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ARBA Welcomes Dianne from Dinkydi Training Solutions

Welcome another new ARBA Member! Dianne Harmer Dinkydi Training Solutions​ facebook.com/araratfirstaid/ http://dinkyditrainingsolutions.com/ Q: How did your journey begin? A: With an interest in First Aid since 1998 and undertaking a Cert IV in Training & Assessment Q: What’s your favourite part of your job? A: – Practical hands-on First Aid – Training with humour –

ARBA Welcomes Matthew & Kaylene from Acacia Caravan Park

Welcome Matthew and Kaylene! Acacia Caravan Park & Holiday Units Matthew and Kaylene Linsley facebook.com/acaciatouristpark/ http://acaciatouristpark.com/ Q: How did your journey begin? A: Our journey began on December 1 2016 as we became the new owners of Acacia Q: What’s the favourite part of your job? A: The most favourite part is all the people

Networking & Nibbles Evening

ARBA Members: Looking for a great evening event that will allow you to Network, Grow & Explore. Come along and bring a guest to Mountainside Wines in Warrak. Meet Shane & Jane as they share and showcase their adventure. To RSVP or to see how your business/organisation can become a member contact support@arba.org.au or call

Ararat hosts Queen’s Baton Relay on 13-February

Check out all the details and FAQ’s in following link: https://www.ararat.vic.gov.au/qbr

Member Profile

Member Profile: Hansen Design & Print Congratulation to the team at Hansen Design & Print for recently celebrating their 10th Anniversay               Geoff Penna gives us an insight into his business journey. How did your journey begin? Geoff and Jean Penna commenced Penna Print, on 1st March, 1978. Just 10

Business Network Alliance Victoria

Enjoying our Business Networks Alliance Victoria conference with Bendigo Business Council, Geelong Chamber of Commerce, Frankston Business Network,Ararat Regional Business Association – ARBA, Business Horsham, Pyrenees Shire Council and Warragul Business Group

Member Profile April 2016


Member Profile March 2016

Saines Lucas



Overdue Thank You

Overdue thanks

FOR a variety of reasons I am very overdue with this thank you.

I want to thank the Advertiser, plus all businesses, who took part in the Christmas competition.

Thank you also all who entered. I was very lucky to win the $700 worth of vouchers, a few of which we have already used. They have been wonderful so far.

I would also like to congratulate Dr Graeme Bertuch on his wonderful Australia Day honour. It is well deserved as this doctor has worked so hard for so hard for the community.



Member Profile for February 2016

The Ararat Book Shop.

Phone 53527430

Address: 184 Barkly Street Ararat Victoria 3377

Email: theararatbookshop@bigpond.com


Remember on Hot and Warm Days

Remember on hot and warm Day.

Wimmera business confidence: cautiously optimistic outlook for 2016

Copy of Graem foster

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.”

Welcome to the New Year 2016

Welcome to a fantastic and enjoyable new year (2016), and well done to Kings Cars a member of ARBA, for the Christmas Tree Promotion  for the Children in the local area.

Thank you to all those who participated.

A job well done.


The 2015 Grampians Pyrenees Business Awards

The 2015 Grampians Pyrenees Business Awards this year hosted by the Ararat Rural City Council was a night of recognition and an opportunity to celebrate achievements for not only category winners but for all who entered the awards.

The event enables business owners, managers and staff to review, analyse and reflect on their procedures and structures and also provides them inspiration in moving forward with their operations.

The awards night showcased what a high standard and diverse range of businesses operate within our region.

People spoke with real passion about their businesses and for the region in which they live.

Staff were recognised as the most important element of any business which is all so true.

Congratulation to all of the category winners, a special mention to the Kookaburra Hotel on taking out the Business of the Year Award, a wonderful achievement for an iconic regional business.

The past year has seen many exciting developments within our region come to fruition, the partnerships formed with neighbouring business associations, the Ararat Rural City`s ongoing support of ARBA, along with their positive relationships formed with our bordering shires shows what can be achieved with a collaborative approach.

ARBA looks forward to contributing to our economic development and welcomes input from all business sectors, including our agricultural and manufacturing sectors in helping to achieve our goals.

On behalf of ARBA I would like to thank all who have supported and contributed to the well-being of our community and wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas with family and friends.

– Graeme Foster

President, Ararat Regional Business Association