Warburton Valley CEDA (Community Economic Development Association) Inc, formerly Warburton & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is a not-for-profit organisation focused 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.
'To promote sustainable economic development that enriches the lives of those who live in or have a close connection to the Warburton Valley and rely on its prosperity.'
Community Economic Development (CED) 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 Waterwheel precinct includes the Warburton Visitor Information Centre (VIC), 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.
Warburton Valley CEDA is actively involved in a range of projects and events including: Warburton Film Festival – annual event, Annual Easter Fundraiser at Warburton Caravan Park, the Christmas Street Party, the Warburton Railway Station Murals, and many local festivals including the River Folk Festival.
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 that includes:
President: Cleo Silva
Vice President: Christine Birch
Secretary: Cathy Sanders
Treasurer: Leila Smith
Committee: Richard Stanwix, Sam Maddock, Matt Swann, Alison Fitzgerald, Jacqui Harvey & Dale Feim
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 from 75 Chamber members to over 163 CEDA members, individuals and friends of CEDA (as at January 2020). Participation by as great a cross section of the community as possible is intended to ensure inclusiveness and consultation.
Please contact, our Business Engagement Officer, Leila Myllymaeki-Hay via [email protected]
or phone 0407875404