The Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group is a not-for-profit, member-based organisation focussing on projects, events, and practical activities that promote sustainable living in our local communities.
We are home to a number of community action groups made up of dedicated individuals working together to make the Macedon Ranges a more sustainable place to live. If you are interested in becoming involved head on over to the action group pages to discover what we are up to and to find contact details for action group coordinators.
Everyone welcome! We'd love for you to join us.
The biodiversity found in the Macedon Ranges is unique and highly significant. The varying topography, range of altitudes and localised climatic patterns results in many diverse ecosystems hosting a wide range of native plants and animals. The shire is fortunate to have extensive native vegetation and rich biodiversity present on public and private land.
The Macedon Ranges Biodiversity Strategy establishes a shared vision between Council, the community and other stakeholders for the protection and enhancement of biodiversity values across the shire. It identifies a number of policy and planning initiatives well as priorities for community engagement, on ground action and monitoring change.
Council is seeking your input and feedback on the draft strategy until Sunday 21 October 2018.
The Woodend Bee-Friendly Society has recently acquired a powerful microscope for the detection of honeybee diseases, in particular Nosema, which has the potential to devastate local honeybee populations and thereby severely impact the pollination services so critical for many agricultural enterprises in the Macedon Ranges.
Sunday September 16, 2018 started out chilly, but that didn’t deter visitors to the four Sustainable Homes open in and around the Macedon Ranges for Sustainable House Day. By 4pm, 474 visits had been recorded across the four properties.
Over 40 children with their parents and grandparents attended the screening of the Lorax at the Woodend Community Centre on Saturday 8th September. The Lorax is an enchanting and haunting story by Dr Suess about the folly of unbridled consumption and the need for each one of us to act now if we wish to live in a world of beauty and nature.
Help us tailor the Sustainable Homes Action Group to suit your needs!
We are conducting a survey to find out what our members and potential members would like from the group. As an incentive to participate, we will be conducting a prize draw and giving away a copy of “Your Home” which is a fantastic compilation of information about designing, building and maintaining homes.
The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Will you help?
MRSG raise more than $1,600 at the September Farmers’ Market in Woodend for the Buy-a-Bale appeal to aid Australian farming families affected by the devastating drought that covers most of New South Wales and Queensland.
On 15th August, MRSG received $6,000 for an Events and Festivals Grant from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council to go towards the costs in running next year's Sustainable Living Festival in Woodend on 2nd March 2018.
The Woodend Community Farmers' Market (WCFM) is a lively local event that is well supported by the local community. The WCFM currently hosts 50 regular stallholders, from within the Macedon Ranges and the wider region. The market is fully accredited by the Victorian Farmers Market Association(VFMA), meaning that customers can have confidence in the authenticity of the producers within the market, and have the opportunity to build direct relationships with the people who grew or made the produce on offer.
Exposing the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture through drones, hidden and handheld cameras, this award winning feature-length film explores the morality and validity of our dominion over the animal kingdom. A panel discussion will occur after the screening exploring a variety of perspectives.
Come and celebrate with us the achievements of MRSG’s action groups in the past twelve months and elect the next administration to lead the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group in the following year.