At the recent Annual General Meeting the members elected the following members : Johann Westin as President, Hugh Forster – Vice President, Marg Pilgrim – Secretary, Tony O’Shea –Treasurer. Returning committee members are Lyn Mather, Jenny Eason, with new committee member, Vicki Burge welcomed.
The members voted unanimously to change the name of the association to ADVANCE AVOCA INC. The new focus of the association will address whole-of-town planning rather than just focusing on the business and tourism sectors as in previous years.
The committee looks forward to the new challenges ahead as it embraces the role of strategic planning and prioritizing the wider issues that will impact on the town’s growth and development in the years to come.
Guest speakers at the AGM were CEO of Ballarat Regional Tourism (BRT), Noel Dempsey and Anita Donnelly. They outlined the way forward for tourism in the Ballarat and the Pyrenees regions and explained what the organisation can offer members. Free membership with BRT is being offered to Pyrenees business operators and tourism groups until the end of December 2016 so they can discover the benefits of being part of the new partnership. Contact Alana Burge at the Avoca Information Centre 54651000 or visit the website www.visitballarat.com.au/industry/membership
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