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.