Protecting the Macedon Ranges region

The Victorian Government is committed to protecting the Macedon Ranges region. This region is of state significance due to its strong cultural heritage values, its unique character, and its production of some of the best food and wine in Victoria.

The region also has strong landscape features, water supply resources and attractive tourist destinations such as Hanging Rock.

Macedon Ranges Protection Advisory Committee

An Advisory Committee was announced in November 2015 to provide advice to the Minister for Planning on policy and legislative changes to improve the protection for the region.

As part of its work, the Advisory Committee released an Issues Paper in March 2016, and invited the public to make submissions. Extensive consultation was undertaken with the local community and key stakeholders, and public hearings were held in May 2016.

The Advisory Committee submitted its report to the Minister for Planning in July 2016:

Find out more about the Advisory Committee process.

Next steps

The Minister for Planning has accepted all 12 of the recommendations made by the Advisory Committee, and is now taking steps to implement them.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will work in partnership with the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the Victoria Planning Authority to implement the recommendations. The department will also work closely with traditional landowners (the Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung, and Wurundjeri Peoples) to protect the cultural heritage values of the region.