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To the Romsey Community

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Over 898,000 children across Australia and New Zealand won’t receive a gift this Christmas.

Every child deserves to smile this Christmas.

Drop a present into our office and we’ll make sure it gets to a deserving family in our community.

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Ray White Romsey
Ph: 03 54 29 6655
Address: 9/111 Main Street, Romsey 3434

New Mayor for Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Cr Jennifer Anderson is the new Mayor of Macedon Ranges Shire Council for 2016/17.

The West Ward councillor, Jennifer Anderson, who was re-elected for a second term at last month’s council elections, previously served as Mayor of the Macedon Ranges Shire in 2014/15.

At the special meeting, Councillors decided not to appoint a deputy mayor. It is the first time in the shire’s history!!

Congratulations to all.

Check out this webpage for a list of MRS Councillors: http://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/Council_the_Region/About_Council/Councillors_amp_Wards

How Does YOUR Council work?

Find out how Council decisions are made, view the Council meeting schedule and learn about the role of the Mayor and your Councillors.

Check out this MRSC webpage for details: http://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/Council_the_Region/About_Council/How_Council_Works


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Christmas in Romsey 2016
A Romsey Streetscape Project Initiative
(Arts Culture Events-“ACE”- Working Group)

A huge 4 metre welded Christmas tree, complete with silver star on top to be installed on the eastern side of Main Street on the southern side of the Five Mile Creek Bridge and illuminated throughout December. Supported by: Connallys Real Estate Romsey, Bendigo Bank, Romsey Hardware, Romsey Engineering and Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

RRBATA invites the Romsey region community members to decorate the tree with personal Christmas wishes on December 1, 2016.


A collaborative installation from Romsey’s active Community Groups, Sporting Clubs, Schools, Kindergartens and Emergency Services is the vision for our twenty one decorated steel Christmas Trees. Trees will be featured in clusters of 3 between Barry and Palmer Streets and illuminated throughout December.

Supported by: Romsey Hardware and Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

A spirited competition for best decorations and lighting awarding three categories: Best Home, Business and Whole Street. Entrants will be able to have their details listed on a township Christmas Lights Trail Map for whole community viewing. Winners will be announced at the Bendigo Bank Romsey Community Carols evening Saturday December 10, 2016. Supported by: Romsey IGA.

Saturday 10th December 2016, 7pm

This non denominational whole Community Carols by Candlelight evening will be held on Saturday 10th December 2016 partnership with Encourage, St Mary’s Parish, St Paul’s and Romsey Uniting Churches. This picnic event will commence at 7pm (bring a chair and/or picnic blanket) and be held at the Romsey Lions Reserve (Skate Park).

There will be a special appearance from Santa! The Encourage music ensemble will be the “house band”!

PLEASE DO NOT BRING REAL CANDLES. There will be flicker candle/illumination products for sale by GRAAP. Some food and coffee vendors present. Romsey Recreation Centre will be the wet weather contingency venue! Proudly Supported by: Bendigo Bank.

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Romsey Streetscape Project Update
RRBATA has received some VERY promising news regarding the funding application by Macedon Ranges Shire Council (MRSC) to Regional Development Victoria (RDV)to support major elements of the Romsey Streetscape Project Concept Plan. MRSC had previously submitted an “Expression of Interest” to RDV. This has progressed to the next stage with RDV’s request that MRSC now proceed with a formal funding application. RRBATA will collate letters of support from local traders and community groups to support this formal application. In addition to enhancing local amenity for our community, the Romsey Streetscape Project aims to stimulate economic development and tourism in Romsey and therefore support local business. Support of local business enables better support of local community and vice versa!

Meanwhile, RRBATA has also been invited to progress to a formal submission stage in MRSC’s Places for People funding program to support the Historic Building and Site Plaque program (a Lighting and Roads working group initiative). The results of this application will be known sometime soon after 25th November. Success would add to the $2500 grant per year for 3 years recently awarded by Bendigo Bank.

And, of course, the Arts Culture and Events working group has been VERY busy with the Christmas In Romsey 2016 initiative (see below).

The 2016 RRBATA AGM was held on Wednesday 26th October 2016. Election of office bearers was conducted with results as follows:
President – Jenny Stillman
Vice President- Ged McLaughlin
Secretary – unfilled
Treasurer – Wendie McLaughlin
Committee – Greg Powell
Committee – Benny Dyer
Jess Bonano from Macedon Ranges Business Connect was a special guest at the meeting, as was Mr. Peter Newell who conducted the election of office bearers. Jenny Stillman acknowledged the support of Mr. Tim McCarthy with RRBATA’s financial report audit.

The President’s Report for 2016 can be viewed via Romsey Online or Facebook (RRBATA).

Christmas In Romsey 2016
It is all getting rather exciting in Romsey, as Christmas approaches.

The giant “Connallys Real Estate and Bendigo Bank Community Christmas Tree” (see left) is under construction at Romsey Engineering and will be installed, at Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s suggestion, on the eastern side of the Main Road in the vicinity of On Eagles Wings by December 1st.


The smaller “trees” which will form the Main Street Community Group Christmas Tree Installation (see right) have been delivered to community groups for decoration. They will be installed by December 1st in clusters of three at 7 points along the Main Road between Barry and Murphy Streets. A big thank you to Romsey Hardware for its support with the solar lighting for both the big tree and smaller trees.

Planning for the “Bendigo Bank Community Carols by Candlelight” event on Saturday 10th December (from 7pm) is well underway. Come and see the community groups, churches, schools and emergency services have their favourite carols sung! And, rumour has it that Santa will be visiting (perhaps with some help from Romsey CFA!)! Many thanks to Encourage Church for providing musical accompaniment for the carols.

Hopefully, you have entered the “Home and Business Christmas Decoration and Lights Competition.” An independent judging panel will be assessing the entrants in the week after 1st December so as the winners can be announced at the Carols event on 10th December.

FURTHER INFORMATION elsewhere in this edition of the Rag, as well as on Facebook and Romsey Online (www.romsey.org.au).

Romsey Town Pride
DO NOT FORGET – Clean Up Romsey Day will be held next year on Sunday 19th March 2017.
RRBATA’s Town Pride working group is also calling for expressions of interest from Romsey residents who would like to be involved in the Tidiest Street category of the Australian Tidy Towns competition for 2017. This would hopefully be a forerunner for a whole town entry in following years. Please contact Jenny Stillman for further information (jennystillman@optusnet.com.au ph. 0412 349849).

Romsey Online
Don’t forget, ANYONE CAN BE A REPORTER! Whether it is sporting results, photos, reports on events etc, the website is waiting for your “news”. Please ensure a note of consent from people featured in any photographs accompanies your submissions. Remember, the website is only as good as the information fed to it at info@romsey.org.au.

Jenny Stillman
Phone: 012 349849
Email: jennystillman@optusnet.com.au