Feedback Required about MRSC Concept for Tourism and Marketing

Dear All

RRBATA has received the following note from Council’s Tourism Marketing Officer, Antonia Yendell:

We are looking to discuss the development and implementation of a shire-wide community driven Autumn festival and promotional campaign for April 2021.

Whilst this year maybe small given timings, Covid 19 restrictions and limited overseas visitors, we hope this will become an annual event which will grow and benefit the whole Shire.

As a start, Council would be keen to develop signage for streets, buildings, business window displays and festival street lighting. We also considered an opening event for the season and closing family fun day event. Between, we would hope businesses, retailers, artists and event organisers may like to participate to build up a community program.

We would also like to support other community events to take place and to help guide or curate if needed.

Would you be available to provide some advice please and guidance on whether this would be of interest to the Romsey businesses?

We would be keen to support them to develop or encourage ideas they may already have to bring the Autumn Festival to life to benefit the community.”

Council is keen to explore “points of difference” between each town’s elements in the festival. The elements/activities are designed to have visitor/tourism appeal. Given time constraints, whatever is planned for this year will hopefully be a lower key forerunner to a larger scale event next year. RRBATA is aware that every business type can potentially benefit (directly or indirectly) from increased visitors to our region. The eastern corridor of the Shire is notoriously “light on” for visitor “product” compared to other areas so this could be an opportunity (albeit seasonal) for our particular region to benefit from.

RRBATA committee is very keen to receive your feedback about the concept  and any ideas for this or next year’s festival content (by email to me or phone) by NEXT MONDAY 18th January 2021 please.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

Kind regards

Jenny Stillman

President

Ph. 0411 700 464

Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association

Romsey COMMUNITY Christmas Trees have new HOMES !!

Special thanks to Newnham Earthmoving for agreeing to remove and house the large Romsey Community Christmas Tree

Thanks to inSymmetry who will store all of the Romsey Community Small Christmas trees

Large RRBATA Christmas Tree needs a HOME

The RRBATA Christmas Community Tree needs a home until next year.

Do you have room at your property in Romsey?

Can you help?

Winners of Christmas in Romsey 2020 Lights and Decorations Competition

CONGRATULATIONS to the Christmas in Romsey 2020 Lights and Decorations Competition winners! You will be notified as to how you can receive your prizes. Romsey is bathed in Christmas sparkle and looks amazing! Please get out and see the amazing decorations.

Special mention to Ewing Drive, Dianella Way, White Street and Jinker Way as well as the Autumn Leaves Estate as places to include in your Christmas lights “drive-around”!

Many thanks to Romsey IGA for sponsoring the competition.  And thanks also to Councillors Annette Death and Geoff Neil, and Bendigo Bank’s Leanne and Ellen for doing the judging!

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

Have your say on draft five year event strategy for MRSC

Have your say on draft five year event strategy

Submissions closing on 24 August 2020, 05:00 PM

Events provide a range of economic and tourism benefits for the shire and raise the region’s profile as a great place to live, invest and visit.

The draft Macedon Ranges Events Strategy 2020-25will guide Council’s planning and decision-making to support the success of local events.

Events will also play an important part of revitalising the economy following the pandemic, and the draft strategy will assist Council’s planning to support events throughout the recovery.

We are inviting your ideas about how we can support and plan for all events—from community-organised events to regional tourism events—that are welcoming, healthy, safe and accessible for all.

The draft strategy has been informed by workshops with stakeholders from the events sector and Council staff from across the organisation, and survey feedback from event operators.

The vision of the strategy is for the Macedon Ranges to have a diverse and stimulating calendar of annual events that showcase the region’s brand strengths and make the Macedon Ranges a great place to live and visit.

Please visit the following link for details: https://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/About-Council/News/Have-Your-Say/Have-your-say-on-draft-five-year-event-strategy

Nicole Pietruschka

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 Farmers Market 22nd August at ROMSEY OVAL

The Lancefield Farmers’ Market will move to Romsey Community Sports Oval, at Park Lane Romsey for August 2020. It will occur on the usual date and time, Saturday August 22 from 9am-1pm.

The market is an essential food service and will operate under strict adherence to all State government, Council and Victorian Farmers’ Market Association safety and hygiene guidelines.

