Warburton Valley CEDA
Warburton Valley CEDA Inc, formerly Warburton & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is a not-for-profit organisation focusing on the economic interests of the communities in the Warburton Valley.
The region represents a 60 kilometre journey from Lilydale to the Upper Yarra Dam and includes towns such as Wandin, Seville, Woori Yallock, Launching Place, Yarra Junction, Warburton and surrounds.
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The Warburton Valley CEDA (Community Economic Development Association) charter is:
- To provide a unified voice for Warburton Valley.To provide a web based international presence for the region through www.visitwarburton.com.au
- To enhance the tourism potential of the region
- To unite businesses and community-based organisations along the Warburton Highway and foster a sense of collaboration and self-reliance that is sustainable and supports thriving local economies.
- To advocate to any appropriate authority and facilitate community involvement in the continued development, maintenance and use of the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail.
- To help secure regional funding.
Key achievements during FY 2015
- Acknowledgement at Local, State and Federal government levels as an effective and collective voice representing the region.
- Established effective working relationship with Yarra Ranges Tourism, including participation in visityarravalley.com.au restage, and the launch of www.visitwarburton.com.au our official Warburton Valley website.
- Received multi-million dollar investment commitments from political parties for significant regional development projects.
- Established an identity and built awareness of CEDA’s mission and activities among traders and business operators throughout the Warburton Valley.
- Successful ongoing operation of the Waterwheel complex, providing services to more than 40,000 visitors per annum. Growth in associated business units including Handmade retail, Art Gallery and environmental education.
- As a result of CEDA’s advocacy Warburton Valley is fast becoming a key destination for cycling, sporting and recreational tourism.
- Initiated the ‘Outdoor tourism and sporting’ workshop
- Successfully lobbied for action from Council on several matters of concern to traders.
- Developed a monthly newsletter, and targeted communications with members.
Key activities The Waterwheel precinct includes the Warburton Visitor Information Centre (VIC) – including The Great Steps of Warburton, the Waterwheel Gallery, the Environment Discovery Centre and the Handmade retail outlet. The VIC, manned by volunteers who live in the area, is a vital point of connection for visitors to the Warburton Valley.www.visitwarburton.com.au is a visitor-focused website about what’s on, where to go and places to stay in the Warburton Valley. It provides the official online presence for local businesses and services and is a wealth of information for visitors to the valley.Warburton Valley CEDA is actively involved in a range of projects and events.What is Community Economic Development?Community Economic Development encourages enterprise, using local resources in a way that enhances economic opportunities while improving social conditions in a sustainable way. Or put simply, economic development driven by the major stakeholder – the community.The CEDA Committee Warburton Valley CEDA committee members belong to the local community. All committee positions are voluntary and members represent a diverse range of interests, businesses and aptitudes, all of which contribute to a dynamic and innovative team:
President/Chair – Peta Godenzi
Vice President – Michael Hibbert
Secretary/Treasurer – Geoff Vickers
Committee Members – Patrick O’Shannassey, Les Lasham, Belinda Evans, David Borton, Darren Evans, Phil Wallens, Dale Feim, Alison Fitzgerald, and Cleo Silva.
Faced with the challenge to both expand and promote membership in a Warburton-based business group to new members on the Warburton Highway, the Committee of Warburton & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry determined to relook at the organisation’s purpose, its area of influence and its name.
Importantly, our unique region needed a collective voice to represent the entire Warburton Valley in discussions related to regional tourism, economic and community development.
As the most established and successful business group in the region, the Warburton Chamber was well placed to adopt a leadership position and embrace businesses and community groups along the Warburton highway to further establish a collective voice that could promote regional success. Warburton Valley CEDA is the result (pronounced seeder).
Warburton Valley CEDA has quickly gained momentum by establishing partnerships and increasing membership. Participation by as great a cross section of the community as possible is intended to ensure inclusiveness and consultation.
Becoming a member of CEDA
You are welcome to apply for membership of CEDA using the form in the link. Payment options are also detailed.
To find out more about Warburton Valley CEDA, please contact:
The Secretary Geoff Vickers on 5966 9028 or email CEDA@upperyarra.net.au