CUT the SILENCE -It’s Time to get MEN Talking !!

A new local campaign to get men talking. CUT the SILENCE:


The Community Event was launched on Monday June 13th 2022 from 1 pm to 5 pm.

This initiative is supported by the Macedon Ranges Suicide Prevention Action Group (MRSPAG), Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health and funded by North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network

Five local barbers are participating: JD’s Hair & Barber Studio Romsey; Joe’s Barber Shop Kyneton; Ace Barber Lancefield; Danny’s Barber Shop Gisborne; Nor’ West Barber Shop Gisborne.

There are videos available – short conversations in a local barber shop with Aussie actor, comedian and local resident Shane Jacobson. Videos include: Stephen Curry, Matt Dick, Jeremy Forbes, Tom Gleeson and Pat Devlin.

Shane Jacobson and Tom Gleeson:

Please scan the code below to access the videos and support

Or go to:

For 24 hour crisis support call: LIFELINE on 13 11 14 or TEXT: 0477 13 11 14





Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association



Newearth Constructions (Romsey) to build a $11.24 million Shared Trails Project

Congratulations to Newearth Constructions (Romsey):

Newearth Constructions

  • Exciting news for our region – RRBATA member business Newearth Constructions has been awarded the design and construct contract for the Macedon Ranges Shared Trails Project.
  • Newearth Constructions is a family-owned business based in Romsey with local employees and suppliers who have been delivering projects across the Macedon Ranges since 1927. They are strongly committed to creating careers in the civil construction industry in the region, particularly amongst youth.
  • The $11.24 million Shared Trails Project will deliver a 24-kilometre trail for walking, running, low-volume cycling, and commuting all the way from Woodend to Riddells Creek—linking rural landscapes, towns and heritage places.
  • Construction of the trail is taking place in stages and is expected to take two years, with completion scheduled for mid-2024.

Christmas Celebrations – Main Street Romsey Saturday 11th Dec 2021

The Romsey locals and visitors to the town enjoyed a sunny afternoon and pleasant evening for the Christmas Celebrations on Main Street Romsey.

Photos of the street and the Mechanics  Hall as well as the winner of the Romsey Lancefield Rotary Inc and RRBATA Inc raffle to support 2022 Carols in the Park next year.

Winner was Evija from Romsey. Thank you to Andrea Moore from Power Audio who drew the winning ticket on our behalf.









Thank you to all volunteers (especially Shane Pettingill, and Vicki Pettingill) and RRBATA members President Jenny Stillman, Ged McLaughlin (Vice President), Ken Allender (Treasurer), Hannah Sutton (Facebook guru), Wendie McLaughlin, and Dr Greg Powell

Special thanks to the Rotarians for arranging the raffle over two nights to support the 2022 Carols in the Park that have been cancelled over the past two years due to covid-19. Three hundred and seventy-five (375) tickets were sold at $1 each. Thank you to the generous donations of all locals who purchased tickets.

From left: Anne Collins (PP), Diane Powell (PP), Shane Pettingill (PP), Vicki Pettingill, Dr Greg Powell (PP) and Peter O’Rourke (Secretary and Past President).





















































Christmas Celebrations – Main Street Romsey Friday 10th Dec 2021

Hundreds of locals tolerated the cold, windy conditions to come and celebrate Christmas in Romsey.

Singers (Gabriel Macura and friends music performance), food vans (with coffee, donuts, fish and chips, calamari, etc), local produce, arts and crafts, plants, candles, clothing and Christmas decorations were available for those braving these icy conditions.

As night fell the illuminations of St Marys Catholic Church, The Romsey Hub, The Mechanics Institute, the Romsey Fountain and the old National Bank came to life with array of coloured lights and moving images.

The Romsey Lancefield Rotary Club Inc in association with RRBATA sold raffle tickets ($1 each) for a Christmas hamper of goodies and DV cider ( also provided four cans of their gin to the basket.

ALL proceeds go to supporting the Christmas Carols in the Park (Romsey) for 2022.

Tickets go on sale again on Saturday and the draw is at 8 pm. Winner will be contacted by phone.

See everyone again tonight (Saturday 11th Dec 2021) for Christmas in Romsey

Here are some of the highlights:

















Peoples Choice Poll – Christmas in Romsey Lights & Decorations Competition

🎄🎄Peoples Choice Poll – Christmas in Romsey Lights & Decorations Competition 🎄🎄

Click on the link below to place your vote for the “Best Decorated Business” and “Best Main Street Tree”.

If you haven’t had a chance to walk around and see all the displays/trees yet, don’t panic!  There will be plenty of time over the weekend while the festivities are on.  Last call for votes will be on Sunday 12th December and the winners announced next week.

**Please note – the Residential Lights Competition will be judged by a separate independent panel of judges 👩‍⚖️

Click on the below link to cast your vote, please just one vote per person 🙏

Congratulations to Macedon Ranges Produce Business Excellence Awards 2021

The Josh’s Rainbow Eggs Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards 2021 saw the MACEDON RANGES PRODUCE that partnered with over 40 local producers providing produce to Macedon Ranges locals since 2020.

Macedon Ranges Produce have actively supported farmers and growers that use ethical and sustainable practices (that include regeneratively farmed meat). Produce is delivered to your door (farm to table).

