Wrong priorities

Improving an already adequate and lightly used road for a few seasonal cottage owners is not my idea of a wise investment

A small group of cottage owners have successfully lobbied our provincial government to spend taxpayers’ money to improve what is already a well maintained gravel road to make access to their cottages more convenient.

The ‘road improvements’ would remove a 30-metre wide corridor of land from Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park (Kal Park) near Cosens Bay effectively cutting the park area in two and destroying the area’s unique, quiet beauty which is enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.

Kal Park provides critical habitat for native species such as rattlesnakes, and attracts tourists and locals alike for hiking, biking, walking, horse riding or just plain looking at the views.

Why does the provincial government think the convenience of a few cottagers is more important than the needs of the thousands who benefit from Kal Park?

Why is the provincial government planning to spend our taxpayers’ money to put more of our native species at risk?

I’m confused here at the priorities of our government.

If we really want to put money into a road, let’s rebuild Silver Star Road which services a year-round resort that brings millions of dollars into the local and provincial economy.

Silver Star Road is also the only access road for hundreds of year round residents.

We all know that B.C. is short of funds, so any moneys our government does have to invest on our behalf should be invested wisely to generate the maximum benefit for the maximum percentage of our population.

Improving an already adequate and lightly used road for a few seasonal cottage owners is not my idea of a wise investment.

 

Rose Harryman, Vernon