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.”