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Macedon Ranges Shire

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Macedon Ranges Shire is a semi rural municipality, located within an hours' drive of Melbourne's central business district to the south and Bendigo to the north.

The shire's most important industry is tourism.

This region is popular with both domestic and international visitors, due to its natural attractions, wineries, and its proximity and accessibility to the Melbourne metropolitan area.

Macedon Ranges is part of the Large Shire council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.


Ashbourne, Baynton, Baynton East, Benloch, Bolinda, Bullengarook, Bylands, Carlsruhe, Cherokee, Chintin, Clarkefield, Cobaw, Darraweit Guim, Denver, Drummond, Drummond North, Edgecombe, Fern Hill, Gisborne, Gisborne South, Glenhope, Goldie, Greenhill, Hanging Rock, Hesket, Kerrie, Kyneton, Kyneton South, Lancefield, Lauriston, Macedon, Malmsbury, Monegeetta, Mount Macedon, New Gisborne, Newham, Pastoria, Pastoria East, Pipers Creek, Riddells Creek, Rochford, Romsey, Sidonia, Spring Hill, Springfield, Tantaraboo, Taradale, Toolern Vale, Trentham East, Tylden, Woodend and Woodend North.

For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.

Community Satisfaction  

Macedon Ranges Shire Council Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results 

Annual Report

Macedon Ranges Shire Council Annual Report 2017/18


Macedon Ranges Shire Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 3 wards and 9 Councillors.

Councillors are elected through proportional representation voting.

Since 2008, all Victorian Councillors serve a four year term. The next general election is in October 2020.

The council's independent Electoral Representation Review was conducted prior to the 2012 elections.

Visit the Guide for more information on Council Elections.
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9 Councillors elected in October 2016.

East - Cr Henry Bleeck

East - Cr Natasha Gayfer

East - Cr Bill West

South - Cr Mandi Mees - Deputy Mayor

South - Cr Helen Radnedge

South - Cr Andrew Twaits

West - Cr Roger Jukes

West - Cr Jennifer Anderson

West - Cr Janet Pearce - Mayor

Population data

Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031

  • 2016 46,023 
  • 2021 49,599 
  • 2026 53,470 
  • 2031 57,487 


Source: Victoria Grants Commission.
The figures in the bottom two rows of the table show combined one-off and ongoing funding received by council from both the Federal and State Governments. It is important to note that this amount can change significantly from year to year as individual government funding programs change and natural events such as fires and floods occur.

Data shows the amount allocated in respect of the relevant financial year. In some years, that amount will vary from the payments received that year, as a result of the Commonwealth "bringing forward" some payments.

  2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 70.412m 67.233m 66.079m 66.581m 63.512m 58.826m 60.578m 52.946m 46.771m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 80.108m 78.406m 70.076m 72.895m 65.009m 64.104m 62.718m 55.913m 54.772m
- Rates and Charges 46.042m 44.389m 42.393m 39.806m 37.437m 35.172m 33.077m 29.757m 28.176m
- VGC Grants 6.936m 6.680m 6.735m 6.602m 6.636m 6.407m 6.220m 5.938m 5.563m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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