All produce offered by Macedon Ranges Produce has contributed to the improvement of the environment through changes to the thinking of how food is consumed and providing the local community within the Macedon Ranges Shire a new perspective around the principles of social, environmental and sustainable practices .

Macedon Ranges Produce is a member of RRBATA and we congratulate Ted Tolfree and Shey Newitt on this prestigious award.


Interactive map for the Lights and Decorations Competition-Romsey


The interactive map for the Lights and Decorations Competition link is below:

In addition, there is a pdf version (below). Paper copies will also be available.

  • Christmas In Romsey 2021 supported by Romsey and Lancefield Community Bank branches of the Bendigo Bank
  • The Lights and Decorations competition also supported by Romsey IGA
  • Vote for your favourite home and business decorations by –
  • Many thanks to Anne for the wonderful interactive and printed Competition map
  • Lights and Decorations Competition displays are to be completed by Sunday 5th December at 5pm.
  • Judging will take place from Sunday 5th until Friday 10th December; please ensure your Lights are on over this period at least until 11pm.
  • Online Map available on the RRBATA Website. Paper maps will be available next week.


Download (PDF, 919KB)

Romsey Mens Shed Inc. Open Air Garage Sale.

The Romsey Men’s Shed Inc.

is holding its

Open Air Garage Sale.

Date: Saturday 4th Dec 2021

Time: 8 am to 4 pm

Venue: Romsey Park Reserve

Address: 47 Barry Street Romsey.

What’s On Offer and Display:

Classic Car Display, a Coffee Van, Sausage Sizzle and a huge range of items on sale.
Power tools and equipment
Hand tools and Shed Bric-a-Brac
Shed made items including Calendar Holders, Book & Photo Holders
A 6X4 Trailer is also for Sale

Contact: (Secretary- Eric Foster)

Phone: 0418 338 319


Localising Romsey Lancefield and Surrounds – New App for Businesses

Dear RRBATA Members.

How people search for businesses is changing. We all want it to be quick and easy to find what we need and how businesses attract customers is also changing.

We see the daily conversations on local community social media pages, ‘Can anyone recommend a painter?’ ‘Does anyone know where I can buy a birthday cake?‘I need a plumber’

Wouldn’t it be great to have a platform where businesses could advertise in one central place, and be readily accessible to locals and visitors coming into the region?

Welcome to ‘Localising Romsey Lancefield & Surrounds’, a business directory app initiative from local business App Style Digital and supported by RRBATA.

  • ‘Localising’ is designed for the community as the place to find what is available, including trades, hair salons, bakeries, wineries, cafes, real estate agents, childcare, sporting clubs and much more.
  • Localising’ makes it easy for businesses to list themselves, including Business Name, Contact Details, Location and a brief description of what their business does, all while segmenting into business categories, making navigation easy for users.

Going digital helps increase the lifespan of your advertising, while getting in front of your customers and new customers 24/7. Unlike a paper advertisement when once printed the shelf life is very small and can be out of date quickly. There is also the reduction on the environmental impact with the reduction of paper advertising, once out of date it ends up in the bin or wood fire.

Digital options allow you to keep them current and at a much more affordable price compared to more traditional ways of promoting your business.

One new customer could help cover the cost of listing your business!

To learn more about how you can list your business on ‘Localising Romsey Lancefield & Surrounds’ please see attached flyer and/or contact Craig on 0476134389 or email

The Mobile App Business Directory

Kind regards

Jenny Stillman (President RRBATA)




(on behalf of RRBATA Committee)

Romsey Neighbourhood House GIFT SHOP

Mental Health Week – Online Information sessions: this one -14th Oct 10:30 am

Mental Health Month and this week – Mental Health Week. We are running two online informal half hour information sessions I am hosting this week about Mental Health Care Plans to celebrate Mental Health Week.

The aim is to educate and explain the basics (as this is my most common conversation with those who connect with MHH once referred). It will lightly cover: How to get a mental health care plan to support individual mental health.

What they may discuss during their GP session. What information they need to know about (in person session and telehealth), if they have a preferred provider having these details with them. How many sessions can be rebated by Medicare per annum.

Abbey Brown

MHH I Founder

T I 0413 448 748



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 (

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.


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

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 Towner
Macedon Ranges Accommodation Association
Supporting accommodation providers since 2002

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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


RRBATA DINNER Glen Erin at Lancefield

The Annual RRBATA dinner is being held again at Glen Erin at Lancefield celebrating creativity proudly supported by Bendigo Bank.

Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association (RRBATA) is delighted to announce that international chef and now icecream entrepreneur Andrea (Dre) Reiss will be guest speaker at this event. After commencing her training in Melbourne, Dre has worked in London (The Green Room Mayfair and The Lanesborough St Regis Hotel) and Paris, having been head-hunted by the Michelin-starred Taillevant Restaurant. She returned to Australia and founded Chez Dre and Bibelot in South Melbourne. Her focus is now on icecream and (as a Macedon Ranges resident), has founded the Woodend Ice Cream Co. and Gisborne Ice Cream Co. (along with the Footscray Ice Cream Co.). Dre’s story is an amazing one which will inspire on many levels!

Date: Thursday 15th July 2021

Cost: RRBATA members: $60 Non-Members: $68

Time: 7 pm


And let’s not forget the restorative experience of being entertained by performer Gabriel Macura.

Bookings are essential:

A two course meal will be served and drinks at bar prices (cash only on the night).