President’s Report

It is with great sadness that I recently received the news that Shirley van Graas, the wife of George van Graas, had died. For those of you who may not know, George served on the TNYV Committee, stepping down at the end of 2019. Shirley regularly accompanied George to TNYV events and also participated in the Conference Sub-committee for 2019. Shirley endured a long battle with illness over the last few years, but both Shirley and George were stoic in the face of adversity. On behalf of the TNYV Committee and the wider TNYV community I would like to offer our sincerest condolences. RIP Shirley. The funeral service will be held at Tobin Bros., Malvern on Monday 26 April 2021 at 2:00pm, but attendance is limited due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. If anyone would like to join online, the service will be live streamed at:

I hope that this month’s Newsletter finds you all well, and that your respective businesses are now returning to something approaching normal after a quite disastrous year. The past year has thrown many unexpected challenges in our paths and some businesses have fared better than others in this recovery period. Recognising the existence of such challenges, a TNYV sub-committee was set up to apply for and was successful in receiving a local government grant for activities targeted at assisting our businesses in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Over many weeks, the sub-committee has been working hard to develop a set of workshops, exclusively for TNYV members, to facilitate collaboration across different business sectors with the objective of developing new strategies to expedite the recovery and mutually enhance the success of the respective businesses. All members were recently invited to nominate for the pair of workshops we have set up for 6.15 pm – 9.30 pm on Tuesday 11th May & Wednesday 26th May. We are fortunate to have the services of Helen Wood (TMS Consulting) as facilitator for the workshops and expert input will be provided by Laura Hultgren (Business Empowered) and Pam Dorf(KAIZ Consulting). This is a wonderful opportunity for you to influence how these strategies can be best suited to your business’s particular needs and build better partnerships with businesses outside of your own sector. A copy of the Agenda for each workshop has been attached to the newsletter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call any of the Committee members.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Ed McGettigan

New Members

  • Kaiz Consulting – Pam Doerf

Next Pub Night

Next Pub Night to be held at Alowyn Gardens – register below


Work Together, Recover Together, Thrive Together

Exploring opportunities to collaborate and innovate across tourism industries in a new COVID normal market and develop strategies that enhance our business success

TNYV applied for and was successful in gaining a grant to host these workshops and as such must ensure we are acquitting the grant effectively.  We have limited places available and ask that you nominate for a position in this workshop series via the below link by Friday 30th April.

Please be aware that if your nomination is accepted you must be available to attend both workshops and be prepared to undertake some activities out of session with a small working group.  We do not expect this to be onerous and it will be focussed on collaboration opportunities for your own business – it will be a great investment in your own business as well as supporting members of TNYV more broadly.

The sessions will be focussed on brainstorming collaboration and innovation ideas to support tourism in the Yarra Valley to reinvent itself in the light of the new normal due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Please note that due to limited places we can  only accept a nomination for 1 person from your business.

If your nomination is successful, you will receive your invitation via email by Monday 3rd May.

TNYV Grant Sub-Committee

Workshop Agenda
Date of workshops:  

Tuesday 11th May 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Wednesday 26th May 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Please arrive by 6.15pm

Meeting venue:

Healesville Bowls Club


Please consider the following questions in advance of the workshop and bring your thoughts:
– What changes have you seen to the customer/guest profile post COVID for your business and the Yarra Valley more broadly?
– How would you define the most common guest/customer of your business in the new normal – what is their age/profile/preferences?
– What examples of innovation and businesses being reimagined in your industry or others have you seen?

Workshop #1 – 11th May, 2021 – 6.30pm

Follow up Activities:

Please undertake the following discussions with your working group before Workshop 2:

– Based on our brainstorming list of ideas for collaboration between our businesses what are the top 3 we would like to progress?

– What are the key actions that we need to take in order to progress this?
– How will we know we are being successful – what will we measure?
– Who else can we engage with on our idea?

Workshop #2 – 26th May, 2021 – 6.30pm

Supporting the community

Save the Date!

Wednesday April 28 – 5.30-7.00pm
Pub Night at Alowyn Gardens

Tuesday May 11 – 6.30-9.30pm
Work Together, Recover Together, Thrive Together – Workshop 1
Tuesday May 18 – 9.00-11.00am
Networking Breakfast (Venue TBC)
Wednesday May 26 – 6.30-9.30pm
Work Together, Recover Together, Thrive Together – Workshop 2

Wednesday August 25
TNYV Annual Conference


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Editor’s Note

Thank you to everyone that continues to support us. We are looking forward to seeing you soon at one of our upcoming events.

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.

Caroline Brown

TNYV Editor