shire Scavenger Hunt

The Scavenger Hunt clues have been hidden across all the townships in the Hepburn Shire. Each town (Daylesford, Creswick, Clunes & Trentham) has it’s own scavenger hunt. If you hunt down all the clues and unlock the code first you and a friend will win $20 voucher...

Seniors Festival 2020

Seniors Festival 2020

This year's Seniors Festival is running a little bit differently. The Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined is brought straight to your home through online performances, Zoom interviews and story telling. For more information,...

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE BACK TO FULL TIME HOURS – AND DAYLESFORD LIBRARY POP UP IN JANUARY 2021

CUSTOMER SERVICES TO RE-OPEN MONDAY 22 JUNE 2020

Following the recent announcement by the Victorian Government to further ease COVID-19 restrictions, Council will introduce a phased re-opening of Customer Service to the community. Chief Executive Officer, Evan King, said the easing of restrictions allows some...

Hepburn Planning Scheme Review

Hepburn Planning Scheme Review

At the June 2020 meeting, Council resolved to place the revised Hepburn planning scheme on exhibition and to seek community submissions. The Planning Scheme is the overarching legal document that states how land can be used and developed across the municipality. In...

Hepburn Shire Adopts Events Strategy

Hepburn Shire Adopts Events Strategy

Council has endorsed the Event Strategy 2020-2025 which recognises and values the social, cultural and economic benefits that events bring to our region. The strategy and supporting action plan will enhance our current events and assist with attracting new ones. Click...

National Reconciliation Week – 2020

National Reconciliation Week – 2020

SORRY DAY Aboriginal Flag Raising and address by Mayor Kokocinski – Daylesford via Face book and Council YouTube Channel. 26 May: ‘when I was taken away I was only a toddler’ Grace Sailor 2006 - https://vimeo.com/185590610  5 minutes Aunty Grace Sailor and her sister...

Council Meeting Summary

Council Meeting Summary

We’re improving the way we communicate the decisions of Council to the community by uploading a summary of Council Meeting outcomes to our website the day after the meeting each month.  Council makes important decisions at its Ordinary and Special Council Meetings...

Glenlyon Public Art Commission

Glenlyon Public Art Commission

Council is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a $30,000 public art commission in Glenlyon. Local artists are encouraged to apply. The guidelines can be downloaded below or e-tendering portal for more information on the proposed sites, history of the...

Virtual Council Meetings

Virtual Council Meetings

Council Meetings During COVID-19 Pandemic – Virtual Council Meeting In response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the State government has recently introduced temporary measures that allow for virtual Council meetings to be conducted.  The change to legislation...

COVIDSafe App

COVIDSafe App

COVIDSafe was developed by the Australian Government to help keep the community safe from coronavirus (COVID-19). It will help stop the spread and keep ourselves and each other healthy. COVIDSafe uses Bluetooth® technology on your mobile phone to look for other...

Community Biodiversity Grants Open

Community Biodiversity Grants Open

The Hepburn Shire Community Biodiversity Grants Program is now open for applications. Community groups, including environmental groups, schools and other incorporated or auspiced groups, are encouraged to apply. Projects for amounts up to $5,000 will be considered....

Community Planning Implementation Fund

Community Planning Implementation Fund

The Community Planning Implementation Fund opens on 7 May 2020 and closes 4 June 2020.   Program Objective To support the implementation of actions within Hepburn Shire Council endorsed Community Plans.  This is an opportunity for community to apply for funding...

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE POOL SEASON

Swimming Pool & Spa Regulations

The Victorian Government has introduced legislation requiring property owners, including landlords, to register pools and spas with Council. The new regulations came into effect from 1 December 2019. They aim to improve safety by ensuring that pool and spa barriers...

April 2020 Council Meeting Postponed

April 2020 Council Meeting Postponed

Council have decided to postpone the Ordinary Council Meeting scheduled for 21 April 2020 in order to continue to follow the Federal and Victorian Government’s COVID-19 advice and to continue to protect the health and well-being of community members, Councillors and...

Trentham Streetscape Upgrades

Trentham Streetscape Upgrades

Council is excited to announce that works will soon begin on Albert Street and the intersection of High Street and Market Street, based on the adopted Trentham Streetscape Planning and Design. The Streetscape Planning and Design was completed in 2014 for a number of...

Smith Street Daylesford Subdivision Approved

Smith Street Daylesford Subdivision Approved

At last night’s meeting, Council considered an application for a 53 lot subdivision at 17 Smith Street, Daylesford.  Council decided to issue a notice of decision to grant a permit for a 42 lot subdivision. Council’s approval was based on a number of conditions that...

LOCAL LAW NO. 2 COMMUNITY REFERENCE GROUPS

Local Law No. 2 Explained

The adoption of the Local Law No.2 at the February 2020 Council meeting has generated lots of questions regarding how the laws impact everyday life.  We have put together a "Local Laws No. 2 – Explained" document to help you understand what’s changed. Click on this...

