Our Advocacy
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As the Official Regional Tourism organisation for the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Ranges Tourism advocates on behalf of its Tourism Partners for projects, polices or services that will benefit our visitor economy.

We recognise we have a privileged leadership role within the region to advocate to Local, State and Federal Governments for improvements that will retain our regional advantage outside our own resourcing capacity.


Utility Infrastructure

The importance of reliable public utility services is an expectation of the modern visitor. A reliable continuous electricity supply and digital connectivity through connection to the National Broadband Network remain two high priorities for local business to deliver a world-class visitor experience.


Public Tourism Infrastructure

With extensive areas of public land and associated infrastructure, governments play an important role in the region’s ability to lever further investment that can realise the potential of these assets. The following priorities outline key projects supported by Yarra Ranges Tourism for investment that will grow our visitor economy.

  1. Puffing Billy Railway Discovery Centre - Stage 1 Fully Funded
  2. Warburton Mountain Bike Destination
  3. The Ridgewalk Mt Dandenong and Ridgewalk Frequently Asked Questions
  4. Yarra Valley Trail
  5. Yarra Valley Regional Tourist Precinct and Rail Link Stage 2
  6. Healesville Sanctuary Nocturnal Theatre


Private Investment

Yarra Ranges Tourism will advocate for further development of private sector tourism infrastructure and support by governments. It is widely recognised that there is a strong need for the renewal of accommodation stock to meet the expectations of the contemporary visitor. This includes development opportunities for ve star large-scale accommodation venues in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Evidence suggests that these would be suited to either in town or on farm/in nature experiences.