Viability report almost ready for release

  • Mar. 13, 2007 6:00 p.m.

Drafts of the community viability reports will soon be in islanders’ hands, says Bill Beldessi, co-chair of the process which started last spring.
He is expecting to see three drafts when Lion’s Gate Consulting representatives arrive for a scheduled March 16 community leaders meeting.
One of the documents will outline the framework and another will make recommedations for an economic development strategy for the islands.
The third document is a summary of the 210 surveys returned to Lion’s Gate during the community engagement process in the fall.
Steve Nicol of Lion’s Gate said he will be making the draw for the promised gore-tex jacket soon too.
Mr. Beldessi said the reports will be reviewed by the committee before they are made public, but he is expecting to have an open meeting at the end of March.
He did give the Observer a small sneak preview though. The top two findings made by the consultants are that an islands’ governance system is needed, as well as a regional economic development office.