Active in business

LOCAL business achievers have the chance to be recognised in the 2018 Bendigo Bank Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards.

Mayor, Cr Jennifer Anderson encouraged businesses of all types to enter the awards, which celebrate business excellence and innovation.

“It doesn’t matter if a business is large or small, home-based or not-for-profit, if you know a business or individual working in a business that deserves recognition, nominate them today,” she said.

Cr Anderson said council was pleased to once again partner with Bendigo for the awards, which focused on the many contributions local business makes to the community.

“The Macedon Ranges has a range of innovative and successful businesses that provide quality services and jobs that boost our local economy and deserve recognition,” she said.
Bendigo Bank, which has community bank branches in Lancefield and Romsey, is excited to be major sponsor of this year’s awards.

Andrew Towner of Braeside Mt Macedon Country Retreat, the 2017 Business of the Year, said taking part in the awards had been beneficial.

“I have found participation in the awards to be a worthwhile exercise as it has provided me with the opportunity to take time out from the busy day-to-day operations to take stock of our business and review the way forward,” he said.

The awards are open to all businesses based in the Macedon Ranges Shire and recognises outstanding service to the community and beyond in the categories of excellence in agribusiness, customer service, health and wellbeing, hospitality, new business, professional services, retail, tourism, trades, construction and manufacturing. There is also a not for profit/public sector award.

Meanwhile, the Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association (RRBATA) is holding its innaugural business dinner this week (Thursday, April 19).

The event to be held at Glen Erin, Lancefield will celebrate the exciting future for Romsey and the region. The dinner commences at 7pm.

Recently appointed Macedon Ranges Shire Council Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Margot Stork, will be the keynote speaker.

Other presentations will look at local visionary projects such as the Romsey streetscape enhancement, the former Romsey Primary School site transformation and private initiatives such as the Mintaro restoration.

Members of the community are invited to join with RRBATA at Glen Erin for a two course meal and some inspiration to build on the region’s momentum.

Tickets are $50pp for RRBATA members and $55pp for non-members.  Bookings: Enquiries: Jenny Stillman Ph. 0412 349849 or email