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Yarra River Business Association

09 Nov 2017

Lunches are for everyone

The Yarra River Business luncheons are not just for business operators, but also for residents and, in fact, for anyone interested in the issues that affect the Yarra River Precinct.

The next luncheon, on Friday, November 24, is being held in Southgate’s Metropolis Events. It’s a cathedral-like space, with memorable views to the city skyline. The guest speaker is Visit Victoria’s general manager of major events, Damien De Bohun, who will speak about the challenges of attracting hallmark events to Melbourne.

We also hope that he might touch on the possibility of staging a major winter event, with a focus on the waterway.

The $77 lunch cost gets you a pre-lunch drink, two courses with refreshment, followed by coffee and sweet things. You get to meet and sit with some of the key players in the Yarra River Precinct, as well as those from stakeholder organisations such as the City of Melbourne and Parks Victoria, who have a major bearing on what happens in this part of the world.

It’s a very valuable, enjoyable and cost-effective two hours. Contact the association’s executive officer at for information and bookings.

Things on the water look like being a bit livelier this summer as a result of the Parks Victoria EOI for on-water food and beverage activation. We are promised three pontoon installations.

If the temporary structure created by Arbory two years ago is any indication, we can expect a new dimension to the Yarra River experience.

It’s the first sign of a new attitude by Parks Victoria and its new CEO to the endless possibilities of the waterway, while not compromising its sporting and recreational use.

It was interesting to note in the media last month that Paul Little is showing increasing signs of being interested in operating a transport ferry on the Lower Yarra, which attracted the backing of the Lord Mayor.

It is only a matter of time before a commuter service happens, but there are still some people in Spring St who need convincing.

Excitement is building in the precinct for the launch of the Australian Music Vault on December 19.

This new, permanent and free attraction in the Theatres Building of Arts Centre Melbourne will attract tens - if not hundreds - of thousands of visitors a year, to enjoy its homage to Australian contemporary music.

Exhibitions held in the space during recent years, such as the ACDC and Kylie, indicate what a powerful draw card it will be. The flow-on economic effect to Southbank businesses will be significant.

If you’re a local business and wish to keep in touch with what’s happening on the ground in this precinct, then the association’s new membership structure may be of interest.

For just $70 per year, you can sign-up as a “YR Connect” member and receive weekly e-bulletins, which are chock-full of news and marketing opportunities.

The “YR Engage” membership package at $200 per year provides your business with a higher level of benefit, including a full illustrated listing on the official website.

The $350 “YR Participate” membership package provides all the benefits plus a ticket to each of the association’s three business lunches each year. Go to for more details, or you can speak to the executive officer on 0412 502 931.

John Forman - President

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