Project Overview

Hepburn Shire is a community that is rich in arts and culture. Arts and culture play a valuable role in enhancing social connectedness and community wellbeing and contributes in many ways to the Shire’s identity, liveability and sustainability. Council recognises that arts and culture means different things to different people and that this continues to change as communities and places evolve. Supporting creativity of all forms develops our local talent, sustains our local traditions, and connects us to each other. Council is committed to working with the communities of Hepburn Shire to support and promote the continued development of this vital aspect of community identity. We are excited to invite the community to be a part of developing the very first Hepburn Arts and Culture Strategy.

Our Community Vision speaks about an inclusivity, embracing innovation and fostering partnerships. Hepburn’s first Arts and Culture Strategy (2022-2026) will provide a roadmap for the role of arts in culture in making progress towards that vision. The first step in developing the strategy is the creation of a shared vision that community, creative sector and Council can work toward. The strategy will define key priority areas where Council can play a dynamic and supportive role in strengthening the provision of existing services, programs and facilities so that the creative community can thrive. Measurable objectives will be developed to support each key priority area. An implementation plan including strategies, partnerships, activities and resources will be created to act as a roadmap for achieving our shared vision.

How to Participate

Thank you!

This phase of engagement has now finished. Thank you to all the wonderful community members and creative people who participated in the focus groups sessions and submitted to the surveys. We will keep you posted on the project's progress over the coming months.

You can participate in helping to inform our Arts and Culture Strategy through the following activities:

Step one: Take a few moments to fill in one of the two surveys. Each survey serves a different purpose and will add to the strength of our strategy. Printable surveys are available at all Council Customer Service Hubs and libraries. You can access these surveys by clicking the buttons below.

The two surveys are:

  • Individual community members and groups
  • Those operating within the creative sector including artists practising across all art forms, producers, organisers of professional arts activities.

Step two: We will be offering eight focus group sessions across the Shire both in person and online. To register for these sessions please click on the links below. Everyone is welcome!

Step three: Complete the quick activity and tell us what in one short sentence what arts and culture means to you. Browse the beautiful photos of arts and culture activities across the Shire.


Community Focus Group Sessions

We are offering the following opportunities to have creative community conversations about arts and culture across our Shire. Be quick to register your interest by booking you place by clicking on the links under the dates below. Places are limited.

In-person focus groups

  • Thursday 19 May 2022, Daylesford Town Hall, 4pm to 5pm
  • Friday 27 May 2022, Trentham Uniting Church, cnr Camp Street and Market Street, 10:30am to 11:30am,
  • Friday 27 May 2022, The Warehouse Esmond Gallery, 36 Fraser Street, Clunes, 1pm to 2pm
  • Friday 27 May 2022, Creswick RSL, 60 Albert Street, 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Click here to book your place at any of the in person focus groups

Online focus groups

  • Wednesday 18 May 2022, 12 noon to 1pm
  • Wednesday 18 May 2022, 4pm to 5pm
  • Thursday 19 May 2022, 12 noon to 1pm
  • Thursday 19 May 2022, 4pm to 5pm
  • Thursday 26 May 2022, 6pm to 7pm
  • Monday 30 May 2022, 6pm to 7pm

Click here to book your place at any of the online focus groups

If you have any issues booking a session, or the session you want is full, please email Kelly Bevan at kbevan@hepburn.vic.gov.au.


Next Steps

The expertise and input from the community and our creative sector is very important to the success of this strategy. We encourage you all to participate in the activities available. Once the Broad Engagement phase is over, analysis of the feedback will inform the development of the draft strategy. The draft strategy will be available for feedback later in the year, prior to being endorsed by Council. We will keep you up to date on the progress of the Arts and Culture Strategy via this page and Council's e-newsletter, Hepburn Life. Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter at https://mailchi.mp/hepburn/sign-up.