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Landholders urged to sign up for healthy landscapes course

16-07-2024

Local landowners are being encouraged to sign up for the upcoming Healthy Landscapes Holistic Grazing Management short course now taking applications until July 28, for the next group of students.

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New water fountain helps Daylesford reduce single-use plastic

15-07-2024

The Hepburn Shire Council recently hosted David from Central Highlands Water at Lake Daylesford's new Choose Tap water fountain installed at Chatfield Reserve.

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A first in geosynthetic cell capping at Ballarat landfill

14-07-2024

The City of Ballarat’s first landfill cell capping project using geosynthetic materials has been underway on more than two hectares of land at the Ballarat Regional Landfill in recent days.

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Added incentive to recycle

03-07-2024

Clunes residents will soon have added financial incentive to recycle many of their glass and plastic containers following the installation of a reverse vending machine in Fraser Street.

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Bendigo’s 24-hour cat containment springs into action

02-07-2024

The City of Greater Bendigo’s new cat containment policy came into effect as of yesterday, July 1.

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Hepburn distillery sets a circular economy example

27-06-2024

The Hepburn Distillery is providing a great example of the circular economy in operation with the Hepburn Shire Council publicising it as an example as it promotes a special toolkit for businesses.

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Competition highlights importance of precious resource

25-06-2024

To celebrate National Water Week, October 21-27, Central Highlands Water is inviting local early learning, kindergarten and primary school students to enter this year’s National Water Week poster competition.

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Just sayin’…

24-06-2024

I had some time last week so I did a bit of a Google around about farmland and farm zones. I realise there are experts just waiting on Facebook but instead I went to the Victorian Department of Transport and Planning.

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Bushwalks of the Central Highlands

23-06-2024

Paddy H and I are in luck as Creswick artist and keen bushwalker, Craig Barrett has kindly offered to guide us on one of his favourite local walks.

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Daylesford water project reaches major milestone

23-06-2024

The Daylesford Water Supply Pipeline Project has achieved an 80 per cent installation milestone.

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Your say…

22-06-2024

Large parts of Central Victoria are covered with mining exploration licences with potential to impact your home, property, our environment, our groundwater and waterways.

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Time extension on strategy consultation: a closer look

19-06-2024

The consultation period on Hepburn Shire Council’s draft Township Structure Plans and Rural Hepburn strategy has been extended to June 26.

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Climate concerns: Trends in Australian snow

18-06-2024

As the 2024 snow season gets started, concerns about historical trends and future projections are raising issues for alpine risk management.

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Just sayin’…

09-06-2024

OK. By now we all know the Hepburn Shire Council is in a bit of a state financially.

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Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize open

09-06-2024

Entries for the Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize are now open until Sunday, August 4.

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Going, going … gone

07-06-2024

One of the protected and historic cedar trees along Malmsbury Road has been felled to make way for road access for the Middleton Field housing estate.

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World-first coffee concrete trial for Macedon Ranges

01-06-2024

RMIT University and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council have teamed up to conduct a world-first coffee concrete footpath trial.

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Council pleased with sustainability progress

31-05-2024

The Hepburn Shire Council says its Sustainable Hepburn Strategy (2022-2026) is making encouraging progress.

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Your say…

29-05-2024

While the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance applauds Hepburn's efforts in the Rural Hepburn Strategy to protect agricultural land from further inappropriate development for so-called lifestyle blocks we assert that the town structure plans as drafted will thwart this intent to the detriment of both valuable farmland and the character and liveability of our shire's towns.

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Your say…

29-05-2024

I want to start by acknowledging the sheer enormity of the work council staff have undertaken in the development of the draft structure plans for the entire shire.

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Your say …

24-05-2024

I write in concern about the proposal Hepburn Shire Council has to rezone prime farming land on the outskirts of East Street in Daylesford.

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Your say…

24-05-2024

The HSC proposal for potential rezoning of prime agricultural land along East Street must be reconsidered and removed from the Draft Structure Plan.

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Your say…

I’m part of the family who owns the farm on East Street, Daylesford (called Mayfield) which is being proposed to be rezoned, and I’m currently living on that farm.

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When an animal disease emergency happens…

20-05-2024

When Dr Matt Boon from Prime Livestock Veterinary Services put his hand up to work on emergency animal disease outbreaks, he did it with the bigger picture in mind.

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Get buzzy: world bee day happens tomorrow

19-05-2024

Tomorrow, May 20, marks the seventh annual World Bee Day, and this year’s focus is on the vital role bees play in global food production.

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Hepburn Shire Council overturns officers’ recommendation on planning permit

17-05-2024

The Hepburn Shire Council has overturned a planning officer recommendation on a permit application for a dwelling at Dry Diggings in a 4-3 split decision, amid concerns existing zoning is being ignored.

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Local landholders invited to Healthy Landscapes evening

16-05-2024

Landowners with a passion for improving land management practices are invited to join in a special evening to learn more about the Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s award-winning Healthy Landscapes program.

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Tradie failures raise concerns in Macedon Ranges Shire

16-05-2024

The EPA Victoria and Macedon Ranges Shire Council have raised serious concerns about building industry practices after inspected 34 building sites around Gisborne and New Gisborne.

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Brigade helps wildlife impacted by fires

15-05-2024

The Goongerah Fire Brigade, in a remote East Gippsland settlement, was badly impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires.

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Climate justice boost for region

14-05-2024

ARC Justice – a rights-based organisation incorporating the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre and Housing Justice based in Bendigo – is set to receive $1 million over the next four years to help expand its work into climate justice.

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Science podcast probes latest bushfire research

07-05-2024

The severity, complexity and changing nature of Australia’s bushfire seasons and the research that informs planning and response are showcased in a new podcast series.

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Fishy behaviour tackled in state’s south west

02-05-2024

Victoria Police Marine Search and Rescue team and Fisheries Victoria have joined forces to tackle fishy activity across the state’s south-west as part of Operation Barrel in recent days.

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‘Firewood’ theft from forest lands locals in court

30-04-2024

Two Kyneton residents who stole firewood from the Metcalfe State Forest for profit have been ordered to pay a combined amount of $3000 and forfeit the tools and machinery used in their offending, after being found guilty of six charges each at Kyneton Magistrates’ Court.

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New signage for famed Lerderderg Track

29-04-2024

Volunteer hiking and biking group, the Great Dividing Trail Association, has launched an innovative, environmentally friendly interpretive signage project along the length of the 87km Lerderderg Track from Daylesford to Bacchus Marsh.

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Walks of the Central Highlands

27-04-2024

Today we’re tackling the Andersons Tramway Walk at Mollongghip just east of Newlyn. This 8km (16km return) bushwalk is a bit of a surprise packet. Who could have guessed there would be a “tramway” running through the bush here?

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Michelle wears a big challenge for Earth month

24-04-2024

Dedicated upcycler, Michelle is wearing a big challenge this month.

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Smeaton house featured for Sustainable House Day

18-04-2024

Mill View, a passive solar house in Smeaton near Daylesford will feature as part of national Sustainable House Day this Sunday April 21 alongside over 100 of Australia’s most inspiring sustainable homes.

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‘Closing the loop’ and getting noticed: Macedon Ranges makes the LGPro finals

13-04-2024

Two Macedon Ranges Shire Council programs driving sustainable agriculture practices and waste reduction measures have been announced as finalists in the 2024 LGPro Awards for Excellence.

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Buyers group powers business shift to renewables

13-04-2024

Ballarat area business owners can now shift to a new 100 per cent renewable energy program to cut their emissions and costs via two programs – the Business Renewables Buyers Group and the Ballarat Energy Network.

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CSIRO invests $20 million to drive SME innovation

09-04-2024

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has announced a $20 million investment to provide small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with greater access to vital research and development (R&D) opportunities to accelerate their growth.

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Masterplans finalised for Clunes parks

08-04-2024

The Hepburn Shire Council has endorsed masterplans to guide the future planning and development of Queens Park and Pioneer Park in Clunes.  

