“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

https://www.vfma.org.au/ 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. 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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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 www.parkrun.com.au 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.

Keen supporter of Liberty Victoria: (https://libertyvictoria.org.au/home)

SPONSORS for the 10th Annual

Thank You

Bendigo Community Bank – Romsey


Rue D’Fleur – Florist: Romsey


On Eagles Wings: Romsey
Romsey Mowers:
Insymmetry: Romsey
Verdue Bistro: Romsey

Lancefield Agricultural Show

Experience all the spectacle, excitement and fun of a country show including: cattle competitions, horse events, art and craft competitions, dog high jump, tractor pull, wood-chop, poultry, sheep, motorcycle riding competitions, rides, stalls, food, petting zoo, entertainment.

Date: Sunday 20th October 2019

Venue: Lancefield Park

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Cost: $10 (adults), $5 (concession), $5 (children)

Contacts: (Secretary) – ph: 0400 045 808

Email: lancefieldshow@live.com.au

Website: http://lancefieldshow.org.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LancefieldAgSocietyInc/


Maps from the HUB

(8 am to 12. 30 pm)

This weekend’s Romsey Whole Town Garage Sale is a chance to turn ‘trash’ into treasure.

Hosted by the Romsey Neighbourhood House, the one-day annual event invites residents to sell their pre-loved or new items.

Neighbourhood House committee President Allan Irvine said more than 40 Romsey families have registered to take part in this year’s event.

“The neighbourhood house produces a map and a list, which we sell on the day for $3, which guides them to all of the garage sales around town,” he said. “We also offer the option of selling at the hub where we will have a barbecue as well.”

Mr Irvine said there will be something for everyone to buy during the sale.

“People can sell anything you can imagine, it’s all available,” he said.

“If people are moving houses they can sell everything. Other people specialise in certain things, maybe car parts. It’s so broad that you can’t pin it down.”

Mr Irvine said the whole town garage sale was a great community event.

“There are cars buzzing all around Romsey on that morning,” he said. “It’s a very popular thing.”

The garage sale will be on Saturday, September 14 from 8am. Maps can be purchased at Romsey Community Hub, 96 Main Street.

To register your garage for $5 call 5429 6754.

Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc Community Planting Day

The Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc. invites all community members and gardeners to our Community Planting Day.                                                                                    



Date : 14/09/2019
Time : 9:30 –11:30
Cost : FREE
Venue :

Main Street Romsey (Ecotherapy Park)

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Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc

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Romsey Ecotherapy Park: a special local initiative

Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc. is formed by a driven and passionate group of Romsey residents who have been tirelessly working to make this concept a reality for many years.

These Romsey-region citizens are on a mission to raise the required funding to improve the health and wellbeing for not only their own community but for those looking for respite from the rush of city life as well.

Planning for the park has involved a road trip to visit other parks that share this unique therapeutic and stimulatory concept.

The aim has been to provide a space for all people. Rural communities have historically catered outdoor spaces for sport but not for art, culture, the reflective and ailing. The Park also gives city dwelling visitors an opportunity to connect with nature.

Life in the country does not always mean we are connecting with nature. Like many cities, housing blocks in country towns are becoming smaller and nature bush settings are not as common.

With the rise of mental illness and shorter hospital stays, the importance of a sense of community and connecting with nature as a means for health and well being is now recognised.

That is the motivation for this wonderful project.