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 retains an ongoing lease of the office, store room, function room, undercroft and permaculture garden area.
In 2008 the committee decided a 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 Greening of Riddells and the Newham 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. In 2014 we welcome Trentham sustainability Group and we look forward to partnering them in various initiatives.
Since 2007 Movies that Matter have become a permanent fixture on the monthly calendar. There are now 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.
MRSG members will give talks about sustainability and our activities to community groups, schools and any others who would be interested. Here is a recent thank you letter from the Community Leadership program for Loddon Murray region. Click here Leter of thanks to MRSG461