President’s Report

Christmas is nearly with us again and it’s time for the final President’s Report for 2020.  As stated on previous occasions throughout the past year, this had been a very unusual year, in all sorts of ways – but thanks very much, let’s not have another one like it!
Amongst the many unusual events was our recent AGM, which was conducted “virtually” for the first time, on 30 November – unfortunately even more unusual in that it was not accompanied by the TNYV Christmas Party! I would like to thank the many non-Committee members who took the time to attend the Zoom conference. I am pleased to report that the meeting was brief, but to the point. All existing committee members, with the exception of our departing Treasurer, Paul O’Neill, stood for re-election and were duly elected. I would like to thank Andrew Blount-Greene for succeeding Paul in the role of Treasurer. I would also like to welcome our two new committee members, Emma Beilharz and Yvette Stanley – I’m sure you both have much to contribute and I look forward to working with you in 2021.
It only remains for me to wish Season’s Greetings and very best wishes to all our members, their partners and families and best wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2021.

Ed McGettigan


New Members

  • Smitty & B’s – Mark Smith

Networking & Events

Virtual AGM

November’s virtual AGM was certainly a quick one – Check out what happened Here

Next Pub Night

After the the year that was and the crazy holiday period, we will be ready to get back into the swing of things for 2021.

Our first Pub Night for the New Year is on:

Thursday January 28,
7.00-8.00pm for networking
Yarra Valley Grand Hotel, Yarra Glen

The team at YVGH & the TNYV Committee are looking forward to welcoming you with some delicious platters. All you need to do is to choose something special to drink at bar prices.
Bring along your tourism related questions and your networking ideas.

We hope you will stay on for a meal and continue the conversation. There will be lots to catch up on from the holiday period and we will be looking for input from our members for TNYV events happening throughout the year.

Remember you are encouraged to invite non-members that may be interested in joining our Network so they can see what we are about before signing up. The larger our Network, the more diverse our community and our ability to offer support systems to you through training, workshops & our annual Conference.  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.

Please RSVP by Thursday January 21 if you are able to make it. (Dinner optional and payable on the night – RSVP Networking & Dinner if you are staying on)

We look forward to seeing you at YVGH for a long awaited networking night.


Supporting the community

The Victorian Government launched a new check-in system for businesses across Victoria.
Victorian business owners across the state can now access a free QR Code Service which will help them to keep records of visitors. Business owners will only need to register their business, download and print a poster containing a Victorian Government QR Code, and display it prominently.
Visitors simply need to scan the QR code using their smartphone, and their data will be held securely for 28 days unless it is requested by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS – to become the Department of Health on 1 February 2021).
Use of the Victorian Government’s QR Code Service is not mandatory, and businesses or venues that are currently using an existing market-led QR code solution may continue to do so. The Government is working on a system which will allow these systems to link directly into DHHS Contact Tracing systems as needed. By using QR code software, businesses will make it possible for contact tracers to obtain their required details within minutes of a positive case.
Businesses may also continue to keep records using a non-QR-code method if preferred, except for smaller hospitality venues wishing to increase their density quotient to 1 person per 2 square metres – which are mandated to use QR codes.
More information HERE


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Editor’s Note

Thank you to all our members for your continued support throughout the most difficult year I think any of us have faced. It’s been great to see everyone working together to keep helping make the Yarra Valley a must visit destination. Whilst many of our plans were put on hold, the committee have been working productively throughout the year and we have lot’s of great ideas for events in 2021. We really are lucky to live in such a beautiful region.
We hope you and your loved ones have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you at one of our networking events in 2021.
If you have a venue that would be suitable to host one of our TNYV Pub Nights or breakfasts next year, let us know! We’d love to visit and promote your business amongst the TNYV Community. Next 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 early next year.
Till our next newsletter, enjoy the Summer festivities and stay safe!

Caroline Brown

TNYV Editor