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Wildlife road trauma hitting home in Macedon Ranges Shire

08-04-2024

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council will call on the federal gvernment to factor in wildlife trauma and fatalities metrics in federal road safety funding models.

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Draft Ballarat biodiversity strategy open for consultation

06-04-2024

The City of Ballarat's Draft Ballarat Biodiversity Strategy has been released for community review and feedback.

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New soil health guide for local farmers and keen gardeners

02-04-2024

A new resource will serve as a one-stop-shop for farmers and gardeners keen to understand and improve their soil health.

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Going circular: new toolkit for a more sustainable economy

01-04-2024

The Hepburn Shire Council has launched its Circular Hepburn Toolkit, a guide to help local businesses reduce costs, reduce their impact on the environment and boost the circular economy.

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Printed solar cell breakthrough

27-03-2024

Scientists from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, have led an international team to a clean energy breakthrough by setting a new efficiency record for fully roll-to-roll printed solar cells. 

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Opportunity for Wendouree cyclists, walkers

21-03-2024

Work has begun to explore opportunities to make Ballarat's Forest Street in Wendouree safer, more enjoyable and more accessible for people walking and cycling.

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Power alliance opposing high voltage towers

17-03-2024

The Regional Victorian Power Alliance, representing western and north western Victorian communities, has issued a resolute declaration opposing the proposed construction of high voltage transmission towers in regional Victoria.

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Walks of the Central Highlands: Jacksons Lookout Loop Walk, Hepburn Springs

17-03-2024

The Jackson’s Lookout walk taking in Wyuna, Argyle and Golden Springs is a great option for going just that little bushland bit beyond the more heavily traversed tourist saunters out of Hepburn Springs Reserve - even if you’re strapped for time.

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Council acts to minimise enviro impacts around Eaglehawk landfill site

08-03-2024

The City of Greater Bendigo Council last week adopted a planning scheme amendment introducing a buffer overlay around Eaglehawk Landfill to minimise future environmental impacts.

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Help sort things out at the Begonia fest

04-03-2024

Visitors to this year’s Ballarat Begonia Festival are being encouraged to be a "super sorter" and put their waste in the right place.

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Blue-green algae increased risk to animals and people

27-02-2024

Recent flooding combined with warmer weather has increased the risk of blue-green algal blooms in farm dams, Agriculture Victoria is warning.

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Warning to prevent heat stress in livestock

27-02-2024

Agriculture Victoria is urging livestock owners to ensure all animals in their care are adequately protected from harsh weather conditions, including extreme heat.

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New laws strengthen biosecurity safeguards

27-02-2024

The Victorian government has strengthened enforcement power and increased penalties to better manage biosecurity incidents and protect Victoria’s valuable agriculture sector for the future.

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Native plants giveaway for Moorabool residents

26-02-2024

The Moorabool Shire council is taking a pro-active approach to beautifying the shire and creating healthy habitats by giving away free native plants throughout autumn.

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Applications open for Ballarat’s nature stewards program

23-02-2024

Applications are now open for the City of Ballarat’s third Nature Stewards program, where community members can discover new exciting ways to learn and care for nature.

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Sustainable Day Out coming up soon

22-02-2024

The Hepburn Shire Council is preparing to host the Sustainable Hepburn Day Out at Daylesford's Victoria Park on Saturday March 16.

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Rolling out rebates to reduce rubbish: Macedon Ranges shire takes action

18-02-2024

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council has renewed its reusable nappy, sanitary and incontinence product rebate program to reduce waste in landfill and assist residents in accessing affordable reusable items.

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The stink that could decimate Australia’s ag industry

13-02-2024

Still waiting on that electric vehicle (EV) Santa promised to deliver by Christmas?

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‘Green steel’ to help industry reach net zero

13-02-2024

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and Swinburne University of Technology have established a new partnership to tackle global decarbonisation with innovative green steel and mineral processing research and development.

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CSIRO publishes tips on more efficient airconditioner use

13-02-2024

Despite so many people having air conditioning at home now, many are still unsure how to use it efficiently, prompting the CSIRO to publish a new report detailing how to use air conditioning to best effect, save energy and reduce energy wastage.

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Film fundraiser a CFA success

12-02-2024

The CFA has issued a public statement thanking the many people who supported its preview screenings of the Australian movie 'Force of Nature: The Dry 2'.

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Fashion swap soon at Trentham

10-02-2024

Coming up Sunday February 18th, the Trentham Fashion Swap team will host their first of four clothing swaps for 2024, at the Trentham Neighborhood Centre.

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Hundreds provide input on Ballarat’s open spaces

09-02-2024

More than 700 people have provided their feedback to help develop the City of Ballarat’s new Open Space Strategy.

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Kerbside food and garden organics service starts April

07-02-2024

Kerbside bin collection is set to change in townships in Hepburn Shire with the introduction of a weekly food and garden organics service (also called FOGO) from Monday April 8.

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Creswick’s EV charge station is back on-line

01-02-2024

EV drivers have been delighted to see Creswick’s 50kW fast charge station is finally back online.

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RV Investigator’s longest voyage to try and solve the Southern Ocean puzzle

30-01-2024

Scientists travelling as far as 65 degrees south will investigate why the deep ocean currents near Antarctica are slowing, whether the Southern Ocean will continue to absorb heat and carbon dioxide, and how clouds form over the Southern Ocean.

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EVs on the agenda for Green Drinks event

29-01-2024

First-hand experience of owning and using an elecric vehicle will be the focus of discussion by a knowledgeable panel of speakers at the free community 'Green Drinks' event coming up Thursday, February 15 at Ballarat's Bunch of Grapes Hotel.

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2023 the warmest year on record

28-01-2024

The Copernicus Climate Change Service has this month announced that 2023 was officially the hottest year in recorded history.

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Flood mitigation workshop for farmers

21-01-2024

Early next month the Hepburn Shire Council will host a workshop to help local farmers work on strategies to deal with the increasing prevalence of extreme weather events.

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Walks of the Central Highlands

20-01-2024

If you haven’t yet done the Lalgambook (Mount Franklin) crater rim walk, now’s a great time to get cracking.

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Devastating scenes on Queensland deployment: CFA

13-01-2024

CFA firefighters who have recently been deployed in Queensland to support the flood and storm clean-up have spoken about the devastation to affected communities.

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106-lot subdivision plans lodged for Clunes

10-01-2024

The township of Clunes looks as though it may be poised to expand with a planning application lodged seeking to subdivide a 29.31 hectare parcel of land to create 106 new housing lots.

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Carbon sink pilot interests local landholders 

09-01-2024

Growing Habitat for Net-Zero in Central Victoria - A new Central Victorian carbon offset project is aimed at helping local councils reach their net-zero emission goals, while providing private landholders all the benefits from growing trees and shrubs on their property.

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Biodiversity informs township planning

09-01-2024

The Hepburn Shire Council says biodiversity assessments have been conducted to inform township structure plans for its five main towns as part of the ‘Future Hepburn’ program.

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Look what’s new at Point Nepean

08-01-2024

Families, nature lovers and history buffs will have more to enjoy at Point Nepean National Park, with a campground extension, new ‘story-telling’ interpretation project, and planning for fort conservation works under way.

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‘SHAC’ up and ready to work 

08-01-2024

The Hepburn Shire Council has welcomed ten community members and two councillors who have joined its Sustainable Hepburn Community Advisory Committee (the “SHAC”!), which met for the first time late last year.  

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Keep encounters with flying-foxes fleeting this summer

08-01-2024

With Grey-headed Flying-foxes travelling great distances to find food, Victorians may be encountering these vulnerable visitors in backyards and public places, prompting some warnings from DEECA.

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Go solar for less: Hepburn Shire Council urges locals

07-01-2024

The Hepburn Shire Council says it's making solar power more accessible to low-income households through the Solar Savers program, which is now in its sixth year.

