2017 Casey Cardinia Tourism & Hospitality Day 

The 2017 Casey Cardinia Tourism & Hospitality Day is proudly being presented this year by Casey Cardinia Tourism Inc. and Puffing Billy Country Getaways.

This is the 3rd Tourism conference held for business in our region. The one day program is being held again at the Atura Hotel in Doveton only 30 mins from the Hills corridor. As joint organisers of the previous two Tourism Day Conferences, Eastern Dandenong Ranges Business & Tourism highly encourage you send a member of your business to attend. This is extremely good value for the quality of speakers addressing the conference.

Traditional thinking has been that it’s the big events and high profile experiences which attract the tourists, but the truth is, any business where a tourist or visitor spends their time or money is a part of the tourism economy, and part of what gives visitors a valuable experience. A comprehensive program that highlights how tourists or visitors differ from your local customers and how you can meet their needs to increase your business.

Key speakers include:

  • Jules Brooke from Handle Your Own PR who will be discussing why PR should be a key part of your marketing mix.
  • Erika McInerney from Mac & Ernie speaking on the power of digital, and
  • Casey May from Redsteps Marketing improving your Google SEO and advising best practice guidelines for websites.

This event is relevant to all new and established tourism and hospitality businesses, and in particular for restaurant and café owners, accommodation providers, conference venues, event organisers, tourism attractions and transport operators.

Proudly supported by the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire Council, this event is open to members of Casey Cardinia Tourism Inc, Puffing Billy Country Getaways and Eastern Dandenong Ranges Business & Tourism at $40pp as well as to non-members at $60pp.

This one day event is taking place at the Atura Hotel Dandenong in Doveton on Tuesday 29th August from 9.30am to 4.30pm followed by networking and drinks.

For full program details please visit www.caseycardiniatourism.org.au.
Bookings are now open at https://www.trybooking.com/RDJV
For more information contact Michelle on 0429 639 337 or email admin@caseycardiniatourism.org.au

I look forward to seeing you at the conference and updating you on the visitor maps we are producing for our townships in the Eastern Dandenong Ranges.

Community Groups

EDRA encourages local Community Groups to become EDRA members. Our Community Group members are offered free articles in the The Local Voice News Magazine. The paper provides the opportunity for these groups to promote their news, initiatives, events and other information. You can view their stories at http://www.thelocal.org.au. Through this collaboration we are able to support each other and build stronger community connections.

EDRA is proud to support:

Emerald Arts Society https://emeraldartssociety.wordpress.com

Emerald District Museum & Nobelius Heritage Garden http://www.emeraldmuseum.org.au

Emerald & District Rotary http://www.emeraldrotary.org.au

Emerald Village Committee

Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater http://www.helmetedhoneyeater.org.au


EDRA supports Community Groups who require an incorporated association to apply and manage grants on their behalf.

We also identify community projects and apply for grants in conjunction with other community groups, schools, business and tourism operators.

Projects we have been/are involved in:

Jul 2017 – Dandenong Ranges Environment & Bushfire Reduction Grants

Design, development & establishment of Firewise Gardens at the Gembrook Community Centre & Ash Wednesday Education Centre. Collaboration with Cardinia Hills Ragwort & Landcare Group, CFA, Gembrook Emergency & Resilience Group, Southern Ranges Environment Alliance, Yarra Ranges Landcare Network, Cardinia Shire Council


Jan 2017 – Hills Art Market

Facilitation of the site with Puffing Billy for the Hills Art Market to run the market. Public liability insurance coverage.

August 2016 – 2nd Casey Cardinia Tourism Conference

August 2015 – 1st Casey Cardinia Tourism Conference


Ash Wednesday Memorial Picnic 2015 in association with Supporting Cockatoo Under Development (SCUD)

Cockatoo Neighbourhood House Work for the Dole Program

Ash Wednesday Bushfire Education Centre

Gembrook Small Townships Transformations Project

Gembrook Community Partnership Program: developing Gembrook Primary School into the education hub for the township

Landscape renewal Program: developing a sustainable primary production industry in our region