Project Overview

Future Hepburn aims to protect and enhance the existing character of our towns and rural settlements to 2050. It consists of a number of projects including:

  • Agricultural Land and Rural Settlement Strategy
  • Integrated Transport Strategy
  • Township structure plans for Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford & Hepburn Springs, Glenlyon and Trentham
  • Neighbourhood Character Assessment and Urban Design Framework
  • Cultural Values Assessment
  • Technical studies and reviews

We are currently working with the community to co-design the township structure plans. These will guide future growth and appropriate development, protect what we value, improve liveability and empower our community to thrive. We want to hear what you love about where you live and your aspirations for the future.

Complete a survey below or come along to a Community Conversations event and tell us what matters to you.

How to Participate

Township Surveys Open

Help us to develop structure plans for Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, Glenlyon and Trentham.

These plans will outline how we will protect and enhance the existing character of our townships and rural settlements and to guide appropriate growth and development into the future.

Click a button below to find out more and complete a survey about your town or settlement.

Surveys close 11pm, Sunday 18 June 2023
Community Conversations!

Come and speak with Councillors and staff and talk to us about your town. What does appropriate growth and development look like to 2050? Share your views on housing, business and economic development, environment and heritage, urban design, transport movement and access, and community and culture and more.

No need to RSVP. Just come along anytime between 4-6pm!

See you at:

📅 Monday 29 May - Daylesford, Victoria Park Pavilion

📅 Tuesday 30 May - Hepburn Springs, Hepburn Recreation Reserve (Football Ground)

📅 Wednesday 31 May - Trentham Listening Post, Trentham Pavilion

📅 Thursday 1 June - Clunes, Clunes Town Hall

📅 Wednesday 7 June - Creswick, Doug Lindsay Recreation Reserve POSTPONED due to the weather

📅 Thursday 8 June - Glenlyon, Glenlyon Town Hall

  • Join our Community Engagement Pool

    We are looking for people to come together to participate in a number of engagement activities, these may include surveys, focus groups, online polls, workshops or interviews. Activities will be offered both online and face-to-face. You can be involved as little or as much as you like.

    Registration open from: Wednesday 17 May to Sunday 18 June 2023.

    Click here to register 

Next steps

We are committed to:

  • Working closely with our community and stakeholders to understand, express, refine and develop options that address local priorities and challenges.
  • Using simple and clear language when we communicate with community and stakeholders.
  • Valuing our community’s creativity and expertise in working through our strategic planning challenges and actively listen without judgement to what people say.
  • Continuing to share information with the community and stakeholders, reporting back what we have heard and providing feedback on where input has not been included.

Shire-wide Strategies

  • Technical Studies & Reviews

    A number background studies and reviews have been identified that will help us understand our challenges more clearly and inform the development of the other projects.

    Coming soon


Our strategic planning challenges include planning for climate change impacts, managing appropriate growth and development, the protection of biodiversity, cultural heritage, significant agricultural land, landscapes and environmental features, and planning for our future infrastructure needs allowing our communities, businesses and people to thrive into the future.

It is expected that all elements of this project will be completed in early 2024.

This project will affect everyone who lives, farms or conducts business in our Shire for many years to come. We will rely on your views and input to determine what priorities and values must be considered moving forward.

This is an opportunity for you to influence decisions on projects and plans that matter to you.