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Container deposit scheme proving a winner in Hepburn

07-01-2024

The recently installed reverse vending machine in Creswick received a record 9500-plus containers in just one-week courtesy of 112 customers, the Hepburn Shire Council has reported.

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Hepburn Shire to start new food and organics collection

07-01-2024

The Hepburn Shire Council will introduce a weekly kerbside collection of food and garden organics for township residents this year, in a bid to help divert thousands of tonnes of organic material from landfill.

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Waste or treasure? Hepburn’s e-recovery pilot pans out

06-01-2024

Hepburn shire residents can can now purchase low-cost e-"waste" items at Creswick and Trentham Transfer Stations.

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More than smashed avo: circular economy breakfasts catch on in Hepburn

06-01-2024

Encouraged by the success of its first ever circular economy breakfast, the Hepburn Shire Council is now inviting more locals to make sure they're part of the next.

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Glen, about the house

06-01-2024

Hot, dry summers can play havoc with your garden but if proper precautions are taken during its establishment and early stages of development, the summer months should be pleasurable and present few problems.

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‘Become a nature steward’: council invites locals

05-01-2024

The Hepburn Shire Council is inviting local residents to participate in an upcoming Nature Stewards course.

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Save the date: Sustainable Hepburn Day

04-01-2024

Following the success of Hepburn Shire Council's first Sustainable Hepburn Day hosted at Trentham in 2022, the informative community event is set to return on Saturday 16 March 2024 at Victoria Park in Daylesford.

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Sybil Disobedients at the NYE parade, Daylesford

03-01-2024

The Sybil Disobedients from Central Vic Climate Action crew took part in the Daylesford New Years Eve parade.

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Geelong precinct scores 6-star waste rating

01-01-2024

The City of Greater Geelong has been awarded a coveted 6-Star NABERS waste rating for the Wurriki Nyal Civic Precinct located in the waterside city's Mercer Street.

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Moorabool shire ‘disappointment’ at Western Renewables Link verdict

31-12-2023

The Moorabool Shire Council has expressed its disappointment at the verdict handed down by the Supreme Court earlier this month relating to the Western Renewables Link (WRL).

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Hepburn handballs building permit application process

26-12-2023

People hoping to gain a building permit projects in the Hepburn shire will now have to lodge their building permit applications with a private building surveyor, rather than the council, following a recent announcement.

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New road strategy aims to keep people and wildlife safe

24-12-2023

A new road safety strategy aimed at protecting both motorists and wildlife features among several significant items that have been endorsed by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council at its final scheduled meeting for 2023.

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Red Rebels in action

23-12-2023

Central Vic Climate Action members and Central Victorian locals have participated in a week-long December Rebellion in Melbourne, with their Red Rebels leading marches and members of the group arrested.

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Win for conservation in the Wombat Forest

22-12-2023

Late last month the Victorian Supreme Court granted an injunction to stop VicForests timber harvesting operations in a coupe known as ‘Silver Queen’ in the Wombat State Forest. This replaces the interim injunction that has been in place since September.

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Hepburn Wildlife Shelter under threat

21-12-2023

The future of much-loved Hepburn Wildlife Shelter hangs in the balance with DEECA threatening to enforce the removal of all wildlife in its care from early in the new year.

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CCTV for Creswick EV charge station

20-12-2023

CCTV surveillance equipment to protect Creswick’s public EV charge station is scheduled for installation this week, Hepburn Shire Council CEO Bradley Thomas has confirmed.

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Removal of Lancefield development plan overlay declined

14-12-2023

A request to the Minister for Planning to remove the Lancefield Development Plan Overlay, which would have "simplified development requirements" for affected landowners, has been declined.

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Walks of the Central Highlands…

10-12-2023

Today we’re tackling a short sharp little gem of a walk known as The Cork Oaks Track.

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Tree works at Lake Wendouree

04-12-2023

The City of Ballarat says it will remove and replace 12 poplar, willow and claret ash trees that are at the end of their life or in poor condition around Lake Wendouree.

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Global cat vaccination shortage impacts local shelter

01-12-2023

The Ballarat Animal Shelter has announced that it has limited capacity to take on unvaccinated cats or kittens currently due to the extreme cat vaccine shortage occurring worldwide.

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Call for parks and an end to logging

25-11-2023

More than 50 regional, state and national environment groups have signed an open letter to Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan, calling for an immediate end to logging in the west of Victoria and the legislation of three promised national parks.

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Circular economy business breakfast

22-11-2023

The Hepburn Shire Council is encouraging local business operators to attend a circular economy themed business breakfast on Thursday 30 November at Creswick Neighbourhood Centre.

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Wildlife camera monitoring field day

22-11-2023

Keen local field naturalists, citizen scientists and anyoneone who appreciates getting out in the forest is being invited to join an upcoming wildlife monitoring event being hosted by the Victorian National Parks Association.

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Cooking with…

21-11-2023

Which is better - gas or induction? It's a question an increasing number of householders looking to upgrade a tired old kitchen find themselves asking.

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Bendigo hosts women in ag conference

20-11-2023

Bendigo is hosting the Australian Women in Agriculture National Conference with a gala dinner this Friday November 24 followed by the main event on Saturday.

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Summer fire prevention efforts begin

18-11-2023

The City of Ballarat this week began grass slashing works as part of its annual fire hazard reduction program.

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New open space strategy for Ballarat

15-11-2023

What does being outside mean to you? This will be one of the key questions to answer to help develop Ballarat’s Open Space Strategy 2024.

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Clean up with Free Green Waste Week and Half Price Mattress Week

14-11-2023

The City of Ballarat is helping residents clean up around their house and in their gardens this spring with Free Green Waste Week and Half Price Mattress Week.

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Walks of the Central Highlands…

12-11-2023

It’s a sterling Spring day, late October, as we set off to walk the nine kilometre Wombat Trail that sets out from Trentham’s pretty little Quarry Street Reserve.

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Responsible building on bush blocks

09-11-2023

In a region such as the Central Highlands, the natural environment is what attracts people to this area, it sustains our tourism industry and by extension, the real estate market as people seek a more permanent escape from the city.

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E-‘waste’ now available to purchase at shire transfer stations

08-11-2023

Following the success of the Hepburn Shire Council's e-waste recovery pilot at Daylesford Transfer Station, electronic items are now available for purchase at all of the council's transfer stations - Daylesford, Creswick and Trentham.

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Ballarat to change up its kerbside services

05-11-2023

The Ballarat City Council has endorsed several changes to its kerbside waste and recycling services.

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Grants to support biodiversity and care for the land

03-11-2023

Hepburn Shire councillors have met with local community groups to acknowledge their 'outstanding work and commitment', after the council awarded them a share of $38,900 in Biodiversity and Landcare Grants.

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Local land care groups secure grant dollars

03-11-2023

Fifteen different local landcare, friends groups or networks will benefit from close to $60,000 worth of funding that's just been awarded through the Macedon Ranges Shire Council's annual Environment Group Support Grants.

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Romsey storm waste facility wins sustainability award

03-11-2023

Macedon Ranges Shire Council's flagship storm waste facility now has a trio of awards to its name, after picking up another accolade at the recent 2023 Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Tidy Towns & Cities Sustainability Awards.

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Polystyrene recycled as resource recovery options expand in Macedon shire

02-11-2023

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council says it's leading the way in reducing waste to landfill by providing resale shops, textile and polystyrene recycling, and free mulch for residents at its resource recovery facilities.

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Subsidies up for cat desexing in the ‘rat

30-10-2023

Cat owners in Ballarat once again have the opportunity to have their cat desexed at a subsidised cost.

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Ballarat aims to eliminate waste to landfill

22-10-2023

City of Ballarat residents are being invited to provide feedback on how the community can work to achieve zero recoverable waste going to landfill by 2040.

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Youth forum to help shape Ballarat’s biodiversity strategy

19-10-2023

Local youth aged between 15 and 25 are being encouraged to participate in the City of Ballarat’s Biodiversity Youth Forum this Saturday.

