The Maracas Valley Action Committee (MVAC) came into being in 2002 when residents of Maracas Valley became concerned about increased quarrying in its area and the degradation of the hillsides due to slash-and-burn farming and construction. Other residents throughout the Valley shared the concern that the increased activities were putting an intolerable burden on the existing infrastructure.
Since then, MVAC has taken on a monitoring role, keeping a record of the effect of activities within the Valley and their impact on the equilibrium of the environment and the lives of residents. These concerns were raised with various government ministries and agencies involved in the decision-making process with respect to the development of the Valley. One of MVAC’s objectives is to ensure that the authorities take into account the impact of the increasing demands on the Valley’s infrastructure when reviewing applications for quarrying, construction and related activities.
MVAC was formally registered on November 17th 2004.
The Association is a non profit, non political organisation committed to:
- Emphasising community responsibility for the Maracas Valley community
- Promoting maintenance, restoration and enhancement of the natural and man-made environment of Maracas Valley
- Insisting on transparency and the value of public participation in the decision-making process of the relevant authorities or bodies concerned with the development of the Maracas Valley community, and all activities incidental thereto.
Membership is open to anyone who shares a concern for the ideals expressed in MVAC’s mission statement.