NEWSLETTER JULY 2015 | CEDA members and associates edition   

July Newsletter                    Book your CEDA network event tickets today!

Dear <<First Name>> 
Hello from Peta Godenzi, President   
Email me: or tel 0428 971 203.

How many people do you think visited our Visitor Information Centre each day over the June Long Weekend?
50? 100? 200?

Try 450 per day over each of the three days - that's more than 1350 people, more then one a minute during hours of operation!
How vital this service is to our towns, and what an essential and effective way to ensure your business has the profile it deserves. Every day of the week  our Visitor Information Centre offers a service to tourists and locals alike. People appreciate the opportunity to speak to a local (and our volunteers are fabulous ambassadors for the region - pic below) and get a personal recommendation on what to do or where to stay. And they also appreciate a warm fire in winter, a rest stop, a chance to wander the gallery and  purchase a local handcraft.  CEDA members make this possible. 

Look for our school holidays updates via our Visit Warburton Facebook page or the website. We will continue to provide regular updates on snow activity and reports from Parks Victoria throughout the winter season. Help spread the word by linking to from your website and/or Facebook page.

Membership Renewals 

Thank you to everyone who has renewed their membership so far. We appreciate end-of-financial year can be a busy time - especially when it coincides with school holidays so have extended the renewal date to July 14 for your ease.
A reminder follow up email will be sent in a weeks time but if you want to activate your renewal in the meantime you can always go to our PayPal link on the website here. Remember inclusion on and in the Waterwheel are key member benefits!
Download our new CEDA  brochure here if you need to reacquaint yourself with our purpose or if you want to encourage others to join.

Other CEDA news 
Add to your calendar these CYCLING events now locked in for 2015:
  • Ol' dirty - August 30
  • 12 Peaks Challenge - September (Sunday tbc) 
  • Grand Fondo - November 22
  • Vertical K (Rapid Ascent)  - November 29

Highlight events for the next few months include:
  • NORDIC Festival - October 17 and 18 - a much anticipated festival on the main street of Warburton. Check also their Facebook page for updates. The festival is currently looking for stall holders. Email
  • September 12 and 13 - Yarra Valley Open Studios - NB this event has been rescheduled to 2016
  • September 10 - October 6 - Tesselaar Tulip Festival 'Fields of Fun' - now in its 62nd year there's more than half a million tulips and the worlds largest clog to see with  a changing theme each week. 
Diary Notes
  • Monthly meeting - third Tuesday of the month. The next Warburton Valley CEDA meeting is Tuesday 21 July 2015 at 3pm in the boardroom at the Warburton Community bank branch on the main street. Members may attend and should RSVP to this email address. Alternatively you can  submit any questions or comments in writing for the committee.

Outdoor Tourism and Cycling
A working group has been formed from key stakeholders to further develop the marketing plan from the Outdoor Tourism workshop and to implement key outcomes. CEDA Committee member Phil Wallens will head up this subcommittee. 
It was interesting to read this ABC news article recently ('Mountain Bike tourism helps drive Economic Turnaround', 18 May 2015)  about the increased economic prosperity experienced by Derby, a small town in Tasmania (population 200) when a world-class mountain bike facility was established last year. Image the possibilities for Warburton Valley! The Cycling/Outdoor Tourism workshop and the securing of funding for the November Gran Fondo event (in partnership with Yarra Ranges Tourism) have been key CEDA achievements this year!

We've just added to our website a full range of suggested itineraries for cycling actives in the Warburton Valley showcasing some of the best the region has to offer. From gentle days out to more vigorous overnight rides, we've got it covered! See our website to check them out so you know what you can recommend to your visitors. Our popular Itineraries page also has loads of other suggested days out (beyond cycling) that will be of interest. 

You're invited to our CEDA Networking event - 14 July (Bastille Day)

Our next networking event is now open for bookings and an invitation is extended to all members to attend. We're also inviting anyone interested in CEDA membership, members of Yarra Ranges Tourism and the Dandenong Visitor Information Centre so that we can showcase our region and its CEDA community as broadly as possible. Please share this invite in your networks. 
We will be delighted to see you all at Warburton's newest venue 3488, but be
sure to book via the link in order to RSVP. (Bookings via Eventbrite, with Paypal option for your convenience). RSVP/Bookings by 8 July 2015 please. We anticipate a relaxed evening and a great opportunity to meet and mingle - bring your business cards!

The menu promises to be a delicious assortment of finger foods inclusive in the price (wine will be available for purchase by the glass). 
Hot selection:-
Sang Choy Bow lettuce cups
Velvet Pumpkin soup shots
Arancini balls
Thai chicken meatballs
Cold selection:-
Salmon mousse cups
Rice paper rolls
Club sandwiches
Polenta bites with ricotta cream and spicy onion relish
Mini pikelets with cream cheese and smoked salmon

A selection of dips with Turkish/sourdough bread
A selection of sweet treats: Double chocolate and Almond brownies, Citrus curd tarts, Lemon Yoghurt cake, Truffles
Our snack menu will serve as a great value dinner with 10 savoury pieces, plus dips, plus sweet treats!

YREC - nurturing great ideas - growing small business in the Warburton Valley

 Feeling isolated and frustrated working from home? Need some quiet space to think and work? Have a great business idea but need assistance getting started? Enjoy the benefits of working within a supported business environment of like-minded small business people. Yarra Ranges Enterprise Centre (YREC) offers casual rental or longer term tenancy with several spaces current available from 8m2 to 18m2 with monthly rental starting at $250. Call Alison on 0418 799 984 to find out how you can be part of the YREC community. Drop by the website for more info.

Seniors Festival - October

Did you know there is a great way to engage with our local community, businesses and residents by creating an event for Seniors Month in October? The annual festival brings the community together to celebrate the contributions our seniors have made and continue to make to the Yarra Ranges community. Local businesses and communities can participate in so many ways. A booklet of activities wil be distributed broadly with events highlighted, and look out for the 'Time of your Life' event (October 1). Order copies of the booklet and find other info here.

Travel Victoria - market more!
If you want to expand your profile just that little bit more you might like to take advantage of a free listing on the website. (NB Accommodation providers incur a fee, but other businesses are free). You can find more information here. All links to Warburton on this site point to our site so you will be in good company!

What can I do? Three things this month...

  1. Did you know back issues of our CEDA newsletters can be accessed any time here on our website.
  2. Book your tickets to the CEDA 3488 Network event today!
  3.  Renew your membership and check your listing on our website - we're happy to make any updates you need for the coming year!

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:
Peta Godenzi (President),  Michael Hibbert (Vice President and CEDA rep at Yarra Ranges Tourism), Geoff Vickers (Secretary/Treasurer) and members Jeff Gill, Norm Orr, Ian Shipton, Phil Wallens, Mike Iley, Dale Feim and Lincoln Wilson.
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