The Wollombi Valley is located at the southern gateway to Hunter Valley Wine Country, just two hours drive from the Sydney CBD, and one hour from Newcastle and the Central Coast. We are a small yet thriving community, full of creative people who love the lifestyle this beautiful area provides.
There is something for everyone in the Wollombi Valley, whether you are looking to live, work or visit. From cafes and boutique shops, to wineries and galleries, from schools and pony club, to tennis courts and the garden club.
The Wollombi Valley Chamber of Commerce Inc (WVCC) began in 1992 as a business organisation representing local business interests, providing services for the community and visitors to the Wollombi Valley. In 2010 WVCC launched a new brand Wollombi Valley Tourism (WVT) to be clear that our main focus is to promote the Wollombi Valley as a destination. We believe that today’s visitors are tomorrow’s home owners and that “tourism is everybody’s business” either directly or indirectly.
WVT aims to create an environment of success for Wollombi Valley. We do this by:
- Defining and promoting the “Wollombi Valley experience”.
- Increasing awareness of the Wollombi Valley to visitors already coming to the Hunter Valley so to: Increase our share of visitors, Increase time spent by visitors to Wollombi Valley, Increase the dollars spent by visitors to the Wollombi Valley.
- Ensuring the flow on effects benefit other local businesses.
Much of what has been done in the last 12 months has been a consolidation of past initiatives. Building on the outcomes of prior Strategic Plans it is pleasing that much has been achieved in the last 12 months with key outcomes including:
- The Chamber’s website www.visitwollombi.com.au has been updated and much improved. It is now mobile compatible. Unique visitors now exceed 3,500 each month and this has increased by nearly 50% since January 2013.
- Our Facebook page continues to capture a lot of people to whom events and activities in the Wollombi Valley are being marketed. This page is fast becoming the place for ‘Friends of Wollombi’. In June 2013 our second Facebook competition resulted in fans increasing from 1,071 at the start of campaign to 2,005 and fans now exceed 2,030. We ran another competition in 2014, and now fave over 3,000 Facebook fans. Only the former Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism has more Facebook fans in the Hunter area.
- A very disciplined budgeting process was managed, with the objective of increasing membership and hence fee revenue; and the retention of a targeted minimum cash balance of $2,000. The available cash spend is governed by the Strategic Plan and prioritised to maximise ‘’bang for buck’’ for each initiative undertaken so as to optimise the promotion of Wollombi Valley.
- The Loop Map with Wollombi, Broke, Polkolbin and Mt View was released, and it has been a big effort to have over 70 businesses in these areas commit to the Map. For the Chamber the objective of the map is to draw more visitors to Wollombi from the larger wine areas.
- The local Wollombi map has also been completely revised with a very new look and many new additions to the business directory.
- DL flyers of Wollombi are now distributed to all regional tourism centres, many businesses around wine country and the Sydney Rocks and Darling Harbour Visitor Centres. We are using a professional brochure distribution service.
- Wollombi Walks are being developed by Michael Young and the broad idea arose out of a question at a Committee meeting ‘where can visitors go for short walks around Wollombi?’ When soon ready these walks will greatly enhance the visitor experience around Wollombi.
- Membership of the Chamber now exceeds 80 members, nearly double that of 2 years ago. Members are almost equally split between tourism and non-tourism.
- Benefit from promotional work undertaken by the WVT
- Advertise your business on the Wollombi Valley Tourism website – your Business Listing includes a hyperlink to your website
- Opportunity to submit News and Events to both the website and Visit Wollombi Facebook page
- Network with fellow members representing many different businesses in the area
- Have access to council, government and funding opportunities
- Be part of a responsible and respected business organisation
- Participate in regular general meetings
- Influence and help shape the growth and direction of the Wollombi Valley
- Have a vote at the Annual General Meeting, and help decide who will lead the WVCC
- Become a part of the vibrant business community within the Wollombi Valley, and help ensure visitor enjoy their experience in the area.
All fees collected through membership assist the Wollombi Valley Chamber of Commerce with marketing and promotion of the Wollombi Valley and other projects to assist with business development.
Fees for 2014/15 are:
- $200 per year for Tourism Businesses
- $100 per year for Additional Tourism Businesses (such as a Vineyard Cellar Door with Accommodation)
- $30 per year for Non-Tourism Businesses (such as local tradesmen)
Wollombi Valley Chamber of Commerce Inc Executive Committee August 2015 to August 2016
President – Graham Skeates
Vice-President – Michael Noyce (Noyce Brothers Wine)
Secretary – David Allwood (Somewhere Unique)
Membership Secretary – Peter Migan (Wollombi Farm Country House)
Treasurer – Bob Prentice (Avoca House B&B)
For more information, or to join the Chamber of Commerce, contact the President, Graham Skeates by email
Wollombi Valley Chamber of Commerce is trialling Wollombi Valley Tourism Endorsed Events – a great step towards building a more significant and cohesive element to the way Wollombi is marketed as a destination. Find out more about inexpensive ways to promote your local event ~
- Your event must promote the Wollombi Valley as a destination. Preferably in the title, but if not, in all marketing and communication.
- Where appropriate your event should include Wollombi Valley businesses / suppliers over outside area suppliers.
- The event holder must supply professional marketing material that enhances the overall image of the valley/the event, and is supplied in the correct file format and size to be used effectively on the Visit Wollombi website and Facebook page.
- The event should generate new visitors to the area.
- Enhanced branding and credibility for your event.
- Showing your support of ‘Brand Wollombi’.
- Formal recognition of your event by Wollombi Valley Tourism, the peak local tourism body in the Wollombi valley.
- Your Event will be promoted on the Home Page of www.visitwollombi.com.au in the ‘Endorsed Events’ position, with a graphic and hyperlink to your website.
- Your event will be included as a separate listing under the Events tab on www.facebook.com/visitwollombi
Wollombi Valley Tourism have a General Meeting every second month, and the Executive Committee have a Management Meeting each month. If you have an issue you would like raised at a meeting, please email the President.
General Meetings 2014/15
General Meeting (Dinner)
Monday 13th October 2014 – 6pm at Great Northern Trading Post
Ph 4998 8244 to RSVP for dinner – $30 per person
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARTY
Monday 8th December 2014 – 6pm at Wollombi Fire Station (details TBA)
General Meeting (Dinner)
Monday 9th February 2015 – 6pm (venue TBA)
General Meeting (Dinner)
Monday 13th April 2015 – 6pm at (venue TBA)
General Meeting (Dinner)
Monday 15th June 2015 – 6pm (venue TBA)
Monday 10th August 2015 – 6pm (venue TBA)
Management Meetings 2014/15
Thursday 11th September 2014 – 4.30pm at Milsons Arm
Thursday 9th October 2014 – 4.30pm at Milsons Arm
Thursday 13th November 2014 – 4.30pm at Milsons Arm
Thursday 4th December 2014 – 4.30pm at Milsons Arm
Thursday 8th January 2015 – 4.30pm at Milsons Arm
Thursday 5th February 2015 – 4.30pm at Milsons Arm
Thursday 12th March 2015 – 4.30pm at Milsons Arm
Thursday 9th April 2015 – 4.30pm at Milsons Arm
Thursday 14th May 2015 – 4.30pm at Milsons Arm
Thursday 11th June 2015 – 4.30pm at Milsons Arm
Thursday 9th July 2015 – 4.30pm at Milsons Arm
Thursday 6th August 2015 – 4.30pm at Milsons Arm