Com­mu­nity Award

Australian Forests and Timber - - VAFI -

HVP PLAN­TA­TIONS has re­ceived the 2014 VAFI Com­mu­nity Award for its role in de­vel­op­ing the Alpine Com­mu­nity Plan­ta­tion Inc. ini­tia­tive.

The Alpine Com­mu­nity Plan­ta­tion Inc. is an in­de­pen­dent com­mu­nity based or­gan­i­sa­tion that was es­tab­lished in 2013 as the re­sult of an in­no­va­tive pub­lic, pri­vate and com­mu­nity part­ner­ship.

The part­ner­ship be­tween HVP Plan­ta­tions, Alpine Shire Coun­cil and the lo­cal com­mu­nity, with fund­ing from the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment, is re­spon­si­ble for the recre­ational, ed­u­ca­tional and com­mu­nity use of al­most 20,000 hectares of HVP Plan­ta­tions land within the Alpine Shire.

The aim of the or­gan­i­sa­tion is to en­hance the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the com­mu­nity and the forestry in­dus­try through the de­vel­op­ment of a na­ture-based tourism precinct. It hopes to in­crease tourism in the Alpine re­gion, and at­tract in­vest­ment to stim­u­late eco­nomic in­vest­ment, en­sur­ing that the lo­cal com­mu­nity is re­silient and sus­tain­able.

The Alpine Com­mu­nity Plan­ta­tion Inc. is a na­ture based tourism precinct with a dif­fer­ence. It is a com­mu­nity-run recre­ational space with walk­ing and mountain bike trails, and hosts both na­tional and lo­cal events. It is a space that was cre­ated by and for the vis­i­tors and res­i­dents of the Alpine Shire.

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