Project overview

Council is committed to improving the Shire’s liveability as well as understanding, protecting and enhancing the values and character of the whole Shire: including its townships and rural areas.

To do this, it has launched Future Hepburn, a once-in-a-generation suite of major strategic projects.

Future Hepburn consists of several projects including (but not limited to):

We’ve heard from the community that it’s important to protect Hepburn Shire’s rural lifestyle, the look and feel of our townships, environment, heritage and productive farming land. Future Hepburn projects will guide future growth and appropriate development by protecting what we value and improving liveability as we look towards 2050.

Will my property be affected?

Important: Both the draft Rural Hepburn strategy and the township structure plans contain a number of proposed changes.

Rural Hepburn includes proposed planning changes to most rural areas. These are included in the Rural Hepburn project page.

Township Structure Plans includes:

  • Proposed zoning and overlay changes for Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, Glenlyon and Trentham. A list of those streets affected have been collated and provided in the Future Hepburn: Technical Reports and Supporting Documents page.
  • Nominated 500m investigation areas surrounding our current transfer stations and past landfill sites. Residents who live around these sites can find more out more information about this proposal by accessing the 'Investigation Areas - Buffer Area Overlay letter to residents 08 May 2024' and the 'Separation Distances Assessments' for their individual townships provided in the Future Hepburn: Technical Reports and Supporting Documents page.

Our community is strongly encouraged to review the draft documents and browse the Future Hepburn Technical Studies and Reports by click on the page buttons further down this page.

How to participate

We are currently holding a six-week engagement period on the draft township structure plans for Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, Glenlyon and Trentham, and the draft Rural Hepburn: Agricultural Land and Rural Settlement strategy. We strongly encourage you to read the project pages for each of these Future Hepburn elements. Submissions for both these projects are open from 1 May to 12 June 2024.

Webinar

Watch the Future Hepburn webinar: Come along and hear from our Strategic Planning team about both the drafted Township Structure Plans and Rural Hepburn: Agricultural Land & Rural Settlement Strategy.

Draft Township Structure Plans and Rural Hepburn webinar

Community Information Sessions

Chat with a Planner at one of the six Community Information Sessions covering both the draft Rural Hepburn strategy and the draft township structure plans. An Introduction Presentation will be given by a Strategic Planner outlining both the Structure Plan and Rural Hepburn strategy's key planning elements. Please check the times for the presentations. No bookings are required.

  • Creswick: Friday 17 May, from 5pm to 8pm at the RSL, 60 Albert Street, Creswick.
    • Introduction Presentation will commence at 7pm.
  • Newlyn (Rural Hepburn strategy specific): Wednesday 22 May, from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Newlyn Recreation Reserve, Midland Highway, Newlyn.
    • Introduction Presentation will commence at 6:30pm.
  • Trentham: Friday 24 May, from 5pm to 8pm at the Trentham Recreation Reserve, 25 Falls Road, Trentham. Please note the change of venue from the Trentham Neighbourhood Centre.
    • Introduction Presentation will commence at 7pm.
  • Hepburn Springs: Saturday 25 May, from 9am to 12pm at the Hepburn Primary School, 156 Main Road, Hepburn Springs. Please note the change of venue from the Bendigo Community Bank building.
    • Introduction Presentation will commence at 11am.
  • Glenlyon: Saturday 25 May 2024, from 2pm to 5pm at the Glenlyon Shire Hall, Barkly Street, Glenlyon.
    • Introduction Presentation will commence at 4pm.
  • Clunes: Saturday 1 June, from 9am to 12pm at the Clunes Town Hall, 98 Bailey Street, Clunes.
    • Introduction Presentation will commence at 11am.
  • Daylesford: Saturday 1 June, from 2pm to 5pm at the Daylesford Town Hall, 76 Vincent Street, Daylesford.
    • Introduction Presentation will commence at 4pm.

Schedule a time to talk with a Planner

If you are interested in what is planned for your town, or property, in the draft Rural Hepburn strategy and the draft township structure plans and are unable to come to a Community Information Sessions, we would like to invite you to book an appointment to chat with a Planner.

You can attend the session in person or online:

  • Friday 24 May 2024, from 2pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 28 May 2024, from 12pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday 29 May 2024, 12pm to 5pm

Please email us to secure a time:

Email strategicplanning@hepburn.vic.gov.au

Ask a Future Hepburn question

Have a question about the draft township structure plans and the draft Rural Hepburn strategy?

We are offering the community another way to ask general questions about the draft township structure plans and Rural Hepburn strategy. As these questions are made public, we ask that you do not add any personal details within your question or question details information. Specific questions about your property are best answered by chatting with a Planner at any of Community Information Sessions.

Click on the button below to lodge your questions.


Future Hepburn projects

It is important that you review the draft township structure plans and the Rural Strategy to see how they may affect you. Click on the project buttons below to learn more.

We encourage you to register for Council's e-newsletter Hepburn Life to receive updates on these activities.