Hepburn Shire is located in central Victoria, just over an hour from Melbourne. The region is renowned for its natural beauty and mineral springs. The eastern part of the Shire is hilly, with high rainfall and significant native forests. The west has medium to lower rainfall and broad acre farming land.
The shire's economic base is in agriculture, forestry, manufacturing and tourism. Tourism is most popular around the Daylesford-Hepburn Springs mineral springs. Tourism, the arts, service industries, retailing, education and health and community services are growing rapidly.
Hepburn is part of the Small Shire council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.
Allendale, Bald Hills, Basalt, Blackwood North, Blampied, Broomfield, Bullarook, Bullarto, Bullarto South, Cabbage Tree, Campbelltown, Clunes, Clydesdale, Coomoora, Creswick, Creswick North, Daylesford, Dean, Denver, Drummond, Drummond North, Dry Diggings, Dunach, Eganstown, Elevated Plains, Evansford, Fern Hill, Franklinford, Glengower, Glenlyon, Guildford, Hepburn, Hepburn Springs, Invermay, Kingston, Kooroocheang, Korweinguboora, Langdons Hill, Lawrence, Leonards Hill, Little Hampton, Lyonville, Malmsbury, Mollongghip, Mount Beckworth, Mount Cameron, Mount Franklin, Mount Prospect, Musk, Musk Vale, Newbury, Newlyn, Newlyn North, Porcupine Ridge, Rocklyn, Sailors Falls, Sailors Hill, Sandon, Shepherds Flat, Smeaton, Smokey Town, Spring Hill, Springmount, Stony Creek, Strangways, Sulky, Taradale, Tarilta, Trentham, Trentham East, Tylden, Tylden South, Ullina, Wattle Flat, Waubra, Werona, Wheatsheaf and Yandoit.
For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.
Hepburn Shire Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 5 wards and 7 councillors.
Councillors in the 3 single member wards are elected through preferential voting. Councillors in the 2 multi-member wards are elected through proportional representation voting. Since 2008, all Victorian councillors serve a four year term. The next general election is in October 2020.
7 Councillors elected in October 2016.
Birch - Cr Kate Redwood - Deputy Mayor
Birch - Cr Fiona Robson
Cameron - Cr Neil Newitt
Coliban - Cr Linda Kokocinski
Creswick - Cr Don Henderson - Mayor
Creswick - Cr Greg May
Holcombe - Cr John Cottrell
Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031
Source: Victoria Grants Commission.
The figures in the bottom two rows of the table show combined one-off and ongoing funding received by council from both the Federal and State Governments. It is important to note that this amount can change significantly from year to year as individual government funding programs change and natural events such as fires and floods occur.
Data shows the amount allocated in respect of the relevant financial year. In some years, that amount will vary from the payments received that year, as a result of the Commonwealth "bringing forward" some payments.
|Recurrent Expenditure ($)||29.168m
|Recurrent Revenue ($)||32.467m
|- Rates and Charges||19.262m
|- VGC Grants||4.461m
|Non-Recurrent Government Grants
|Recurrent Government Grants