Meet the Board

The Bendigo Tourism Board works collaboratively with the City Of Greater Bendigo’s Tourism and Major Events Unit to create a unique alignment.

Together we work to evolve our industry, facilitate training and opportunities for our partners and grow the visitation to our beautiful destination.


Finn Vedelsby – Chair
Rocks on Rosalind

Finn was raised locally and has lived in both Melbourne and interstate. Returning to Bendigo in 2006 after working in some of the county’s best restaurants and bars, in 2013 Finn and his business partner returned Bendigo’s first bank of the Goldfields to its former glory, repurposed into the stunning contemporary dining venue and bar, Rocks on Rosalind. Finn’s genuine and charming hospitality makes him a formidable host. His provision of fine restaurant service, sommelier training and knowledge of beverages is exceptional, as is his commitment to representing the local hospitality industry to ensure it continues to thrive and grow, with national recognition.


Peter Abbott – Deputy Chair
Bendigo Heritage Attractions 

Peter is the Chief Executive Officer of Bendigo Heritage Attractions (BHA). Peter is a long-time judge, mentor and applicant for the Victorian Tourism Award, a museum accreditation inspector and board member of Museums Australia (VIC). To his credit, Peter was previously Regional Tourism Manager for the South Australian Tourism Commission, Tourism Services Manager for Warrnambool and has held various operational roles for major Melbourne venues.


Colin Johnston – Secretary
Gold Nugget Tourism Park

With my wife Linda, I have owned and operated the Gold Nugget Tourist Park for the past 15 years.
As the immediate past Vice President of the Victorian Caravan Parks Association, and current President of the North Central Division of Vic Parks, I am in touch with the wider industry trends, and I bring experience in drawing together the many voices, opinions and concerns to come up with a common purpose and strategy.
I look forward to providing a caravanning and holiday perspective to the Bendigo Tourism Board in its deliberations.


Nicole Walker – Treasurer
Chateau Dore Winery & Receptions

Nicole Walker, together with her husband Glenn, has been owner and operator of Chateau Dore Winery and Receptions in the Mandurang Valley for 9 years.  Nicole is also a Chartered Accountant, having worked in Corporate Finance and Restructuring, in both Melbourne and London. Nicole returned to Bendigo in 2003, working in a Senior Management role with the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for 15 years.


Fiona Rooke – PR Officer

Fiona is owner and operator of Robe and pioneer and key driver of Chancery Lane Bendigo. Fiona worked alongside the COGB to secure a $100K Victorian State Government grant for Chancery Lane in 2008 as part of the Walk Bendigo initiative. Fiona co-founded the 2014 Marriage Equality Campaign, worked with Believe In Bendigo, delivered the Bendigo Street Festival series as part of the Vibrant Central Bendigo advocacy group and is studying to be a paramedic.


Julius Porlai Jnr
Mon Couer Bendigo

Julius is a now retired Public Accountant and along with his wife, is owner and operator of Bendigo business Mon Coeur. Julius has been presenting on local community radio since its inception in 1982 and today delivers the weekly program “Track of the Blues” on KLFM. Julius was a ‘dragon carrier’ for Bendigo’s iconic Sun Loong for fifteen years during the annual Easter Festival and has nurtured a long-standing passion for the Bendigo music scene. Julius initiated The Blues Tram in Bendigo and is a founding committee member and treasurer of the iconic Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival.

Charles Loftus
Bendigo Welcome Stranger Motel

Charles along with his wife, has owned and operated the Welcome Stranger Motel for the past 15 years. Prior to this the couple owned a caravan park for a further 8 years. Charles is a former Regional Councillor, is currently the Vice President of the Bendigo Motel Association and a board member of the Budget Motel chain.

Sonia Anthony
Masons of Bendigo

As well as 20 years of industry experience and a previous stint on the Board whilst owners of The Bridge Bendigo, Sonia, along with her husband Nick, have owned and operated Masons for over 6 years now.

Sonia is looking forward to working with the board to further showcase our tourism opportunities and potentials our region has to offer in new experiences, new ways of telling our stories, new collaborations and new connections.

Paul Greblo
Sandhurst Ridge Winery

Paul, together with his brother George and their partners, own and operate Sandhurst Ridge Vineyard and Winery.  Vineyard plantings began in 1989, with their first vintage produced in 1995. The partners operate a cellar door which is open daily, together with boutique accommodation in the vineyard. Paul is currently on the Bendigo Winegrowers Associaton executive committee, and has also been a past president of the same organisation.

Cr Yvonne Wrigglesworth

Cr Yvonne Wrigglesworth lives in Axedale and is currently the Strategy, Planning and Governance Director at Bendigo Health. As a first-time Councillor, she looks forward to being a hard-working, positive and enthusiastic leader. She is particularly interested in the areas of active transport, economic development and tourism, and will strive to ensure the recommendations of the Rural Communities Strategy are implemented and serve as a voice for residents in rural areas and small towns.


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