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qathet Regional District briefs

Considers grant application for resource-recovery signage; Receives correspondence regarding Saltery Bay boat launch; Receives funds for volunteer fire departments' training, equipment
qathet Regional District directors recently heard that BC Parks has no plans to expand the Saltery Bay boat launch.

Grant application

qathet Regional District’s (qRD) board will consider ratifying a grant application opportunity by Let’s Talk Trash through First Credit Union for educational signage at the resource-recovery centre.

At the March 10 qRD committee of the whole meeting, directors voted to send a grant request for $10,000. According to the staff report, three signs will be used to depict waste practices of past, present and what is envisioned for the future.

Creation of the signs will include consultation with Tla’amin Nation and be inclusive of local practices from an Indigenous knowledge and cultural perspective, the report stated. It added that adding educational signage throughout the site will help reinforce how waste can be re-envisioned, create opportunity and inspire new ways of thinking.

Safety assessment

BC Parks has no plans to expand the Saltery Bay boat launch, regional directors learned. In correspondence from minister of environment and climate change strategy George Heyman, BC Parks is committed to maintaining the existing facility and will conduct a safety and condition assessment of the boat launch as a precursor to making any necessary repairs to ensure safety of recreational park users.

Equipment funding

The regional district has received $17,285.46 for equipment and training for Northside, Savary Island, Malaspina and Lasqueti Island volunteer fire departments.

According to correspondence from the community emergency preparedness fund, from the Province of BC, the grant will help enhance the volunteers and composite fire departments’ capacity to provide fire protection services and increase resiliency of BC communities.

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