The rusty cars and worn out fridges decorating islands communities will soon be gone if enough can be gathered up to justify a visit by a salvage barge.
“We need to start looking at tourism and tourists remember what they see, so we need to get rid of this stuff,” says acting Regional District administrator Janet Beil.
Ms Beil proposes the scrap metal and old appliances on the islands be hauled to a couple of central locations and then barged off to the lower mainland.
A salvage company operating in the Terrace/Kitimat area has a barge in Rupert. Ms Beil will meet with company representatives next week to see how much scrap would be required to make a salvage trip to the islands feasible. If the company is willing to visit the islands, Ms Beil will apply for a grant from the government to help pay for the project.
“Tourism is going to be a big component of economic development in the Northwest Coast, including the islands,” she says, “and we need to get this debris including old automobiles, washers and fridges cleaned up.”
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