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Mayor’s Message

The Mayor, Cr Brian Hood, discusses current and future issues facing Council. In particular, the 2024/25 budget to be finalised next week, paints a bleak picture of the financial viability of the Shire.

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Fair Access Policy Adopted

At the Council meeting this week, Hepburn Shire’s first Fair Access Policy was adopted. The policy addresses known barriers experienced by women, girls, trans and gender diverse people in accessing and using community sports infrastructure.

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Where Olive Trees Weep

Where Olive Trees Weep is a film which portrays the struggles and resilience of the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation. The film has an online premiere from June 6-27, 2024 and will be shown at Radius Art Space in Hepburn on Sunday June 23rd.

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Arts and Culture Strategy for Hepburn Shire

At its June meeting Council adopted its first Arts and Culture Strategy. The aim is to provide a strategic framework for local artists, visitors and each other to grow the vibrancy of Hepburn Shire. 

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Gary Lawrence Recognised for Volunteer Contributions

A event was held in the band room at the Daylesford museum to celebrate the reopening the room as part of the ongoing renewal of the Daylesford Museum complex. The celebration also included the award of citation to Museum curator, Gary Lawrence, for outstanding voluntary contributions to the community.

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State Government Announces Housing Targets for Hepburn Shire

The state government has released draft targets for housing growth across the state which identify specific targets for local government areas as a basis for negotiation with individual local councils. The current Draft Structure Plans for the Shire has a similar but slightly higher target rate for new housing.

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Daylesford Water Pipeline Nears Completion

Over 14 kilometres of the 17-kilometre Daylesford Water Supply Pipeline has been completed. The final 3 kilometres of pipeline installation will see a reduction of planned major works in the short-term with major asset connections and Midland Highway works to recommence in August.

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