Regional District of North Okanagan manager of community services Tannis Nelson launches a two-month informational campaign on the Oct. 20 referendum where Greater Vernon voters will be asked if they support borrowing up to $25 million for a proposed new multi-purpose cultural facility. (Roger Knox/Morning Star)

RDNO launches referendum campaign

Greater Vernon voters to be asked if they support borrowing up to $25 million for cultural facility

There will be plenty of opportunity for Greater Vernon voters to get information for the Greater Vernon Cultural Centre referendum vote in October.

The Regional District of North Okanagan launched a two-month informational campaign Tuesday morning.

“The campaign will be at more than 20 public events and there will be dozens of presentations regarding the proposed Greater Vernon Cultural Centre,” said Tannis Nelson, RDNO’s manager of community services.

RELATED: Regional District of North Okanagan to share info on Vernon cultural facility referendum

Greater Vernon voters — City of Vernon, District of Coldstream, Electoral Areas B and C — will be asked on Oct. 20 if they wish to support the RDNO borrowing up to $25 million for the building of a new multi-purpose cultural centre in downtown Vernon.

The referendum will be held with the upcoming municipal elections on Saturday, Oct. 20, and will determine whether the community can move forward with grant applications and fundraising to generate the additional $15 million required to complete the $40 million project.

The site for the proposed three-storey centre is the Vernon Block, home to the former Coldstream Hotel, on 29th Street and 32nd Avenue, and would house the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, Vernon Public Art Gallery, meeting rooms and office space.

RELATED: Size, cost set for proposed Vernon cultural facility

Representatives from the museum and art gallery were on-hand for Tuesday’s launch.

The first information open house will be Saturday at the Village Green Centre, where RDNO staff and community volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide information to mall visitors and back-to-school shoppers.

Open houses will also be at the mall on Sept. 11 and Oct. 6, as well as at the Vernon Farmer’s Market Mondays and Thursdays throughout September and October, and at Vernon Vipers home games on Oct. 6 and Oct. 10.

“It is essential that people are given a variety of opportunities to learn about this project so that they are able to make an informed vote,” said Juliette Cunningham, chairperson of the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee. “This is an important project that has been brought forward as a result of public engagement and years of planning.

“People should have the ability to learn about that process and the project itself prior to Oct. 20.”

The regional district has developed a website for the project, www.gvculturalcentre.ca.

The proposed multi-purpose facility was identified as a community need through the Greater Vernon Cultural Plan, adopted in 2016, the first such plan for Greater Vernon.

Through a public engagement process for the creation of the plan, more than 15,000 people attended to share their thoughts on culture in Greater Vernon.



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Possible water restrictions in Vernon

RDNO staff will be monitoring weather conditions, reservoir levels, and customer water demand on a weekly basis to assess whether higher water restrictions are necessary

Kal Crystal Waters Trail now open in Vernon

This new Vernon trail connects college with rail trail and offers a safer route for pedestrians, cyclists

Vernon students beat heat with bubble suits, giant waterslide

Clarence Fulton Secondary School students held their Hawaiian day celebration on June 12

PHOTOS: Enderby grads paint the town — and themselves

Students spray painted the street outside A.L. Fortune on June 14 to celebrate graduation

VIDEO: Horseback riding helps North Okanagan residents with special needs

North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association needs more volunteers to continue offering sessions

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Jury finds Kelowna man guilty of second-degree murder

A Kelowna jury found Steven Randy Pirko guilty of the second-degree murder

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

LETTER: British Columbia’s forest industry crisis being made worse

Andrew Wilkinson warns of regulatory overload by John Horgan’s NDP

Convicted B.C. child abductor Randall Hopley back in custody 6 months after release

Correctional Services Canada could not provide further details due to privacy concerns

UPDATE: Dog bitten by rattlesnake in West Kelowna “going to be OK”

The dog, Bella, is recovering after being bitten on a hike in West Kelowna

Bears have killed 17 people in B.C. since 1986

Number of bear complaints and bears killed rose sharply during same period

Most Read