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Detox day happens for free this Saturday

18-10-2023

Ballarat area residents are being encouraged to spring clean their homes and safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals with the free ‘Detox your Home’ event taking place this Saturday.

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Be part of this year’s Aussie Bird Count

12-10-2023

It's almost time to dust off your bins and head out to your fav outdoor spot with notepad at the ready for Aussie Bird Count 2023.

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Victorians urged to join the ‘great biosecurity quest’ now

09-10-2023

The state government is encouraging all Victorian residents to learn how to help protect the state's precious agriculture industry.

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Top new bio job for recycled COVID van

09-10-2023

The Victorian Government is giving a former COVID-19 rapid testing lab a new lease on life – transforming it into an emergency animal diagnostics and plant disease van.

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Council focus on progress at Barrm Birrm

05-10-2023

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council has received a progress update regarding the ongoing management of the Barrm Birrm area in Riddells Creek.

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New public drink fountain for Creswick trailhead

04-10-2023

Central Highlands Water and the Hepburn Shire Council joined forces last week to launch a new Choose Tap drinking fountain at Creswick's new Hammon Park Trailhead.

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Climate emergency plan: council releases draft for public input

04-10-2023

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council has endorsed the release of its draft Climate Emergency Plan for community consultation.

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FOGO service to start next year, Hepburn households

02-10-2023

The Hepburn Shire Council will introduce a weekly kerbside collection of food organics and garden organics (FOGO) for township residents early next year in a move aimed at diverting thousands of tonnes of organic material from landfill

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Varroa mite focus switches to management as eradication hopes dashed

30-09-2023

Local apiarists remain on high alert for any sign of the dreaded varroa destructor mite after Agriculture Victoria conceded in recent days that it will now transition its emergency response to a management phase for Varroa mite.

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Red Rebels taking action on climate crisis

27-09-2023

Central Vic Climate Action is hosting a number of events to encourage creative action in response to the escalating environmental crisis: a parade of Red Rebels, and screening of the film How to Blow Up a Pipeline.

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Ballarat’s Biketober prepares to roll

26-09-2023

Biketober is coming to Ballarat – a fun, free and friendly biking challenge for the entire community to take part in throughout the month of October.

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Macedon lifts burn off restrictions this Octber

26-09-2023

A temporary burn-off exemption will be introduced throughout October across the Macedon Ranges Shire to help landowners prepare their properties ahead of the upcoming fire season.

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A’liddle’ success story

25-09-2023

A City of Ballarat strategic partnership with non-profit Runway has empowered local businesses to do good in the community.

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Preparing for a tougher future: A closer encounter with FATE

25-09-2023

Agriculture Victoria’s Horsham SmartFarm recently provided local students hands-on experience of climate action research, with a focus on preserving important grains and plants for the future.

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Funding win for community battery project in the ‘Rat

25-09-2023

The City of Ballarat will participate in an exciting new project to develop an investment-ready business case for a community battery in the municipality.

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Sustainable upgrade for the ‘rat’s heritage style street lights

24-09-2023

Phase two of the City of Ballarat’s LED residential street lighting upgrade is complete, with almost 850 heritage style street lights receiving new fittings.

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CFA renewable energy guidelines take lead on global stage

24-09-2023

The CFA has produced a new version of its renewable energy guidelines – the first of its kind in the world.

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Invite to help shape Ballarat’s biodiversity strategy

23-09-2023

Locals are being invited to help shape a Biodiversity Strategy to better manage and restore the natural environment across the Ballarat region.

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Wombat State Park on its way, finally

14-09-2023

Signs are emerging that the long-promised Wombat State Park may become a reality.

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New renewable energy guidelines out for firies

13-09-2023

The latest CFA Design Guidelines and Model Requirements for Renewable Energy Facilities have been released.

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New guide to renewable energy in the community

07-09-2023

A community guide to renewable energy has just been released to facilitate ongoing community energy projects across the central and western Victoria.

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Some local biodiversity grant results come back

06-09-2023

Results of two projects funded under the Hepburn Shire's 2022 Biodiversity Grant program and completed in June are in.

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A bit of help to make the switch to cloth nappies

10-09-2023

The Hepburn Shire Council says it's working to help local families with babies make the shift to using cloth nappies in order to help reduce waste to landfill.

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Trash may also be treasure: council offers circular economy platform

09-09-2023

Hepburn Shire Council says it's now offering free access to a circular economy platform called ASPIRE for all organisations and businesses with 20 employees or less.

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Getting roadside weeds under control 

09-09-2023

In the last financial year, 165 kilometres of environmental weed control was carried out on approximately 2,500 km of Hepburn Shire-managed roadsides, the council is reporting.

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Holistic grazing course coming soon for Hepburn locals with livestock

08-09-2023

Hepburn Shire residents who keep livestock are being urged to secure their place in the award-winning Healthy Landscapes 2023/2024 Holistic Grazing Course which begins Friday 15 September.

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Locals encouraged to help cut big food waste, curb emissions

08-09-2023

The average household in Victoria throws away $2600 worth of food a year. Food that ends up in landfill creates harmful greenhouse gases.

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Invite to be part of new carbon offset project

07-09-2023

Community Carbon is a new pilot project aimed at delivering local revegetation planting to generate carbon offsets while also providing environmental, social, and economic benefits to the local community. Local landholders and other residents are being invited to be involved.

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Spring flush in store for downstream Campaspe River: CMA

07-09-2023

More than 11,000 megalitres of water for the environment will flow out of Lake Eppalock this month, helping improve the health of the Campaspe River downstream, the North Central Catchment Management Authority says.

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In a lot of hot water: Heat pump hot water system giveaway

07-09-2023

Local community-owed renewable energy provider Hepburn Energy and partners are reporting "huge success" with their recent ‘Hepburn Switch’ event as well as a broader heat pump hot water bulk buy scheme.

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Container deposit scheme machine installed at Daylesford

06-09-2023

A Reverse Vending Machine for Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme, CDS Vic, has been installed in East Street, Daylesford.

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CFA releases Spring seasonal outlook for Victoria

06-09-2023

Victorians could see an increased number of fires leading into this summer, the CFA is already warning.

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A little council incentive to turn waste into garden gold

04-09-2023

The Hepburn Shire Council is offering shire residents subsidised compost bins to help them reduce waste to landfill by turning food scraps and garden waste into compost.

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EV charge station vandalised, Creswick

02-09-2023

The Hepburn Shire Council has confirmed that it is working on possible security measures after the new electric vehicle charge station at Creswick was vandalised recently, rendering it currently offline.

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New report to accelerate Australia’s hydrogen-powered transport future

30-08-2023

The ‘Hydrogen vehicle refuelling infrastructure’ report released by CSIRO and GHD Advisory sets out the opportunities and challenges for refuelling hydrogen-powered road vehicles in Australia.

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Tenders open for next stage works at MR Power Park

26-08-2023

Tenders have opened this month for the next part of Ballarat's MR Power Park Masterplan, with installation of a water drainage basin near Morgan Street next on the list for the park.

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Ballarat’s office-based businesses encouraged to switch to net zero

26-08-2023

The City of Ballarat has joined CitySwitch – a free national program that helps office-based businesses reduce emissions and their environmental impact, and is urging office-based businesses to jump on board.

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Enticing rare glossies back to mainland

25-08-2023

Greening Australia and the World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia are teaming up to plant more than 19,000 food and nesting trees to entice one of the nation’s rarest birds back to the mainland.

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Chance to jump on board community carbon project

24-08-2023

Hepburn shire locals who are passionate about the environment and who want to take action on climate change are being invited to get involved in a significant native planting program.

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Council praise for govt move on Hanging Rock precinct

24-08-2023

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council has welcomed a recent state government announcement which it says will 'protect the future of the culturally significant Hanging Rock'.

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State government buys Hanging Rock’s East Paddock

23-08-2023

The state government has purchased Hanging Rock’s East Paddock and released a new masterplan to further protect the cultural significance of the cherished destination.