We ask shoppers to remember that during the pandemic, this is not a social event, and to limit shopping to one person per household. We ask people to be safe, stay distant, shop for provisions from our local farmers, supporting our local economy, and go home. Above all, be respectful of the need to follow safety guidelines – there will be extra volunteers on hand to help make this happen. (Pool noodles may indeed be visible as we help us all keep our distances)!

The Friends of the Farmers Market and Lancefield Neighbourhood House are extremely grateful to the organisations which have supported the efforts to find an eastern corridor location for the market to run this month. These include, Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association (RRBATA) and the Romsey Neighbourhood House (RNH). It is anticipated this relocation to be an interim measure until COVID restrictions ease sufficiently to allow it to return to its High Street Lancefield venue.

Spokesperson for RRBATA, Jenny Stillman said that RRBATA has always been very supportive of the Lancefield Farmers Market as an economic development and visitor economy asset and was concerned that it might be lost to the eastern corridor of the Macedon Ranges.  “Finding a temporary location for the market allows Romsey and Lancefield to  continue the support of our local producers and their capacity to deliver their wonderful produce to the community”.

We look forward to seeing you at Romsey Oval on Saturday the 22nd. Entry via Park Lane, please follow all signage.

For information of Farmers market COVID procedures please go to

https://www.vfma.org.au/ to which LFM adheres to wholeheartedly.

Press details:

Contact: Lancefield Neighbourhood House 0409 386 875

Residents from STAGE 4 Restricted Areas are not permitted to attend (any of the Macedon Ranges Farmers’ Markets).

Lancefield and Romsey Businesses SURVEY closes this Friday !

The Economic Development and Tourism Unit as Macedon Ranges Shire Council is trying to accurately assess the impact of this incredibly difficult period on the region’s businesses so it can provide appropriate support.

It is running an online survey to receive your input on this. However, the survey closes on 31st July – THIS FRIDAY.

Please take the time to complete it by going to the following link and help Council to help you and your business get to the other side of COVID-19 and its fallout.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/busrecovery

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/

Where to Walk your DOG

According to the Macedon Ranges Council all dogs (within our shire) must now be exercised on leash unless in designated OFF-LEASH areas.

New signage is currently being installed throughout the Shire. Some footpaths will also be stencilled further indicating dog ON-LEASH requirements.

In the absence of signage, an area should always be assumed to be ON-LEASH. Dogs must also be under effective control at all times and should not be left unattended.

Further details can be found at: https://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/Live-Work/Cats-Dogs-Pets/Walking-Dogs-Off-Leash

OFF-LEASH AREAS

Within Romsey township the following are designated OFF-LEASH areas:

Bowkett Close Reserve(PDF, 620KB)  11 Bowkett Close 
Five Mile Creek West(PDF, 620KB)

(off leash between 7.30am-10am, seven days a week)

Five Mile Creek West Riverwalk
Lomandra Reserve(PDF, 620KB) 11a Newnham Drive
Metcalfe Drive Reserve(PDF, 620KB) Metcalfe Drive

 

Within Lancefield township the following are designated OFF-LEASH areas:

James Patrick Way Reserve(PDF, 620KB) 48-70 James Patrick Way
Park Street Road Reserve(PDF, 620KB)

(outside of school hours)

Park Street Road Reserve

 

Within Riddells Creek township the following are designated OFF-LEASH areas:

Rangeview Park(PDF, 491KB) 40-42 Rangeview Drive
Riddells Creek Recreation Reserve(PDF, 491KB)

(when sporting events are not in progress)

26-32 Sutherlands Road

 

 

Macedon Ranges CAT Curfew


From Wednesday 1st July 2020 all CATS must be confined to their property from sunset to sunrise and will be prohibited from our most sensitive environmental areas.

According to the Macedon Ranges local council, cats can be confined in one or more of the following ways:

  • Indoors
  • In a Cat Run or specially designed enclosure
  • Enclosing part of a property (e.g. a verandah)
  • Cat-proofing fence
  • In a shed (well ventilated/insulated).

Why is this important?

Cats can attack wildlife, can be hit by cars, injure other cats, and spread disease.

Cat can prowl, spray, howl and annoy neighbours and their pets (especially during mating season).

Its important to act now before July 1st 2020.

Details about responsible CAT ownership (including helpful advice and resources about confining cats) can be found at: mrsc.vic.gov.au/cats

Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association