President’s Report

Well, here we are – another month goes by (or was it two?) and we are still under lockdown! Perhaps by the time you read this Daniel Andrews will have delivered some better news for us all.

Personally, we’ve doing this for so long now it becomes quite difficult to remember what “normal” was really like. Like all of us, I’m keeping everything crossed that at least we will be free to spend Christmas together with our family and friends. If we are able to follow the “road map” for Victoria this should be attainable.

I am aware that many members have been corresponding with both local and state government representatives seeking additional support for member businesses during the pandemic. I did receive a response from Cindy McLeish (State Member for Eildon and Deputy Opposition Leader), who assured me that the State Opposition was keeping the pressure on the government to provide more assistance for small businesses and sole traders, many of whom have been ineligible for the payments currently available. I have also received an assurance from the Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry that it is “continuing to advocate for support for all businesses who have been adversely impacted by COVID19 – where ever they are located and whatever size they may be”. So, I would encourage you continue with the correspondence and keep the pressure on our politicians.

We are aware that many of our members use various methods of marketing their businesses over the internet e.g. in the case of accommodation providers you may be using one or multiple online travel agents. We would advise you to regularly check your various listings to ensure that you are happy with the representation of your business and that any internet links take the customer to the desired location.

I hope to see you all again soon.

Ed McGettigan


TNYV 2020-21 Membership

It was decided at our last committee meeting that the 2020-21 TNYV Membership Fees would be suspended until the end of financial year 2021. If you are a current member, you will automatically be renewed for this year and there is no need to re-register. We are also offering free membership to past members and new businesses so if you know anyone that would be interested, now is a great time to have them join. Feel free to forward on this email to other Tourism businesses that would benefit from our networking group.

Email us if you have any queries regarding your extended membership. Also, please remember that we are a not for profit organisation and if you wish to make a contribution to your membership fee we’d be happy to accept it! The team are currently looking at Grants to help us through the next few months with lots of ideas for networking, conferences and training workshops. If you have any ideas, reach out and let us know.


Supporting the community

Gardening Lovers Tune In

On Friday 9 October at 7.30pm on the ABC, Gardening Australia will be featuring the beautiful native landscape at The Burrow at Wombat Bend B&B – tune in as Jane Edmanson chats to owners Sue and Bill about the 5 acres of native wonderland they have created over 40 years. As horticulturalists they have developed amazing new plant selections, including flowering callistemons (bottlebrushes); notably some favourites such as Callistemon Edna Walling Scarlet Willow and Callistemon Mary MacKillop.

The Burrow at Wombat Bend

Wednesday Winos

Kangaroo Ridge Retreat, Hop It and Watts River Brewing continue their quirky Wednesday Wino talk show every second Wednesday at 8pm on Facebook.

Coming up in October are sessions with Damian from Pimpernel Vineyards and Sam from Kinglake Distillery.

Join in by watching live or grabbing a teaser pack at Watts River Brewing. Ask questions and join in the fun.

Facebook live link: Wednesday Winos

Mental Health & Crisis Support

Covid-19 has affected all our lives in many ways. Whether it has been isolating from family and friends, loss of business and work or managing new responsibilities like working from home, schooling children or managing finances.

With so many changes and perhaps uncertainty about what the future looks like it is a natural human response to experience feelings of anxiousness, distress, lack of motivation or even loneliness from limited connection with others. We are living through one of the most tumultuous periods in modern times with most of us dealing with unprecedented changes to how we live and work.

Recently I completed an online course with St Johns Ambulance, ‘Mental Health Crisis Training’ Almost half of our total population (45.5%) experiences a mental health disorder at some point in their lives, with one in five in the last 12 months. These figures unfortunately have been elevated beyond the normal range thanks to Coronavirus. The course provided me with basic training in assisting people who may be suffering with any Mental Health Crisis and how best to help them.

If your feelings are interfering with your daily routine or if you feel overwhelmed it is important to know that there is ways to ask for help. If you know someone who is struggling, encourage them to also seek some assistance too.

There is no shame in seeking support from a trained professional to help manage these feelings and to put some strategies in place to help you cope.

It is important to talk to someone about how you are feeling and there are a number of resources to do this.

* Talk to your GP
Mental Health Plans are funded through Medicare and can be accessed via your doctor for no cost

* Contact one of the Mental Health counselling services by phone
Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
Oz Help 1300 694 357
Mens Line Australia 1300 789 978

* Contact an organisation online
Beyond Blue
Blackdog Institute

Talk to someone……a friend, partner, work colleague, network member, hotline, online organisation.

Understand that you are not alone and seeking help is not a sign of failure or weakness but a positive way to move forward, on step at a time.

I look so forward to seeing you all again soon with some positive networking. Together we can support each other to regrow our businesses into 2021.

Miles of Smiles
Cath Allan

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Whilst it will be a little while still before we can all gather together and have some fun, the AGM will go on virtually!

Date: Thursday November 26, 2020 Time: TBC

Pop the date in your diaries and we’ll send through further details as soon as it’s organised. Whilst the current committee are all happy and willing to stay on in their positions, we will be sending out nomination forms soon so if you’re interested in joining the committee let us know.


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Editor’s Note

As our lockdown restrictions are reviewed, make sure to tell us and everyone on social media what you have been up to and when your business is back open and ready to welcome guests or customers!

Till our next newsletter, stay home, wear your mask, stay safe and we’ll be out the other side before we know it.

Caroline Brown

TNYV Editor