We started the year with a very well attended committee meeting and would like to extend our thanks to the following guests for their attendance and input: Cindy McLeish MP, Cr Jim Child and local trader Valda Street. The meeting provided an excellent opportunity to reflect on the key achievements CEDA has made in conjunction with its members and affirm our strength in advocacy for some of the big picture activities that are underway to benefit our valley.
NEW Traders Group - Wednesday 18 March at 6.30 PM at The Pantry Warburton - Valissa Enever from The Pantry Warburton would like to establish a LOCAL Traders group of main street businesses in our towns. The plan is to meet bi-monthly in the evening with a moving location so all towns can be covered. We would love existing members to get on board and use this forum to raise your suggestions to the CEDA committee as we work hand in hand to build our tourism and business offer. Please indicate your intention to participate by texting Valissa on 0404 996 834.
Kind regards, Peta Godenzi President - Warburton Valley CEDA Tel 0428 971 203 or Email me
New WANDER VICTORIA tourism campaign
Wander Victoria – was launched on Sunday with the aim to rebuild Melburnians’ emotional connection with regional Victoria and increase short-breaks.
The $3m campaign, launched by the Victorian Government on Sunday, uses the social media hashtag #wandervictoria, includes a broadcast ad and wandervictoria.com website. It will be implemented over TV, cinema, digital and across multiple social media platforms. READ MORE ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN here
There has been an aggressive ATO phone scam around for about a year now targeting businesses and personal taxpayers in the outer eastern region and Warburton Valley. What is concerning of late is that I have been made aware of still quite a few business and personal taxpayers being caught-out by this scam. The caller impersonates an ATO officer and threatens jail or arrest if they don’t receive immediate payment for a fake tax debt. They also try and convince you to reveal personal financial details over the phone or via SMS. These calls can be quite intimidating and confronting but please remember the following things;
the ATO never cold call about a tax debt
they never threaten jail or arrest
and ATO officers don’t behave in an aggressive manner
and they never request personal or financial information by SMS or email.
If you are concerned about providing personal information over the phone, you should ask the caller’s name and phone them back through the ATO’s general phone number 13 28 69. If you think you have been caught-out by a scam you can contact the ATO on 1800 060 062. Thank you Dale and Dalcorp Financial Services for this advice. Dale is able to assist local businesses with all their financial needs. He can be contacted on 03 5967 1312
Website relaunch and NEW Events Victoria site
In mid-December we rolled in a refreshed new look and improved function website at www.visitwarbuton.com.au - it's easier to search and navigate and great visual appeal. Please take a moment to check the dedicated member page that has been set up for your business or enterprise and let us know if there are any changes to text, contact details or new photos you would like in place by emailing Lindy Schneider email here. Last month also saw some changes to the Events Victoraia platform with it being rolled into the ATDW.com.au website family. This has meant some small changes to the way events are uploaded so we are attaching a step-by-step guide to help you with the transition.
In order to get the maximum online exposure for your business and your events it is highly recommend you take five minutes to log in and create your entries. You'll then see your events listed not only on visitwarburton.com.au 'What's on page but also on more than 50 other tourism and events websites...and it's all FREE. Download the guide here.
VISIT WARBURTON WEBSITE BADGE
You can quickly and easily add a Visit Warburton button to your website by inserting this html code:
Simply cut and paste the code above. It's hyperlinked so anyone that clicks on the image will be taken to our Visit Warburton site for more information.
Our yearly calendar has been updated on the community website and will be progressively added to as events and dates are made available. Please let us know any events you would like added. To see more click here.
March 19 and 20 - Herb and Chile Festival - Wandin
April 2.3 Crank up - Upper Yarra Museum - Yarra Junction
April 10 - Ecoptia - Yarra Junction
April 8-10 OXFAM trail walkers
Welcome New members Please note new members are welcome to join at any time. We offer a pro rata rate for part year and also have a new membership category 'INDIVIDUAL' for just $30. This is a response to requests for members of the community who sought to support the work we do but didn't have a business or situation relevant to other membership categories.
Our next Warburton Valley CEDA meeting is Tuesday 15 March 2016 at 3pm in the boardroom at the Warburton Community bank branch on the main street. Members may attend and should RSVP via email. Alternatively you can submit any questions or comments in writing for the committee.
New members welcome
Join CEDA and help support a range of initiatives the Warburton Valley that benefit business, tourism, community and ultimately every person who lives or has a close connection to our towns. Click the button for easy online payment.
Members are also encouraged to join our Facebook group for timely updates and info of interest. CLICK HERE
Keeping up to date with developments in the Warburton Valley
There are several major projects in the pipeline. The Shire of Yarra Ranges has an FAQ page that will be continually updated as a major communications tool on relevant projects . Click here. Some exciting developments include: Warburton River and streetscape revitalisation - the great news is work on the Yarra River bank access, stabilisation and stormwater works along Thomas Ave is due to commence after Easter - read an update from the Shire of Yarra Ranges here that covers three priority projects: Thomas Ave, the Warburton Streetscape and Pedestrian improvement works currently planned for Warburton. The Mountain Bike hub - Shire of Yarra Ranges has commenced works to make this project 'shovel' ready in advance of the next round of State government funding.Click here. Warburton Community Recreation precinct (site adjacent to caravan park) - consultation process is well underway. Stay in touch with developments on their FACEBOOK page here
Business tool - TOURISM FIRE READY KIT to download
The CFA has asked for our help in distributing their new TOURISM - FIRE READY KIT. A must read for every tourism business in the Warburton Valley. DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY HERE
Celebrate Warburton - Saturday 19 March - tickets on sale now
The third annual Celebrating Warburton dinner will be held on the deck of the Waterwheel in Warburton on Saturday 19 March. The night is a three-course dinner for just $35 (catering by Koha Community Cafe with all food requirements covered!) and includes free entertainment with a fantastic community focus. Local wine will be available for purchase by the glass.
Warburton Highway Directory
New additions and amendments are now open for the upcoming reissue of the 2016 Warburton Highway Directory.Any business or group can have one free listing and a range of paid spots are available for enhancing your presentation. Contact 9726 9930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.'