1995, Gisborne and Mount Macedon Districts Historical Society
invited all Heritage, Historical and Genealogical groups within
the Macedon Ranges Shire to meet with the intention of forming
a Heritage Council to liaise as a single body with Shire Administration
and be a forum for the exchange of ideas.
The first meeting
in Woodend was attended by representatives
of Gisborne Genealogical Group, Kyneton Historical Society,
Friend of Kyneton Museum, Malmsbury Historical Society, Romsey & Lancefield
Historical Society, Woodend Heritage Society and Gisborne &
Mount Macedon Districts Historical Society.
by the Chairman of the State Council of the Royal Historical
Society of Victoria it was agreed that the aim of the Macedon Ranges Heritage Council was to be
a representative body, whilst still retaining the individuality
of representative groups within the Macedon Ranges Shire.
objectives were to foster communication between the Societies,
to provide an avenue for the sharing of ideas and expertise
and to provide a focal point for the Macedon Ranges Shire Council.
Following preliminary discussions with
the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, it was agreed that the
Heritage Council would begin regular meetings, to be
attended by the Shire’s Heritage Adviser and a delegated
Councillor, with a view to discussions on heritage
matters within the Macedon Ranges.
In more recent times the Gisborne
Genealogical Group and the Macedon Ranges Branch of the
National Trust, Victoria have withdrawn from Macedon Ranges Heritage
Council. The Heritage Council continues to meet four or five
times per year with each member Society hosting a meeting on
a rotating basis.