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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.

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...

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...

SERVICE UPDATE

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:...

Go Local First

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 SERVICES TO RE-OPEN MONDAY 22 JUNE 2020

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...

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...

Swimming Pool & Spa Regulations

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...

Extreme Heat Can Impact Your Health

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...

Office Closures 2019/20

Office Closures 2019/20

Council offices, including depots and libraries, will be closed from 3.00pm on Tuesday 24 December 2019 to reopen on Thursday 2 January 2020. Council offices, including depots, libraries and transfer stations, will also be closed for the afternoon at 1.30pm on Friday...

Creswick Trails Announcement

Creswick Trails Announcement

From now through to the end of January 2020, we are seeking your feedback on the Concept Trail Alignments – a map of where the Creswick Trails are proposed to go (visit https://creswicktrails.com/progress for the map). We want you to put some dates and events in your...

Emergency Management Drop-In Sessions

Emergency Management Drop-In Sessions

Council’s Emergency Management Coordinator will be facilitating drop-in sessions for anyone who would like to discuss emergency management. Daryl will be able to assist with general information on preparing for emergencies and putting in place personal emergency...

Hepburn Hub At The Rex – Public Art Commission

Hepburn Hub At The Rex – Public Art Commission

Council is seeking Dja Dja Wurrung artists for a major public art project valued at $30,000. Collaborations between Dja Dja Wurrung artists and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are also supported. The public artwork will enhance the space at The Rex...

Virtual Council Meetings

Council Meetings 2020

At the October last meeting, Council resolved to hold all 2020 Council meetings at the Senior Citizens' Room in Daylesford. Why the one location? Council meetings in one location will give the community more consistency and we will be able to look at technology...

Listening Posts Events

Listening Posts Events

We’ve heard from the community that you want to engage with us in more ways, so we will be hosting listening post events in all our Wards.  You will be able to drop in to speak with representatives from different Council departments, including rates, community safety,...

Community Planning Implementation Fund

What is the future for your community?

If you’re interested in having your say about your community now is your chance. Community Planning in Hepburn Shire has recommenced with some important changes. With a review of what the Community Planning groups will look like and a review of each plan, now is the...

Blackberry Control Workshop

Blackberry Control Workshop

The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce and Council are hosting a workshop to demonstrate effective blackberry control techniques, including mechanical and chemical. There will also be drone demonstrations, resources and opportunities to discuss planning. All Hepburn Shire...

Hub for Premium Produce

Hub for Premium Produce

The Hub for Premium Produce is a new $720,000 (over 3 years) localised program focused on connecting and actively working with the premium produce enterprises (PPE) in the Hepburn Shire and surrounding region to navigate processes, unlock opportunities, and build the...

Annual Report 2018-19

Annual Report 2018-19

Notice is hereby given that the Hepburn Shire Council Annual Report 2018/19 has been prepared and will be considered at the next meeting of Council to be held at 6pm on Tuesday 15 October 2019 at the Glenlyon Town Hall. Copies of the Annual Report can be inspected or...

Free Green Waste in November

Free Green Waste in November

Don't forget that during the month of November we offer free green waste disposal at each of our three transfer stations - Creswick, Daylesford and Trentham. This only applies to residential properties within the Shire and excludes commercial quantities of waste. ...

Seniors Festival 2019

Seniors Festival 2019

Our big event for this year’s Seniors Festival will be a lunch followed by a Jade Hurley concert at the Regent Theatre in Ballarat.  We will have transport available from Daylesford, Trentham, Creswick and Clunes to enable seniors from across the Shire to attend.

Biological Control for Broom and Gorse

Biological Control for Broom and Gorse

A Workshop and Field demonstration to get updates on some of the recent biological control programs for Gorse, English (Scotch) and Montpellier Broom and learn how volunteers and citizen scientists can boost their impact. You will learn how to spread the Scotch...

Community Grants Program – Round 3 – Open 1 February

Community Grants Program 2019-20 – Round 2

The 2019/20 Hepburn Shire Council Community Grants Program will open on 3 October 2019. The program provides $62,000 annually to community groups and organisations to fund projects which benefit the residents of the Hepburn Shire community. The program has helped...

Climate Emergency Declaration

Climate Emergency Declaration

At last night’s meeting, Council unanimously resolved to join a growing global movement and declare a climate emergency. This further supports the proactive actions Council is already taking to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change, by reducing our own...

