Have your Say on the draft Economic Development Strategy for the Macedon Ranges

This is your opportunity to have a look at the DRAFT Economic Development Strategy 2021-2031 which will be the (very important) reference roadmap for Economic Development in the Macedon Ranges for the next 10 years!!

Yes – it is long (42 pages!) BUT there are lots of pictures and graphics in between the important text relating to priority areas so it is not as onerous as it may seem at first glance.

Even feedback as simple as “I support the draft document” (or not!) is valuable to Council.

RRBATA’s committee will be preparing a submission so feel free to contact us if you would like us to include any particular comments.

Otherwise, you can provide independent feedback via Council’s Have Your Say page:

Have your say on the draft Economic Development Strategy – Macedon Ranges Shire Council (mrsc.vic.gov.au)

This is your chance to provide input that could impact your business and our region’s amenity moving forward so please take advantage of it if you can. The deadline is 9th AUGUST.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries about this.

Kind regards,

Jenny Stillman
President (RRBATA)

 

 

 

Ph. 0411 700464

Macedon Ranges Accommodation Association-A Digital Health Check for Local Businesses

The Macedon Ranges Accommodation Association (MRAA) has received a grant from Macedon Ranges Shire Council to run a Digital Health Check Program to support the accommodation, hospitality, tourism and retail sectors of the visitor economy in the Macedon Ranges.

We’d like to offer your members the opportunity to secure one of the limited places before the program opens to the broader visitor economy in 24 hours.  Please find below information.  All you need to do is take 5 minutes to fill out the registration form.  Successful applicants will receive their own comprehensive confidential digital health check, with specific recommendations for their business.  Please feel free to share this with businesses who you feel will benefit.  Places are limited so sign up now.

Overview

We all rely on being online for our business success.  How customers find, view and interact with our businesses online directly impacts the sales we receive.  This program provides you with an expert review of your business’s online presence, compared with best practice, and provides recommendations to improve your online presence and sales.

What is a Digital Health Check?

A Digital Health Check is a detailed assessment of YOUR business’s online presence, checking every aspect of your Website, Google My Business, Socials, and Trip Advisor listings.  You will receive a CONFIDENTIAL detailed report that will explain IN PLAIN ENGLISH what is industry best practice, where you stand in comparison, and what you can do to improve.

The MRAA has partnered with award-winning online learning platform Tourism Tribe to deliver this program.  Details on the Digital Health Check can be found here.

Liz Ward, CEO of Tourism Tribe, was guest speaker at our recent MRAA meeting and provided valuable insights into COVID Consumer Trends and explained the Digital Health Check.  If you would like to receive a link to her presentation email me at president@macedonranges.org.au.

Who Should Sign Up?

 

If you have a business and are online you should sign up.  This program is open to small and large accommodation, hospitality, tourism and retail businesses servicing the visitor economy in the Macedon Ranges.  It is for people who want to improve their business, increase their sales, and increase their know-how.  If you would like to discuss if this program is right for you please feel free to give me a call on 5426 1762.

Thanks to the generous support of the Macedon Ranges Shire Council your Health Check is available for just $50 (usually $275.00).  The MRAA will invoice you after registration.

One FREE Digital Bizkeeper 101 Course to a lucky Participant

In additional to the Digital Health Check Program the MRAA is offering one FREE Digital Bizkeeper 101 Course to a lucky participant.  This interactive online course is for businesses who do not have a digital expert in house but who need to transform from a small business to a smart business.  This course is valued at $220.00.  CLICK HERE to find out more.

 

How to Sign Up?

We are offering you an exclusive 24 hour signup period after which the program will open to the whole visitor economy in the Macedon Ranges. There are only 25 spots available and over 1000 businesses so we recommend you sign up now to secure a spot.

To sign up simply CLICK HERE and fill out relevant sections of the online form (if you are a retail business select “tourism services” as your industry sector).  If there is anything you don’t understand, or you need any help to complete the form, just let us know and we will have someone available to guide you through.

Project Timing

You will be advised if your application has been successful by Monday 9th August.  Health checks will be conducted in August and delivered to you via email by Friday 27th August.

