Health hurdle falls

The slow creep towards completion for the much-anticipated Oceanside health centre just picked up the pace, says MLA Ron Cantelon.

The slow creep towards completion for the much-anticipated Oceanside health centre just picked up the pace, says MLA Ron Cantelon.

The Parksville-Qualicum representative said a capital committee meeting of the Regional District of Nanaimo gave approval last week to a multi-million dollar funding request for the project.

“They asked for $14.4 million, more or less,” Cantelon said. “It was unanimously approved.”

The measure still has to go to the committee of the whole and then the regional board as a whole, but Cantelon said he’s confident it will go through.

“It has been a long time coming,” Cantelon said. “Assuming a positive result (at the RDN) we hope we will have the province’s go-ahead at about the same time.”

After that, he said, the bricks and mortar work begins.

“It will be hammering nails and digging holes and building things,” he said.