Boost for tourism in Macedon Ranges


Close to $200,000 will go towards making the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region even more of a beauty and wellness hotspot.

Three planning projects will share in $195,000 of regional tourism infrastructure funding with the aim to increase visitor numbers, create jobs and drive economic growth across both regions.

The state government has allocated $90,000 for a mineral springs feasibility master plan, $55,000 towards a feasibility study for hosting opera events on Lake Daylesford and $50,000 to explore building a new health and wellness retreat.

The Daylesford and Macedon Ranges Tourism Board welcomed the funding allocation on social media.

“This is a very positive step forward for our local tourism industry,” the post said.

“Whilst these are focused mainly on the western side of the region we know there are others in the pipeline in the east which we believe will be announced before the end of the year.”

Agriculture and Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford said the initiatives were part of a broader suite of 26 planning projects which invest in growing the visitor economy across regional Victoria.

“We’re accelerating the delivery of investment ready, high impact tourism projects in the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region to help bring more tourists to the area, create local jobs and boost our regional economy,” Ms Pulford said.

Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas said improving critical visitor infrastructure would also help preserve the state’s iconic natural assets. “Our Macedon region has so much to offer and is rich with natural beauty,” Ms Thomas said. “We will make sure everyone has the opportunity to experience the best of everything.”