The MRAA is proud to be able support you and the visitor economy in the Macedon Ranges with this program and we hope you will find it as beneficial as those of us who have been lucky enough to benefit from it already.

Thanks and regards

Andrew

 

 

 

Andrew Towner
President
Macedon Ranges Accommodation Association
Supporting accommodation providers since 2002

e : president@macedonranges.org.au
w : macedonranges.org.au
p : 03 5426 1762
m : 0414 454927

Registered Association A0042343Z

Annual Winter Lunch and General Meeting – The Romsey and Lancefield Districts Historical Society

DUE TO CURRENT LOCKDOWN (in Victoria). This event has been cancelled until a later date.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

The Romsey and Lancefield Districts Historical Society will be holding their Annual Winter Lunch and General meeting with guest speaker Beth Child (Actor, Director, Teacher) who will talk about  – ‘Clothing and Costume over the Centuries – how to read them.’

A hearty lunch will be provided.

Date: Tuesday 20th July 2021

Cost: $15 per person (includes a hearty lunch)

Venue: Lancefield Court House (Main Road, Lancefield)

Time: 12 to 2 pm

 

Lancefield and Districts Historical Society – Peter Sanders (Artist) Burke & Wills

Local artist Peter Sanders, will give an illustrated talk about Burke & Wills and their ill-fated journey through Victoria. As you may be aware, the Expedition Party stopped in Lancefield on the evening of 23 August and in Baynton on 24 August 1860. We will learn more about their trip, almost 161 years later, when we hear Peter talk about his exploration of every campsite made by Burke & Wills, and see his paintings commemorating their trip.

Date: Sunday 20th June 2021.

Time: 2 pm to 4 pm

Venue: Lancefield Mechanics’ Institute Annexe – 3435 High Street Lancefield

The cost of the afternoon event is $25.00 per head which includes refreshments (food and wine/beer/soft drink) as well as this fascinating talk.

For catering purposes, please RSVP to Fay Woodhouse on 0427 042 753 or Shirley Kishere on 0402 248 540 by Friday 18 June.

Dr. Fay Woodhouse

Talking History Co-ordinator

Romsey & Lancefield Districts Historical Society Inc.

ROMSEY PROGRESSIVE DINNER – POETRY in MOTION

Romsey Progressive Dinner – Poetry In Motion event Saturday 24 April 2021 at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Do you like a bit of variety in your life?

In celebrating the Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival we’re bringing the Progressive Dinner back and adding a twist: 

Three delicious courses in three renowned restaurants but.., the order of restaurants is a secret!

Experience the very best of Romsey during an evening of stunning cuisine, music and local artisans as we celebrate the Autumn Festival in the beautiful Macedon Ranges. 

Our theme is ‘Poetry In Motion’ so you will be treated to a different style of poetry performance during each course.

Between courses you will meet local creative artists and have the opportunity to purchase their work, all to the sounds of talented local musicians busking on the street.

Join us for an Autumn night to remember!

COST (per person): $88.00

For bookings go to: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=736145&

FAQ’S

Where do I park?

Main Street Romsey and immediate vicinity cross streets  (Stawell Street, Murphy Street). Rear of Mechanics’ Institute (122 Main Street – access via William Street)

Can I buy an extra ticket on the night?

No. Unfortunately our restaurants need to cater in advance so please make sure that you purchase your ticket in advance.

Can my children come?

This is an Adult Only Event so please leave the fabulous little ones behind… you deserve a break :).

What if I have dietary requirements?

Please fill out the dietary requirement section at the time of booking. This will then be passed on to all our chefs. If you have a very specific requirement, you may need to send us a special request prior to booking. We will respond as quickly as possible as to whether we can accommodate your request. (Please understand if, due to the very specific logistics of a progressive dinner format, we are unable to fulfill your request.)

Are drinks included?

No, but you can buy any drinks you like at bar prices.

Why can’t I know the order of restaurants?

That’s the fun part of the night… and we don’t want to spoil the fun.

I missed out! Will the event run again?

We are planning 2022 already! Stay tuned…

I booked with 7 other people on the same booking. Will we sit together?

We will do our very best to sit guests together when they were booked on the same booking.

Can I add an extra guest to my previous booking?

