Next community meeting
A community meeting will be held in Macedon from 7.30pm on the 9th of May 2016.
Contact us for details.
This meeting will discuss updating the 2012 Community Plan, the meeting place project priorities, funding opportunities and an action plan to make all this happen. Join us - even if you haven't before.
The Macedon/Mt. Macedon Community Planning Group regularly meets to discuss a variety of topics including progress on planning, arts initiatives, the station refresh project submissions, heritage trail and community centre ideas.
We're updating the community plan. Have your say.
The current Macedon/Mt. Macedon Community Plan was created in 2012. Many of the actions have been achieved or are outdated.
The group are reviewing the 2012 to create a revised plan for 2016 to present and have recognised by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council.
Having an updated plan is important for our small towns to attract grant money and support from local and state governments. Review the current plan, and let us know what you want changed or included in the new plan.
Deputy Mayor unveils Macedon Station wayfinding signage
During the cold winter months, Macedon Villages Volunteers have been designing, constructing and painting wayfinding signage for Macedon Station.
The signage (a noticeboard and fingerpost pole) is now fully installed and was unveiled today by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Deputy Mayor Russell Mowatt at Macedon Station.
A huge thank you to Aaron Pitt for creating two new masterpieces for the community's recently restored garden and to the Macedon Ranges Shire Council's Places for People Program for funding the project. Visitors to Macedon and the mount will be able to find their way!
Anyone with a notice for upcoming events and points of interests for visitors to Macedon, contact us for keys.
A collaborative effort between the community, individual residents and the Macedon Range Shire Council has resulted in VCAT not granting a planning permit for an over-sized mixed-use development in Macedon village.
The community's pro-bono barrister, Ms Joanne Lardner, prepared a strategy that delivered for Macedon. The VCAT outcome supports the community's view that the design proposal is excessive and does not achieve the appropriate level of intensity for the central Macedon site.
The emphasis on urban design, supported by expert evidence from architect, Jim Holdsworthy (who contributed a substantial proportion of his time pro-bono) contributed to the win.
After 6.5 days of hearings, the realities of high wild fire impacts and contradicatory components of planning policies were debated. Evidence from expert witnesses was reviewed.
A special thank you must go to Joanne and Jim for their extraordinary efforts, that went beyond what the community could afford.
Community members and key committee members (Ron, Di, Linda, Erna, Joe, Dennis, Noel, Helen, Jim, Luchena, Jarrod and Justine) should be praised for their continued to support the campaign.
To all those that assisted by donating to support the campaign, this also could not have been acheived without you. It was an incredible collaborative effort. Congratulations.
Download the VCAT decision here.
The campaign does not end here. The community will continue to work with the council to consolidate planning policy to protect Macedon and allow appropriate development.
The VCAT report on the decision mirrors the sentiment of the original community meeting held on Sunday June 1, 2014 to discuss the proposed development.
Protect the Macedon Ranges
Macedon Villages Volunteers Inc, recently submitted to the Macedon Ranges Protection Advisory Panel calling for full protect for Mt. Macedon, Macedon and Hanging Rock and a return to SPP8.
Hearings continue in Gisborne continue on Thursday 5 May 2016 and Friday 6 May 2016.
Vision for Macedon arts precinct
A diverse group of Macedon and Mt. Macedon artists recently prepared a submission for a small towns transformation grant.
While the grant application was unsuccessful because so many applications were received, the whole exercise revealed a grand vision for an arts and events precinct on railway land beside Macedon Station.
The community are now seeking other grant opportunities to realise this vision.
VCAT Tribunal Findings
Anyone want to lease space inside the Macedon Station building?
We are looking for local businesses, artists and workers who may be interested in sharing space inside the Macedon Station to meet and make money. We are currently preparing an application to VicTrack to attract funding to restore the Macedon Station Building. Let us know if you can contribute to a sustainable business model, in partnership with state and local government.
The Macedon/Mt. Macedon Community Planning Group have prepared a review of the recent Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal's findings regarding the Macedon Ranges Shire Council's refusal to grant a planning permit for 19 Victoria St. Click here to view the report which summarises the community's interpretations of the VCAT findings.
Station Refresh Project Update
Download the latest status (with before and after shots) of the steady progress being made in and around Macedon Station.
Diary of the garden restoration
The landscaping, planting, irrigation pipe laying, plumbing and mulching is all done. The temporary fencing is all gone. Download the diary of the Macedon Station Garden Restoration from the past two weeks.
What can you do?
> GET READY TO VOLUNTEER for upcoming projects - Macedon Station Garden Restoration, Rhythm and Rail Fair, car park upgrade, better cycling and equestrian facilities, and many more
> Register your interest and tell us how you would like to contribute
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Look at the Macedon Station heritage sign - handcrafted by the local community!
The soil has been turned!
It's been 2 years in the making, and finally in mid August 2014, contractors, SBJ Landscapes, began to turn the soil at Macedon Station to begin the garden restoration.
The project took a week and a half to complete. Local residents have now planted the garden.