Businesses across the Macedon Ranges have changed the way they run in order to keep the community safe under Stage 3 restrictions – including Kyneton-based hospitality business, Colenso.

Colenso was founded by Kathryn Russack a decade ago. Kathryn is well-known across the community and is passionate about using local Macedon Ranges produce to make delicious dishes.

When COVID-19 restrictions came into effect earlier this year, Kathryn Russack and Colenso began working on a plan to ensure they could continue serving great food to the community. Since March, Colenso has been delivering meals to the Macedon Ranges and beyond via their new initiative, 2eatathome.

They have developed a brand-new website and moved their business sales to an e-commerce platform, making it simple for people at home to jump online and order meals to have delivered to their doorstep.

After receiving a $10,000 Business Support Fund grant from the Victorian Government, Colenso bought a refrigerated delivery van – expanding their ability to deliver food to the community safely.

All deliveries are contactless and use reusable transport crates. All packaging is environmentally friendly and fully compostable.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP, is encouraging people in the Macedon Ranges to support local hospitality businesses like Colenso.

Just as everyone has a part to play in stopping the spread of coronavirus, everyone can play a part in helping support the small businesses who support our community.

The Business Support Fund has provided more than $1.3 billion to more than 75,000 small business operators across the state, with a total of $20,000 available for eligible businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire and $15,000 available throughout the rest of Victoria.

The Victorian Government has to date invested more than $10 billion in the coronavirus health response and economic supports for businesses, workers and families.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP

“I’m so pleased that the government’s Business Support Fund has enabled Colenso to purchase a new van. With this new addition to their small business, Colenso are not only able to keep the doors open, but prosper in these challenging circumstances.”

“Choosing a meal subscription through a local business like Colenso not only means you’re supporting the business, but you’re also supporting local jobs and our fantastic local producers.”

Quotes attributable to owner of Colenso, Kathryn Russack

“Now we have our refrigerated van we can continue our service to the Macedon Ranges and beyond. I really didn’t think we would be able to progress like we have.”

“The Business Support Fund grant has secured our future as a small family-run hospitality business”