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Grants program opens for wildlife shelters, carers

21-08-2023

The state government says it's backing Victoria’s wildlife rescue volunteers so that sick, injured and orphaned native animals get the support they need.

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Stop the Towers rally reaches Spring Street

16-08-2023

A STOP the Towers rally went all the way to the steps of Parliament House in Spring Street, yesterday Tuesday, August 15.

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Restoring habitat for the endangered Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

15-08-2023

Four years ago Greening Australia embarked on a project to restore habitat for the impressive but nationally endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, when it was realised that their stringybark habitat was in desperate need of help.

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Restoring native grasses for drought resilient farms

14-08-2023

Greening Australia and Nukunu Wapma Thura Aboriginal Corporation are working on a project to harvest and plant native seeds to improve the drought resilience of farms in the Mid-North and Flinders regions of South Australia.

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Engineer’s lasting legacy to improve land

12-08-2023

Respected environmental engineer John Mann was born and raised on a farm near Geelong, where he first discovered the profound impact of environmental conservation.

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The Local Podcast August 14 edition

12-08-2023

The latest Local Podcast is now on our website where we discuss what is in the next edition of The Local

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Wild horse shooting proposal for Kosciuszko National Park

10-08-2023

The Invasive Species Council has welcomed Monday's announcement that the NSW government is consulting on changes to the Kosciuszko National Park Wild Horse Heritage Management Plan to allow aerial shooting as a method to reduce feral horse numbers.

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CFA crews rescue an unlikely patient

09-08-2023

The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence as one little Galah recently found out.

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New EV charge station at Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve

06-08-2023

The Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve now has Hepburn Shire’s third electric vehicle charging station as part of a collaboration led by Chargefox with partners Hepburn Energy, the Hepburn Shire Council and Central Highlands Water.

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Can we cope? workshops for a changing climate

31-07-2023

Sustainability, conservation and restoration practitioners from Melbourne and Yarra Valley regions recently gathered for a recent workshop facilitated by Greening Australia at Haining Farm to explore practical and innovative approaches to managing landscapes for future climates.

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Greening Australia’s record-breaking carbon project for 2023

30-07-2023

Greening Australia and its nature-based solutions business, Canopy, have responded to rising demand for high-integrity carbon projects from corporate Australia with a reforestation carbon aggregation, which will see over 2.26 million native biodiverse plants established across 1,228 hectares in 2023 – that’s almost three times the size of Melbourne’s CBD.

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Aviation sector in climate change spotlight

28-07-2023

Australia and the United Kingdom have highlighted shared ambitions for decarbonising aviation the federal transport minister, MP for Ballarat, Catherine King says.

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Australia, Singapore en route to cleaner seas and skies: King

28-07-2023

Federal transprt minister, MP for Ballarat Catherine King has highlighted joint efforts between Australia and Singapore to decarbonise shipping technology.

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Chance to shape state’s biosecurity strategy

28-07-2023

Community and industry feedback is being invited on Victoria’s new Biosecurity Strategy to help strengthen the existing system against increased pest and disease risks.

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Free workshops to beat the chill … and the heating bill

27-07-2023

Hepburn shire locals feeling the chill are being encouraged to get along to a workshop to find out how to cut their heating bills by making your home more thermally efficient.

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Projects support young people volunteering for nature

27-07-2023

Two Grampians region environmental groups will share in funding to inspire young people to participate in volunteering.

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Greater Glider families move into hi-tech nest boxes

18-07-2023

Some uplifting news – cameras show Greater Gliders are moving into special hi-tech nest boxes installed last year to help them recover after the bushfires.

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Growing best practice in native seed production

16-07-2023

A research project led by Greening Australia and funded by The Ian Potter Foundation is set to significantly expand the national native seed sector’s practical knowledge on how to establish and manage effective, climate-ready seed production areas (or SPAs, as they are known in the industry).

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Putting the pieces back together for a special bird

15-07-2023

Over the past five years, Greening Australia has partnered with the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and the Victorian Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action to revegetate and enhance priority habitat corridors for Malleefowl in the Victorian Mallee.

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Some helping hands for endangered woodlands

15-07-2023

Over the past five years, Greening Australia has partnered with ACT Natural Resource Management to improve, restore and connect critically endangered Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands in the capital region.

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Something sssssssss-uspicious to report

13-07-2023

Agriculture Victoria is urging anyone who spots an eastern corn snake to report it immediately.

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Produce with passion at Meraki Organic Farm

06-07-2023

Italian born Daniele Tarasco brings a personal passion for fresh, flavoursome food and his background as a high-end chef to running Meraki certified organic farm at Newlyn North.

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Unanimous: local council adopts new climate strategy

02-07-2023

Mount Alexander Shire Councillors have unanimously endorsed adoption of the council’s new Climate Change Strategy at the council's recent scheduled June meeting.

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‘Vegetation clearing’ planned as part of ‘bushfire preparedness blitz’ at local schools

29-06-2023

Nearly 325 Victorian schools, including Hepburn Primary, Daylesford Primary and Daylesford Secondary, are getting a share in $8.2 million for 'vegetation clearing and activities' intended to reduce the risk of harm from a bushfire, a local MP says.

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Hepburn shire’s cat curfew to start from July 1

28-06-2023

Cat owners in Hepburn Shire must keep their cats securely confined within their property between sunset and sunrise from 1 July 2023.

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The ‘Rat stepping up to help tackle climate

21-06-2023

Ballarat businesses and organisations are joining the City of Ballarat in working to reduce carbon emissions to address climate change, the Ballarat City Council says.

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Solar arrays help water managers tackle environmental footprint

14-06-2023

Central Highlands Water has reduced its environmental footprint by using solar to power its water and wastewater treatment plants, the local water manager says.

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Edgy veg awards announced

12-06-2023

Veg Action Macedon Ranges has announced the winners of its annual Edgy Veg Awards, celebrating innovation and excellence in culinary use of vegetables by eateries in the Macedon Ranges area.

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Award for community service

12-06-2023

Daylesford’s Anneke Deutsch has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the community.

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Distribution first for Hepburn Energy

Hepburn Energy is set to become Australia’s first energy park on the distribution network with wind turbines and battery storage at Leonards Hill after funding from the federal government’s Community Batteries for Household Solar program.

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New EV charge station up and running at Creswick

08-06-2023

EV drivers have been well pleased to discover that the new fast charge station at Creswick is finally up and running. For some it can make the difference between getting home – or not.

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Go circular? local businesses say ‘yes’

07-06-2023

A survey of the local business community in Hepburn Shire suggests a high readiness to implement circular economy strategies, the local council says.

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Council urges locals not to dump e-waste in kerbside waste bins

06-06-2023

The Hepburn Shire Council is reminding residents not to dispose of e-waste in their kerbside general waste bins.

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Helping low income local households to reach for the sun

06-06-2023

The Hepburn Shire Council says it's making solar power more accessible to low-income households through the Solar Savers program.

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Site upgrades close to completion near ‘Nest of the Emu’

05-06-2023

The Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners are close to finalising a visitor site upgrade for Lalgambook (Mt Franklin) Reserve in Hepburn Regional Park.

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Council to ‘advocate strongly’ for alternative VNI West route as ‘concerns’ remain

04-06-2023

The Hepburn Shire Council will continue to 'advocate strongly' for an alternative to the route currently preferred for the Victoria New South Wales Interconnector West (VNI West) project, mayor Cr Brian Hood says.

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A little help to de-tox the home, free event at Daylesford

03-06-2023

Hepburn shire locals are about to get a little help and added incentive to clean out those unwanted household chemicals from their sheds, cupboards and under their sinks and dispose of them safely at Sustainability Victoria’s free Detox your Home event.

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Get cracking to clinch a biodiversity grant

03-05-2023

Time is running out to apply for a grant through the Hepburn Shire Council to help conserve biodiversity in the shire.

