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CEDA UPDATE SEPTEMBER - Members and associates edition

Dear <<First Name>> 

This months welcome is from Michael Hibbert - Vice President CEDA (and Yarra Ranges Tourism Board Member)
Yarra Ranges Tourism launched its 3 year strategic plan to a full house on Monday at Meletoes Yarra Valley.
With 3 and 4 year funding from Visit Victoria and Yarra Ranges Council respectively, now committed and with new CEO Simon O'Callaghan at the helm, timing was perfect for the launch of the Strategic Plan which provides a blueprint for the way forward. 
It also paves the way for the one year Action Plan and Marketing Plan to be put in place giving industry and key stake holders a clear outline of YRT's goals and aspirations for 2016 to 2019.
If the numbers in the room were any indication it would be fair to say industry participation and support for YRT is at a new high and a sense of unity and optimism abounds. The Strategic Plan can be found by visiting

The night was also memorable due to the announcement that Yarra Ranges Tourism Board Chair Mark Lucas will leave this post on Friday having worked tirelessly as board member and Chair over the past 4 years. (Marks leadership and commitment over this time has ensured Simon and the team at YRT, the board and key stake holders were well supported and informed at all times and) he will be sorely missed. We wish to extend our sincerest thanks to Mark for his support over the years and wish him well in his future endeavours.

Thanks Michael.

Kind regards,
Peta Godenzi

President - Warburton Valley CEDA
Tel  0428 971 203 or Email me
Warburton Valley CEDA MEMBERs are invited to join the CEDA committee and fellow members at  our AGM dinner and menetworking event.
When: Wednesday 26 October. 5.45 pm for 6pm meeting start, Dinner from 7pm.
Where: Projekt 
3488 at 3488 Warburton Highway, Warburton 
Cost: Dinner $30 (meeting is free to attend)
Our guest speaker will be Mr Simon O' Callaghan, recently appointed CEO, Yarra Ranges Tourism.
We will be h
osted by Mark and the team from Project 3488, Warburton - a fabulous opportunity to see this world class venue for yourself. 
The AGM will be a relaxed and informal evening with a wonderful shared platter meal catered by Koha. Wine will be available to purchase on the night.
Attend the meeting only or stay on for a meal and take the opportunity to meet fellow CEDA members and find out more about the future plans for tourism in our region. For those interested. Lindy will also do a short computer demonstration of the Events Victoria listing process and answer any questions you may have.
RSVP Wednesday 19 October by 4pm call Geoff on 5966 9028 or  email here
Payment via direct deposit  or over the counter at Warburton or Yarra Junction  Community Bank Branch (to Ceda account), or payment on night at door (EFTPOS available).
Flyer and Agenda here

We hope to see you there!

Speaker: Simon O'Callaghan

CEDA makes front page news
As part of our advocacy role to promote business and tourism opportunities in the broader Warburton Valley we have maintained a close interest in the development plans of the Sanitarium also known as the Edgewater Resort in Warburton. After years of delays and a further 6 months of inactivity, the developers have recently responded to our enquiries via the Upper Yarra Mail.  To read the full story see the
link here:
To quote Peta Godenzi from the article: “‘We need to be planning the future for all our businesses and an important part of this is having the right infrastructure for accommodation and tourism services in place,” she said.
“We have always considered the Edgewater development to be of primary importance to this bigger tourism picture but right now, our businesses and our people deserve to be kept better informed about this development.’

