Our Purpose & Role
The stated role for the GCDA is to carry out community work for Geeveston.
What does this mean in practical terms?
We aim to make Geeveston a great place to live, to visit, and to carry out business.
A Potted History on the Evolution of the GCDA
Geeveston had its own Town Hall and was the administrative centre of the Esperance Shire which stretched from Castle Forbes Bay down to Dover.
(The Town Hall is currently being used as the Geeveston Visitor’s Centre.)
In recent times, all the smaller shire councils were consolidated under the administration of the regional Huon Valley Council. Township Councils were established, consisting of local citizens, who advised the regional council of any local issues that needed attention.
These were then morphed into our current arrangement, with similar organisations in the main townships throughout the Huon Valley. The current momentum of the GCDA is not so much as a town upkeep association (the internet has made it much easier for residents to inform the council of local issues that need attention) but has more focus on bringing visitors regularly to Geeveston so that our businesses are invigorated, thereby stimulating local employment.
What We’ve Done For Geeveston So Far
Educational Bike Track in Heritage Park.
The GCDA applied for a grant of $77,000 from the Bendigo Bank to get this facility established for the town’s young bicycle riders as a safe and fun way to learn about road safety.
The work was carried out by the Huon Valley Council.
Current Recurring Events:
Blossoms in the Valley Art Show (for a week in late October)
Wheels in the Park Car & Bike Show (first Sunday in February)
Salmon BBQ at the monthly Twilight Feasts (1st Thursday each month, from 5pm at the Visitor’s Centre).
Traffic safety issues, including:
- Concrete traffic stops in Church Street
- Speed limit reduction in Church Street
- Pedestrian bridge for Kermandie River Road near the highway
- Pedestrian safety concerns on Arve Road, outward bound from Geeveston Primary School.
Beautification of Geeveston
Pete (the President’s) pet project is rubbish collection off the streets of Geeveston.
How To Become Involved
Volunteers are the lifeblood of small towns, and it’s a great way to find out about your new community, make new friends, or catch up with old friends.
We’d love to hear from you if you’re occasionally willing to help out with:
- cooking up some salmon for us at our monthly stall,
- keeping your section of the street free from rubbish
- hanging up some artwork for our art show
- setting up and taking down gazebo’s, directing entrant’s vehicles, collecting donations at our car show (this is a big day, so it’s all hands on deck!)
- developing our website and social media presence
- coming to meetings, getting involved in our committees or event-organising committees.
Membership is only $10 a year, and you can download your membership forms here: Invitation to join and membership form
Either bring the completed form with you to our next meeting or drop it off at the Visitor’s Centre.
Payment can be made online with direct deposit to our account
Account Number: 152 546 917
Reference: Your Name