RRBATA in 2019
Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association has enjoyed a busy 2019 as it continues to advocate for businesses and the visitor economy in the Romsey region. Its commitment to encourage local business to support community to support business is ongoing, whilst being supportive of initiatives to enhance local town amenity and liveability.
RRBATA has been represented in the following:
- Tourism Macedon Ranges Committee
- MRSC Economic Development Strategy Reference Group
- State Government Tourism Review
RRBATA, in partnership with MRSC, has formed a working group to formulate a Romsey Business Marketing Campaign to be rolled out in early 2020.
Modelled on the successful Business Kyneton Model, RRBATA has initiated “After Work Business Catch Up Nights” to provide an informal opportunity for businesses to chat, debrief and network. RRBATA is most grateful for the support of Evans’ Wine and Cheese Bar in hosting these.
The 10th Annual RRBATA Business Breakfast was held in October 2019 at Glen Erin at Lancefield. More than 70 attendees listened to guest speaker Michael Drapac speak to the notion of “Building Communities without Sacrificing Soul”. RRBATA has already secured sponsorship support from the Romsey Community bank branch of the Bendigo Bank for a RRBATA Business Dinner to be held in April 2020.
The extensive lighting works component of the RRBATA-led Romsey Streetscape Enhancement Project were “switched on” officially on in September. Feature building and garden illuminations and heritage-style lamps have made a positive contribution to Main Street aesthetics. New information boards and finger signs to highlight town features are to be installed soon.
Christmas In Romsey 2019 has again been generously supported by Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the Romsey Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank as well as a number of local businesses including CHESS Real Estate, Romsey SUPA IGA and Romsey Thrifty Link Hardware. It will be formally launched on Saturday 30th November when the Thrifty Link Main Street Christmas Trees Installation of around 80 trees is officially unveiled. The Romsey Supa IGA Home and Business Lights and Decorations Competition will again be vigorously contested ahead of the Romsey Community Carols on Saturday 14th December.
The RRBATA Annual General Meeting was held in November. New committee members have been welcomed to join some re-elected ones. Whilst the current President has agreed to stay in the short term, she looks forward to fostering a discussion with the new committee to facilitate a sustainable way forward for the organization in 2020.