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UP­PER Kiewa Val­ley Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual meeting will be held at the in­for­ma­tion centre au­di­to­rium on Septem­ber 7 at 7.30pm.

The UKVCA was formed in 2012 in re­sponse to com­mu­nity out­rage over an Alpine Shire Coun­cil plan to re­model Mount Beauty town­ship in­fra­struc­ture without any ef­fec­tive con­sul­ta­tion with the pop­u­la­tion as a whole.

The com­mu­nity saw a need to open com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the coun­cil, and make sure that the true needs of the Kiewa Val­ley pop­u­la­tion were known and where pos­si­ble, met.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is now a lobby and ad­vo­cacy group, aim­ing to im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the var­i­ous groups in the Up­per Kiewa Val­ley and also be­tween the many groups in the re­gion.

The cur­rent com­mit­tee is keen to wel­come new mem­bers.

Lo­cal peo­ple who want a say in what hap­pens in the Up­per Kiewa Val­ley are en­cour­aged to at­tend the an­nual meeting.

The UKVCA com­mit­tee meets monthly to work on com­mu­nity im­prove­ment projects and is­sues of lo­cal con­cern.

It com­mu­ni­cates con­cerns and sug­ges­tions to the coun­cil, gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and rel­e­vant or­gan­i­sa­tions and works col­lab­o­ra­tively to achieve mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial and ap­pro­pri­ate out­comes for the com­mu­ni­ties in our val­ley.

It also helps in­di­vid­u­als to help them­selves by teach­ing them to lobby gov­ern­ment bod­ies on is­sues of more par­tic­u­lar con­cern.

Since its for­ma­tion the as­so­ci­a­tion has lob­bied suc­cess­fully for im­proved sig­nage and nam­ing of spa­ces in the Up­per Kiewa, started work on the West Kiewa Opens Space, and in­vited the Alpine coun­cil to meet in the Kiewa Val­ley at least once a year.

It has also or­gan­ised fo­rums so that the com­mu­nity can meet and talk with lo­cal, Vic­to­rian and fed­eral gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Mem­bers of the UKVCA at­tend every Alpine coun­cil meeting.

UKVCA chair Jodee Betheras said that it was a thrill that the as­so­ci­a­tion could de­velop out of a strong grass­roots re­ac­tion to an un­pop­u­lar move.

“It is pretty ex­cit­ing what a vary­ing group of vol­un­teers have man­aged to achieve over the past five years,” she said.

“There is great sat­is­fac­tion and pride to be gained from do­ing some­thing for our com­mu­nity and mak­ing it a bet­ter place in which to live.”

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