You can make a new booking and we will try to include them in your group however we can’t guarantee that we will be able to do so. However, it’s about having fun and meeting new friends so we hope you’ll all enjoy the night regardless!

What is the maximum number of guests I can book on my single booking?

8 guests.

What is the total number of guests in each group?

50

How many tickets are being sold in total?

150

What time does the event run?

Arrival from 6:30pm, dinner is 7-10pm with the event ending at around 10:30pm.

If COVID regulations suddenly reduce patron numbers indoors, what will happen?

COVID 19 has made the events world grind to an almost complete halt. The only way forward is to have strong contingencies. We are focused on providing a great event whatever happens. Therefore we will still go ahead with a takeaway food contingency.

What if I am showing COVID symptoms and have to self isolate?

Firstly, we’d really miss you and hope you get better soon. Then we’d encourage you to pass on the ticket to a family member or friend once you let us know. Finally we will of course give you a full refund if required.

Just let us know as soon as you can.

CONTACT: President Jenny Stillman (RRBATA)

jennystillman@optusnet.com.au

Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival: 27th March – 26th April 2021

Be a part of the inaugural Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival and shine the spotlight on all that is great about the Macedon Ranges during its premier season.

An initiative of the Macedon Ranges Visitor Economy Strategy, the Autumn Festival will showcase local producers and businesses, and encourage community and visitors alike to engage in the diversity of experiences to be had across the shire.


Events and promotions are considered an important part of our COVID-19 recovery, as they stimulate the local economy, energise communities and add to the vibrancy of life in the Macedon Ranges.

Local businesses, community groups and locals are encouraged to participate in, and add to, the growing calendar of events and promotions, and help support business recovery following the impacts of COVID-19.

For details go to: https://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/Live-Work/Business-Economy/Support-Services/Events-Festivals/Macedon-Ranges-Autumn-Festival-2021

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Welcome to New Romsey Residents: Romsey Neighbourhood House Hub

Romsey Neighbourhood House is inviting Romsey residents (especially new arrivals) to an information session at the Romsey Hub:
Day: Sunday 18th April 2021
Time: 3 pm to 5 pm.
RSVP: 5429 6724

 

 

Romsey Neighbourhood House (at the Hub) offers a range of courses and activities for all ages, community events and initiatives. It is fast becoming a centre for a multitude of activities, courses and programs for adults, teens and kids with now 90+ activities on offer.

Bendigo Bank Board Members Required

Lancefield & Romsey Community Financial Services Limited is the management company of the Community Bank branches at Lancefield & Romsey. Following the retirement of long standing Board members, the Company is seeking interested residents to apply to join like-minded volunteers in this highly active community organisation.

The Community Bank is a major contributor to the amenity and financial wellbeing of our Romsey and Lancefield communities, and has distributed more than $1.6 million in grants and sponsorships to local groups over the past 19 years. The company is particularly seeking applicants with an understanding of the needs of the Lancefield and Romsey communities together with an appreciation of the impact of technology and online banking on customer engagement.
These roles may be of interest to persons who are either working or retired. Experience in corporate/financial affairs or business management is an advantage but not essential. The ability to invest your time and energy is a key attribute that we’re looking for. Various training options are available for successful candidates.

The positions are voluntary and therefore a strong commitment to community affairs is essential. There is a minimum
commitment of at least 10 hours per month, including a monthly Board meeting and participation in regular Board committees.

Expressions of interest, with a brief resume, should be addressed
to the Company Secretary at PO Box 30, Lancefield, 3435 or emailed to info@lrcfsl.com.au by 31st December 2020.

TBA LAW – CARD CONTEST

TBA LAW (Romsey) Card competition

  1. We’d like the designs to be festive. This can be a photo, drawing, painting or digital design, as long as submissions are your own work.
  2. You can send your design to rhea@tbalaw.com.au in high resolution JPEG or PNG files. Please include your name, age and location. Put ‘Christmas card competition’ in the subject line.
  3. This competition is open to everyone of all ages living in Victoria.
  4. Contestant must like our Facebook page: TBA Law
  5. The closing date for submission of entries is 30th October 2020. The winner will be announced on 06 November 2020.
  6. The winner will receive $200 gift voucher and the runner up will receive art supplies.
  7. The winner’s name will be posted on our social media and on the cards when printed.
  8. Criteria for Judging: Originality- 50%; Creativity and Design- 50%
  9. Entries will be judged by award-winning artist and sculptor Jason Waterhouse. His recent public art commissions include Levelled Crossing, Melton Highway, Brimbank Council and Cottage, Daylesford Lake, Hepburn Shire.

