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Have your say on the 2017 Draft Rating Strategy, the council plan 2017-2021 and the draft budget 2017/18

The Ararat Rural City Council has announced three barbecue sessions for the community to attend in order to discuss the 2017 Draft Rating Strategy, the council plan 2017-2021 and the draft budget 2017/18 before they are considered for adoption at the council meeting on June 27.

Sessions will be held on Tuesday, May 23 and will occur at Lake Bolac Information and Business Centre from 7.30am to 9am, Moyston Hall from noon to 1.30pm and the Alexandra Oval Community Centre from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Ararat Council Candidate Forum









Expression of interest to all business owners and operators with Ararat Rural City Council.

This is your chance to hear from candidates standing for Council, the evening will held Tuesday 18th October at 7:00pm @ Ararat JWard.

Limited seating available.

Express your interest today to ARBA president Jodie-lee Wells on or phone Saines Lucas Solicitors on 5352 5256 by Monday 17th October.




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Wimmera business confidence: cautiously optimistic outlook for 2016


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Business associations in Stawell and Ararat expect 2016 to be a year of growth as industries expand and major projects bring investment to the areas.

However consecutive poor harvests have caused a trade downturn in some areas and hurt business confidence.

Ararat Regional Business Association president Graeme Foster said 2015 was a positive year overall for businesses, with some challenges along the way.

“The conditions we’ve had have made it hard for farming communities and that affects all business, particularly retail,” he said.

“The recent Grampians Pyrenees Business Awards in Ararat showcased the outstanding offerings we have in all sectors across the region.

“We have a pretty optimistic outlook for our area.

“We have the development of the wind farm here, and the prison is coming up to completion and new staff will be on board there.

“The manufacturing industry is expanding their offerings. Gason and AME Systems are large employers for our town and progressive with how they do business.
“We have had good support from our council in the past year and it’s important that is maintained.

“It is important businesses take a collaborative approach and focus on customer service as well as products.”

Ararat SES is scouting for new volunteers


ARARAT SES unit controller Donna Dunmore said the service was scouting for new volunteers keen to act as rescue responders or in operational support positions.

Becoming a volunteer with the SES provides an opportunity for people from all walks of life to work together to help their community, neighbours and general public, before, during and after an emergency. An information night will be held on Tuesday, October 20 at the Ararat unit headquarters located on High Street at 7pm.

ARBA is excited about the future.

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ARARAT Regional Business Association (ARBA) is excited about what the future holds for business owners and operators in the region.For the hole story, click below.

Fairfax, not so fair

The Ararat Regional Business Association wish to show our support to the petition and support the large number of politicians and local groups who have documented their views on the reduction of staff of the Ararat Advertiser and Stawell Times News.  These newspapers are the main communication medium for these regions and removing the local journalist support means that our local newspaper will about as local as the Herald Sun.  Local business rely on the paper to let locals know what is available, as well as promoting special events such as crazy day sales.  Having journalists and photographers operating out of Horsham will mean that a large number of local events will not be reported on due to the distance from the papers base location. It also means that those people who have hoped to have a career in journalism now have less options and locations to gain employment or experience.  This is another example of larger regional centres being supported at the expense of the smaller regions.
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“Take Another Look- Shop Ararat”


ARBA in association with the Ararat City Rural Council, are taking part in the “Take Another Look- Shop Ararat” campaign.

Keeping local money local is a strong economic benefit to the community. The object of the campaign is to educate both local residents and businesses alike to the benefits and outcomes of SHOPPING LOCALLY; to ask them to take another look at what Ararat has to offer before they turn on their computers or get in their cars or pick up their telephones to call somewhere else…and of course…to SHOP LOCALLY
Benefits of SHOPPING LOCALLY will be highlighted including Jobs, Human Interaction, Customer Service, Range, Ease of Return, Warranty and much more…. along with dozens of businesses that are part of the program through business profiles on radio, print and social media.

For more information, click here

We have a new president.

Ararat Regional Business Association (ARBA) held its AGM recently where Graeme Foster was elected the new President. Out-going President Andrew Burger reported that ARBA had made significant impact in the Ararat Business community over the last 12 months with the advent of the Website, the Facebook site and the Mentoring panel, and wished the new President and Committee well for the coming year.

Graeme Foster of Foster’s Menswear in Barkly St bring many years of business experience into the role and has been on the EHGS Board for the last 10 years. In his acceptance speech he outlined a positive future and a forward approach to Ararat and its business health while paying tribute to the work done by Andrew Burger over the three years of his tenure.

Here is the new ARBA President, Graeme Foster (right) is congratulated by the out-going President, Andrew Burger

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Small Business Ministerial Council – Grampians Networking Event

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The Victorian Small Business Ministerial Council invites you to attend their speed networking/mentoring event as part of the Council’s visit to the Grampians region.

For more info click here