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Four community building projects receive funding in Nechako region

Funding for a community hall, easing veterinary shortages, fall fair and fixing algae blooms
Fair-goers play games at the Lakes District Fall Fair in Burns Lake before the pandemic. The fair received $12,000 in support from the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society. (Lakes District News file photo)

The Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society has approved $72,000 of funding for four new community-building projects in the Nechako region.

“We are pleased to invest in these projects that support recreational opportunities, contribute to the strength and vitality of our communities and create the foundation for economic development,” said Cindy Shelford, the chair of the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund.

The curling rink and community hall in Fraser Lake received $50,000 in funding. The current facility was built in 1968 and can only be used five months per year when the ice is installed. The new community hall will be designed for multi-use gatherings and sports users year-round.

$5,000 was granted to the BC Cattlemen’s Association to go toward an assessment to quantify the economic impact of the veterinary shortage in BC. There is currently a critical shortage of large animal vets causing significant challenges for the farming and ranching communities across northern BC, especially in rural and remote areas.

Nulki-Tachick Lakes Stewardship Society was granted $5,000 for a feasibility study to address deteriorating water quality in the Nulki and Tachick lakes due to blue-green algae. This study will explore alternative methods to reduce excessive nutrient levels in the lakes.

$12,000 was also given to support the 2022 Lakes District fall fair which was held in Burns Lake on Sept. 9-11. This marked the return of the fair after a two-year hiatus due to COVID. The weekend was a huge success with events including motocross, the children’s stage, and a music festival.

“I’m excited to continue working together to build thriving rural and remote economies in the region and across B.C,” said Ravi Kahlon, the Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation.

The $15 million Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund was set up in 1997 as part of a resolution of legal issues surrounding the cancellation of the Kemano Completion Project between the government of British Columbia and Alcan (Rio Tinto). Each contributed $7.5 million.