Mayor Doug Findlater travelled to Victoria Monday to promote the goals of the District of West Kelowna with the provincial government.
On April 12, Mayor Findlater, Minister Stewart and Chief Administrative Officer Jason Johnson attended meetings with Hon. Steve Thomson, Minister of Agriculture and Lands, Hon. Bill Bennett, Minister of Community and Rural Development, Hon. Bill Barisoff (Speaker of the House), Hon. Pat Bell, Minister of Forests and Range, and Hon. Shirley Bond, Minister of Transportation.
The District’s interests that are being pursued include:
- Potential funding for fuel management to reduce risk in high hazard interface forest areas and a curbside removal program for pine beetle infested trees
- Raise the issue of the Westbank couplet
- Options for turn signals on Highway 97
- Land and license transfers from the Regional District of Central Okanagan to West Kelowna
- Update on Regional District Task Force
- Grant support for planning of Upper Glenrosa water needs
- Updates on Crown Land applications – Houseboat issues
“Our meetings Monday were very beneficial,” said Mayor Doug Findlater. “Direct meetings with provincial ministers have either answered my questions or left me with new information or directions to pursue for the District of West Kelowna.”
MLA Ben Stewart, Minister of Citizens’ Services and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism and the Public Affairs Bureau, attended all meetings with Mayor Findlater and introduced the Mayor during question period in the gallery.West Kelowna Meets with Provincial Ministers