Supporting Artisan Agriculture

Supporting Artisan Agriculture

Sharon Hebbard has recently joined Hepburn Shire Council as the Artisan Agriculture Facilitation Specialist.  This exciting role, supported by Agriculture Victoria, is a significant appointment for the Hepburn Shire being the only role funded within the sector....

Active April

Active April

Central Highlands Rural Health (formerly known as Hepburn Health Service), Hepburn Shire Council, Sports Central, and the Daylesford, Trentham, Creswick and Clunes Neighbourhood Houses/Centres are working together with local sport and active recreation providers to...

Hepburn Shire Business Awards – Now Open

Hepburn Shire Business Awards – Now Open

ENTER NOW The 2020 inaugural Hepburn Shire Business awards recognise local businesses who strive for business excellence and deserve acknowledgement for their achievements. Council are introducing the Business Awards as a standalone bi-annual event as a way of...

VEC Representation Review

VEC Representation Review

The Victorian Electoral Commission public hearing scheduled for 3 March 2020 has been cancelled as there were no confirmed requests to speak. The final report will be released on Wednesday 25 March 2020. For more information visit the VEC - https://www.vec.vic.gov.au

Glenlyon Reserve Contamination Assessment

Glenlyon Reserve Contamination Assessment

Hepburn Shire Council and relevant government organisations, including Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), will hold a meeting to update the community with the latest information on the onsite investigation into potential contamination concerns at the Glenlyon...

GUF Gaming Session

GUF Gaming Session

Booking available via the links: Clunes: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/96855199509 Trentham: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/96863426115 Daylesford: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/96864200431 Creswick: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/96864625703

Clunes Skate Clinic

Clunes Skate Clinic

Get down to CLUNES Skate Park on Thursday 2 April for FREE skateboarding and scooter clinics and fun! All gear provided! Clinic #1 - 11:00am | Girls Only Ages 10-16 Clinic #2 - 12:00pm | All Welcome Ages 6-12 Clinic #3 - 1:00pm | All Welcome Ages 6-12 Games/Free Skate...

Hepburn Girls Can Week

This Girl Can Campaign

This Girl Can is a state-wide campaign led by VicHealth. It aims to encourage more females, regardless of their background, age, ability or body type, to be active in physical activity in any way that suits them. The campaign is now in its second year.  Over 285,000...

Australia Day Awards 2020

Australia Day Awards 2020

Congratulations to our Australia Day Award winners for 2020: - Lachlan Wrigley (Young Citizen of the Year) - (Community Event of the Year - Clunes Ceramic Award) - Graeme Johnstone received the Award - David Hall (Citizen of the Year)

Community Satisfaction Survey 2020

Community Satisfaction Survey 2020

We would like to inform residents that from mid-February, for the period of up to three weeks, your household may receive a call from an independent market research agency, National Field Services. They have been commissioned to conduct a community satisfaction survey...

Council Adopts New Budget and Project Timeline for Hepburn Hub at The Rex Project

Hepburn Hub at The Rex Project Update

The Hepburn Hub at The Rex is a challenging project on a complex site, and unfortunately has been subject to further delays.  A significant amount of time in recent months has been invested in understanding the project history, revising the designs to ensure the...

Message from the Mayor – Local Law No. 2 Review

Message from the Mayor – Local Law No. 2 Review

The review of Local Law No. 2 is a process that commenced early last year. Consultation sessions were held around the Shire and community feedback was sought prior to preparing the current draft Local Law that was presented to the community over recent months. The...

International Women’s Day Nominations

International Women’s Day Event 2020

Celebrating inspiring women and paying tribute to those in the Shire whose contributions, courage and examples have led to significant social change for women. Thursday, 5 March 2020 at 6.00pm At Wesley Bluestone - Service Street, Clunes Book here...

Visit Victoria Event Funding

Visit Victoria Event Funding

Hepburn Shire Council was allocated $100,000 from the Victorian Government’s Visit Victoria Regional Events Fund to support events that showcase tourism attributes and drive economic impact through visitation and expenditure for our region. All applications were...

Creswick Skate Clinic

Creswick Skate Clinic

Get down to Creswick Skate Park on Friday 24th of January for FREE skateboarding clinics and fun! Skateboards and protective gear provided! Clinic #1 - 11:00am | Girls Only Ages 10-16 Clinic #2 - 12:00pm | Clinic #2 - All Welcome Ages 6-12 Clinic #3 - 1:00pm | All...

Heat kills more people in Australia than any natural disaster

Extreme Heat Can Impact Your Health

A Heat Health Alert is issued by Department of Health and Human Services when there is a prolonged period of excessive heat forecast in the State of Victoria which is likely to have an impact on human health. These extreme heat events can also affect community...

Youth Development Fund

Youth Development Fund

Youth Development Fund - Providing Young people with opportunities for learning, development and participation Hepburn Shire Council acknowledges young people as valuable members of our community, by providing financial support for youth development. There is two...

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