Regional Director’s Report April 2013

forest pathWell first off I am a bit late, as volunteer week was last week and I have not thanked all the people who work preparing and training for emergencies on Gabriola. Then there are the countless volunteer at ESS, the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department, GIRO, the Community Hall, the AGI Hall, WI Hall, Commons, People for a Healthy Community and more. Thank-You for all your work on behalf of the community. 

Some of the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) directors and I took a tour of the International Composting Corporation plant  (ICC) at Duke Point. It was interesting and smelly. We will wait on staff to see the overall report on the odor problem

The Parks and Open Spaces Advisory Committee (POSAC) met on April 02 and the big subject discussed was a survey on water assess on Mudge island.  We will be meeting on Mudge island on May 25 to talk with residents about how they wish to proceed with water assesses on the island. Residents have been asking to have some of the assesses opened for viewpoints, beach assess, and car top boat launches. Development of these assesses is something that POSAC would put on their work plan.  There is also a need for a public boat launch and a barge landing facility. Once we find out what Mudge islanders want in regards to these facilities we will see what the taxpayer on that Island is willing to pay, as it will only be Mudge islanders who will pay for the improvement to their island.

The Hugs for Higgins fund raiser was great fun with Rick Jackson, Trevor McKay, myself and others taking a few pies in the face for a good cause. It was good experience just in case I see the real thing coming.

There was a Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) conference in Sooke April 12-14 .There was all the usual election of officers, finical information, etc. The resolutions were the most interesting with many being hotly debated. These included fish habitat protection, bike lanes on provincial road right-of-ways, genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals, regulations of foreign ownership of farmland, sport halibut fishing, B.C Ferry fares and more. For a complete list of resolutions  go to the AVICC web site .

On the community project list, the community bus funding should be in place by the end of May.

The road side trail from Tin Can Alley to the corners of North and South Roads is moving forward slowly but moving. And this time I am sure the South Road Park stairs are at last done. The Huxley Park management plan is also moving forward with upcoming community meetings.

Last year we had a bear come visit us on the island. At that time there was no funding for bear awareness, I made the motion to include funds for a program to inform people about bears and the community. The Regional District of Nanaimo is hosting a number of Bear Smart information sessions this spring. Every year conservation officers respond to calls from concerned residents reporting conflict situations with bears. Many of those situations involve bears and household attractants like garbage cans, barbecues, or bird feeders.

If you would like to learn about Vancouver Island Black Bears and specifically how to reduce wildlife conflict around your home, plan on attending the FREE information session. Thursday May 09, 2013 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm at the Agi Hall.

People are very excited with the confirmation that there are juvenile Coho in Mallet Creek here on Gabriola. The local Streamkeepers group is very pleased to see this and will be working hard to keep this creek healthy and producing fish. Great job.

So that’s it for now.

Still Having Fun.


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