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Regenerative ag community getting more engaged

02-06-2023

The Hepburn Shire says it has successfully engaged with over 70 participants over the last 12 months to help local farmers and land custodians improve land, soil, water and livestock.

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Taking the crap factor out of nappies: reusable workshops coming soon

02-06-2023

If you're among the legion of people who cringe at the sight of discarded, soiled, disposable infants' nappies dumped in public places, you'll no doubt be pleased to hear that the Hepburn Shire Council says it will soon be announcing some reusable nappy workshops.

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Swinging it: rope canopy bridges help keep wildlife out of danger

01-06-2023

Rope canopy bridges have been installed in Wombat State Forest near Springhill to help wildlife move through storm-damaged tree canopies where trees and branches have fallen or broken.

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Single use plastic gets the chop at Macedon Ranges

01-06-2023

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council has adopted a new Single-use Plastic Policy, among a number of significant decisions made by the councillors at last Thursday night’s May council meeting.

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Victoria’s target setting pace on emissions reduction

31-05-2023

The state government is setting one of the most ambitious emissions reduction targets in the world – cutting Victoria’s emissions by 75–80 per cent by 2035, the Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas says.

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Lake Bookar State Game Reserve closed to hunting

Lake Bookar State Game Reserve, north of Camperdown, is closed to hunting from Saturday, 20 May 2023 to prevent disturbance to significant numbers of threatened Hardhead ducks. 

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Cat curfew soon comes in for Hepburn shire

27-05-2023

Hepburn Shire Council is bringing in a dusk to dawn cat curfew enforceable from 1 July 2023. From that date cats must be securely confined to the owner’s property between sunset and sunrise.

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Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize launched

26-05-2023

The 2023 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize has been launched by Holmgren Design with a major prize of $1000.

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Invasive aquatic plant a no-no for home gardens

21-05-2023

Victorian gardeners are being urged to keep watch for the highly invasive weed water hyacinth following a recent discovery in a residential garden pond.

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Help save the critically endangered Plains-wanderer

21-05-2023

Volunteers are needed for the Plains-wanderer song meter program and while Hepburn Shire locals do not live in its habitat they're being invited to get involved to help save the critically endangered species.

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Prepare to plant: local Landcare group invites community

18-05-2023

The Shepherds Flat Landcare Group is inviting the wider community to be part of the next phase of Planting Trees for the Queens Jubilee, later this month.

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New pump screens a boost for fish and farmers

17-05-2023

Local irrigators are being invited to express their interest in a new pump screen that will both save native fish and stop weeds from blocking their systems.

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Clunes’ organics trial looks a winner

15-05-2023

A pilot project to trial weekly kerbside collection of food organics and garden organics in Clunes has been hailed as a "great success".

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Foraging free: where the wild food is found

12-05-2023

Fancy a wild pine mushroom risotto? A crisp dandelion and wild brassica salad? Or an elderberry cocktail perhaps?

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Online course that can help you save water, energy and money

10-05-2023

The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) team has recently launched a new online course to help developers, builders and plumbers save water, energy and lower the cost of their client’s utility bills.

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Climate outlook session coming up at Numurkah

08-05-2023

Local farmers, vignerons and other primary producers are being encouraged to attend the upcoming Climate Outlook Session, taking place in the next few days.

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Keeping a watchful eye on food outlet habits

07-05-2023

A task undertaken by Agriculture Victoria’s animal health and welfare staff is conducting audits of food outlets to determine how they dispose of their food wastes. This can include visits to pubs, restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and so on.

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Call to report illegal dumping

07-05-2023

The EPA is reminding Hepburn Shire residents and others across the state to report illegal dumping.

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Chance for locals to shape future rural land use in Hepburn Shire

05-05-2023

The Hepburn Shire Council is inviting residents to have a say on what's important about the shire's rural areas, what should be protected and enhanced through future planning measures.

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Gunbower Forest’s special sauce

03-05-2023

Did you know some juvenile waterbirds need to eat the equivalent of almost one hamburger a day when they leave the nest to survive to breeding age?

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Traditional owners backed to conduct cultural burns

02-05-2023

Traditional owners in south-west and central Victoria are being supported to conduct cultural burning on country as part of ongoing work towards Aboriginal self-determination.

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Local land use planning responding to climate risks, chance for input

02-05-2023

Hepburn Shire Council is developing an Agricultural Land and Rural Settlement Strategy, the first of its strategic planning projects that make up Future Hepburn.

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Grants to inspire new generation of land carers

01-05-2023

The 2023 Victorian Landcare Grants and the 2023 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are now open to volunteers and kids care for the state’s precious environment and biodiversity

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Living legend Tim Winton’s love letter to a reef

28-04-2023

BESTSELLING author Tim Winton is coming to the region with a message of hope: good information and organisation can stop destruction of our world.

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Creswick EV: No movement at the station

27-04-2023

Two months after it was scheduled for activation the new public EV charge station at Creswick remains yet to be activated.

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Landcare grants up for grabs

24-04-2023

Through the 2023 Victorian Landcare grants, $3.95 million is available for Landcare and other environmental volunteer groups and networks that are working to protect and restore land and the environment. 

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Grants to manage serrated tussock

24-04-2023

The Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party (VSTWP) is providing community groups and organisations - including those in the Hepburn Shire area - with the opportunity to apply for grants to manage serrated tussock.

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Carbon Farming Program EOIs open to support tree planting on Victorian properties

24-04-2023

The Victorian Government is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from experienced tree-growing businesses to help regional landowners plant trees and reduce Victoria’s carbon emissions.

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Money grows in trees, new carbon abatement calculator

24-04-2023

In a national first, the Victorian Government has worked with CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, to become the first state to include Plantation and Farm Forestry methods in their online carbon abatement calculator “LOOC-C” (‘look see’).

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On-farm tyre registrations

23-04-2023

A new Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) registration for farmers using waste tyres as weights in silage production will help reduce the risk of fire and harm to human health and the environment.

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Glen, about the house…

18-04-2023

From the time Peta and I took over the drought-ridden property that became our home, we were determined to “practise what I preached” in all my writings and broadcasts - throw away those chemicals and let nature take its course.

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As happy as…

12-04-2023

THE sky rolls wide and blue above Pig and Earth, a sustainable free-range organic pig farm set on the volcanic plains just out of Kingston.

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Reusable product rebate launches to further reduce landfill

11-04-2023

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council is launching a reusable nappy, sanitary and incontinence product pilot rebate program to reduce waste in landfill and assist residents in accessing affordable reusable items.

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Landcare And Junior Landcare grants up for grabs

06-04-2023

A total of $4.4 million in grants is on offer to help volunteers and the next generation of Victorians in caring for the state’s precious environment and biodiversity.

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Glen, about the house…

04-04-2023

All foot and stomach... If any zoological name was totally descriptive ‘gastropod’ (stomach foot) surelysums up the gardener’s oldest foe - snails and slugs - undoubtedly among the oldest of the common garden pests.

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Local water body splashes out to help PNG program

03-04-2023

Central Highlands Water has donated $10,918, raised by team members, to Water Aid Australia in recognition of World Water Day which took place on March 22.

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Just sayin’…

03-04-2023

SOME things just make you smile. Like driving past the PISS OFF AUSNET sign mowed into the hill on the way to Creswick.

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Free fashion for those in need of fine threads

31-03-2023

IT'S been said that “clothes maketh the man” – and there’s little doubt that applies for women as well. But sometimes obtaining snappy threads, so essential to making a vital good first impression, is easier said than done. That’s where Thread Together comes in...

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From furniture to philandering: a fascination with fungi

30-03-2023

FOR countless years the mysterious world of fungi has been the domain of a fairly exclusive handful of boffins.

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Two years on the message remains clear

29-03-2023

IT MUST be one of the region’s most recognisable landmarks. “PISS OFF AUSNET” was mowed in huge letters into a hill two years ago this Easter.

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‘Citizen scientists’ sought as hunt for shark egg cases launches in Australia

28-03-2023

Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, is calling on citizen scientists to find and record egg cases washing up on Australian coasts so researchers can better understand egg-laying sharks, skates and chimaeras.

