The South New South Wales Conference (SNSWC) has purchased the Adventist Alpine Village (AAV) in Jindabyne, NSW, from the South Pacific Division (SPD).
The property has long been a popular getaway destination for church groups, with schools from as far away as Perth, Western Australia and Queensland, annually making the trek to the village for school camps and excursions.
... we believe strongly that God has opened this door to enhance the mission of the church in South New South Wales and beyond.
In recent years, however, the SPD Executive Committee decided the AAV did not directly support its mission. Since Jindabyne is located within the region of the SNSWC, it was logical for the SPD to make an offer to the Conference to purchase the property.
“After much prayer and consideration, the South New South Wales Conference Executive Committee agreed to make an offer to purchase the property from the South Pacific Division,” said SNSWC chief financial officer Gavin Howie. “The Village is a huge investment for a conference of our size. However, we believe strongly that God has opened this door to enhance the mission of the church in South New South Wales and beyond.”
The AAV was opened in 1989 after the late Pastor Lance Butler had a dream to establish a facility free of alcohol, loud music and other secular influences synonymous with other mountain accommodation. Pastor Butler approached Loren Tinworth and together, with the support of many volunteers, the Adventist Alpine Village was established.
“Suffice to say, the Lord rewarded our efforts,” said Tinworth, reflecting on the many years of work it took to develop the property.
He also said he was “very pleased” to see the SNSWC “hit the ground running” in taking on the operation. The Conference has commenced work on a camping area that will allow members with caravans and tents to stay on site during the warmer summer months. Plans are also being considered to establish more accommodation on site as funds become available.
Prior to the exchange of ownership, the SPD also provided for the connection of town water supply to the site and also the upgrading of all the glazing to current standards.
“The future of the Adventist Alpine Village is very bright,” says Howie.
The AAV is set on 125 acres of natural bush land situated above Jindabyne, NSW, and just a half-hour drive from access to Mount Kosciusko.
For more information about the AAV, or to make a booking, visit alpinevillage.com.au.