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2016 Winner - Small and Medium Enterprises

Yarra Valley Estate

Yarra Valley Estate is a 120-acre venue located at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. With four conference rooms and 48 rooms of onsite accommodation for up to 100 guests, the estate operates as a business event centre, and a wedding and private functions venue.

John and Louise Ward purchased the land in 1983 with a vision to establish a private business for public good, where they would share the beauty of their land with others, nurture guests’ wellbeing and help reconnect people back to nature.

These days, Yarra Valley Estate is aiming to be carbon neutral and fully environmentally restorative within 12–24 months, achieving zero waste. They measure their footprint and benchmark operations with EarthCheck. They grow their own vegetables, are water independent, and source produce and staff locally. Social sustainability is equally important – each year they contribute 8–11 per cent of net revenue to disadvantaged communities.


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