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District of Vanderhoof - Message

April 2014

Apring has finally sprung

After what seems to have been the longest, most drawn out winter I can remember (that or I’m getting older), spring has finally arrived. The tell tales signs are all here. Birds are filling the trees and sky, the ice is off the river, trees are starting to bud, and the familiar hum (and associated dust) from the street sweeper filling the air. Vanderhoof is abuzz with spring time activity, including the opening of new buildings, economic opportunities, and with the Minerals North 2014 Conference.

This April has seen the completion of several new commercial and industrial buildings in Vanderhoof. The new CO-OP hardware and lumber building on Stewart St. has opened, as has BID Construction’s new building on Highway 16 which is the new home of Omineca Sports and Nechako Outdoors. Freshwater Fisheries’ new Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre on Burrard Ave. is nearing completion, as is the Advanced Millwright Services building on Highway 16 West.

Business in Vanderhoof seems to be encouraged by the prospect of major natural resource projects. Opportunity is knocking, and it is up to Northern BC to grab hold and make the most of it. Upgrades to Vanderhoof’s major primary and secondary sawmills will only strengthen their market share. There are no less than five natural gas transmission lines proposed just north of the Nechako Valley and there are several proposed mining developments working through the Environmental Assessment process. There is also a growing need to carry oil by rail or pipeline to offshore markets. Last, but certainly not least, there is a major wind energy project proposed south of our community. Vanderhoof is the heart of it all, and it is our time to be part of these opportunities.

Between May 21 and 23 of this year Vanderhoof will host Minerals North 2014. A great team of local volunteers has been working diligently over the past year to bring this conference to fruition. Minerals North 2014 will be the biggest conference that Vanderhoof has ever held. With almost 500 delegates and tradeshow exhibitors attending this year’s event, Vanderhoof will be busting at the seams.
Get out and enjoy spring, and visit the new facilities that are now open in Vanderhoof. If you have any thoughts as to how Council and our District of Vanderhoof team can help make life better, please contact any one of your Council representatives, or call our office at 250-567-4711.

~ Counicllor Brian Frenkel