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Hi there,
Welcome to our latest eNews for businesses in the Macedon Ranges.

As an eventful year comes to a close, it is time to reflect on the year that was, and look toward a new year of opportunities and business recovery.


We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

What’s in this issue
Go Local First

To encourage residents and business owners to support local business, Council participated in the nationwide Go Local First campaign.


It has been very successful in highlighting the amazing array of businesses in our shire. We want to say a great big thank you to all of the participants in the Go Local First campaign over the last few months and to everyone that has supported our wonderful business community. 


Through social media, flyers, posters, window and footpath decals, we have spread the message far and wide that going local is the first and best option to keep our businesses open and thriving wherever possible.


Having completed phases one and two of the social media campaign, phase three, with a Go Local First Christmas shopping focus will be hitting Facebook and Instagram soon.


So keep your eyes open for the upcoming videos and get some great ideas for your Christmas shopping right on your doorstep.

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A message from our team

This year has been a year full of challenges, but the innovative solutions we have seen are a testament to the resilience of the businesses in the Macedon Ranges.

Our team has been working with our partners to provide online training, assisting businesses to transition to new ways of operating, and encouraging more people to Go Local First.

We have continued to support tourism by encouraging visitors to stay connected and research, visit when restrictions allow and to follow the rules.

On behalf of the whole team, we wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and look forward to continuing to support you in 2021.


Stephen Pykett
Manager Community and Economic Development, Arts and Events

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Outdoor dining expansion

Following the State Government announcement supporting for the temporary expansion of outdoor dining in the Covid-19 context, Council developed a fast track process to undertake assessments and approve requests.

Food and beverage businesses across the shire responded to this opportunity with creativity and speed. As a consequence over 48 new footpath trading permits have been approved in the past two months with a number of other more complex ideas/scenarios being worked through.

Any business looking at options to temporarily expand their outdoor dining offer should contact Council’s Local Laws team with a brief outline of what you want to achieve.

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Looking to take your business digital?

The Victorian Government’s Small Business Digital Adaptation Program will allow eligible businesses to trial and then receive access to digital products, tools and training to build digital capability in their day-to-day operations.


Products currently available to businesses through this program include website, e-commerce, finance and digital business management tools.


Registrations will remain open until funds are exhausted or 11.59pm on 28 February, whichever is the later. Spaces are limited.

Find out more →
Building resilience in your business

Every business faces exposure to risk – be it natural, man-made or illness, such as the current COVID-19 crisis.


This three-and-a-half-hour workshop, Building Resilience: How to Manage Business Challenges, will show you how to put in place a practical plan to follow in the event of a threat to your business and hints to get you through the current situation.

The free Zoom workshop will be held on Tuesday 15 December, 5pm-8.30pm.

Register now →
Are you receiving our Tourism newsletters?

Subscribe to the visitmacedonranges.com.au tourism industry updates for news relating to the implementation of our Visitor Economy Action Plan, promotional opportunities, tourism campaigns and more.

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Cool Changes 3442

Do you own or operate a business in or around Woodend?

See how you can be part of the Woodend Region Climate Change Action Plan, developed over the past few months by members of your community.


Your feedback is welcome until 15 December 2020, and your ongoing contribution to local sustainability is valued into the future.

See action plan →
Business feature: Macedon Ranges Produce

The best local produce from our farmers to your table. Macedon Ranges Produce brings the best of the region, and the season, delivered to your door every week.


We stock a rotating selection of in-season produce, flowers, fruit, wine, meat, bakery, desserts and more. Order online today. Delivered free on Wednesday or Friday.

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Business feature: Macedon Ranges Insurance

Your local insurance broker Kate Fairley has recently launched her own business, Macedon Ranges Insurance!

As we head into peak bushfire season now is the time to review your insurance policies to ensure they will protect you when it matters most. Contact us today to find out just how easy insurance can be.

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eNews local business features

All business features in the eNews are compiled using text and images provided by the business and are not in any way an endorsement of the service.


If you would you like your business featured in our eNews let us know by sending a 50 word summary of your business, including your contact details and an accompanying image/logo.

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