Our AGM is coming up on Wednesday 30 October. A number of our current committee are stepping down, or have done so during the year, all for very understandable reasons. We also have the transfer of Heath Copland to ex-officio committee member as he has become our councillor.
So we’re on the hunt for new committee members!
What the AVA does
The AVA strives to work in an energetic, co-operative and organised way for the benefit of the village of Arrowtown. We are the voice of Arrowtown and represent the whole community.
We regularly submit to local, regional and central government on a range of topics close to locals' hearts. We also act as an opinion-gathering group as we submit to these various bodies. Matters such as clean air and the Orbus service are just two examples over the last year.
We work to maintain and improve amenities in Arrowtown and support projects that restore the environment, from our involvement in weed control work on Feehly Hill to being a member of the access group for the Mahu Whenua covenant area. The Arrowtown Wilding Group is a sub-group of the AVA and we undertake some administrative requirements for Predator Free Arrowtown. We closely collaborate with the Arrowtown Promotion and Business Association on community issues.
We are proud guardians of the Shaping Our Future report, using this exciting community visioning document to guide our thinking. We look forward to ongoing consultation with the community given the report’s ‘live’ status.
What the committee does
The committee is elected at the AGM. It speaks for the association's members, irrespective of the views or interests of the individual committee members. Currently the committee comprises members with young families through to retired folk, a great mix of who Arrowtown is. It meets monthly, usually on the fourth Thursday of the month, but this format will be discussed with the new committee.
Being a committee member doesn’t have to be a big time commitment, more than anything we’re looking to keep a broad range of voices – although we would obviously not decline any particular skills you may bring to the table! Following the AGM the new committee will be requiring a treasurer and also a secretary, but we will discuss this fully at our first meeting. If you happen to have particular interest in either of those roles, great, but any interest is welcomed.
The AVA has a number of areas of interest, including the following:
- Website, membership promotion, media (The Loop, Facebook) articles
- Arrowtown Wilding Group
- Assistance with admin of Predator Free Arrowtown
- Assistance with financial admin of Arrowtown Choppers
- Clean air programme
- Tracks and trails
- Queenstown Lakes District Council liaison
- Otago Regional Council liaison
- Liaison with the Arrowtown Promotion and Business Association
- Liaison regarding Arrowtown reserves and gardens
- Guardians of the Shaping Our Future document, with ongoing liaison and promoting its use by the community
At the very least, mark your diaries and come along for the AGM at 7pm on Wednesday 30 October in the Arrowtown Community Rooms (rugby club). Our guest speaker will update the community on the Coronet Forest Harvest, and hear updates on the Wilding Control Work, Predator Free Arrowtown and all things Arrowtown!