Message from the President: 19th January 2019

A happy new year to you all. My hope is that 2019 is kind to you and your family and that together we can continue to make significant inroads in promoting sustainable lifestyles and developing sustainable communities in the Macedon Ranges.

Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival

MRSG’s twelve action groups are busily planning and gearing up for the new year and it is time to turn our attention to our major annual event, the Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival, which will run on Saturday 2nd March, 9am-3pm, in conjunction with the Woodend Community Farmers’ Market. The action group leaders are working together with the SLF co-ordinator, Sharon Kittson, in composing an event that will showcase MRSG’s far-reaching activities and the region's premier environmental programs, projects, products and services. We are confident that festival visitors will be inspired by an exciting line-up of innovative exhibitors, free workshops, guest speakers, film screenings, and kid's activities. So do make sure that this event is in your diary. You can follow news about the SLF on the following:

If you have any specific queries or ideas regarding the sustainable living festival please feel free to contact Sharon on

Is your MRSG membership up to date?

The beginning of a new year is also, at least traditionally, a good time not only to check your smoke detectors at home but also to ensure that your MRSG membership, contact details, and list of preferred action groups are up to date so that you can receive news and information about upcoming events geared to your interest areas. The easiest way to check these status and update them, if required, is via the Member Portal on the MRSG website at You will now find a very amateurish video with yours truly explaining how to access and use this portal. If you have any questions whatsoever please contact us on

All good wishes,

David Gormley-O’Brien

Sally and Shelly from Woodend Bee-Friendly Society running a workshop on the flow-hive

Sally and Shelly from Woodend Bee-Friendly Society running a workshop on the flow-hive

David Gormley-O'Brien