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EV bulk buy set to launch at Malsbury

22-03-2023

If you've ever thought about ditching your climate-change fueling petrol guzzler for an electric vehicle then now might be the time to make it happen with an EV Bulk Buy scheme set to launch in Malmsbury at the Malmsbury EV Expo on 15 April.

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Burns are planned

21-03-2023

Forest Fire Management Victoria says it intends t take advantage of favourable weather and forest conditions to undertake planned burns across the Midlands district in the coming weeks to reduce the threat of bushfires to the community.

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Speak up: council urges community input on interconnector project

17-03-2023

As the April 5 deadline for submissions looms, The Hepburn Shire Council is urging the community to make a submission on the latest consultation report into the Victoria to New South Wales Interconnector West (VNI West) project.

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Repair café diverts half a tonne from landfill

17-03-2023

DAYLESFORD'S Repair Café is alive and kicking after hiccups caused by Covid. Over the past 12 months the café has stopped almost half a tonne (482kgs) of household items from ending up in landfill.

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Community batteries…the potentials and pitfalls

17-03-2023

COMMUNITY groups keen to get their own community battery, fed by clean renewable energy, up and going need to make sure they know their stuff first.

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Another go to grab the $250 power saving bonus

12-03-2023

Local households in Hepburn shire and surrounds will be able to access a new round of the $250 Power Saving Bonus within weeks, as the state government drives down the cost of living across the state.

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Some hub help to tackle the hard-to-recycle bits

11-03-2023

The Hepburn Shire Council has moved to remind residents they can take their tricky-to-recycle items, including e-waste, to their closest Hepburn Shire Customer Service hub for recycling.

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War on waste continues with four-bin system

09-03-2023

The Macedon Ranges Shire says its war on waste will continue full steam ahead as it celebrates the third year of its four-bin system

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Helping farmers axe on-farm emissions

07-02-2023

An on-farm emissions action plan ilot aims to help Victorian farmers reduce on-farm emissions with grant support funding from a pool of up to $5 million.

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Interconnector West update

05-03-2023

An additional consultation report into the Victoria to New South Wales Interconnector West project has been released in recent days by the Australian Energy Market Operator and Transgrid.

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Heads up on sustainable house kits: Woodend library hosts free event

01-03-2023

This Saturday offers a unique chance to get the lowdown on sustainable house kits as the Woodend library hosts a free information event.

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Sweet new role gives Karla the buzz on bees

28-02-2023

Meet AgVic's newest apiary officer, Karla Williams.

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Stronger El Niño could cause irreversible melting of Antarctica

26-02-2023

New research led by scientists at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has shown that future increases in the strength of El Niño may accelerate the irreversible melting of ice shelves and ice sheets in Antarctica. 

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Aussie and US sci nerds combine smarts to tackle global challenges

23-02-2023

An expanding research partnership between CSIRO and the US National Science Foundation is hoped to turbo charge international collaboration and joint research.

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Wombat logging ‘threatens town’s water’

15-02-2023

LIKE a never-ending game of chase, the campaign to protect the Wombat State Forest manages to save some trees, then logging starts elsewhere in this vast area.

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Keep your cool: a plan to contend with climage change

09-02-2023

The community is being invited to the official launch of Cool-ER Changesat Kyneton Town Hall on Thursday 2 March from 7pm –8:30pm, to celebrate "tangible climate action already underway" in the shire and outline the vision for further action into the future.

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Electronic items now sold at tip shop in circular economy move

07-02-2023

As of yesterday, safe electronic items are now available for sale through the Daylesford Transfer Station tip shop.

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Road seal works now in full swing

07-02-2023

Hepburn Shire Council's annual road reseal program is now in full swing with roads in Blampied, Creswick, Daylesford, Drummond North, Kingston, Lyonville, Newlyn, Smeaton and Ullina all receiving attention.

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Driving down emissions

02-02-2023

ELECTRIC vehicle owners are keenly watching to see when the newly installed charge station at Creswick will come online.

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Fabulous fungi has big role in food safety

29-01-2023

A priceless collection of fungi has been replicated for the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to support research and management of biosecurity and food safety issues.

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Best astronomy image yet of supernova remnants

27-01-2023

Led by researchers at Macquarie University and Italy’s National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), a portion of our Galaxy has been imaged in detail so great, we may be able to answer long-standing questions about the Milky Way’s stars.

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CSIRO researchers strive to deliver food security, secure major international grant

25-01-2023

An international consortium of scientists has received a $34 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations (Gates Ag One) fund to improve crop productivity and food security in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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Workshops to grow sustainability, resilience

22-01-2023

Five sustainability and resilience workshops will be held at the Trentham Neighbourhood Centre between February 2 and 23.

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Meet Sally Buck: Supercharging the plant-based protein industry

18-01-2023

Dr Sally Buck never dreamed of becoming a scientist when she grew up. But that was only because she didn’t know it was an option.

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Plastic munching microbes may help solve our recycling riddles

17-01-2023

Microbial communities already treat the food waste in your compost bin. In the future, could they treat your plastic waste too? A new article released by the CSIRO suggests they may well.

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GenCost report finds renewables increasingly important as technology costs surge

15-01-2023

Renewables remain the cheapest new-build electricity, but technology costs are surging across the board a new report shows.

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Farewell La Nina …

14-01-2023

Climate models indicate La Niña is on the way out, with El Niño conditions expected later this year

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The pay dirt beneath our feet: push for soils comp

08-01-2023

It’s quite literally at the root of all agriculture. Soil and its intrinsic value has prompted a new push to make funding for a soils education and competition program available for every agricultural show in Australia.

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Pick me! Pick me!

06-01-2023

Hello there! I’m Mouse and I am a “massive smooch”. As you can see I’m a good lookin’ gal ...

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Climate for water security: $15M pipeline investment to ‘future-proof’ Daylesford water supply

28-12-2022

Central Highlands Water’s announcement last week of a $15 million investment in Daylesford’s long-term water supply security has been hailed as a welcome boost for the region’s future growth and climate resilience.

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Macedon tackles carbon footprint, urges others to follow suit.

25-12-2022

A plan will see Macedon Ranges Shire Council reduce its carbon footprint with a series of initiatives across council-managed facilities and operations.

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The eyes of the storm

23-12-2022

MEMORIES of the June winter storm that cut a swathe through much of Hepburn Shire last year remain strongly etched in the mind’s eye of Trentham’s Charl Parris.

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Nappy recycling trial launches in Australia

20-12-2022

CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, is part of a nappy recycling trial announced last week to help address the 1.5 billion disposable nappies that end up in Australian landfill each year.

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Scientists discover shark graveyard at the bottom of the ocean

20-12-2022

Scientists on CSIRO research vessel (RV) Investigator have made some exciting finds during recent voyages, including collecting a specimen of a new species of shark and discovering a shark graveyard in the deep ocean.

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CFMEU proposal to log Wombat Forest threatens iconic species: concerned locals, groups

18-12-2022

An alliance of local conservation groups is horrified to discover that the CFMEU is seeking to source sawlogs from the Wombat Forest, in addition to the destructive salvaging of wind fallen timber currently taking place; compromising the very values that ensured it was designated to become National Park.

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Chemical hazard warning issued for post-flood landholders

14-12-2022

Landholders in flood affected areas including those throughout the Hepburn Shire may face a range of issues related to the storage and use of chemicals.

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Prepare for disaster: a federal call to community

03-12-2022

The Australian Government is inviting councils and community organisations in the Ballarat electorate to participate in the Disaster Ready Fund (DRF) consultation process.

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Warning to watch for winged whingers amid Japanese encephalitis threat

02-12-2022

Flooding and heavy rainfall have increased the risk of a range of mosquito-borne diseases in Victoria, including Japanese encephalitis (JE) prompting a warning to farmers and livestock owners.

