Romsey Lights and Decorations Competition closes Friday 26th Nov 2021

  • Let’s bring lots of Christmas light and sparkle to Romsey this December!
  • CLOSING DATE for the Lights and Decorations Competition (Home and Business) is FRIDAY 26th NOVEMBER 2021.
  • Entry forms available Bendigo Bank, Romsey IGA, Romsey Community Hub, RRBATA website ( Entry form here: Download the PDF

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Remembrance Day Commemoration Romsey Lancefield RSL 11am

The Romsey Lancefield RSL will conduct a Remembrance Day commemoration service at the Romsey Cenotaph at 11 am Thursday 11th 2021.

The service will be restricted in accordance with current Covid-19 restrictions.

Wreath laying service and the Ode of Remembrance will be included.

All public are welcome to lay a wreath.


At 11am on November the 11th 1918, the guns of Europe, at last, fell silent, and after four years of bitter fighting the Great War was finally over. That date is now observed as Remembrance Day, and this year, let us again pause to honour the courage and sacrifices of all those who have served in our Defence Forces over the years.

For more than a century the RSL has served its members, our nation’s veterans and their families and strongly supported the defence and wellbeing of Australia.

As we pause for one minute’s silence on Remembrance Day, let us acknowledge the service and sacrifice of our veterans and continue to strive for the peace they so bravely fought for.



A group of local residents (both in small business and working remotely for other organisations) got together to think about what small thing could be done do to get people connected, sharing what they need to get their mojo back and generally just having a good time!

With the generous financial support of the Macedon Ranges Council, the ‘Out of Lockdown’ lunch at the Victoria Hotel Woodend will be held on Friday 27th August from 12-2pm.

It is going to be simple.
The $25 entry will cover a yummy pizza and salad lunch from the fab chefs at the Victoria Hotel.

  • There will be conversation.
  • There will be meeting of people.
  • There will be DOOR prizes.
  • And for the first 20 people who get there first, there will be an extra special something for you!

Places ARE SUPER limited. We anticipate that the event will sell out fast as current density limits restrict numbers significantly. There will be a wait list on the Trybooking form as we can double numbers if new limits are announced prior to the event.

You can secure your ticket here :

I look forward to meeting with you on the 27th and PLEASE tag any friends that you think may be keen!

Kate Crawshaw

On behalf of the Out of Lockdown organising committee

PS Any questions? Feel free to contact me on

Romsey Autumn Festival huge success

Sustainability Victoria Small Business Grants

RRBATA members might be interested in Sustainability Victoria’s recently launched Small Business Energy Saver Program, aimed at helping small businesses reduce their energy costs and save greenhouse gas emissions.

Bonuses of up to $2000 are available between now and June 2022 to small businesses in commercial premises to upgrade to more energy-efficient equipment. The program is not available to primary producers in agriculture.

Further information about the program is on Sustainability Victoria’s website, and we have created a range of resources that might be useful to help promote this to businesses.

I would be happy to answer any questions you have about the program, or discuss more broadly how else we can support local businesses to tap into sustainability opportunities to save money on energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Natasha Gayfer

Regional Engagement Lead – Loddon Mallee | Regions & Partnerships
Sustainability Victoria
Ph: 03 8626 8724
Urban Workshop
Level 28, 50 Lonsdale St
Melbourne Vic 3000

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:

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Romsey Antiques Vintage and Collectible Fair – Saturday 20th March 2021

The Romsey Antiques, Vintage and Collectible Fair is on again at the Mechanics Institute Romsey.

Date: 20th March (Saturday) 2021

Time: 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Venue: Mechanics Institute Romsey

Entry Fee: $5.00

Address: 122 Main Street Romsey Vic 3434

ALL STALL ENQUIRIES: please phone Gail on 0416 028 219

The venue is Covid-19 compliant and visitors and stall holders will be required to hand sanitise and use QR code for registration


President Steve Goodman and members of the Romsey Men’s Shed committee are inviting all men 55 years plus as well as younger to become members of this group.

If you want a place to meet friends or make new ones or just relax away from the real world for a spell, or to learn new skills, then join the Romsey Men’s Shed made up of men from all walks of life.

Please email:



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“Romsey: An Historical Guide” by Fay Woodhouse

The Romsey, Lancefield & Districts Historical Society are happy to announce that Romsey: an Historical Guide has just been published and is now available for purchase at $40. The book identifies over fifty buildings and landmarks in Romsey and documents the history of the families behind its many businesses.

Gazetted in 1861, as the township celebrates 160 years in 2021, it is striking that the layout of the town’s business district remains very much as it was when first established. This book is an exploration of the built form and the rich historic fabric of Romsey.


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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 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).

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.

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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Did you know that Parkrun has come to Lancefield?

Over the past few years, the Parkrun phenomenon has grown enormously with free, weekly, 5 km timed runs at 2078 locations around the world. There are 380 locations in Australia – one of these is Lancefield Park. All ages and abilities are welcome to walk, jog or run the 5 km. Dogs on short leads are most welcome as long as they bring their owners. Parkrun is run entirely by volunteers. It starts at 8:00 am each Saturday.