 

Here is the link to our post: https://www.facebook.com/tbalaw/photos/a.844987022212468/3695319697179172/

 

Macedon Ranges Gift Shop – Gift cards to shop locally

The Macedon Ranges Gift Shop

working with local businesses to provide families with gift cards to SHOP LOCALLY

Families register by 11 November 2020 (5 pm) and cards will be issued on 25th November 2020

Contact: christmas@cobaw.org.au

Call: 5421 1666

CHRISTMAS in ROMSEY is COMING !!

Community members are asked to start planning your Christmas decorations and lights and to think about the Main Street Christmas tree decorations you plan to use.

 

Lancefield and District Farmers Market CANCELLED for July

Unfortunately this month’s Lancefield and District Farmer’s Market has been cancelled due to concerns about the Cov-19 pandemic.

If you’re intending to visit any of these producers please WEAR a MASK.

From 11:59pm Wednesday 22 July 2020 if you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire you must wear a face covering when leaving home unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.

A face covering needs to cover both your nose and mouth. It could be a face mask or shield.

Even with a mask, you should keep 1.5 metres distance between you and others.

(Reference: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-coverings-covid-19)

SOME PRODUCERS YOU MIGHT LIKE TO CONTACT

Glen Bros however will be available so that visitors can purchase Lucerne and hay at 117 High Street Lancefield. Phone Ian on 0428 594 044

 

Australian Lamb Bacon of Tooboorac: please contact Toni or Ingrid for details on obtaining Lamb direct from the farmer.

Check out: https://www.facebook.com/aussielambbacon

 

Warialda Belted Galloway Beef at the McIvor Farm Foods new Farm Gate shop.

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

You can order online also: https://www.wbgbeef.com.au/

And: https://openfoodnetwork.org.au/warialda-belted-galloway-beef/shop

You can always email us at: orders@wbgbeef.com.au

 

Stocking Up on VITAL GREENS?

Give Dragi a call 0401 607 240. He has fast turnover.

 

SMALL FARMERS UNITE

Claire and Paul from Good Life Farm Co. new venture to support local farmers. Produce can be ordered direct via website and collected from a dedicated point.

https://www.facebook.com/smallfarmersunited

Also check out the website: http://www.smallfarmersunited.com.au/

Macedon Ranges – Digital Resilience for Small Business workshop

Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association

Dear Romsey Region Business Community Members

Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s Business Support Officer, Alexis Owen, phoned me today ahead of sending the email below. The Economic Development and Tourism Unit is running an online Digital Resilience for Small Business workshop on 12th May (next Tuesday) with a particular focus on adapting to doing business online under the COVID-19 restrictions and improving your business’ social media presence.

No doubt, you are all feeling very busy at present. However, this workshop – free for RRBATA members and $20 for non members- may well equip you with some skills and knowledge to make things a little easier now and in the prolonged economic recovery period lying ahead.

To register, please phone Alexis Owen on 0408 130 176.

Alexis has also drawn attention in the email below to Council’s  Covid-19 Business support, one-stop-shop webpage containing links to the most current information from Council, State and Federal governments and other key agencies. https://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/Live-Work/Healthy-Living/Coronavirus/Business-support-services

Kind regards

Jenny Stillman (President)

On behalf of the RRBATA Committee

Romsey Lancefield Community Support Business Listing

Romsey Region Business and Tourism AssociationOur local businesses are supporting us by staying open. They have adapted so
we can stay at home to stop the spread of covid-19. Let’s show our appreciation by supporting them and shopping locally.

Lancefield and Romsey Community Support is also offering a variety of
services for people in need through this period. This includes support with food
parcels, meals, social contact and linkage to services.
Call the hotline for information and to register: 0491 243 996.

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