Saturna Island Ratepayers and Residents Association (SIRRA)

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SATURNA ISLAND PARKS CANADA LIAISON MEETING

Saturna Community Hall Friday, December 1, 2017 10:00 am

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting Saturna Community Groupís representatives and citizens meet with Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Staff, Guest Helen Davies- Coastal BC Field Unit Superintendent, Acting Superintendent Nathan Cardinal, Manager-Facilities and Assets, Manager - Resources and Conservation, & Darcy Gray-Visitorís Experience. This Committee is set up to create the opportunity for clear and useful discussion and the sharing of information between Saturna Community and Parks Canada with a broad representation from the Community and Parks Staff.

SIRRA (originally SIPOA) is an island-based organization that was established in 2006 for the following purposes:

  1. to provide a forum for property owners (and now under SIRRA, for residents as well) to discuss matters of common interest on issues of legislation, regulation, taxation and policies of governments and government services relating to Saturna Island:
  2. to communicate to members concerning these issues, and to provide for meaningful consultation with members, to receive their views and to make recommendations relating to these issues, and
  3. to provide a voice through which members may disseminate their views to the general public, governments, and other appropriate audiences.

To achieve these goals, each year SIRRA annually conducts a survey of our members to determine which issues to pursue in any given year. We have taken a particular interest in taxes and how much of what we pay out returns to the island in services, and whether the Federal Government is paying fairly for the Gulf Island National Park Reserve. In addition, we have worked hard to address the issue of road conditions on Saturna and related matters. Our members have also expressed a strong interest in issues relating to water quality and water quantity on Saturna as well as in the perennial issue of providing adequate emergency health and clinic services on Saturna