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The Mount Alexander Shire, home to Castlemaine and Maldon, is fast gaining note as a relaxed and friendly place to live and do business. Situated just 120 kilometres north- west of Melbourne via the Calder highway, the Mount Alexander Shire is an accessible, well-serviced, and future focussed location.

The business centre of the Shire is Castlemaine. Castlemaine first gained notoriety in the 1850’s when it attracted the attention of the world as the richest shallow alluvial goldfield the world has ever seen. Today the town is graced with stunning gardens, gracious buildings, and stately boulevards as a legacy of the earth bound riches of yester year. The mining past has also endowed the town with manufacturing industries that are the envy of other regional centres. Smallgoods manufacturers, foundries, and carpet spinning mills work cheek to jowl with hospitals, prisons, and after market car parts manufacturers. The city of Castlemaine is well serviced by a vigorous retail sector and many wholesalers and artisans have come to call “the ‘maine” home.

A short 15 minute drive away is Maldon. Declared Australia’s “First Notable Town” in 1966 by the National Trust, today Maldon provides a haven for residents and visitors alike. Undoubtedly the best preserved of Victoria’s gold mining towns, Maldon boasts 2km of heritage registered streetscapes, a vintage steam railway, a hospital, aged care facilities, gold mine tours, a plethora of accommodation options, and a vibrant retail centre for a small town.

The other towns and outlying parts of the Mount Alexander also have much to offer. Newstead boasts a famous triumvirate of businesses. Yes it still has a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker. Harcourt is Victoria’s centre for apple production. The fertile soils of the Harcourt Valley produce the finest of fruit, which are speedily dispatched from cool store to market via the Calder Highway. The granitic soils of Harcourt and Sutton Grange also produce fine wines while the surrounding plains allows superb broad acre farming.

Bushland, farm land, gracious buildings, stunning gardens, great schools, art galleries, strong industries, a skilled labour force, transport, towns and cities…..Mount Alexander has it all.

 
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