Listening Posts Events

Community Listening Posts Kick Off In Clunes

We want to make sure we are providing our residents/ratepayers with the services and support they need.  We’ve heard a clear message from our community that they want to engage with Council in more ways To make it easier for residents and ratepayers to discuss local...

Reducing Racism – Reporting Tool

Reducing Racism – Reporting Tool

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is an independent statutory body, with responsibilities under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001, and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities...

Detox Your Home is Coming to Daylesford

Detox Your Home is Coming to Daylesford

Detox your Home, a safe, free and easy-to-use service to dispose of common household chemicals without harming your health or the environment – is coming to Daylesford. When:             Saturday 14 September 2019 Time:               10.00 am to 1.00 pm Where:...

New Residents Event – Daylesford/Hepburn

New Residents Event – Daylesford/Hepburn

Are you new to the Daylesford/Hepburn area? The New Resident Welcome in Daylesford/Hepburn is a Council initiative and hosted by the Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre.  These sessions are an opportunity for new residents to connect with the Mayor, Ward Councillors,...

“A Plastic Ocean” – Screening

“A Plastic Ocean” – Screening

"A Plastic Ocean" There will be a free public screening of the movie ‘A Plastic Ocean’ at Doug Lindsay Reserve in Creswick from 6 - 9pm on Saturday, 31 August 2019. This is a community led and organised event. Representatives from Grampians Central West Waste and...

Listening Post Event in Clunes

Listening Post Event in Clunes

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 (1pm-3pm) The Warehouse – Clunes Our Economic Development Team are holding a ‘listening post event’. Listening posts provide a great opportunity for community members to come and chat to our Council officers and ask questions. We want to hear...

Waterfowl Rehoming – Lake Daylesford

Waterfowl Rehoming – Lake Daylesford

At the meeting in Clunes on 16 July 2019, Council adopted a plan rehome geese from Lake Daylesford and to communicate this decision.  This difficult decision was not made lightly and we understand that many in the community are unhappy with the decision.  Along with...

Annual Plan 2019-20 Adopted

Annual Plan 2019-20 Adopted

At the Council meeting this evening in Clunes, Council adopted the Annual Plan 2019/2020. The Annual Plan has been created to link the goals of the Council Plan with our overall planning and reporting framework. Mayor, Cr Don Henderson, said that the Annual Plan is...

Active Women and Girls Strategy – Launch

Active Women and Girls Strategy – Launch

Hepburn Shire Council in partnership with the Trentham Football Netball Club and Trentham Sports Ground Committee of Management are proud to launch the Hepburn Shire Council Active Women and Girls Strategy - 2019 - 2029. The development of this strategy aims to...

Biodiversity Grants Awarded

Biodiversity Grants Awarded

The Hepburn Community Biodiversity grants were approved by Council on Tuesday 18 June 2019.  The grants are intended to support community-led projects that protect and enhance the Shire’s biodiversity. The following projects amount to $24,000.  This is in addition to...

Budget 2019/2020 Adopted

Budget 2019/2020 Adopted

Hepburn Shire Council is pleased to announce that it adopted the 2019/20 Budget at its Council meeting held last night in Daylesford. Mayor, Cr Don Henderson, said that the 2019/20 Budget funds new projects and delivers important services for the community without any...

Business Resilience Workshop

Business Resilience Workshop

Council are hosting a Small Business Victoria workshop on Wednesday 26 June 2019, on the topic of 'Building Business Resilience - How to prepare for business challenges.' Without an up-to-date crisis management plan ready to activate, your ability to shield your...

E-Waste Ban – 1 July 2019

E-Waste Ban – 1 July 2019

Council’s transfer stations accept e-waste free of charge (excluding fridges and freezers).  E-waste is collected and processed through a product stewardship scheme operated by TechCollect.  Small e-waste (up to the size of a laptop) can also be taken to one of our...

Creswick Community Park Outdoor Fitness Space

Creswick Community Park Outdoor Fitness Space

We’re excited to announce that the Creswick Community Park Outdoor Fitness Space is coming soon.  We’re hoping to commence installation of equipment on 13 June 2019 (weather permitting). Council is delivering this project in partnership with the Creswick &...

World Environment Day – 5 June 2019

World Environment Day – 5 June 2019

World Environment Day (5 June 2019) is a day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Council has been working on many initiatives aimed at reducing emissions, addressing climate change and protecting biodiversity. Here is a snapshot....

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