Meetings back in Holcombe and Coliban wards

Hepburn Shire Council meetings will once again be held in Coliban and Holcombe wards. 

Council voted to reinstate meetings in all five wards across the shire at a regular council meeting last week. 

It means people in the area once again have direct access to local democracy.

Hepburn Shire councillor Sebastian Klein

Council meetings in November and December will be held at Trentham. 

Picture: Dylan Burns.

Picture: Dylan Burns.

It is expected two meetings will be held in Glenlyon next year. 

Coliban Ward councillor Sebastian Klein said residents from Trentham and surrounds could have direct access to councillors. 

“It means people in the area once again have direct access to local democracy,” Cr Klein said. 

Refurbishment of Glenlyon Hall meant council meetings were not held in Holcombe Ward this year. 

Dates have not yet been set for 2018 Hepburn Shire Council meetings.

It is expected meetings at Glenlyon will be scheduled for the latter half of the year as it is not clear when Glenlyon Hall refurbishment work will be completed.

Holcombe Ward councillor John Cottrell said it was important council meetings were reinstated in all five wards. 

“It is a recognition of the ward and people within the ward and about giving them local access to councillors and council meetings,” Cr Cotttrell said. 

Before 2017, Hepburn Shire Council meetings had been held at Daylesford, Clunes and Creswick. 

A report said council had previously received feedback from community members in Holcombe and Coliban wards that there was a strong desire to see the meetings reinstated. 

The report said “a decision to reinstate meetings in the Coliban and Holcombe wards will improve access to council by the entire Hepburn Shire community”. 

“The reinstatement of meetings in the Coliban and Holcombe wards will provide more equitable access to council meetings by the community,” the report said. 

A report stating recommended dates and locations for 2018 council meetings will be presented at the regular council meeting in October.