The Nechako Kitamaat Development Fund has approved over 400 thousand dollars worth of funding for six projects in the Nechako Valley and Lakes District.
The six projects are;
–Village of Fraser Lake will receive $100,000.00 to relocate the Fraser Lake Museum and Visitor Information Centre to a new site along Highway 16, and to renovate the interior of the museum and update and repair exhibits.
–District of Vanderhoof is awarded $100,000.00 to go towards architectural and construction drawings for the proposed Aquatic Centre.
–Village of Burns Lake is approved for $100,000.00 to go towards replacing the current Ammonia Plant at the arena with a new Freon Plant.
–Lakes District Airport Society is approved in the amount of $100,000.00 to assist with resurfacing the Baker Airport Runway.
–Decker Lake Recreation commission is awarded $11,181.00 for the Decker Lake Hall Freshen and Finish project.
–Rose Lake Community Club is approved for funding in the amount of $11,255.00 to go toward Renovations and Upgrades.
“They are small projects, but to the small communities any amount of money is helpful. These projects are to create economic benefits for the communities they happen in.” NKDF Manager Dan Boudreau said.
“You can imagine, if you are a parent considering moving to a community, if you’ve got good projects like the ammonia plant or curling club, it makes the community more attractive.” Boudreau added
The Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society was jointly established in 1997 with a combined contribution of $15 million by the government of British Columbia and Rio Tinto. The Fund’s investment area includes lands impacted by the original Kemano project and focuses on the communities in the Ootsa, Lakes, Nechako and Haisla regions of the north.