Shire of Macedon Ranges

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Shire of Macedon Ranges
Australia Victoria Macedon Ranges Shire.svg
Location in Victoria
Population46,100 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density26.39/km2 (68.34/sq mi)
Gazetted19 January 1995[2]
Area1,747 km2 (674.5 sq mi)
MayorCr Jennifer Anderson
Council seatKyneton
RegionNorthern Victoria
State electorate(s)Macedon
Federal Division(s)
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WebsiteShire 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 1,747 square kilometres (675 sq mi). It is located in between the cities of Bendigo and Melbourne. At the 2016 Census, had a population of 46,100.[1] It includes the towns of Gisborne, Kyneton, Lancefield, Macedon, Malmsbury, Mount Macedon, New Gisborne, Riddells Creek, Romsey and Woodend.

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. .

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]


Current composition[edit]

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]

Ward Councillor Notes
East   Graham Hackett
  Henry McLaughlin
  Ian Ellis
South   John Letchford
  Russell Mowatt
  Sally Piper
West   Jennifer Anderson Mayor 2014-15
  John Connor
  Roger Jukes

Administration and governance[edit]

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


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.

Suburbs and Towns[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Macedon Ranges (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S2 of 1995: Order estg (Part 8) the Shire of Macedon Ranges". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 19 January 1995). pp. 3–4. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Visit Macedon Ranges". Visit Macedon Ranges.
  4. ^ de Silva, Christine (13 December 2017). "Mt Macedon's own legendary Camelot with links to Arthur Streeton hits the market". Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  5. ^ "BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008" (PDF). BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008. BankWest. 20 August 2008. p. 8. Archived from the original (pdf) on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2008.
  6. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "Macedon Ranges Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°21′00″S 144°37′00″E / 37.35000°S 144.61667°E / -37.35000; 144.61667