The Council is looking for community members to join Local Law 2 Community Reference groups and COVID task forces for Business and Community Recovery.

Local Law 2 Community Reference Groups

In February, Council committed to working with the community to develop guidelines to complement the General Local Law No. 2.  It is setting up three Community Reference Groups (CRGs) and is calling for expressions of interest from members of the public.

The reference groups will deal with firewood collection on Council land, salvaging at its transfer stations and planting on nature strips. Applicants can only be a member of one Community Reference Group.

Each of the CRGs will be made up of a Councillor, three Council Officers and eight members of the public. The Groups will not make decisions; their role is “to ensure that the development of the guidelines adequately reflects the interest of the greater community.”

According to the terms of reference, the groups will

  • Provide a forum to workshop and develop the Local law 2 guidelines
  • Facilitate input and feedback into the Local law 2 guidelines
  • Provide a forum for sharing of perspectives and experiences across Hepburn Shire Council
  • Support the development of long-term respectful relationships with local government.

The terms of reference for each CRG and the expression of interest form can be found on the Shire’s website at https://www.hepburn.vic.gov.au/local-law-no-2-community-reference-groups/

Expressions of interest close on 10 August 2020  and members will be appointed by Council at the September Ordinary Council Meeting.

If you have any questions about the Local Law No. 2 Community Working Groups, you can contact David George, Coordinator Community Safety, on 5348 2306.

The COVID Recovery task forces

Council is calling for expressions of interest in joining the Business Response and Recovery task force and the Community Recovery task force to be lodged by 9 August.

Council is concerned that “We are in the middle of a pandemic emergency and we acknowledge that this will not be going away anytime soon… we need to plan and prepare for this new way of life. In planning for now and into the future, we want to work with our community to assist in recovery from this pandemic.”

The purpose of the task forces is to develop a recovery action plan and to help our community rebound from COVID-19. It will act as a forum for consultation to provide feedback and exchange  information and support our Shire’s business and economic recovery.

The Business task force will have 12 members; four Hepburn Shire Council representatives, one representative from Daylesford Macedon Tourism, one representative from each of the Business Associations in the Hepburn Shire and four other business representatives.

The Community task force will have 12 members; four from Hepburn Shire Council and eight representatives from the community, including Neighbourhood Centres and a broad range of other community and welfare organisations.

For more information go to https://www.hepburn.vic.gov.au/rebounding-from-Covid-19/  or contact David George, Coordinator Community Safety, on 5348 2306.