Community Survey on the Formulation of Climbing Victoria
Outdoor recreational climbing and climbers in Victoria currently lack a peak body that can represent their interests and work with land managers, policy makers, First Nations people and others. For over three years, several climbing related organisations have worked informally together as a quasi-peak body under the working title of Climbing Victoria Advisory Council (CVAC) (more information on the origins of CVAC can be found here. During this time it has become clear that there is great value and an ongoing need for this type of representative organisation. Current CVAC members feel the time is right to move to a fully formalised body that would add the following to the existing arrangement:
- An improved governance structure for long term durability and integrity
- A stronger mandate to represent the interests of outdoor climbing in Victoria
- A formal membership structure
- A formalised selection process for governance roles, to democratically represent the outdoor climbing community with accountability back to the climbing community
- Recognition by other organisations
- Ability to raise and manage funds as required
CVAC has taken great care in considering the input from its member organisations around the appropriate structure and functions of a peak body. We would now like to consult with the broader outdoor recreational climbing community in Victoria on what is being proposed. We have prepared a summary document that outlines key principles of how a peak body for outdoor climbing in Victoria would be organised. It focuses on the key aspects of membership, the selection of a governing Board and the role of the Board. The points from this document, once changes from public consultation have been included, will inform the Rules of Association which will be submitted to Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) as part of the application to become an Incorporated Association.
The summary document on this proposal can be found here.
The community survey can be found here. Note the closing date for this survey is midnight Friday 15th December.
The organisations that have been contributing to developing the framework for Climbing Victoria are:
- Western Victoria Climbing Club
- Victorian Climbing Club
- RMIT Outdoors Club
- Crag Stewards Victoria
- Outdoors Victoria
- Sport Climbing Victoria