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Qualicum Beach to apply for funding to complete final phase of Memorial Avenue project

Staff targets BC Destination Development Fund
Memorial Avenue Uprgrades. (Qualicum Beach artwork)

The Town of Qualicum Beach’s Memorial Avenue upgrade is in its final phase.

The viewing platform and separated walkway are the final components of the multimillion-dollar project that aims to enhance tourism and convenient access to the waterfront.

The total cost of this phase of the Memorial Avenue project is $1,620,574. Staff has looked for grants and funding sources to help finance the project.

Council approved staff recommendation to apply to the BC Destination Development Fund, which provides $30 million in one-time grants to support the development and rejuvenation of tourism infrastructure, assets and experiences.

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Funding up of up to a maxium of $1,000,000 is being targetted by the town. However, the amount still leaves a balance of $620,574 that the town needs to pay form.

Mayor Teunis Westbroek had recommended at the last council meeting on Dec. 7, that staff also explore other grants. He made a motion directing staff to apply to the Island Coastal Economic Trust for funding. The motion was carried unanimously.

The completed components of the project include the $3.3-million roundabout and artificial spit built near the roundabout to re-establish an artificial estuary for Beach Creek.

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