Post-run coffee and chat is at the Aspy in High Street. To register or obtain more information, check out or simply turn up at the start/finish line just inside the front gate.

This is yet another great free “eastern corridor” activity to facilitate health, wellbeing and lifestyle in our region – and just up the road from Romsey! 


Mr. Michael Drapac was RRBATA guest speaker on Thursday 10th October at Glen Erin (Lancefield). Michael is founder and Chairman of Drapac Capital Partners, a highly specialized international property group. He founded the Drapac Cycling Team in 2004 to support the concept of holistic development for young elite athletes. His Romsey thoroughbred property will  breed, raise, race and re-purpose equine athletes for life after racing as well as featuring a stock saddle museum. Michael is passionate about communities being developed which enhance an area for local residents without losing character – a particularly timely discussion with Romsey’s Town Structure Plan is due to be developed over the next 2 to 3 years.

Founder and Chairman of Drapac Capital Partners – Michael Drapac – Guest Speaker

Ken from Bendigo Community Bank talks to the guests about the important role of the bank in supporting such community events like the RRBATA Annual Business Breakfast.

Greg Bland from Romsey Men’s Shed talks to the guests about the develops so far.

Guests take their places after enjoying a welcoming coffee

Members of the community including Councillors, business men and women from Romsey, Kyneton, Gisborne, Lancefield and Riddells Creek chatting prior to the start of the breakfast.


Michael Drapac Biography

Michael Drapac grew up in a social housing area in the northern suburbs of Melbourne with his two brothers.

Michael first left school at 16 years of age to begin his working career as an apprentice electrician.

At 20 years of age, Michael moved in to the racing industry and became a part time penciller which he continued for 18 years.

At 21 years of age Michael began his property career when he bought his first house.

At 27 years of age, Michael returned to school to study yr. 12 and continued to study at university for the next 7 years.

Michael obtained a science degree from the University of Melbourne and undertook Post Grad study in nutrition at Deakin University.

Although Michael has many diverse interests, his life’s work can generally be categorised into four areas:

  1. Medical Science
  • 1983: Co-founded the Allergy Research Org of Australia.
  • 1997-2003: Chair of the advisory board for the post-graduate school of integrative medicine at Swinburne University, whereby he cofounded the world’s first integrative medical hospital
  • 2005-2019: Member of the advisory board for NIIM (National Institute of Integrative Medicine)
  1. Property
    • 1987-2019: Oversaw approx. 130 projects in property.
    • 1989-2006: Completed Project Laurimar, whereby he won 2 national awards for sustainability.
    • 1998-1999: First property signatory in the world for UNPRI
    • 1995-current: Current holder of an AFSL
    • 2009-current: Founder and Chairman of Drapac Capital Partners
    • 2005-2009: Largest owner of land in the Melbourne CBD
    • 2009 – Built Australia’s greenest office building at that time.
    • 2011-current: Moved the Drapac Capital business to the USA. The company has $10billion in the development pipeline, which includes in excess of 10,000 acres of residential land and approximately 15 high-rise development sites.
    • Michael was the first to write in news publications that the USA would recover and suffer from an undersupply of housing.
    • Michael pioneered 40km speed limits in Australia.
  1. Cycling

Michael has been a lifelong supporter and enthusiast of cycling.

  • 2004-current: Owner of a UCI registered team
  • 2016-2018 – Co-owned World Tour cycling team – Cannondale-Drapac/EF-Drapac
  • 2017: Cannondale-Drapac came 2nd in the Tour de France
  • Michael’s team was the first major cycling team to employ a full-time wellbeing director and he has always led the way in holistic development and athlete transition in sport.
  • Michael’s cycling team has produced approximately 50 university graduates to date.
  1. Horses
    • Michael began serious horse riding from the age of 11 and still rides today, up to 3-4 times a week.
    • Michael proudly still states his first love was at 16 he fell in love with his first horse.
    • Michael has advocated and lobbied for 20 years about the ethics and the need to responsibly repurpose thoroughbred horses post-racing career.
    • He currently breeds 6 thoroughbred foals per year
    • Today Michael vigorously advocates for re-purposing of thoroughbred horses, which in his opinion begins from the time of birth.

Other interests and achievements (too numerous to mention)

2003-2010: Director of Fraynework (mission of the mercy nuns)

2008-2019: Board Member of Global Rec

1998-2001: Board Member of Cycle Sport Victoria

2010-2013:  Chairman of the advisory board of the ethics department of Monash Medical School


Cycling, Horses Classical Music, Australian Stock Saddles, Vintage Bikes, Lifelong mediator.


Thomas Merton

(1915-1968), Roman Catholic writer, was a Trappist monk, social critic, and spiritual guide. Thomas Merton was born in Prades, France, on January 31, 1915, the first-born child of an American mother, born Ruth Jenkins, and a New Zealander, Owen Merton

Yvon Chouinard

(born November 9, 1938) is an American rock climber, environmentalist, and outdoor industry billionaire businessman. His company, Patagonia, is known for its environmental focus.

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