President’s Report

Since our last newsletter we have indulged in some of the Valley’s growing list of art and cultural events. We have been to the launch of YAVA, to the opening of YAVA’s Members Exhibition I, Talk Shop 001 discussing community, Christine went to Rone Empire and like everyone who saw it was amazed and finally to Hello Healesville at the Memo, a show of local people telling local stories which was entertaining, funny, confronting, whimsical and brilliant. I do hope there will be another edition of Hello Healesville!

The Yarra Valley is known for its wine, its food and to a lesser extent, nature but an often unnoticed offering is the arts, and it’s growing. We all know TarraWarra and the great exhibitions shown there but we now have in the main street of Healesville Yarra Valley Arts new gallery, YAVA Gallery and Arts Hub. YAVA has just opened its second exhibition of works by local artists who are members of Yarra Valley Arts, simply titled Members Exhibition II. We are very fortunate to have living in the Valley so many talented artists producing works of the highest quality. If you or your guests are looking for something new and not available elsewhere, out of the cold and wet of winter then I recommend a visit to YAVA.
Check out their website at .

You could make a day of it and visit Tarrawarra and Art at Linden Gate as well and then some glass blowing and a cosy late lunch and that’s just a sample of what is available. Another hidden gem of Healesville is the Sandra Bardas Gallery at Worawa Aboriginal College which has work of the highest quality and cultural significance. Currently only open by appointment but well worth the call.
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If you’re planning ahead, we have the Archibald Prize portraits coming to Tarrawarra, some fantastic artists coming to YAVA and Gertrude Opera returning in October. Check Visit Yarra Valley or just Google the event you’re interested in.

Thanks to everyone involved in the continuing success of TNYV. Our membership is growing, attendance at our events is at record levels, a great conference has been planned and a sense of enthusiasm is evident wherever I go. My thanks especially to our energetic committee members who do all the work to make these things happen. TNYV is strong because of you, its members, so why not recommend us to other business people you know.

Our next Pub Night is at Symphony 36 in Warburton on Wednesday June 26 form 6 PM, see you there.

Keith Darke

Save the Date!

The TNYV Annual Conference is fast approaching!

Date: Wednesday August 28
Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Yarra Valley Estate, Dixons Creek
Cost: $95 – Members, $125 Non-Members

An exciting array of speakers have been organised with Sally Coyle from Yarra Ranges Tourism secured as our Conference convenor.

Our line up of guest speakers include:

  • Howard Tinker “More Bums on Seats”
  • Rebecca Ritte “Google Analytics to explode your business”
  • Katrina Reynolds “Achieving best practice in sustainability”
  • Rex Brown “Getting exceptional results in Tourism”

After lunch we will venture through the amazing Edible Forest and be shown the infrastructure built around it.

Stay turned for more information and guest speaker bios as we finalise all the finer details… will be on sale soon!

Prue, Ed, Paul, George & Kerry
Conference Committee

Networking & Events

Last Pub Night

Check out what happened at the latest Pub Night

Next Pub Night

It’s Winter in the Yarra Valley ….time to dust off the jackets and boots and light the fire for warmth and ambience. Many of you take some time out from your businesses during Winter to rest, recover and regroup before the next busy period. It’s always important to keep on networking during the quieter months, you never know when a discussion will lead to new ideas, better work practices or business relationships. YRT and TNYV are always working in the background to ensure the region is promoted during the quieter times, especially for mid week campaigns and now Off Peak Weddings!

Join us for June’s Pub Night at the newly opened Symphony 36 in Warburton. Enjoy a drink while networking with our expanding TNYV family. Symphony 36 has generously offered the use of their venue and they look forward to welcoming us with delicious platters between 6.00-7.00pm. No doubt some will stay on to enjoy a meal together. There will be a special on the night for TNYV members at a cost of $25 for a main and glass of wine/beer.

We’ve had a great number of new members join recently and we look forward to welcoming more. Committee members will be there so please take the chance to let us know what support you are looking for with your business and any ideas you’d like to share. Don’t forget to bring along your business cards & brochures.

TWMA 2019 Archibald Prize

TarraWarra Museum of Art is the exclusive Victorian
tour venue for the Archibald Prize 2019,
Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art award,
from 14 September – 5 November 2019.

Join us on Tuesday 18 June for a special Archibald Prize
information night for local businesses.
Learn how you can get involved with this major event
and connect with the 55,000 visitors expected to attend.

Tuesday 18 June, 5.30 – 7pm

TarraWarra Museum of Art
313 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Healesville VIC 3777

TarraWarra Museum of Art, Yarra Ranges Council, Yarra Ranges Tourism

Following the information session, join us for private viewing of our latest exhibition, TarraWarra International 2019: The Tangible Trace,
and enjoy refreshments from TarraWarra Estate, Four Pillars Gin, Watts River Brewing and Yarra Valley Dairy.

If you would like to join us, please RSVP to by Friday 14 June with the total number and name(s) of all attendees. We look forward to seeing you!

Kind regards, Victoria Lynn
Director, TarraWarra Museum of Art


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Editor’s Note

Dates for your diary…..
June 26 – Pub Night at Symphony 36, Warburton
July 21 – Women on Track at Healesville Greyhound Association
August 28 – Annual Conference at Yarra Valley Estate, Dixons Creek

There are 8 TNYV newsletters annually. Look out for additional email, text messages and Facebook communications throughout the month. Newsletter and Facebook contributions about tourism news and events in the Yarra Valley are most welcome.

If you have an venue that would be suitable to host one of our TNYV Pub Nights, let us know! We’d love to visit and promote your business amongst the TNYV Community.

**We are currently looking for a venue to host our AGM / Christmas Party in November, if you would like us to consider your business please contact us!**

Remember to invite non-members to our networking events so they can see what we are all about. Tell your tourism friends how much they will benefit having a connection to the local Tourism Network. The bigger our community, the more diverse we become and the greater tourism will be in the Yarra Valley for all of us.

Till our next newsletter, keep warm by the fire!

Caroline Brown
TNYV Editor