Cultural Heritage and Landscape Study 1994

The Macedon Ranges Cultural Heritage and Landscape Study was carried out in 1994. 

The study area was the former Shires of Gisborne, Newham, Woodend and Romsey. The study identified 1,051 individually significant places including 23 gardens, documented 256 of these places with citations and recommended 403 places for further research. The study also documented two heritage precincts and listed four for further research. The study was unique for its time and broad in scope, documenting 30 landscape units that are significant in the Macedon Ranges area. The Macedon Ranges Cultural Heritage and Landscape Study was one of the first large-scale studies to identify the special and unique character of the Macedon Ranges area. It ensured the significance of places in Macedon Ranges was identified, but the study is yet to be fully implemented.

It concluded:

The Macedon Ranges area possesses one of Australia's finest collections and concentrations of cultural heritage’ and that the ‘heritage elements collectively in their style, their function, and historical development clearly distinguish the Macedon Ranges as a particular form of cultural heritage not seen elsewhere in Australia’.

The study made a number of important planning recommendations, which have since become part of the Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme. 

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