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CEDA NEWS APRIL - Members and associates edition

Dear <<First Name>> 

More than 1200 people visited the Waterwheel VIC on the Easter weekend. Well done to our volunteers! It was for many operators an 'at capacity' weekend with lots of activity in our main streets. Well done to all business operators as well.

Over the next month we will be contacting our members individually regarding membership renewals for the next financial year. CEDA (your revitalised Chamber of Commerce) has now been in operation since February 2014 and we are really proud of what we have achieved in that time - all of which has been made possible through the support of our members. 

We've had some great wins engaging stakeholders and negotiating wins for the Warburton Valley, from sporting events to investment in major infrastructure such as the world class cycling hub (contracts were signed this week with the design firm!),  from significantly enhancing our online presence through and of course through the operation of the Waterwheel - the Art gallery, Handmade shop and Visitor Information Centre. We often get feedback from the broader tourism network we belong to that CEDA is a great example of a motivated and effective group, with a unique and successful model for Visitor Information Centres, and it's always great to be acknowledged in this way. But we also want to thank the members who continue to support us, and acknowledge the CEDA committee, all of whom are volunteers with their own businesses to run, who attend meetings and do all kinds of work behind the scenes.
So keep an eye out for our renewal information and mention CEDA to a fellow business operator that may be yet to come on board. We look forward to supporting the continued growth of this region and capitalising on all the hard work that has been done so far.

We love staying in touch and appreciate your feedback. Our Facebook group is growing and proving to be a very effective communications option. All members are encouraged to join our Facebook group for timely updates and info of interest. CLICK HERE

Kind regards,
Peta Godenzi
President - Warburton Valley CEDA
Tel  0428 971 203 or Email me
Visitor Information Township Maps - SIGNAGE

New township maps are being developed for key towns in the Yarra Ranges and members of CEDA may wish to consider taking up the opportunity  to have their business listed on these permanent, high traffic sites. A copy of the new map can be viewed at the Waterwheel and your input is greatly appreciated. Townships in our region include: Warburton, Yarra Junction, Seville, and Wandin. Registrations for our Yarra Valley locations close Friday 29th April 2016. 
Display your business name and contact number with a location dot on a map most local to you - Cost to participate: Yarra Ranges Tourism Partners $77* / Non Partners $99

Register online here.
New Warburton Valley tourist maps
We are pleased to provide you with a preview of the new refreshed cover for our Warburton Visitor Information maps. We will be printing 50,000 of these maps this month and they are widely distributed in our region and beyond. Thank you to all those members who have committed to advertising in the new map - if anyone is still interested to pursue advertising opportunities in this issue please contact Jeff Gill ASAP.
Load your events and activities on the new ( Events Victoria) site
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 'What's on page but also on more than 50 other tourism and events websites...and it's all FREE.
Download the guide here.

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.
  • April 10 - Ecotopia - Yarra Junction  more info
  • April 8-10 OXFAM trail walkers more info
  • June 10-12 33rd Warburton Film Festival more info
  • June 11 - official opening of snow season 
Membership news
Information on how to renew your membership for 2016/17 will be sent soon.
Don't forget our 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.

Next meeting

Our next Warburton Valley CEDA meeting is Tuesday 19 April 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.

Love where you live? Let your voice be heard!

Join the voices of thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds and tell the Shire of Yarra Ranges why you choose to live, work and play in the Yarra Ranges. This exciting project encourages community members to give their views on what’s special about the Yarra Ranges.

Your input will enable Council to advocate for improvements in the community and ensure that the Yarra Ranges remains the place you love.

 Submit your reply here (by Thursday 19 May 5pm) to have your say on why you choose to LIVE, WORK or PLAY in Yarra Ranges.

Business and Investment Forum - Thursday 12 May 5.45pm -8pm
CEDA members and associates are invited to participate in a Business and Investment forum focused on the needs and developments for our region.
Councillors Jim Child and Maria McCarthy invite business operators from the townships of Wandin, Seville, Woori Yallock, Hoddles Creek, Launching Place, Yellingbo, Don Valley, Yarra Junction, Wesburn, Reefton, Poweltown and Warburton to a business and investment forum chaired by CEO Glenn Patterson.
 Participants will hear about planning scheme reform and how the organisation is responding to investment needs. Council’s advocacy initiatives will also be shared and what this means to your business.   Key redevelopment opportunities and planned major investment schemes in the Warburton Valley Region will also be discussed. 
There will be plenty of time for questions and networking. The free evening will be held at the Yarra Junction Community Link in Hoddle St. Registrations essential via link:
Venue Details:
Tourism Funding opportunities for you
Do you have a great idea for an event or activity that could bring tourism benefits to the Warburton Valley? Do you need financial help to get it off the ground?  Information about Grants for Operators and Events can be found here.
The Tourism Events Grant Program is run by Yarra Ranges Council and may also be of interest to you.
Read more.
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.'

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