The Free Press

New Kyneton interactive exhibition highlights Ranges’ biodiversity crisis

THE Macedon Ranges is facing a biodiversity crisis, with many threatened species at risk of extinction, despite more than 376 animal species and 1457 varieties of native plants recorded in the shire. A new interactive...

June 9 storm impact assessments show greater damage than initially reported

TARGETED calls and site assessments have recently confirmed nearly 1000 properties across Macedon Ranges Shire suffered damage from high winds and storms in early June. A Secondary Impact Assessment (SIA) process led by council’s recovery...

Parks Victoria seeks to make parks more accessible

Parks Victoria will continue to connect people with nature and create a more inclusive environment by developing a new disability action plan. Now open for community engagement, Parks Victoria is seeking ideas and feedback on...

Lancefield Agricultural Show cancelled in 2021, but some events to go ahead

LANCEFIELD Agricultural Show has been officially cancelled in 2021 - but parts of the show will go in a different format this year. Lancefield Agricultural Society will still host three key components of the show...

A 166-year-old cottage in Romsey has won a government heritage grant

The Romsey and Lancefield Districts Historical Society has been awarded a State Government grant to help preserve the historic Seymour Cottage in Romsey. Erected on Palmer Street in 1855 from prefabricated parts imported from Singapore...

Regional restaurants remain closed to dine-in despite lockdown lifting

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Many hospitality businesses across the Mitchell and Macedon Ranges shires have decided to remain closed to diners despite the lifting of lockdown in regional Victoria on Friday. Tighter restrictions are in place for...

Prepaid postcards to be delivered to regional households to help keep people connected

FOUR million specially-designed prepaid postcards will be delivered to regional and remote households across Australia, thanks to Australia Post’s continued focus on mental health and keeping people connected. The postcards were designed in collaboration with...

Leadership program opens to Macedon Ranges residents

Applications are now open for the 2022 Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program to inspire and challenge participants while supporting the development of confidence, skills, and a deeper understanding of leadership. Run by LEAD Loddon Murray,...

Macedon Ranges council pursues protection of 147-year-old bridge under threat

Macedon Ranges Shire councillors have voted to pursue a fight to protect five trees and the 147-year-old Bunjil Creek bluestone bridge and channel in Gisborne. The introduced-species trees and bluestone assets are under threat by...

Lancefield author publishes book with sustainability tips for being ‘community sufficient’

The author of a book about how to live sustainably and prepare for the future made an appearance at Red Door Books of Lancefield to sign copies of her new book before lockdown. ‘Future-steading’ is...