Media Statement: Autumn visitors

Last updated on 28 April 2023

Response attributable to Bernie O’Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer, Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Council wishes to address the concerns and acknowledge the frustrations of residents who have been directly impacted by the unprecedented number of visitors to Honour Avenue and surrounding areas during this year’s autumn period.

Favourable weather conditions, combined with Anzac Day services in the area, resulted in an unexpected amount of visitors to the townships of Macedon and Mt Macedon.

This time of year usually sees an influx of visitors as people come to see the beautiful foliage which makes our region so special. However, on some specific days this year, we had a significantly higher number of visitors than anticipated.

Council would like to reassure residents that previous feedback was taken on board in planning for this year, and that traffic management measures and extra amenities were provided to minimise the impact on residents and safely guide visitors. Council officers did their utmost throughout the period to implement these measures as best possible, given the large number of people.

Council is committed to the ongoing support of residents and will review this year’s management actions, together with partner agencies, as is done each year after the autumn period.