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CVRD invites public to tour controversial ECO Depot site

CVRD’s Bob McDonald says the proposed ECO Depot transfer station in Cobble Hill will be screened from view by surrounding trees. - Ashley Degraaf
CVRD’s Bob McDonald says the proposed ECO Depot transfer station in Cobble Hill will be screened from view by surrounding trees.
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Cowichan Valley Regional District staff say they’d be happy to take anyone interested for a walkabout through the proposed South Cowichan ECO Depot site.

They’re encouraging folks out to see for themselves what the controversial proposal is all about.

They’re also hoping to squash misconceptions about the site they say are making rounds through the community.

“At the end of the day, it’s really about letting people hear the information and see for themselves so they can make up their own minds,” CVRD-hired Acumen Communications group’s Kim VanBruggen said on a tour of the transfer station site Wednesday.

“We’re looking at having rotating open houses over the next few weeks.”

VanBruggen said the open houses (dates still to be announced) are an opportunity to get information on the ECO Depot proposal to the public before Nov. 19, when a non-binding referendum will ask residents if they’re digging the proposal’s current location at Cameron-Taggart Road.

“This is as central of a location as it gets,” CVRD manager for recycling and waste management, Bob McDonald, said Wednesday. “And at the same time, it’s still hard for people to see.”

McDonald said there’s a misconception the facility will be built smack in the middle of the property’s grassy area located alongside Cobble Hill Road, adding opposition signs and rallies held in the grassy area may be the reason why.

The entrance to the ECO Depot itself would be located off Cameron-Taggart Road and ascends into a heavily treed-area at the back of the property, McDonald said.

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