NEW Green Garden Recycle Service

NEW Green Garden Recycle Service

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is providing a new green garden bin collection service to 8,700 residential properties in the shire.

Currently only 35% of material collected in the shire is recycled, and an estimated further 20 to 30% could be diverted for recycling purposes. Garden organics can be recycled as mulch or other green products, which enhance biodiversity and reduce water use.

“Green waste is the single highest recyclable product found in our domestic garbage stream,” said Mayor Henry McLaughlin. “This creates unnecessary greenhouse gas, as it doesn’t have the oxygen to decompose as nature intended. So, every recyclable green item put in one of our green bins is one less piece of waste going to landfill.”

Throughout September, a new 240 litre green garden bin and information kit will be delivered to 8,700 residential properties across the shire. This bin can be used to recycle garden organics such as twigs and grass clippings from 1 October.  If you are one of the properties to receive a green bin, you can put it out each fortnight on your usual collection day, on the alternate week to your recycling bin.

The fee for this service is $1 per week, and is paid as part of your rates notice. Full details will be provided in the information kit that will be delivered with each bin. If you would like your own green garden bin but do not receive one by the end of September, contact Council on 5422 0333 to see if you are eligible.

FREE Green Drop at Transfer Stations

As part of its commitment to recycling green garden material, from 1 October Council is also introducing a Free Green Drop at all Council Transfer Stations to help people recycle larger garden items. This service will cover large branches and thicker prunings that can be turned into wood chips.



This Saturday  Romsey has 5 Junior Tennis teams in the semi finals, playing at various clubs in the Macedon Ranges.  This is a fantastic effort by all the players and their families.


Romsey Footbal U16 Team GRAND FINAL this Sunday 28th August 2011

The Under 16s are playing in the grand final this sunday 28th august 2011 at Romsey Football ground at 2.30pm, opponents are Woodend. 

Some of the kids in this team it will be their last game for the Redbacks Juniors Football Club.

Two weeks ago when Matt Davidson (Romsey full forward) kicked his 100th Goal for the season. It was also Sponsors Day.

 Romsey U16 after an exhausting game to get into the Grand Final

 Jake Lever and Nathan Blair (Captains) after the game that they won to get into the Grand Fnal.


RSL Spirit of Anzac Award Night Winner Matthew Doherty

On Wednesday evening (24th August) the RSL presented their Spirit of Anzac Award at the Romsey Community Hub. Wayne Smith (former RSL sub-branch secretary donated the bronze statue).

Nominations included: Michael Richardson, Heldi Carroll, Alan Lever, Russell Neyland, Romsey RRBATA, Sally Potts, Brodie Murphy, Dr Greg Powell and Melinda Skinner.

The winner was Matthew Doherty, a Year 6 student from Romsey Primary School, for his contribution to fundraising for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Matthew Doherty 'Spirit of Anzac Award' winner 2011

(Photo by Bill West: Kilmore Free Press)

Matthew received a cheque for $150, a bronze statue (to be retained in the Romsey Hub) and a medallion.

It is pleasing to see that their are young members of our community with such Spirit. Throughout Australia there are over 600,000 volunteers working hard in communities like Lancefield and Romsey.

Special thanks to the Romsey Lancefield RSL Sub branch for this Community Award and to Mayor Cr McLaughlin, Cr Joan Donovan, Cr Joe Morabito for their support on the night.


RRBATA Business Breakfast was held at Soltan Pepper Restaurant (Romsey) on 5th August 2011

Special thank you to Adam and Melanie Soltan and staff (SOLTAN PEPPER) for the provision of their restaurant for this breakfast meeting.


 RRBATA Secretary Jo Hagan and Ged McLaughlin listening to the guest speaker Lynne Champion

RRBATA members having their morning coffee before the breakfast commences

RRBATA Ged McLaughlin, Wendie McLaughlin (Treasurer) and President Jenny Stillman welcoming RRBATA members to the breakfast

Lynne Champion drawing the Raffle with RRBATA President Jenny Stillman

RRBATA Secretary Jo Hagan thanking guest speakers



Lynne owned and ran Excessories stores in America working 7 days a week and up to 20 hours per day before bringing the concept to Australia where she has opened 6 stores in Victoria. She is the owner and designer of a newly launched range of clothing under her “Excessories” label.
Lynne has been a runner up in the USA MasterChef TV cooking show. She has established, built and been ‘chef’ of her own restaurant and bed and breakfast business.
Lynne has owned and raced a Mitsubishi EVO 8 in the Australian Performance category and has also owned and raced a Porsche.

Patrick Quigley


Patrick is an English born Financial Planner who came to Australia after meeting his wife around 8 years ago. He chose carefully when he selected Romsey to set up his family and his life. Patrick will talk to us about that journey and share insights into his life in Romsey and give us some tips and advice on what we can do in business and finance to get ahead.

GRAAP Minutes from Public Meeting (16th May) Concerning Old Romsey School site

A Public Meeting was held on 16 May 2011 @ 7.30pm at the Romsey Community Hub. Approximately 60 people were in attendance including Mayor Henry McLaughlin and Councillor Joe Morabito.


Please find attached edited Minutes of this meeting