T.R.E.K Launch of Community Energy Hub in the Kiewa Valley

UKVCA are supporting the launch of of a Community Energy Hub.  TREK (Toward.  Renewable. Energy. Kiewa) is working towards 100% renewable energy in our Valley.

Find out more at an information session on Friday, 20th March, starting at 6pm at the AUDITORIUM@informationcentre, Mt. Beauty.  Click on the  link below for more information         Community Roadshow Invitation

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Ovens Fire District planned burning program for 2020

Forest Fire Management Victoria have supplied information on the planned burning program for the upcoming season.  At this stage, any commencement to the burning program will be a few weeks away and will require weather and fuel conditions to be suitable.

3 information sheets are attached.  Click on the blue links below to open each of them.

  1.  Planned Burns Victoria Notification System.     Planned Burns Victoria info sheet
  2.   FFMVic Ovens planned burn program 2020.     FFMVic Ovens planned burn program  2020
  3.  Overall map of the Beechworth-Chiltern, Yackandandah, Myrtleford, Bright-Mt.             Beauty.     2020 planned burns Overall map


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Government Concessional Loans for fire impacted businesses

Applications are now open for concessional loans of up to $500,000 to support small business, primary producers and non-profit organisations impacted by the Victorian bushfires.

Rural Finance will administer these loans.  Affected entities can now apply through their website:  https://www.ruralfinance.com.au/industry-programs/victorian-bushfires-2019-2020-concessional-loans.

These loans are for entities who have suffered significant damage to their assets and/or a significant loss of income as a direct result of the fires.  Funding may be used for:

  •  Repairing or replacing plant or equipment or buildings
  •  Purchasing livestock to replace those lost
  • Paying bills, salaries, wages, rent or rates
  • Buying fodder and water for livestock or produce, or transporting livestock (associated with a primary production enterprise).

You can call Rural Finance on 1800 260 425 for more information.

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ALPINE SHIRE COUNCIL March 2020 meeting

The Alpine Shire Council conducts one monthly meeting per year in Mt. Beauty.  Next month’s 2020 meeting will be in Mt. Beauty on Tuesday, 3rd March, 7pm at the AUDITORIUM@informationcentre.   This is your opportunity to witness our local government in action.  The agenda is usually available on-line at…  http://www.alpineshire.vic.gov.au Community members can submit up to 2 questions ‘On Notice’ to be addressed at the meeting or ‘From the Floor’ at the meeting.  The General Council meeting will follow.

Residents and community members are all welcome.  This is also  an opportunity to talk to individual councillors after the meeting so put this date in your diary.


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Living with Persistent Pain?

A FREE , easy to understand talk about why your body hurts will be presented across a number of Victorian regional  towns during March.  The closest session in our area is in Bright on March 13.  The Brain Bus will be open from 12.00 – 2.00pm and the Public Seminar is from 3.30-5.00pm.  For more information and to register for  your FREE ticket click on this link…..         www.painrevolution.org/events

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Many of you receiving this post are paid up members of the UKVCA and some of you are lifelong members. We thank you for your ongoing support

However, we wish to appeal to those of you who are currently not members but have been paid up members at some time in the last seven years.

Since the UKVCA was formed in September 2012, it has completed many projects, some of which are:

  1. Establishing the Honour Rock in Hydro Park, which was named following results of a community survey organised by UKVCA.
  2. Nominating citizens and organisations for the Alpine Shire Australia Day   Awards, many of whom have been winners.
  3. Representing the community at Alpine Shire Council meetings and developing stronger working relations with both staff and Councillors. At UKVCA’s request, for the past 3  years, we have had a Council meeting held in Mt. Beauty.  The Association has also provided members for panels deciding on Shire Community and Events grants.
  4. In 2013, the first annual Community Forum was held to which all three levels of Government have been invited, allowing the community direct consultation with their local representatives.
  5. Cleaning up the open space area opposite the AGL offices, with more work still to be completed there.
  6. Being granted Victorian Government “Pick My Project” funding to extend the track from Pebble Beach along the West Kiewa River.  This project will be completed by  March, this year.
  7. Establishment of TReK (Towards Renewable energy Kiewa), a group working to introduce environmentally sound power supply to the Kiewa Valley.
  8. Support is given to many other community groups and their projects, such as the work on the West Kiewa River picnic area.
  9. There are many other smaller completed projects providing benefits in our community.

However, the Association is now faced with a major concern.  With more projects being proposed which require working input, we must take out Public Liability insurance.  This does not come cheaply and will cost between $700 and $800 annually.  As a non- profit organisation, we do not have the funds to cover this annually and so we need to seek additional funding.  We have looked for support from government funds but they cannot be used for this type of expenditure.  So we must turn to you, our community.  Our simple request is,  for those of you who are no longer financial members, to renew your membership ASAP by simply paying $10 into the UKVCA bank account, details below.

We thank you for your attention to this information and hope you can see your way to give us your financial support.

BANKING DETAILS:Please provide your name and membership to the bank to show on the UKVCA account.
Bendigo Bank
• Upper Kiewa Valley Community Association Inc.
• BSB:  633 000
• Account No: 156 980 120

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