Smithers gets active transportation money

Upgrade to perimeter trail, tourism cash for New Hazelton and RDBN

The Province is opening its purse strings and handing out some cash to 11 projects in the North under the B.C. Rural Dividend Program.

In total, the government is doling out $1.76 million to communities in the Northwest and Nechako regions.

The Town of Smithers is getting $80,000. Half of that money will go to developing an active transportation plan.

Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach said the goal is to look at what the town currently has and come up with a plan for building safe accessible infrastructure.

“Past town councils have undertaken on a whole host of projects to improve the ability for people to get around town using active transportation but we’ve never really had a cohesive plan that looks at connectivity and a long range strategy for infrastructure,” he said.

“Smithereens are really active folks, and even though we have winter for several months of the year, a lot of people in the community want to get around by walking and biking and using other active transportation. This plan is about supporting that aspiration and providing people with safe and convenient options.”

The Town will hire a consultant who will look at existing plans and engage the public to find out what people want.

The other half of the money will go towards upgrading the Perimeter Trail system. Most of the work will happen in the Riverside Park area.

“It is an opportunity to make that much-loved trail safer and more accessible for folks in the community,” said Bachrach.

He added the Town hasn’t figured out a fix for the closed portion behind the Alpine Village Estates at the end of Second Avenue yet and this money won’t address that location.

$100,000 for New Hazelton tourism

Another community in the region that is getting money from the BC Rural Dividend Program is the District of New Hazelton. They are set to get $100,000 for or a northern B.C. tourism marketing initiative.

Deklan Corstanje, economic development officer for the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, said the project is a collaboration between several destination marketing organizations and governments in the region.

“It will involve creation of a research-based plan, a website, content and marketing tactics to advertise the region. By bringing all of the consortium partners together, the shared, cohesive voice will provide increased opportunity for the entire region to prosper,” he said.

Regional virtual reality tourism

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is also being awarded some money for tourism.

The District will get $98,750 to target the tourism market through four activities: creating a discovery app for residents and tourists, starting a series of virtual reality experiences, joining Canada’s User Generated Content Partner Network and producing an investment readiness package for potential tourism businesses.

 

Just Posted

Coastal GasLink gets interim injunction against Unist’ot’en

The LNG pipeline company can start work Monday with enforcement approved by court.

They’re engaged!

Birthday party turns into engagement party for Doug and Matilda

Hampers a chance to help in the Christmas spirit

SCSA sends around 350-400 hampers to the area from Witset to Telkwa.

Volunteers create Christmas magic at Santa’s Breakfast

PHOTOS: For the past 19 years, a local event helped remind us that Christmas is a time of giving.

Most intervenor requests in crucial natural gas pipeline case rejected

At stake is whether gas pipeline to LNG Canada plant should fall under federal jurisdiction

VIDEO: Royals reveal the images on their Christmas cards

Prince William and his wife Kate are shown outside in casual clothes, their three young children in tow

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Canfor Corp. extending temporary curtailment of sawmills in B.C.; cutting hours

Vancouver-based company says the decision is due to declining lumber prices, high log costs and log supply constraints

Canada’s prospective world junior team members await final roster decisions

Thirty-four players were invited to the national junior selection camp

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Rash of bomb threats a learning opportunity for response capacity, Goodale

Thursday’s wave of bomb threats swept across communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border

Mike Duffy can’t sue Senate over suspension without pay, judge rules

Duffy’s lawsuit sought more than $7.8 million from the upper chamber

Most Read