NEWSLETTER MAY 2014 | CEDA member and associates edition   

Monthly newsletter 

Dear <<First Name>>
A message from Peta Godenzi, President

Welcome to our second issue of our monthly newsletter and thank you for your warm response to issue one. We are pleased to launch our new logo in this issue (as per above). This logo extends on the existing ‘family’ branding established to create a recognisable icon for the Warburton Valley. This logo will be rolled out on all our communications.
Last week’s meeting was well attended and momentum is gathering quickly. There are several announcements regarding our committee that I will outline now.
Firstly, Paul Jackson has resigned from the role of Vice President. We thank him for his dedication and work over the past few years and acknowledge the benefit has delivered to members.
Mike Iley, who many of you will know as the proprietor of Charnwood Cottages, has been nominated and accepted the role of Vice President until the next AGM.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Frances McBride, who has also tendered her resignation from the committee. Frances has made many contributions as a committee member and as President (past).
The Committee has also made a recommendation for CEDA representation on the Yarra Ranges Tourism (YRT) board and we are pleased to announce that Michael Hibbert will be fulfilling this role.
We also welcome three new committee members: Phil Wallens – Friends of the Rail Trail, Fiona Johnston  - Dalblair B&B, and Georgie Johnson – Eagle's View B&B. Please join us in welcoming these members. A full list of our committee members is detailed at the end of this email.
We are currently working on the membership renewal program, which will be sent to you in May.
There are some great festivals and events coming up in May in the Warburton Valley. We wish everyone every success as we work together to reveal the beauty and benefits of our valley to an increasingly wide range of people!
All the best,

Regards, Peta
Email me: or tel 0428 971 203

Diary Notes
  • The next Warburton Valley CEDA meeting is 22 May 2014 at 10am in the boardroom at the Warburton Community Bank. Members are invited to attend or submit any questions or comments in writing for the committee.                      

Get to know our members: 'COG Bike Cafe' 

Please join us in congratulating Doug and Michelle and the team from COG Bike Cafe in Warburton on 
their recent win as the second top bike cafe in Australia (and best in Victoria!). Cog is located on the Rail Trail in Warburton and in addition to coffee and wholesome food, are home to a professional bike sales and repair shop. They also hire bikes out on an hourly basis See their website for more info.


The Great Steps of Warburton
Traders and members of the community are invited to attend a FREE workshop during May. Add to history by contributing to the amazing 'Great Steps of Warburton' community mosaic project. This community based arts project that will beautify the steps of the Waterwheel (home to the Warburton Tourist Information Centre) and will be one of the only mosaic installations of its type in the Southern hemisphere - and a great addition to our tourism offer. The project is being run by Sioux Dollman, with Aileen Wright and Sandy Peeters, and has been generously funded by Yarra Ranges Council and the Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Bank branches.  Pop down to the pop up studio at Warburton Community Space and add your own  handiwork. See the Facebook page for details of workshops and progress updates. Workshop dates include May 17, 18, 25, 26, 27 and 28.  


An invitation – Volunteer celebration and thank-you event on Sunday 18 May

Yarra Ranges Council and Eastern Volunteers invite volunteers to attend a day at Healesville Sanctuary as part of National Volunteer Week.
The family day is in celebration of volunteers and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions as one of our wonderful and many Yarra Ranges community volunteers. Two free tickets are available per organisation. Register by May 5 here


Have you created a profile for your business on TripAdvisor? The YRT website offers some clear instructions on how to go about uploading your information - well worth a few minutes of your time. Consumer reviews are fast becoming valued 'word-of-mouth' in the digital era. TripAdvisor, with its review tool,  is a great way to build both reputation and exposure.  Click here for information.


Coming Up - June

Events to share and prepare for:

Melbourne OXFAM Trailwalker is on this weekend 2-4 May. 
Warratina Annual Patchwork Exhibition is running 10-25 May.
Warburton Harmony Festival is 16-19 May
 - tickets now available
The ever popular Warburton Film Festival  is scheduled for 13-15 June 2014. 

Graffiti removal kit  
Warburton Valley CEDA has been presented with a graffiti removal kit courtesy of the offices of Cindy McLeish MP. The kit, which consists of removal chemicals and a high pressure wash unit, is available to borrow for 24 hour periods free of charge to remove graffiti in our towns. To organise pickup please contact 5966 9028. 

Member Updates 

Download the May 'What's On' poster here 
Print for display or handout to visitors and clients.

Warburton Valley CEDA welcomes the following new members (April):

What can I do? Three by three things this month

  1. List your business on TripAdvisor.
  2. Come along to the next CEDA meeting or attend a networking event.
  3. Visit another town in the valley and see what its like to be a tourist in that town.
And tell us! Send via email to

Want to find or share info about Warburton Valley CEDA online?

We have a dedicated page on the Upper Yarra Community Enterprise website

Our purpose statement:

'To promote sustainable economic development that enriches the lives of those who live in or have a close connection to the Warburton Valley and rely on its prosperity.'

Your CEDA committee is:
   President                               Peta Godenzi                       
   Vice President                       Mike Iley
   Secretary/Treasurer              Geoff Vickers
   Members                               Michael Hibbert  (CEDA rep at YRT)
                                                 Jeff Gill                  Norm Orr
                                                 Phil Wallens          Georgie Johnson
                                                 Fiona Johnston
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