A Public Toilet Block for Tawonga South – a petition

Tawonga South is the Alpine Shire’s 4th largest town.  It has 20+ businesses in its central business district and is the centre for tourism in the Kiewa Valley.  It is the only town in the Alpine Shire without any public toilet facilities.  The petition is for public toilet facilities, parking and a picnic area.

The Upper Kiewa Valley Community Association Inc. (UKVCA) has been circulating petition forms since mid-October and these petition forms are located with many Tawonga South and Mt. Beauty traders and businesses.


We currently have several hundred signatures but would like more.  If you are a visitor or a resident of the Upper Kiewa Valley and believe there is a need for public facilities in Tawonga South, please sign the petition as soon as possible.

You will find copies of the petition forms at Tawonga South General Store & PO, Kiwi’s Fruit and Vegetable Market, Rocky Valley Bikes and UKVCA members will be on site outside the Tawonga South PO on Saturday, 30th December, 2017 from 10am to 12 noon  and at the Mt. Beauty Market, Hollonds Street, on Saturday, 6th January, 2018 from 10am to 12 noon.

Please show your support for this project by signing the Petition.  Petition forms will be collected and collated on 8th January and forwarded to the Alpine Shire Council with a formal request for urgent action.


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2017 Annual General Meeting – Advance Notice

Advance notice of the UKVCA 2017 Annual General Meeting and a call for nominations for the Upper Kiewa Valley Communicy Association Committee.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of UKVCA will be held on Thursday, 7th September, 2017.

Venue:  AUDITORIUM@informationcentre, Mt. Beauty.  (next to the Mt. Beauty Visitor Information Centre)

Time:  7.30pm

The current committee welcomes new members.  If you want your say into what happens in the Upper Kiewa Valley, come along.  In the past year UKVCA have worked on issues like:  the West Kiewa Open Space;  getting an official name for Hydro Park;  installing interpretive signs;  publishing Parks Vic. Planned Burns notices;  organising an annual forum where local Alpine Shire Councillors and the local State Member address the group;  organising an annual address by our local Federal member and organising Alpine Shire Council to conduct one of their monthly meetings in Mt. Beauty annually.

Nominations to be on the committee can be received before the date or on the night on the form attached – 2017 AGM Nomination Form.  Print the form and bring it to the meeting.

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Alpine Shire Council August meeting in Mt. Beauty

Here is your opportunity to see your local Council in action and meet some of the new Councillors.

The August monthly meeting of the Alpine Shire Council is coming to Mt. Beauty.

WHERE:  AUDITORIUM@informationcentre (next to the Tourist             Information Centre)

WHEN:    Tuesday, 1st August, 7pm.  ALL WELCOME

Questions on Notice about local government issues can be submitted prior to the meeting (send to info@alpineshire.vic.gov.au) and they will be addressed at the meeting.  There is a limit of 2 x Questions on Notice per person.

Questions about local government issues from the floor can also be  put to the meeting.  Again, there is a limit of 2 per person.

UKVCA hope to see interested residents at the meeting.  ASC only meet once a year in Mt. Beauty.  The Council meeting agenda can be found on the Alpine Shire site several days before the meeting.


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Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman

At the recent UKVCA Question&Answer Evening with Federal Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, there were a number of questions on the subject of telecommunications – mobile ‘phone reception, NBN, etc.  If you have concerns or complaints you can contact the Telecommunications Ombudsman on the link below:


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West Kiewa Open Space Working Bee Report

Sunday, 23rd April was a perfect day for our first community working bee to begin clearing under the large trees in the West Kiewa Open Space.  This has been a long-standing item on the UKVCA Project List.  About 28 keen and committed community members did the hard work and Kiewa Valley Lions Club provided a welcomed BBQ afterwords.

Di clearing undergrowth

Bob working on a dead tree

Jim and Meg

Doug clearing undergrowth

This pile was cleared from under the tree that John is working on.

Ben Truen and his equipment.

UKVCA and the Lions Club sincerely thank all who helped on the day.  Look out for the notice of the next working bee (probably in Spring) as there is still more to be done.


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Annual Q&A with Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan

Each year, UKVCA invite the local Federal Member for Indi to address a Question and Answer forum.  Cathy McGowan, our local Federal member of Parliament  will talk of her experiences in Federal Parliament and answer your questions relating to Federal Government issues.  This invitation is to all Kiewa Valley community members.

UKVCA Chairperson, Jodee Betheras and Cathy McGowan, Federal member for Indi

MP, Cathy McGowan with Jodee Betheras and Mt. Beauty Secondary College Students

The 2017 Q&A  is on Thursday, April 20 at 7.30pm at the Auditorium@informationcentre, Mt. Beauty.  (The building next to the Info Centre)

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