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AIDA’s aims and objectives (2023) are as follows:

 Objective 1: Valuing local character

  • generate appreciation of the unique, informal character of the Aireys Inlet district;
  • support environmentally sensitive development and infrastructure by contributing to the formulation and upholding of planning guidelines and policies;
  • support conservation and regeneration of the Painkalac Creek valley and its environs, including the wetlands and timbered hillsides, freehold and public land; and
  • support preservationof the night sky through education, advocacy and planning.

Objective 2: Stewardship of the environment

  • participate in and support actions to highlight, mitigate and adapt to climate change and its effects;
  • support an environmentally and aesthetically sensitive policy for traffic and parking management and road and pathway construction; and
  • support appropriate conservation and regeneration of the beaches, dunes and cliff areas.

Objective 3: Strong community

  • encourage an appreciation of the region through deeper knowledge, especially of the history and the continuing presence of First Peoples;
  • support other groups working to strengthen community wellbeing;
  • encourage the creation, protection and maintenance of public open spaces and appropriate location of public facilities; and
  • support effective and environmentally sympathetic fire protection measures for the district.

Objective 4: Thriving local economy

  • supporta diverse economy by encouraging local businesses and services, regional produce and creative enterprises;
  • promote Aireys Inlet as a destination for nature-based, sustainable and regenerative tourism; and
  • seek to influence decisions made by external agencies on the environmental and management impacts of tourism and its marketing.

Objective 5: Advocacy

  • raise community awareness of, and canvas the community’s views on, current and emerging issues of significance in the district;
  • work with other Great Ocean Road communities to achieve common objectives through engagement with government and other public authorities; and
  • initiate and participate in ‘future-proofing’ research, planning and actions undertaken by external agencies and community groups.
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