Murrumbateman on show – field days 18-19 October


With over 400 exhibitors, almost 1,000 volunteers and raising almost $1million for the Murrumbateman community over the past 5 years, the Field Days are guaranteed to dazzle you with some of the latest farming equipment and methods, live entertainment, lifestyle and home improvement exhibits, antique machinery and local produce, wine tastings, fast rides and kids amusements, and craft from the region.

The power of the Murrumbateman community is behind this event, and with Fast Ed from Better Homes and Gardens cooking up a storm in our Spotlight marquee, you’ll find everything you seek for a great family day out right here at Murrumbateman, just 20mins out of Canberra on the Barton Highway.

Win $50,000 off your mortgage

bbankVisitors to the Murrumbateman Field Days, will have an opportunity to win $50,000 off their Mortgage simply by uploading their best Field Days photo to Facebook.

To enter, visitors need to attend the Murrumbateman Field Days on Oct 18th and 19th, and “Like” the Murrumbateman Field Days facebook page. Then, when they upload their best Field Days photos to Facebook, they will be entering the competition to enter for their chance to win the Bendigo Bank $50,000 Mortgage Payment.

Entries open at 9am on October 18th, and will close at midnight on October 19th. Twelve lucky finalists will be selected by Bendigo Bank before 9am on Monday Oct 20th and placed in a photo gallery on the Murrumbateman Field Days facebook page.

Then the competition is opened to the public to vote for their favourite Field Days photo, with the winning photo printed in The Land and the Canberra Times on Sat Oct 25th.

“Bendigo Bank has always been a fantastic supporter of the Murrumbateman Field Days” says Field Days Manager Kim Williams. “However, this year they have totally blown us away by offering one lucky Field Days visitor an opportunity to take $50,000 off their Mortgage”

Should the winner not have a current Mortgage, Bendigo Bank has decided that the prize can be used as a deposit on a new Mortgage.

“We want everybody to have an opportunity to win this amazing prize”, says Kim Williams. “So, we are only excluding Bendigo Bank employees, Murrumbateman Progress Association Executive Committee members and MPA employees from entering the competition. All our volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors and Field Days visitors will have a chance to win the $50,000.”

Bendigo Bank is a regular supporter of regional community events around regional Australia and have been supporting the Murrumbateman community by sponsoring the Field Days for over 5 years.

Get cooking with Fast Ed

fastedFast Ed Halmagyi, from the 7 Network flagship TV lifestyle show Better Homes and Gardens, has agreed to be their 2014 Special Guest Celebrity Chef.

Ed agreed to appear at this year’s Murrumbateman Field Days to help promote the flag ship event and the area’s
fantastic wines and produce by performing cooking demonstrations twice a day in their featured John Deere
Spotlight on the Region marquee.

The John Deere Spotlight Marquee is the centre piece exhibit for the Field Days filled with exhibitors and producers from the Murrumbateman Region, featuring local wineries, chocolatiers, oils and finishing sauces, jams and relishes, fungi, herbs, cheeses and organic lamb and beef, all grown within the Yass Valley.

Field Days tickets & details

mfd2Dates: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October
Venue: Murrumbateman Recreation Ground, Barton Hwy
Hours: 9am-5pm Saturday and 9am-4pm Sunday
Admission: Adults $15 per day, Concession $10 per day, 12-16yrs $5 per day, and Under 12yrs Free
Murrumbateman Field Days tickets can be purchased online at
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Parking: Free

Mururmbateman – A Thriving Commercial District

mb1Murrumbateman, just 30km north-west of Canberra, is home to almost 3,000 people. With a steady stream of land releases in recent years and a strongly growing ‘tree-change’ population, it is a dynamic and unique place to live and do business.  The local economy comprises an interesting mix of activities – traditional agriculture, a strong tourism focus, manufacturing and construction, health care and professional services. For many years the unique blend of rural lifestyle and proximity to Canberra has lured an intriguing mix of artists, craftspeople, thinkers and entrepreneurs to Murrumbateman.

The close proximity to Canberra creates challenges and opportunities. A large number of Murrumbateman residents are employed in Canberra and commute daily. As a consequence, these people may also shop and conduct business in the ACT. That’s the bad news. The good news is that many of those working in Canberra have excellent jobs and good incomes, creating demand for a diverse range of local services – many focussed around lifestyle and recreation. And of course, the Canberra district is home to many of Australia’s finest cool climate wineries which act as a drawcard for tourists, creating demand for tourism and associated services.

mmMajestic Mushrooms is a local success story. Owners Helen and Ian Chu are classic tree-chargers and typical of many of Murrumbateman’s newer residents. They abandoned their professional jobs and Sydney lifestyle to focus on their high-tech mushroom growing facility. They conducted years of research and invested significant capital to create a state-of-the art growing shed where a range of mushroom varieties are produced under strictly controlled conditions – hygiene and climate control are paramount. Employing up to 30 pickers, they distribute widely across the region – via the local farmer’s markets, retail outlets, restaurants and cafes.

Another local business making a big impact is Rapley’s Constructions. In business since 1975, Gary Rapley and his team of 7 full-timers and many more contractors are involved in construction, agriculture and equipment hire. Visit a local tourism business and there’s a strong likelihood you’re standing in a ‘Rapley Shed’ – they range from basic machine sheds to 5-star wineries.

Recently, the face of Murrumbateman’s cosy shopping precinct on Hercules Street has undergone some dramatic change with a number of health providers opening practices. Leading the way was Yass Valley Dental. Their original practice in Yass was running at full capacity, with many clients coming from Murrumbateman. They opened the Murrumbateman practice in 2009 and currently provide a full range of services tailored to the needs of the population. The practice opens early and closes late, they even open on Saturdays one a month. Since Yass Valley Dental arrived, a pharmacy and two medical practices have also commenced operations. The arrival of these ‘essential services’ has been seen my many as a ‘coming of age’, reflecting a maturing and confidence in the local economy.


Murrumbateman today is a rich and vibrant community. The region continues to grow and the economy continues to diversify.  It’s a wonderful place to visit, do business and call home.

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