Electoral Area F (Coombs, Hilliers, Errington, Whiskey Creek, Meadowood) is currently going through the process of a governance and services study.
A draft interim report has already been presented to the study committee and has been reviewed in detail by the consultants Neilson Strategies Inc and Leftside Partners Inc.
The information in the report will form the basis of the community engagement, which the study committee aims to use to identify and understand the interests and concerns of the community relating to Area F’s current governance and service framework.
The study committee will meet again on Sept. 21, at the Bradley Centre, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Public open houses have also been scheduled to provide residents, First Nations and stakeholders an opportunity to learn more about governance and services and provide feedback.
They are as follows:
• Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Errington War Memorial Hall
• Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Errington War Memorial Hall
• Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Arrowsmith Hall, Coombs Fairgrounds
• Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The Meadowood Community Centre
• Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, 6 p.m.. – 8:30 p.m. The Meadowood Community Centre
The provincial government allocated a grant of $60,000 to the Regional District of Nanaimo to play for the cost of the study.
In 1995, Area F conducted a study that indicated a municipality was feasible for the region but it never progressed and was halted in 2003.
For more information on the study and draft interim report, you can go online at https://www.getinvolved.rdn.ca/eaf-gsstudy
For project updates, register at getinvolved.rdn.ca and subscribe to the governance and services study project page.
— NEWS Staff
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