Mount Alexander Shire has much to offer, from beautiful heritage streetscapes and picturesque townships to stunning natural surroundings, a thriving local economy and a strong and vibrant cultural life. Our elected Councillors provide local governance to a thriving community of more than 18,000 residents, inhabiting an area of 1,529 square kilometres, divided into five wards.
Environment & Sustainability
Mirawara is about enhancing cultural and environmental awareness through participation in nature based activities. Mirawara’s vision is to help our community connect with each other, creating a better understanding of our cultural diversity and the connection we all have with our natural environment.
A new branch of BirdLife Australia has been formed by an enthusiastic group of bird lovers, who recognise that there is a need for a branch in our amazing region. Our focus is bird watching, bird identification, surveys and advocating for birds and habitat by the collection of meaningful data to support scientific research. Also
Taradale Landcare works with the community to care for the biodiversity and agricultural health of the landscape of Taradale and surrounds. We are getting started again after a few years’ hiatus. We hold meetings, working bees, BBQs, bush walks, property visits and other events. We welcome new faces! Check our website or Facebook page or
The Newstead Community Garden aims: To connect our community through gardening, sustainability and educational activities To generate a culture of sharing, accessibility and sociability To promote water use efficiency To encourage seasonal, healthy eating and local food security The garden has individual plots and communal gardening spaces. It is based on organic/biodynamic and permaculture principles.
The garden will be open to all ages and abilities and will be wheelchair/walker accessible. The location is adjacent to the Community Centre and all are invited to join us as we begin planting in 2018. We would like to provide and maintain healthy biodiversity though creating a sustainable garden. Our goal is to establish
Connecting Country is community-operated not-for-profit organisation working to restore and enhance biodiversity and improve the productive natural environment across the Mount Alexander region in central Victoria. What we do: – Implement on-ground works to increase and enhance native vegetation and habitat through grazing change, revegetation, and pest plant and animal control. – Engage community through
Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG) is the peak sustainability organisation for the Mount Alexander Shire, delivering education, research, advocacy, and endorsement for shire wide sustainability and clean energy initiatives. MASG was established in 2006, by a passionate group of locals who wanted to see coordinated action on climate change and support the Mount Alexander Shire
Do Landcare work around the Langley and Edgecombe area Help landowners with weed , pest animal and any Landcare issued they come across. Helping to enhance our depleted environment and try to educate new land owners to the special needs of the area.
Golden Point Landcare was formed in 1994 and seeks to improve natural resource management in the Forest Creek catchment on both private and public land through promoting natural regeneration of native flora and fauna with on ground works of weed control and revegetation of local indigenous native plants. We work closely with Connecting Country and
Post Office Hill Action Group (POHAG) was formed ten years ago to protect Old Post Office Hill and surrounding area to retain it as open public land, available to the whole community. The Chewton Primary School is virtually surrounded by this reserve of 22.6 hectares. The area is important and interesting environmentally, historically, socially, geographically,
Founded in May 2014, the Hub Foundation Castlemaine Ltd is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It was set up to help reduce CO2 emissions in the region through a range of grassroots community projects. Our largest project to-date is MASH, short for More Australian Solar Homes. MASH is a community solar bulk-buy project which
The Friends work with Parks Victoria to care for Kalimna Park, a 187 hectare bush reserve on the north east boundary of Castlemaine. Home to koalas, echidnas, swamp wallabies and kangaroos and a large range of birds, the Park also is a habitat for the threatened Eltham Copper Butterfly. The Friends care for the park
The main objectives of Maldon Urban Landcare Inc (MULGA) are to care for and restore the natural environment, and secondly to educate the local community about the importance of, and how to care for, the natural environment, in and around Maldon. Most of MULGA’s current activity is working on the Maldon Historic Reserve (land managed
Our working area is on public land within Castlemaine, focused around Forest and Moonlight Creeks. Our website and Facebook page give more details. We hold monthly working bees on the 4th Sunday of the month from February to November, with a shorter working bee and breakup BBQ in December.We notify of location and starting time
We are an avid group of men and women that meet regularly to engage members of the community in all aspects of gardening. We grow a variety of fruit and vegetables to supply ourselves and local families in the community with fresh produce, as well as to engage as many people as possible to benefit
Incorporated in 2013, the Elphinstone Progress Association Inc (EPA) was formed during the process of drawing up the Elphinstone Community Plan. The group meets about five times per year, normally on a Monday night at the Elphinstone Hotel. The EPA has managed at least one grant every year and used them for projects such as
The Tarrangower Cactus Control Group volunteers are called ‘cactus warriors’, and are dedicated to controlling the invasion of Wheel Cactus (Opuntia robusta) around the Maldon-Baringhup-Nuggetty region. We raise awareness about this noxious weed within our communities and educate landowners in control techniques, by holding regular community field days and providing incentives and assistance.
The Repair Cafe is a group of people who meet on the last Sunday of each month at Castlemaine Town Hall (previously Ray Bradfield) , from 10 to 1 to repair broken items for the community – items that may otherwise end up in landfill. Bring along household appliances, sewing, darning, picture frames, small furniture,
Boomerang Bags works to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities in the making of Boomerang Bags – community made, using recycled materials. Boomerang Bags provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags. By getting involved, you are participating in a global movement, celebrating a grassroots initiative focusing on community building
Harcourt Progress Association aims to support initiatives that benefit the Harcourt community. The HPA publishes the Harcourt Core: community newsletter; works to attract funding opportunities; supports the Applefest and conducts the annual Harcourt Easter Egg Hunt. We run an Adopt A Roadside program to improve the town entrance and maintain the newly landscaped Calder Freeway