Have your say on tourism in the Macedon Ranges

Have your say on tourism in the Macedon Ranges

Released: 12 July 2017

Council is inviting feedback on its Draft Macedon Ranges Visitor Economy Future Directions Paper 2017-2027 that will help guide tourism in the region over the next 10 years.  

The draft plan, which has been informed by research and consultation with a range of local tourism industry providers, outlines a number of proposed strategies and actions that seek to support the local visitor economy and protect, while sharing, the beautiful place that is the Macedon Ranges.  

It also identifies opportunities to enhance the range of services and support that Council provides for local businesses and the tourism industry.  

Tourism in the Macedon Ranges contributes $273 million direct and $183 million indirect expenditure each year.  

Mayor, Cr Jennifer Anderson said that the tourism industry is an integral part of the Macedon Ranges economy.  

“We know how fantastic we are so let’s find ways to share our beautiful part of the world with others. Around 1.6 million people visit the Macedon Ranges each year to experience our dramatic landscapes and gardens, taste our artisan food and produce, drink our cool climate wines, explore the many scenic walks and bike rides…and to experience the fresh, clean air. 

“Our local tourism industry generates nearly 2,500 jobs and helps to sustain the restaurants, cafes, shops, service stations, florists and other local services that we all enjoy and love.  

“With tourism being such an important industry in the Macedon Ranges, community input is essential to help us deliver a blueprint for tourism that aligns with what our community wants. 

“It will also help us to identify those affiliated with tourism in the shire that we can partner with so the strategies and actions can be delivered,” she said.  

Have your say 

There are a number of ways you can have your say:  

Comments are invited until 5pm on Monday 14 August 2017.  

For more information, contact our Economic Development & Tourism Department on 5421 9616 or email scaruana@mrsc.vic.gov.au   

Community drop-in sessions and tourism industry think-tank

Tourism industry think-tank

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 6.30pm–8.30pm at Gisborne Administration Centre, 40 Robertson St, Gisborne

This session is specifically for tourism industry stakeholders. RSVP essential. Contact Alexis Owen on 5421 9616 or email ecodevadmin@mrsc.vic.gov.au by Friday 28 July.

Community drop-in session 1

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 6.30pm–8.30pm at Kyneton Town Hall, 129 Mollison St, Kyneton

Community drop-in session 2

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 6.30pm–8.30pm at Romsey Community Hub, 96-100 Main Rd, Romsey 

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