Qualicum Beach’s mayor says the Northern Community Economic Development committee is “redundant” and wants to see the body disbanded.
Mayor Teunis Westbroek said he wants the Northern Community Economic Development (NCED) committee disbanded as its function is redudant as a result of the grant process with the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET).
The NCED program guide states the committee provides the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) board of directors with a tool to activate projects that advance the board’s vision for a strong local economy and support the board strategic plan and regional growth strategy through economic development initiatives that benefit the City of Parksville, the Town of Qualicum Beach and Electoral Areas E, F, G and H.
Westbroek, who is also a board member with the RDN, said at the Nov. 14 RDN board meeting that Parksville and Qualicum Beach’s share of funding for the new INfilm funding agreement wasn’t fairly balanced with the Electoral Area allocations.
Westbroek put forward a notice motion that staff be instructed to work with the Regional District of Nanaimo to disband NCED. The notice of motion passed unanimously at last Monday’s council meeting.