RDN starts process to take over Green Wharf

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Wednesday, January 21 2015

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) has set aside $7,500 to do an appraisal of the Green Wharf on Gabriola with the end intention of taking on ownership of the wharf from the federal government.

Howard Houle, RDN Director for Electoral Area B (Gabriola, Mudge and DeCourcy), said the appraisal is to give the RDN an idea of what condition the wharf is in.

“It should be good, because they [the federal government] rebuilt it a couple of years ago.” (2011 file photo to the right)

There is no purchase price for the wharf - the federal Public Works department has been wanting to divest itself of the wharf for a number of years.

Houle said there were issues before - such as First Nations agreements, having the right-of-way for the access road and an agreement with the upland owner - which needed to be worked on before the RDN wished to take ownership.

Green Wharf prior to the restoration done in 2011. File photo.

Right now, he said, the RDN is waiting for the federal government to provide documentation showing all those issues had been take care of. He added that, “As part of our negotiations with the feds, we’re hoping to get substantial seed money from them for future replacement of the dock.”

As far as the average user of the wharf goes, there should be no change. It will remain a restriction-free dock, which does allow for commercially-run water taxis to use it. Houle said, “Gabriola needs another emergency exit. Mudge Islanders and people from the other islands around Gabriola need a place to dock.”