The Thirroul Village Committee (TVC) is a group of local residents who share an interest in the future of Thirroul. The Committee first met in 1991. The first meeting was called by Don Gray OAM, a long time resident, who was concerned that the “Town was looking rather tatty”. Don was the initial Chairperson, and Lynne Jones was the first Secretary.
In the early years, the main effort was in gardening and improving the appearance of Thirroul. The Committee planted over 2000 trees including Illawarra Flame Trees along Lawrence Hargrave Drive and established many of the small street side gardens seen throughout Thirroul. The TVC established the Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival then handed over its management to the Thirroul/Austinmer Lions Club. Other activities over the years are covered in the history section of this Website. Action on ambience is still a priority with gardening and anti-graffiti groups currently doing some excellent work.
As an informal group, the Committee has no mandate and does not claim to act on behalf of Thirroul’s residents. Instead action is only taken where there is a clear majority of attendees in support.
The committee meets every second month on a Sunday afternoon at 4pm at the Thirroul Railway Institute in Railway Parade, Thirroul. All meetings are open public forums with a chairman managing the proceedings. The normal meeting agenda is;
Minutes of Last Meeting
Progress reports from sub committees
Meetings are kept to one and one half hour duration, with any matters requiring lengthy action and discussions being managed via subcommittees. The main avenue of communication is via email, though more recently the ThirroulVillage.com.au website and a Facebook page have been established.
Office bearers are voted in at the Annual General meeting. The positions are as follows.
The Executive as a group also act on behalf of the TVC between meetings.
Represent the TVC as required.
Fill in for President as required, represent the TVC as required.
Complete correspondence usually via email as required by meeting set agenda and print off meeting signs before each meeting
Take minutes, collect list of attendees produce and distribute draft minutes soon after meeting then
send out final two weeks before next meeting.
Manage fundraising and bank account.
Distribute notice of meeting signs put free adds for next meeting in Advertiser, ABC radio Press agent to get articles in local press Represent the TVC as required.