Shire of Macedon Ranges

Shire of Macedon Ranges

Location in Victoria
Population 45,308 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 25.935/km2 (67.171/sq mi)
Established 1995
Gazetted 19 January 1995[2]
Area 1,747 km2 (674.5 sq mi)
Mayor Cr Jennifer Anderson
Council seat Kyneton
Region Northern Victoria
State electorate(s) Macedon
Federal Division(s)
Website Shire of Macedon Ranges
LGAs around Shire of Macedon Ranges:
Mount Alexander Mitchell Mitchell
Hepburn Shire of Macedon Ranges Mitchell
Moorabool Melton Hume

The Shire of Macedon Ranges is a local government area (LGA) in Victoria, Australia, located in the central part of the state. It covers an area of 1,747 square kilometres (675 sq mi) and, at the 2011 Census, had a population of 41,860.[3] It includes the towns of Clarkefield, Gisborne, Kyneton, Lancefield, Macedon, Malmsbury, Mount Macedon, New Gisborne, Riddells Creek, Romsey and Woodend. It was formed in 1995 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Romsey, Shire of Gisborne, Shire of Newham and Woodend, and most of the Shire of Kyneton.[2]

The Shire is governed and administered by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Kyneton, it also has service centres located in Gisborne, Romsey and Woodend. The Shire is named after the major geographical feature in the region, the Macedon Ranges, which is located near the centre of the LGA.

Old logo used up to early 2013

Macedon Ranges was rated thirteenth of 590 Australian local government areas (and the highest in Victoria outside Melbourne in the BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008.[4]


Current composition

The council is composed of three wards and nine councillors, with three councillors per ward elected to represent each ward.[5]

East   Graham Hackett
  Henry McLaughlin
  Ian Ellis
South   John Letchford
  Russell Mowatt
  Sally Piper
West   Jennifer Anderson Mayor 2014-15
  John Connor
  Roger Jukes

Administration and governance

The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Kyneton Municipal Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at both its administrative centre in Kyneton, and its service centres in Gisborne, Romsey and Woodend.


Gisborne Secondary College, the largest Secondary School in the shire, is located in Gisborne and provides both academic and vocational programs for over 1000 students from across the Macedon Ranges. Kyneton Secondary College is Kyneton's state secondary school, along with Sacred Heart College (Catholic), and Braemar College east of Woodend (Ecumenical, co-educational) as the largest non-government secondary schools in the shire.

See also

List of localities (Victoria)


  1. "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. 1 2 Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S2 of 1995". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 19 January 1995). pp. 3–4. Retrieved 10 January 2014. |article= ignored (help)
  3. Census QuickStats (2011). "Macedon Ranges (S) – LGA24130". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  4. "BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008" (pdf). BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008. BankWest. 20 August 2008. p. 8. Retrieved 3 September 2008.
  5. Local Government in Victoria. "Macedon Ranges Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.

Coordinates: 37°21′00″S 144°37′00″E / 37.35000°S 144.61667°E / -37.35000; 144.61667

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