Shire of Macedon Ranges

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Shire of Macedon Ranges
Victoria
Australia Victoria Macedon Ranges Shire.svg
Location in Victoria
Population49,388 (2018) [1]
 • Density28.254/km2 (73.178/sq mi)
Established1995
Gazetted 19 January 1995 [2]
Area1,748 km2 (674.9 sq mi) [1]
MayorCr Janet Pearce
Council seat Kyneton
Region Northern Victoria
State electorate(s) Macedon
Federal Division(s)
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Website Shire of Macedon Ranges
LGAs around Shire of Macedon Ranges:
Mount Alexander Mitchell Mitchell
Hepburn Shire of Macedon Ranges Mitchell
Moorabool Melton Hume

The Shire of Macedon Ranges is a region in Central Victoria, Australia, best known for its expansive native forests, iconic geographical attraction Hanging Rock, and thriving artisan food and wine industries. The region covers an area of 1,748 square kilometres (675 sq mi). [1] It is located in between the cities of Bendigo and Melbourne. In June 2018 the shire had a population of 49,388. [1] It includes the towns of Gisborne, Kyneton, Lancefield, Macedon, Malmsbury, Mount Macedon, New Gisborne, Riddells Creek, Romsey and Woodend.

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The Shire is named after the region's major geographical feature, the Macedon Ranges. It has become one of Victoria's most popular tourist attractions [3] and contains some of its most sought-after real estate. [4]

It is governed and administered by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Kyneton, it also has service centres located in Gisborne, Romsey and Woodend. .

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Old logo used up to early 2013

Macedon Ranges was one of the highest-rated areas in Australia in the Quality of Life Index 2008. It was the highest rated in Victoria (outside Melbourne), and was 13th of 590 Australian local government areas. [5]

Council

Current composition

The Shire of Macedon Ranges was formed in 1995 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Romsey, Shire of Gisborne, Shire of Newham and Woodend, and most of the Shire of Kyneton. [2]

The council is composed of three wards and nine councillors, with three councillors per ward elected to represent each ward. [6]

WardCouncillorNotes
East Annette Death
 Geoff Neil
 Bill West
South Dominic Bonanno
 Rob Guthrie
 Anne Moore
West Jennifer AndersonMayor
 Janet Pearce
 Mark RidgewayDeputy Mayor

Administration and governance

The council meets in the council chambers at Gisborne, which is also the location of one of the council's administrative centres. It also provides customer services at both its administrative centre in Kyneton, and its service centres in Gisborne, Romsey and Woodend.

Education

Gisborne Secondary College, the largest Secondary School in the shire, is located in Gisborne and provides both academic and vocational programs for over 1000 students from across the Macedon Ranges. Kyneton Secondary College is Kyneton's state secondary school, along with Sacred Heart College (Catholic), and Braemar College east of Woodend (Ecumenical, co-educational) as the largest non-government secondary schools in the shire. Candlebark Primary School and Alice Miller High School (whose principal is John Marsden, renowned Australian author and educator) provide alternative education options.

Main towns in shire

In June 2018 the shire had a population of 49,388. [1]

Population
LocalityTotal
Ashbourne 196
Baynton 107
Benloch 135
Bolinda 197
Bullengarook 645
Cadello 13
Carlsruhe 327
Cherokee 56
Chintin 106
Clarkefield 320
Cobaw 70
Population
LocalityTotal
Darraweit Guim 402
Edgecombe 94
Fern Hill 104
Gisborne 9,822
Gisborne South 799
Goldie 227
Greenhill 54
Hesket 168
Kerrie 81
Kyneton 6,957
Kyneton South 124
Population
LocalityTotal
Lancefield 2,455
Lauriston 236
Macedon 2,808
Malmsbury 831
Monegeetta 218
Mount Macedon 1,335
New Gisborne 2,387
Newham 506
Pastoria 48
Pastoria East 38
Pipers Creek 159
Population
LocalityTotal
Riddells Creek 3,167
Rochford 71
Romsey 3,868
Sidonia 13
Spring Hill 198
Springfield 181
Toolern Vale 724
Trentham East 153
Tylden 535
Woodend 3,775
Woodend North 304

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Newham, Victoria Town in Victoria, Australia

Newham is a small town in the Shire of Macedon Ranges in Victoria, Australia. It is situated between the towns of Kyneton, Woodend and Lancefield. At the 2006 census, Newham and the surrounding area had a population of 570. At the 2016 census, Newham and the surrounding area had a population of 506.

Macedon, Victoria Town in Victoria, Australia

Macedon is a town at the foot of Mount Macedon in the Macedon Ranges, between Melbourne and Bendigo in central Victoria. It is administered by the Shire of Macedon Ranges. At the 2016 census Macedon had a population of 2,808. The combined population of Macedon and the nearby larger town of Gisborne was 21,071 at June 2016.

Shire of Gisborne Local government area in Victoria, Australia

The Shire of Gisborne was a now-defunct local government area northwest of Melbourne until its abolition in 1995, when the Shire of Macedon Ranges was created from the merging of the Shires of Gisborne, Newham and Woodend, Romsey, and parts of the Shire of Kyneton.

Shire of Kyneton Local government area in Victoria, Australia

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Bullengarook, Victoria Town in Victoria, Australia

Bullengarook is a locality in Victoria, Australia. The locality is centred on Bacchus Marsh Road, 14 kilometres (9 mi) west of Gisborne and 19 km north of Bacchus Marsh. Bullengarook is in the Shire of Macedon Ranges local government area. At the 2011 Census, Bullengarook and the surrounding area had a population of 603. Mount Bullengarook, the Lerderderg State Park and the headwaters of Coimadai Creek are found to the south of the township.

Springfield, Victoria (Macedon Ranges) Town in Victoria, Australia

Springfield is a locality in the Shire of Macedon Ranges local government area in central Victoria, Australia approximately 84 kilometres north of the state capital, Melbourne. It is within the catchment area of Deep Creek, a tributary of the Maribyrnong River.

The Macedon Ranges is a region in Central Victoria, known for its expansive native forests, vibrant arts scene, thriving food and wine industries and natural attractions such as Hanging Rock and Mount Macedon. It is located in between the cities of Bendigo and Melbourne. It includes the towns of Clarkefield, Gisborne South, Gisborne, Kyneton, Lancefield, Macedon, Malmsbury, Mount Macedon, New Gisborne, Riddells Creek, Romsey and Woodend. It is governed and administered by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Woodend North, Victoria Town in Victoria, Australia

Woodend North is a locality 4 km north of Woodend, Victoria in the Shire of Macedon Ranges in central Victoria, Australia. Formerly a distinct locality, Woodend North has effectively become the northern extension of the township of Woodend. The locality is now a mainly residential and agricultural area, with some light secondary industrial sites. At the 2006 census, Woodend North had a population of 313.

Pastoria East is a locality in Victoria, Australia, made up after the Shire of Kyneton merged with the Shires of Gisborne, Newham and Woodend, and Romsey to make up the Shire of Macedon Ranges.

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Coordinates: 37°21′00″S144°37′00″E / 37.35000°S 144.61667°E / -37.35000; 144.61667