THE Grantville Business and Community Association (GBCA) is the main representative body for both businesses and residents in the Grantville area and has historically been highly successful in raising funds for events and projects which benefit the community at large.

Last year, executive members collaborated with council to create the outdoor eating space next to Alex Scott & Staff and are currently liaising with council regarding a shelter at the Memorial Park. They also run the annual Great Witch Hunt and have just launched a ‘Visit Grantville’ website.

The GBCA will host the Waterline Expo on December 4 at the Grantville Recreation Reserve to showcase local community groups and businesses. Local community groups and businesses will be giving talks and setting up a stall to showcase what they offer.

The annual Christmas event hosted by GBCA will also go ahead on December 12 at the Grantville Memorial Park, starting at 5pm. There will be facepainting for the kids, a Christmas carols sing-along, and the CFA will deliver Santa on the fire truck.

Regrettably, most of the long-serving GBCA executive members will be stepping down at the next general meeting to make way for a new generation of volunteers.

After years of dedicated service, secretary Dianne Goeman, treasurer Lester Harris and executive members Les and Sandy Ridge will be resigning from their positions.

The current president Neroli Heffer will also stand down at the next general meeting but will nominate for the vice-president’s position.

“It would be a shame for the association to fold due to the lack of a new generation stepping up to fill executive positions,” Neroli said.

“Not only would Grantville not have a voice, but there would no longer be any community-run events. The association has secured a good amount of funding from various funding bodies, including BCSC and Bendigo Bank which needs to be spent on community projects.”

The population in Grantville has grown rapidly in the past few years and will continue to do so. This makes the need for a representative body even more vital if people want their community concerns to be advocated.

New members are welcome and in fact are essential in ensuring that the GBCA continues to represent business and community issues of concern.

If you are interested in becoming a member and/or taking on an executive position, please contact the secretary by email and a membership form will be sent to you. The email address is thegbca1@gmail.com.

Memberships fees are $15 per person per year.

“We look forward to having your input on ways to spend the significant amount of accrued funds to benefit the community,” the GBCA said.