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Formed in January 2020, with the purpose of saving and renovating the Community House, and creating the necessary governance structures needed for its ongoing management, the Committee of Management now meets regularly to discuss new projects and programming.
Below includes our initial revitalisation and renovation project, as well as future projects that we are currently seeking resources to complete. If you'd like to get involved - whether it's to donate or assist with upcoming projects - please don't hesitate to reach out!
Revitalisation and Renovation
The initial work to save and renovate the house was undertaken when the Maternal and Child Health facility closed in 2015. The community formed a working group who were determined to stop the sale of the property (the decision was reversed in March 2019). However, as part of the bid to save the property the group committed to raising $43,500 to contribute to the renovation project. Macedon Ranges Shire Council contributed $161,943, with additional funding of $158,323 provided by the Commonwealth Government.
Early 2020 the group met to discuss the Go Fund Me (GFM) campaign to raise the funds by March. The group met the targets and with the council and state funding, the refurbishment of the building was successfully completed in October 2021.
In August the following year, the committee took over the lease and on 15 November 2022 the community celebrated the official opening of the Macedon and Mount Macedon Community House. The committee acknowledged the local organisations, businesses and individuals who donated to the building renewable project.
Landscape Design & Construction Project (Stage 1)
Hansen Consultancy is undertaking the landscape design of Stage 1 of the Master Plan. The design focuses on spaces including a ‘welcoming’ destination space, indigenous native garden, edible food permaculture garden, sensory garden, drive-way access, water capture, storage and re-use, and an additional external storage area.
Funds will be used to purchase the following materials and equipment for Stage 1, including plants, outdoor park benches x 2, outdoor utility sheds x 2, fixed outdoor table and seating, wicking beds x 3, bike storage racks x 2, water tank, garden irrigation systems, notice boards and a community exchange display unit.
Start-Up Equipment, Furniture & Fittings Project
The M&MMCH Committee secured grants and donations to ensure the Community House is fit for the purposes. The Committee has acquired some of the needed resources but is looking to add to its fit out.
Funds will be used to purchase and install the following, including fly wire screens, TV antenna, double glazing of windows, Arti-tech internal hanging system, external blinds, room divider etc.
Kitchen Renovation Project
The M&MMCH building currently has a small kitchen suitable only for tea and coffee preparation. This project will create a larger robust domestic kitchen that will better cater for larger user groups seeking to prepare and share food.
Funds will be used to purchase and install the following items: oven, hot plates, dishwasher, kitchen exhaust unit, and kitchen cabinets. Funds will also cover the tiling and painting.
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