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CEDA UPDATE DECEMBER - Members and associates edition

Dear <<First Name>> 

Have you noticed all the wonderful tinsel decorations adorning all the poles along the Warburton main street? What a display. Thank you so much to the Warburton Traders subcommittee for making our town feel so festive. There are also some lovely window displays in many of the retailers. We truly appreciate your efforts.
It's hard to believe a whole year has already passed. There have been many milestones and achievements, and significant progress on many longer-term projects that can seem to take forever.
The Warburton Recreational Precinct is at final stages and the plans look amazing. Works are expected to commence after Easter next year! The plan is  a comprehensive recreational solution that caters to the needs of all sectors in the community and visitors. It has a strong family and play focus with a range of activities including a multi-age playground, climbing wall, ropes course, picnic and recreational facilities and the conversion of the old pool into a splash park. In fact, Warburton will have one of the best splash parks in Victoria!
The Mountain Bike Hub is also progressing and a comprehensive set of plans were presented a few weeks ago at a community consultation. They can be viewed on the website here.
Our trail mapping project is also well underway and significant surveying has been done and a shortlist of ride/walk/cycle/paddle options have been identified.  Information is now being formatted and will be loaded to our www website (and will include GPX, KML and Google map references). This is such an exciting project, one that will benefit every local and visitor to the region. There have also been many opportunities for trails identified that would make entirely new 'products' for us including longer loop trails and connections between various assets we already have in place. A very exciting time.
The Giro Della Donna was an outstanding success with perfect weather conditions (although CECA can't quite take credit for that!) and more than 1000 competitors. Feedback, both direct and through the buzz on Social Media, was extremley positive and many cyclists and their families are already booking in for next year's event. Our community benefited greatly with local volunteers being 'paid' via a donation to their organisation. Big ups to the Warburton Primary School for hosting the Summit Party and cheering the riders across the finish line. They earned more than $2200 for their efforts!
I'd also like to take this moment to thank Yarra Ranges Tourism for all their support this year. There's been many accomplishments along the way including their recent bronze medal for Destination Marketing at the Tourism Victoria RACV awards - a much deserved accolade. Any win for the Yarra Valley is a win for the Warburton Valley too. 
A big welcome also to James Robinson who has just been announced as the new Chairman for Yarra Ranges Tourism. James has been on the board for several years and part of the development of the digital strategy and presence we all enjoy today. We look forward to working closely with James and his team in 2017.
We're really excited about some upcoming events (hint: one involves rubber ducks and the Yarra River) - read about them later in this newsletter!
Have a wonderful festive season and fabulous business.
Kind regards,
Peta Godenzi

President - Warburton Valley CEDA
Tel  0428 971 203 or Email me
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Facebook Spotlights for Members
We've started our program of dedicated posts on FB/Visit Warburton page shining the spotlight on CEDA members (part of your CEDA member benefits). From now until end June we will do two feature posts a week (Mon and Thurs) so please help support your fellow CEDA members by liking the post, sharing where relevant and going to their FB page and liking them.
We've set a schedule that takes into account peak times and key events and, of course, will also post and share your own events and posts along the way in addition to this feature service. If you have any questions, please email

Your FB and website presence won't be on holidays over the summer so look out for our regular posts and shares and tag us when you can. We'll keep Visit Warburton front of mind for all those families looking for day/overnight trips within an hour of Melbourne - we're famous for it.

Warburton Valley maps - stock up
Be prepared for summer and ensure you have adequate stocks of the Warburton Valley Touring map at you business or venue. 
Additional quantities can be picked up from the Waterwheel in Warburton or from Yarra Valley Rentals (Sue White) in Yarra Junction.

Other matters
Please note our next newsletter will be in mid February - encourage your friends and business acquaintances to subscribe! Email CEDA

Read our latest blog - top five views in the Warburton Valley
This project is well advanced and content is anticipated in early January. Stay tuned - we will be looking for community members to participate in photo and video shoots - you might have your five minutes of fame! We are grateful to Yarra Ranges Tourism and the Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Bank(R)  branches for funding support for this activity.
We've compiled a list of ideas for increasing the cycling relevance of your business and capitalising on the potential cyclists bring to our economy. But we're not going to overwhelm you in  this newsletter so be sure to look out for your February update!

Traders Group -  
The Traders Group subcommittee will  now be meeting regularly on a Tuesday night (once per month)  from 6pm at THE ALPINE PUB, Warburton. Dates fro 2017 will be advised via email and via our FB group. All welcome. 

Rubber Duck Races
Come to Warburton and enjoy a day on the river.
Be a part of the Rubber Duck Races down the Yarra. 
Races start from 12.30 Everyone can compete. Rubber ducks supplied for $2.00 per duck. Many prizes to be won.
There will be heaps  of other activities for families to enjoy throughout the day.
Bring a picnic, have a BBQ and join in the community fun.
More info to come via posters and Visit Warburton on Facebook.
Events for your calendar
  • Warburton Christmas Carols  - Thurs 22 Dec
  • Australia Day Rubber Duck Race and River Fun - Thurs 26 Jan
  • Everesting - March 2017 
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.
Warburton Christmas Carols 22 Dec  2016 - Warburton Advancement League is pleased to announce a new format for Christmas celebrations with the help of the Little Yarra Ensemble, Santa Claus and lots of locals. There will be  singing and kids activities on main street at the Waterwheel and on the village green. A whole community event.
NB: The big 'carols on the oval' event will not be held this year).
More info on our Facebook event here
Note this evening will also include the official opening of the Historic Murals of Warburton at 6.30pm (and there is new page content on the website).
Membership news
Pro rata memberships available, tiered memberships 
Membership can be taken out at any time so if you are considering joining CEDA please do contact us and find out the pro rata rate. Don't forget we also have a range of membership options, including not for profit and individual – making membership affordable from just $30. You can download a membership application and table of benefits here.

Next CEDA  meeting

Date: Tuesday 21 February 2016
From: 10am to midday  
Where: Warburton Community Bank, Warburton ( boardroom upstairs) 

Members may attend. Please RSVP via email
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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