21st August 2012
Greetings from the Economic Development office – its been a busy summer with the addition of the Quatsino Marina since it opened for business on July 9th. Gas sales started slow and have increased over the course of the summer. As we go forward into the fall we will be offloading again. We need people that worked on the offloading crew in the prior year to let Gayle Clark (250-949-8147) know whether you are available this year. Also, any new applications can be left with Gayle as well.
The dock project is 98% finished as we are still waiting for two floats to be anchored. All required reporting will be done at that time.
The Industrial park has been very quiet this summer as NorthIsle is not drilling for the time being so core cutters and geotechnical employees are not required. We are, however, negotiating with Vestas Americas the transport company in charge of moving and storing the windmill components. They have requested information in anticipation of using 3 acres of land for storage of some of the smaller components.
The Koprino shop has not had any additional renters despite advertisements in the newspaper.
Quatern, the joint venture between Quatsino and Western, is currently logging a portion of the woodlots (Quatsino’s contribution) and a block in Holberg (Western’s contribution). To date the project is on schedule and has not had any unexpected or costly changes.
Quatsino Forestry Company Ltd continues to log for WFP. So far this nice weather has not shut them down. We continue to work with the crew to reduce costs and endeavor to make the company profitable.
We have had meetings with Cape Scott Wind Farm personnel to keep up to date on the project and look for opportunities for the 3 Nations Construction LP as well as the First Nation’s individually. There has been some employment created and we are hopeful that more positions will become available as the project moves from road and bridge construction to site preparation for the turbines. 3 Nation’s Construction LP is a limited partnership with Quatsino, Kwakiutl and Tlatlasikwala First Nations and Lemare Lake Logging Ltd. Each partner owns 25%. C&E Roadbuilding is our subcontractor and is on schedule with the project.
At the Economic Development office we have recently come through the March 31, 2012 yearend. MNP did the audit for the First Nation as well as the related companies. The transition from companies to limited partnerships will continue through 2012.