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