Qualicum Beach train station celebration event gets some funding

The event Aug. 23 in Qualicum Beach will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the train station

An event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Qualicum Beach train station will now get $5,000 from the Town, instead of $2,000 that was previously approved by council.

The event, slated for Aug. 23, will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Qualicum Beach Museum.

At a previous meeting, $2,000 in funding was approved for the event, but this “seed money” was just to get the event off the ground, explained  Deputy Corporate Administrator Heather Svensen at a council meeting Monday. A motion presented Monday reflected the event’s organizing committee’s desire to have a budget of up to $5,000 for the celebration, Svenson added, instead of assisting the museum in  fundraising efforts and possibly approaching council for more money down the road. Council approved the motion and Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer said the Alberni Valley Railway Society is interested in participating in the event and may supply some equipment and volunteers.

In other news from Monday’s meeting:

• The revenue from government transfers dropped significantly in 2013 from the previous year, something Luchtmeijer called the only “glaring difference” when reviewing 2013’s financial statement. Government transfers went from $1, 590,888 in 2012 to $830,257 in 2013. When Luchtmiejer asked Mark McGorman, who presented the auditor’s report, if this was a trend that was expected to continue, he replied that it was. The Small Community’s grant was halved, he said, which had a big impact on the town’s government transfer numbers. The increase in taxation revenue however, was approximately equal to the decrease in that grant, he noted.

• A Digital Arts Studio pilot project that has recently seen renovations done to the 100-year-old train station in Qualicum Beach is slated to be open for the public to view at the end of March.

The space is set to be a meeting and work space for the central and north Island’s distributed digital workforce, in order for people to collaborate and facilitate technology growth from idea to market, The NEWS learned last fall.

The town’s cultural consultant, Patricia Hunstman, updated council at Monday’s meeting that a no-host model had been decided upon, which means a reduction in expenses, and with grant money and projected revenues, the project is expected to meet its targeted budget in the first year.

• March 4 there will be a public information meeting  on the review of Official Community Plan and the potential change to the growth containment boundary. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.

Just Posted

The proposed running track upgrade at Ballenas Secondary is now on course. (PQB News file photo)
RDN: Parksville track upgrade project gains some traction

Staff recommends board approve $204,000 funding

The total earnings of Town of Qualicum Beach council and mayor amounted to $186,649 in 2020, including expenses. (Town of Qualicum Beach photo)
Nine Qualicum Beach town employees earned more than $100K in 2020

Mayor and council received earnings totalling $186,649

(PQB News file photo)
Fireworks report highlights enforcement challenges for Regional District of Nanaimo

Director: ‘I just think it’s wasting everybody’s time’

Terry Mazzei next to a truck after it was struck by lightning, with him inside, on Wednesday afternoon, June 9. He walked away from the incident without injury and the truck sustained only mild damage; a blown front tire and newly broken gas gauge. (Wendy Mazzei photo)
Nanoose Bay man walks away unscathed after lightning strike

VIDEO: ‘We like to think that his dad was watching over him’

Douglas Holmes, current Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District chief administrative officer, is set to take on that position at the Regional District of Nanaimo come late August. (Submitted photo)
Regional District of Nanaimo’s next CAO keen to work on building partnerships

Douglas Holmes to take over top administrator role with RDN this summer

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read