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How logging and mining are killing the Wombat State Forest

23-11-2022

Our forests are fundamental to water and food security, as well as the habitat and protection of our eco-system. Logging and mining mean pollution and greater risk of flood and fire.

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Assessing the fallout from the downfall

19-11-2022

Recent rainfall events have left Central Catchment Management Authority with considerable work to do in assessing damage done to local waterways and the assets built to protect and enhance them.

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Census time for Australian pollinators, but they need our help

18-11-2022

It’s census time for Australian pollinators, but they need our help

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Water competition for kids

28-08-2022

Primary school-aged artists are being asked to create their own water story as part of Central Highlands Water’s National Water Week poster competition.

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Saving elms

24-08-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council will begin its annual elm tree treatment program in the coming weeks as part of the yearly management program to protect the shire’s 2,700 elm trees from the Elm Leaf Beetle.

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More transmission lines for shire

16-08-2022

Hepburn Shire Council has expressed concern at the newly announced overhead transmission lines proposed as part of the Victoria – New South Wales Interconnector West project.

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Trains almost back to Bullarto

15-08-2022

DAYLESFORD Spa Country Railway trains are not far from heading back to Bullarto after the track was covered by fallen trees and debris in the June 2021 storm.

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The Pollinator Project – Seed Balls

12-08-2022

Seed balls consist of the seed of one species or a variety of different species rolled within a ball of clay. For the Pollinator Project, we have chosen to add a native plant soil and compost mix to the clay providing nutrients and protection for the seed during throwing and sowing!!!

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Helping wildlife

07-08-2022

The state government is ensuring injured, sick and orphaned wildlife get the help they need, with a funding boost to support wildlife rescue volunteers.

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Laws to protect forestry workers

05-08-2022

Strengthened laws to protect forestry workers from illegal protest activity have passed the Victorian Parliament.

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Subdivision at Raglan

03-08-2022

Smith Development Partnerships has put in a planning application to the Hepburn Shire Council for a housing subdivision at 9 Raglan Street, Daylesford.

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Private power networks banned

26-07-2022

The state government is banning private power networks to deliver more choice for consumers and drive down household energy bills.

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Gorse – research first

22-07-2022

FOR many landholders controlling gorse is an uphill or lost battle, says Ron Cosgrave, chair of the Victorian Gorse Taskforce. But it doesn't have to be, he says.

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Snap rally

21-07-2022

More than 50 people attended a snap rally in Gisborne last Friday, called by the Wombat Action Group to voice their concerns about the VicForests’ salvage logging in the Wombat State Forest.

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Water fountains

20-07-2022

Central Highlands Water and Hepburn Shire Council have launched two new Choose Tap drinking fountains at Doug Lindsay Recreation Reserve, Creswick.

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Vale David Endacott

18-07-2022

DAYLESFORD's David Endacott has sadly passed away after an accident on July 1, just short of his 76th birthday.

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War on the willows takes its toll

17-07-2022

ON A recent morning, while approaching the once tranquil creek near her Kingston home, Virginia Imhoff, pictured with Buddy, was stopped in her tracks by this destruction.

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Going greener in Ballarat

16-07-2022

It’s estimated 10 Victorian jobs are created for every 10,000 tonnes of waste material kept out of landfill – leading to approximately 3,900 jobs in the next decade.

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Tender for trails network

15-07-2022

Hepburn Shire Council has released a tender for construction of the Creswick Trails Network, a major milestone for the multi-million dollar project, which will see 60km of mountain bike trails built in and around the Regional Park, State Forest and plantation lands of Creswick.

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Venie Poetry Prize

07-07-2022

The 2022 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize, in partnership with Rabbit, a journal for nonfiction poetry, has been launched.

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Community batteries

05-07-2022

Hepburn Shire residents and businesses can now have their say about community batteries.

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Saving the world one cup of coffee at a time

04-07-2022

ORGANIC waste generated from the cafe trade is very large. Although people may not realise it as they sip on their morning latte or fresh juice, the average cafe can easily generate over 80 kilos of organic waste a week.

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Ageing well and time to talk

04-07-2022

CLUNES is a place of firsts. First gold town. First Book Town and now the first country town to tackle the issue of ageing well in the community by bringing the conversation right to its own door.

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More trees for Riddells Creek

27-06-2022

Approximately 400 new trees will be planted on nature strips in Riddells Creek in the coming months as part of Council’s annual tree-planting program.

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Future for North Central catchment

26-06-2022

A vision for the care of the North Central catchment over the next six years has been released, ensuring the land, water, and biodiversity of the area is managed sustainably.

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Storm works funding

21-06-2022

One year on from the devastating storm that impacted Hepburn Shire on June 9, Bushfire Recovery Victoria have announced additional funding to assist with work on community assets and public land.

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Travel time

19-06-2022

IT'S been a long two and a half years. And while we are still in a pandemic most of us are vaccinated, know when to pop on a mask and distance, and are ready to either go full speed ahead into the the world, or just take some baby steps.

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One year on from storm

15-06-2022

This week we mark one year since the June 2021 storm, which caused widespread damage across the Macedon Ranges, and other parts of Victoria.

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Zero G Network

11-06-2022

The Zero G Network is a range of tech free sanctuaries in the great outdoors that don’t get phone reception, and Great Northern has launched a campaign to preserve over 30 of these spots nationally with a petition calling to prevent the encroachment of phone towers into these pockets of untouched nature.

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Mushroom magic

08-06-2022

CURRY Punk and Jelly Brain. Sound like punk rockers? They’re mushrooms.

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Mineral springs feedback

05-06-2022

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is seeking community input into how people use and value Victoria’s mineral springs.

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Community input on mineral springs

31-05-2022

The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) is seeking community input into how people use and value Victoria’s mineral springs.

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Kyle’s Rant

26-05-2022

BY THE narrowest of margins the better of two weevils have won the race, we have chosen one white balding 50-something-year-old chump over another.

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Reconciliation

23-05-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council will be holding a community talk and community round table event as part of National Reconciliation Week 2022, May 27-June 3.

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Storm Recovery Support

15-05-2022

WORKING TOGETHER TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY RECOVERY

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EV stations

11-05-2022

Hepburn Shire will soon have three more electric vehicle charging stations thanks to a collaboration between Hepburn Energy (formally Hepburn Wind), Hepburn Shire Council and Chargefox.

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Just sayin’…
By Donna Kelly

09-05-2022

GREAT news that the Daylesford Field & Game Club can return to its home at Glenlyon Reserve.

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Shooting at Glenlyon

08-05-2022

THE Daylesford Field & Game Club can finally return to its home at the Glenlyon Reserve after three years now a final report has found the risk of soil contamination is "low and acceptable".

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Repairing the Campaspe River

06-05-2022

A unique opportunity has arisen to repair damage to the Campaspe River caused by the Millennium Drought and the 2010-11 floods, in what could be a Victorian first.

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Working together to improve wetland health

05-05-2022

Three Victorian Government agencies are working together to rehabilitate a key wetland between Kerang and Cohuna.

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Electric bus trial

05-05-2022

Electric buses will enter the regional bus network for the first time as part of a three-year Zero Emissions Bus Trial – creating a cleaner and more sustainable transport network.

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Good Neighbour program working

04-05-2022

Extensive weed control works have been conducted along Hickmans Creek near Mt Cole to prevent the spread of invasive plants as part of the Good Neighbour program.

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Making tracks: the timeless history of our trees

04-05-2022

WHO would guess that to some people big storms and bushfires are almost welcome? The measured pleasure they get is because these disasters may laying bare secrets tucked away in the bush, such as century old timber-getting tramways in the Wombat state forest.

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Battle brewing in forest

25-04-2022

A NEW forest battle is brewing, not even a year after the state government announced three new national parks, including linking the Wombat and Lerderderg state forests to create a new park of 44,000 hectares between Daylesford and Bacchus Marsh.

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Have your say on emissions

22-04-2022

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio has invited Victorians to help shape the state’s interim emissions reduction target for 2035.

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