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in her own words: Cobble Hill candidate Gerry Giles
Representing the Cobble Hill community over the past six years has been a privilege and has given me the opportunity to meet and work with many wonderful people who typify all that is good about living in a rural area.
Regular town hall meetings and mailing out community newsletters have contributed to the building of a team of dedicated volunteers who have helped with every facet of our community from planning to trail building and park development. In Cobble Hill we share a variety of common interests and we are very fortunate in having people who are willing to become involved with enhancing our rural way of life.
Among these interests, none is more important than effective management of our resources, especially our aquifers and watersheds. Water plays a crucial role in planning and shaping our community and its importance to us will only become more evident over time. It is for this reason that I support developing a groundwater management plan with groundwater protection. We need to ensure this essential resource is used in a manner that will sustain our agricultural, residential, commercial and industrial needs both now and in the future. Ensuring that our agricultural industry is given the opportunity to grow is essential to our community and to the region. This is why I support the development and implementation of the Cowichan Region Area Agricultural Plan that sets out future opportunities for this industry.
Careful and comprehensive land use planning to maintain our rural atmosphere is a must as is fiscal responsibility and taxpayer accountability. This is why I supported the development of the South Cowichan Official Community Plan and why I have helped source over 1.2 million dollars in federal and provincial grants for infrastructure improvements in Cobble Hill along with a recently announced $500,000 for a waste water recycling program to irrigate our parks in the Cobble Hill Village. To date, our parks program has been enhanced by $680,000 in improvements through business and volunteer contributions. This has come at no cost to the taxpayers of Cobble Hill.
There have been many changes since this journey began six years ago. Flooding in Cobble Hill Village is now a thing of the past and resolving the problem had the unexpected bonus of expanding the Watson Avenue Wetland Park. The Cobble Hill Improvement District has been assisted in finding two new well locations to improve their potable water supply and our team of community volunteers and business supporters have provided additional and upgraded open spaces. Of the many other improvements that have taken place, all have happened through a variety of community partnerships.
I have enjoyed representing you at the CVRD Board and while I recognize that not everyone will agree with all of the decisions made by their local representative, I have always weighed all of the information available along with opinions expressed by residents and then tried to act in the best long-term interests of our community.
In this election, please take the time to vote. Thank you.