Industry groups and networks


Council works with a number of industry groups and networks within the Macedon Ranges. Some of these are formal associations with a membership base that you can join, while others are informal networks and industry groups that meet with Council on regular basis.

Industry groups

Business and Tourism Associations (BATA)

Association members are local business stakeholders with an interest in supporting the growth of existing and new businesses, business to business relationships and partnerships in local destination marketing.

Macedon Ranges Accommodation Association (MRAA)

Members service the Macedon Ranges with a wide variety of accommodation properties and endeavour to provide support and encourage education and networking opportunities for accommodation businesses across the shire.

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Macedon Ranges Business Connect (MRBC)

Since its inception in 2010, formerly known as the Macedon Ranges Home Business Network (MRHBN), this not-for-profit group offers support and networking opportunities to all micro and small business types in the Macedon Ranges Shire. 

Members benefit from discounted and free events that inform, educate and motivate as well as connecting with local residents and business operators. For more information, visit Macedon Ranges Business Connect or phone 0421 415 485.

Macedon Ranges Business Networking Group (MRBNG)

The Macedon Ranges Business Networking Group was established in 2015 by a group of local professionals who wanted to strategically grow their businesses and support one another in that shared endeavour.

Members come from a diverse range of service categories, each of them offering something distinctive.  Together they are building a valuable resource for doing business in the Macedon Ranges.

The group meets every Wednesday fortnight from 7:15–8:45am at the Holgate Brewhouse, located at 79 High Street Woodend. 

For more information contact the Macedon Ranges Business Networking Group.

Macedon Ranges Vignerons Association (MRVA)

The Macedon Ranges Vignerons Association represents vignerons from across the Macedon Ranges wine region. Providing support to local vignerons, their priorities are regional marketing and promotions, industry development, innovation, collaboration and forming strategic partnerships.


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Connects tree changers with experienced farmers looking to lend a helping hand and those seeking advice about what's best for their property and its needs.

To connect with local farmers in your area or to arrange an on-site visit email or visit the website 


We work with a range of industry networks who provide support and advice to Council and assist with the implementation of strategy actions.

Daylesford Macedon Tourism (DMT)

Daylesford Macedon Tourism is the peak industry body for tourism in the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region, that works cooperatively with Council via a memorandum of understanding. They are an independent body focusing on the development and growth of the tourism industry, strategic tourism investment and advocacy.

Their role is to provide strategies, guidance and foster a united, engaged and successful industry, and achieve this by working with all key stakeholders to ensure a consistent approach to tourism development and marketing across the region.

Macedon Ranges Agribusiness Forum

The Macedon Ranges Agribusiness Forum was established to implement the five year Agribusiness Plan.

Membership currently consists of representatives from various agricultural industry sectors including viticulture, wool, alpacas, sheep, beef and horticulture. Collectively, the Forum provides a voice for local agribusinesses.  The focus will be on creating a greater awareness of the sector, addressing the challenges that each industry faces and identifying opportunities for growth and further development. 

If you would like to contact one of the Agribusiness Forum members directly download their contact details(PDF, 135KB) or download their contact details(DOCX, 159KB). For more information, contact us on (03) 5421 9616 or

Join the agribusiness forum

We're currently seeking expressions of interest from local businesses to join the Macedon Ranges Agribusiness Forum. Submissions will be accepted until 5pm on Friday 21 September. Find out more. 

Macedon Ranges Employment and Training Network (MRETN)

The network identifies education, training and employment opportunities for residents.  We work with relevant Government departments and agencies to develop and implement innovative solutions.

Members of the network include Local, State and Federal Government representatives, job service organisations, education institutions, Learn Locals (training providers), registered training organisations, disability service providers, community and health organisations, apprenticeship services and businesses. To view the services that each members provides see the Matrix of Network Members (DOCX, 22KB)(DOCX, 20KB).

The network is facilitated by Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network (Central Ranges LLEN) in partnership with Macedon Ranges Shire Council. 

Council has worked in partnership with Central Ranges LLEN, Kyneton Community and Learning Centre and local Neighbourhood Houses to produce a training needs analysis to identify the skills and training needs of local business.  For more information see the Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis(PDF, 707KB).

For more information, contact us on (03) 5421 9616 or

Macedon Ranges Equine Industry Network (REIN)

The Macedon Ranges Equine Industry Network (REIN) was formed to provide a communication pathway between the industry and Council and to promote equine businesses, events and activities. 

Council worked with REIN to create the Macedon Ranges Equine Industry Network Facebook page. The page now has over a thousand likes, and continues to grow.

As part of this work with REIN, we have developed information and workshops to assist horse owners with emergency planning and property preparation. Further, we have developed training for large animal rescue.

REIN has also worked with Council on the Macedon Ranges Equine Centre Feasibility Study, which looked at a range of options for a multi-purpose venue designed to facilitate a number of events concurrently.

For further information contact Leanne Davey on (03) 5421 9617 or 

Real Estate Agents Network (REAN)

This network brings together all Macedon Ranges Real Estate Agents who meet on an as needs basis to be updated by Council on planning and business development matters and to receive information on news specific to their industry.

Tourism Macedon Ranges Inc. (TMR)

Tourism Macedon Ranges (TMR) is an incorporated association who acts as the peak industry body for tourism related matters in the shire. The Committee is made up of 12 members who volunteer their time for the benefit of the industry.
TMR aims to act as a facilitator, focusing efforts on servicing the visitor (delivering on the marketing promise!) and ensuring industry capitalises on all opportunities and is actively addressing the challenges.
TMR works cooperatively with Macedon Ranges Shire Council, via a memorandum of understanding, to implement the Macedon Ranges Tourism Strategy 2011–16. The main objectives being to increase visitation and yield from visitors through industry and professional development, advocacy and representation, product development, and communication. 
To contact one of the Tourism Macedon Ranges members, see TMR member list(DOCX, 39KB) or TMR member list(PDF, 264KB). For more information, contact Economic Development and Tourism on (03) 5421 9616 or