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

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.

FREE BUSINESS MENTORING for small businesses

FREE BUSINESS MENTORING for small businesses

2020 has been a bumpy ride for almost every small business owner in Victoria.

Surviving lockdowns, restructuring your workforce, or changing the way your business operates takes its toll.

The Victorian Government supports small business owners by launching the Victorian Government business mentoring Program – fully funded. The Program funds 4 x 2 hours of mentoring to small business and not many business owner are aware of this.

Once a business signs up they get to choose from a number of pre-selected mentors. I’m excited to announce that interpares here in Sunbury is on that list and we’ve partnered with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to deliver the business mentoring program.

At interpares, we solve business problems through communication. Our singular focus is to make our clients stronger. Having us on your side will mean that we can help you to navigate the economic challenges you had in 2020 and face 2021 with a new outlook.

And the best part? It’s completely free! (Government funded.)

Follow the link to Apply Now or contact us for a non-binding conversation.

VCCI – FREE Mentoring for small businesses | interpares

 

Best regards

 

Thorsten Wacker
Owner | interpares
M:  0491155580
E:  thorsten@interpares.com.au
A: PO Box 686 | Sunbury Vic 3429
interpares.com.au

 

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?

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.

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 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

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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Romsey and Lancefield Business Support

Romsey Region Business and Tourism

RRBATA has assisted the Lancefield Romsey Community Support (LRCS) initiative of the two towns’ Neighbourhood Houses to draft a flyer for delivery to all Lancefield and Romsey households which lists businesses with delivery/phone order etc options (see below). This will be of particular assistance to community members who do not have access to social media or are unable to source information online and will hopefully facilitate local patronage of businesses during this social isolation period.

The flyer from LRCS which has been placed on RRBATA Facebook (Romsey Lancefield Business and Living) and on this website – Romsey Online (www.romsey.org.au) to inform businesses of the volunteer pool available to assist with product delivery to customers.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or if RRBATA can be of any support to you.

Jenny Stillman

On behalf of the RRBATA Committee

Ph. 0411 700464

Supporting our local businesses in Romsey and Lancefield

Does your business need help with deliveries to those in isolation?

Volunteers are available to assist your business.

Simply phone or text: 04091 243 996

Customer Contact details required: Name, phone address, along with pick up or drop off time.

Romsey Neighbourhood House – phone 5429 6724

Lancefield Neighbourhood House – phone 5429 1214

 

RRBATA — supporting all local businesses

Romsey Region Business and Tourism

Lancefield Romsey Community Support # Stay Home

This initiative is to support you and the community during the Corona Virus pandemic.

Please visit our Facebook page at: lancefieldandromseycommunitysupport

Other contact points are:

www.lancefield.org.au/lrcs

Phone: 0491 243 996

Keep an eye out for your neighbours – Keep in touch

Community Transport

If you urgently need transport to a medical appointment please phone the Neighbourhood Houses to see if we can support you.

54 291 214 (Lancefield) or 54 296 724 (Romsey)

Volunteering: Ways I can Help:

If you are interested in helping others with:

  • deliveries
  • admin support
  • telephone support and counselling
  • cooking meals
  • friendly check in and outs

Businesses who are Delivering:

Check out this link: Local delivery services

OVER THE PHONE LINKAGES AND COUNSELLING:

1800 Respect (1800 737 732) – Domestic, family violence and sexual assault counselling and referral service

Kids Help Line 1800 55 180 (5 years – 25 years)

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

National Debt Hotline 1800 007 007

National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080

My Aged Care 1800 422 737

Kyneton Caring Community Foodbank 5422 1163

Freedom Care Kilmore 0422 599 735

Local Counsellors (Fees apply):

Helen Shaw 0400 224 174

Bronwyn Lodge 0414 685 755

Amanda Starkic (Grief Counsellor): 0412 557 466

Please phone us for more services you may require: 0491 243 996

Paper flyers are circulating in your letter boxes titled: Lancefield Romsey Community Support