- Our Town
Moving forward on Mannion Bay
On behalf of the Friends of Mannion Bay (FMB), after many years of urging and badgering three levels of government and agencies to support us in our efforts to clean up and preserve Mannion Bay, I am pleased to advise, in January we will be launching a joint campaign with the municipality to raise $50,000+ for this expensive undertaking.
Getting traction for an initiative of the nature has not been easy both because of the multitude of regulatory entities involved and the significant cost. All too often the FMB, not to mention numerous similar groups up and down the West Coast and across Canada, have felt we were a voice for action and reason in the wilderness. Thanks to the recent high priority of council, Transport Canada, the Ministry of Land and Natural Resource Operations (provincial) we can now move forward, as a unified group to address the abuse and misuse of the Bay and beaches which are not, and have not been for a long time, inviting, environmentally friendly or safe for use either by locals or tourists.
As the FMB have a history of being an active, hands-on part of the solution, while we would love the governments to incur the full cost of the initiative, that is not fair to the taxpayers and nor would it happen without support from the public, hence our willingness to spearhead the fundraising campaign, donations for which qualify for an income tax receipt. Cheques should be made payable to Bowen Island Municipality and earmarked “Mannion Bay”.
The launch for the fundraising will take place at the January 13th council meeting with a short FMB presentation to the Council including the gifting of a framed portrait of Joseph Mannion, by a great grandson of this island icon, to the Bowen Island Historians. Much to our delight one of Joe’s grandsons will attend to both express the family’s dismay for the condition of the Bay and the fact that is about to change for the good.