President’s Report

I’m sure you were all as delighted (or relieved!) as I was when I heard the announcement about the lifting of some of the COVID-19 restrictions early last week. Hopefully, we will all have something more to celebrate on 8 November when, all being well, we will no longer be limited to journeying more than 25km from home. I also understand that for many businesses, if not all, this will represent a major milestone in returning to something closer to normal.

There is a wealth of information on social media and elsewhere about how you can best kickstart your respective businesses. But as always, we need to continue to support one another, and look for opportunities for synergy between our businesses. If you attended the recent Virtual Cheese and Wine Night, you would have discovered that Healesville Sanctuary offers a discount on Admission to guests of TNYV member businesses. Don’t feel shy, let’s get creative and approach other TNYV businesses with ways of making offers to visitors to the Valley which may have mutual benefits for the respective businesses.

I am eagerly anticipating a return of social activities in the Valley, and specifically in relation to what TNYV can provide for its members. We’re not quite there yet, but for those who attended, the TNYV Virtual Cheese & Wine Night represented a tentative first step along that path. I would like to thank Andrew Blount-Greene for organising the event and for those members of the committee who delivered the Cheese & Wine packs to your homes. We had a good “Zoom-chat” whilst stuffing our faces with the delicious contents of The Cheese Box from the Yarra Valley Cheese Box Co., accompanied by a lovely bottle of Pinot Noir from Soumah of Yarra Valley.

Please note the forthcoming TNYV Annual General Meeting at 7pm on Thursday 26th November. In a first for TNYV, this year the AGM will be conducted virtually on Zoom. I would encourage you to attend if you can. It promises to be somewhat challenging, but we’ve all faced much tougher challenges during 2020, so login and join the fun!

I look forward to seeing your happy smiling faces.

Ed McGettigan


New Members

TNYV 2020-21 Membership

Reminder that your 2020-21 TNYV Membership Fees have been automatically renewed 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, let them know about us. We currently have 130 active members! 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. Now is also a great time to check your listing on our TNYV website under Member Directory and make sure it’s all up to date and the photo is appropriate.


Networking & Events

Last Virtual Gathering

October’s “Wine & Cheese” Night was a great success – Check out what happened HERE


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

Date: Thursday November 26, 2020      Time: 7.00pm

Pop the date in your diaries and we’ll send through further details in the coming days. 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.

Supporting the community

Grant Round Table

Calling all members!

TNYV has an opportunity to apply for a $5000 grant from Yarra Ranges Council to develop a project that will support our members and community recover from the Metro Melbourne lockdown.

We would love you to be a part of it and bring your ideas to how TNYV can do it. We want this project to be relevant and useful for our members – so let’s develop it together. To create this project we are hosting a virtual round table discussion to develop this project together.

Date:        Wednesday 4th November, 2020
Time:        7.00pm
Location:  Virtual Zoom Meeting

It’s not too late to register your interest here and we will send you the zoom details. Thank you to those already signed up, we are looking forward to brainstorming with you!


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Editor’s Note

Well done Victoria! Third day in a row with 0 numbers of COVID! As our lockdown restrictions ease, 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! #letsmelbourneagain

Till our next newsletter, stay safe. We’ll catching up in person before you know it.

Caroline Brown
TNYV Editor