President’s Report

Paul O’Neill (Treasurer) and I attended a meeting in February at Healesville High School, with the Principal (Allan Rennick) and the VCAL Coordinator (Aidan Hogg). For the last couple of years TNYV has been providing an annual bursary of $1000 to the High School to assist in the training of VCal students majoring in hospitality-related subjects. During 2019, the $1000 bursary was used to provide Barista training for their Year 11 & 12 VCAL students. A “commercial scale” coffee machine has been donated by some parents. The objective this year is to have a sufficient number of trainees across the two year levels to support a small business venture which would provide catering services within the school on a regular basis and for one-off in-school functions. I am delighted to report that the TNYV Committee has approved payment of the $1000 bursary for 2020. I wish Allan, Aidan and the students every success in their endeavours.

As you will read elsewhere in the newsletter, we had a highly enjoyable networking breakfast at Yarrawood Winery. I would like to thank Tim and his staff for a relaxing couple of hours in a lovely environment. The great food was only surpassed by the great company. Thank you to the Networking & Events sub-committee for another great pick! I look forward to our next networking event at Rayner’s Orchard, Woori Yallock on the evening of Tuesday, 17th March.

The good news is that our membership is continuing to grow – we now have 123 members. However, the most encouraging aspect of our growth of our association is the increased diversity of our membership. Some years ago, roughly 70% of our member businesses were in accommodation, but now that has fallen to under 35% due to the increased representation of businesses in tourist attractions, hospitality, supply & service, touring, and wineries/breweries. This is indeed encouraging, as it provides us all with the opportunity to develop synergies between diverse businesses across the tourism sector.

Whilst many of member businesses have felt the effect of the widespread bushfires throughout south-eastern Australia over recent months, many of these same businesses and many others besides now have to deal with the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic on tourism numbers, particularly those from overseas. I would encourage all our members to do what they can to help their fellow businesses and share information about the latest health advisories and advice you may receive from your OTAs or other business/industry authorities on how to deal with the direct health threat of the Coronavirus and its effects on your respective business. Best wishes for the month ahead. Above all – stay safe.

Ed McGettigan

New Members

  • Len Rayner – Rayners Orchard
  • Caroline Evans – Wine Yarra Valley
  • Melissa Inglese – Yarra Valley Driver
  • Joanne Tate – Joanne Tate Consulting
  • Leo Liang – Chateau Yering Hotel Management Pty Ltd
  • Dan Mathers – Healesville Community Branch Bendigo Bank
  • Lisa Hawkins – Life Balance Essentials

TNYV 2019-20 Membership

It’s not too late for new members to join for 2019-20. Take advantage of our pro rata offer and pay $40 for membership from now till the end of June 2020. Consider coming along to one of the networking events to fully appreciate what is on offer to support you in growing your business.

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Networking & Events

Last Networking Breakfast

February Networking Breakfast was at Yarrawood Estate – Check out what happened here

Next Pub Night

Our next Pub night will be held at Rayners Orchard on Tuesday 17th March from 6pm – come dressed in Green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day!


Whats Happening around the Yarra Valley in Autumn…

DRTN ‘Chat & Chew’
Monday March 23
Warratina Lavender Farm
Alowyn Gardens Autumn Harvest Festival
Saturday March 28
Smoke It Up Sunday at Innocent Bystander
Sunday March 22
Outdoors Victoria – Leading with Nature Conference
Thursday May 28 & Friday May 29
Lilydale Lakeside – Box Hill Institute
Yarra Ranges Business Workshops
April 29 – SEO foundations
May 13 – Digital Marketing
March 26 – First workshop
June 4 – Women on the Go at Skyhigh

Community News

TNYV Conference

Date: Tuesday August 18
Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: TBC
“Managing Business Continuity”
Stay turned for more information on speakers as they are cofirmed
Email us if you have any ideas or requests for the TNYV Conference 2020. If you are interested in being a sponsor for the event or would like to join the sub-committee and help organise things, we’d love to hear from you.


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Editor’s Note

Dates for your diary…..
March 17 – Pub Night at Rayners Orchard
April 22 – Pub Night
May – Yarra Glen / Dixons Creek Famil (tbc)
May 21 – Pub Night
June 16 – Breakfast 
July – Healesville Famil (tbc)
July 22 – Pub Night (Christmas in July)
August 18 – TNYV Annual Conference
September 24 – Pub Night 
October – Warburton Famil (tbc)
October 20 – Pub Night
November 26 – AGM & Christmas Dinner
If you have a venue that would be suitable to host one of our TNYV Pub Nights or breakfasts this year, let us know! We’d love to visit and promote your business amongst the TNYV Community. This year we will also be conducting 3 ‘Famil’ tours, visiting 4-5 member businesses on each one. Let us know if you are interested in hosting or attending one of these tours. Dates to be confirmed. Keep an eye out for our Famils survey heading your way shortly.

Don’t forget to tell everyone on social media we are open for business! Use #holidayherethisyear #sharingiscaring #visityarravalley_official and #visitvictoria when posting on Instagram.

Till our next newsletter, enjoy the beautiful Autumn weather and stay safe.

Caroline Brown
TNYV Editor