Queen Charlotte seawalk idea still afloat

  • Dec. 1, 2003 5:00 a.m.

The next step in Queen Charlotte’s Seawalk funding applications is complete.
Two funding applications were submitted to Gwaii Trust and Community Futures before Nov. 15, director Carol Kulesha told the management committee at its Nov. 19 meeting.
The seawalk would cost about a million dollars. The idea was first broached in 1997, but fizzled when no funding could be found. Ms Kulesha dusted it off after Ottawa made money available to communities affected by the softwood lumber dispute through the Softwood Lumber Community Economic Initiative. Ottawa would pay for half the project with Queen Charlotte raising the other half through other sources.
If the seawalk funding application survives this round, then the next step will be an environmental assessment and a more detailed budget and work plan, says Ms Kulesha.
The management committee should hear from the Gwaii Trust by mid-December, and hopefully not too much later from the softwood lumber initiative, she says.