The Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group emerged from the Woodend Sustainable Living Community (2003-2008). The predecessor organisation was responsible for the development of the Sustainability Hub at the rear of the Neighbourhood House and the lay out of the permaculture garden; including negotiations with the local council and Sustainability Victoria.
The WSLC partnered in the development of the Sustainability Hub and was initially a lessee of the office, store room, function room, under-croft and permaculture garden area. The Shire council (MRSC) and the Woodend Neighbourhood Centre took over these places in 2013. MRSG still manages the permaculture garden at the rear of this building.
In 2008 the committee decided the sustainable community organization should seek influence over a broader cross section of the Macedon Ranges if it was to achieve its vision. As a result the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group was born in August 2008 with a new committee, a new structure, a business plan and a focus on events and practical activities that would seed sustainable living across the shire.
Like minded town – focused groups such as the Transition Town Riddell and the Newham Landcare and Sustainability Group were invited to auspice their activities funding and communications through the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group. The WISEgroup joined MRSG as a dedicated energy focused project team and in 2014 MRSG auspiced the Trentham Sustainability Group. Now, in 2015, we were pleased to welcome the Woodend Bee-Friendly Society.
Since 2007 Movies that Matter have become a permanent fixture on the monthly calendar. There are now also regular food exchanges and vegetarian gatherings.
MRSG continues to have a presence in the community in the local media, at farmers markets and we host events with speakers and link with appropriate sustainability campaigns.
We are financially stable and seeking to invest in new projects which contribute to the sustainability of the region.
We look forward to your active involvement.