We will continue to monitor this situation.
Map now available from the Waterwheel

JOIN our Members only Facebook Group 
TrailRider - ALL TERRAIN WHEELCHAIR - free hire at the Waterwheel

 More information on our dedicated website page
The all-terrain wheelchair is part of an initiative to give better access to visitors with physical disabilities, and is funded by the Yarra Ranges Council and Parks Victoria.
The TrailRider is now for free hire for visitors and the community of the Warburton Valley - a wonderful new asset we have that supports accessible tourism. Bookings and instructions (includes a short video on safe use) will be done via the Waterwheel.
Let your clients and customers know of this wonderful new service!
Whats On/Events Victoria Listings - is just one of hundreds of sites nationally that showcase 'whats on' in our valley. 
Want extra exposure on Visit Warburton? Then list on Events Victoria!
Want your event to appear in the weekly Yarra Ranges Tourism Whats on email to 22,000 subscribers? Then list on Events Victoria!
Want to see your event or business activity get as much exposure as possible? Then list on Events Victoria!

Simply register a login by going to the website  and get started. the process is easy and intuitive but if you need extra help then:
  • Check out this easy-to-follow PDF guide to making your first listing here!
  • Call Lindy on 5966 9028 (Tues/Thues) and arrange an over the phone, step-by-step listing to get you started.
We will also hold a free 'how-to' session in Warburton for members if there is sufficient interest.
Check our
What's on page and see who else is already getting bonus free exposure! You'll find local art exhibitions, markets, events at the Arts Centre and more already making the most of this service.
TRAIL MAPPING PROJECT - GREAT NEWS - CEDA is pleased to announce it has engaged the services of a professional trail mapping service to develop comprehensive written, image and video references for more than 10 top trails in our valley. This will provide much needed documentation of the the trail assets we have in the valley for residents and visitors, and allow us to present our Adventure tourism offer to the world in a much more professional way.
Trails will include those suitable for walking, running and cycling and we will also be able to include some river based trails for canoeing and paddling on the Yarra River. We are grateful to Yarra Ranges Toruism and the Warburotn and Yarra Junction Community banks for funding support for this activity.

THE DIRTY DOZEN event attracted almost 100 riders last Sunday. While numbers were a little under expectations due to the weather, those that participated had exceptional feedback about the ride and climb opportunities in our beautiful valley. 
GIRO DELLA DONNA  November 27 is expecting 3000 competitors! A huge event for the Warburton Valley.

The next EVERESTING event is now confirmed to he held in March 2017. This is wonderful news and a large event that provides international exposure. More details to follow.
Traders Group - The Traders Group subcommittee is now meeting regularly on a Monday night (once per month). NEXT MEETING MONDAY 26 SEPTEMBER from 6pm at THE ALPINE PUB, Warburton. All welcome.

Living with Bushfire Community Conference - Save the date: 7-8 October at Lilydale Lakeside campus -  for more information or to participate see Registrations now open.

Business Breakfast - Monday 26 September at the Gladysdale Bakehouse, details and booking in link.
Events for your calendar
  • Tesselaars Tulip Festival - Sept 8 to Oct 4
  • Wandin Silvan Field Days - Oct 14 &15
  • Giro Della Donna cycling event - Nov 27
  • Everesting - March 2017 (new)
Don't forget there are also many regular markets and other activities in the Warburton Valley - see our Markets page, and regularly check the Whats on page on our website - it's updated in real time.
Membership news
Welcome  to our new members:

Next CEDA  meeting

Date: Tuesday 18 October 2016
From: 10am to midday  
Where: Warburton Community Bank, Warburton ( boardroom upstairs) 

Members may attend. Please RSVP via email
Final MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL reminders have been sent.
Preferred methods of payment are: 
Direct Debit to the CEDA account or Paypal. See your invoice for details or visit our page at
Lapsed member benefits will be retired end September.
REVIEW/UPDATE your Visit Warburton website listing
Renewing members are encouraged to check their page on the website and take the opportunity to advise any changes needed. You are welcome to provide updated images, amendments to contact details or changes to your text. Please email changes or call Lindy on 0417 365697.
New members welcome
Join CEDA and help support a range of initiatives in the Warburton Valley that benefit business, tourism, community and ultimately every person who lives or has a close connection to our towns. We welcome all new and lapsed members.  Click the button for easy online payment.
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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