The Kimberley Tourism Infrastructure Advisory Committee, which will advise Tourism Kimberley on expenditure of Resort Municipality dollars for capital projects in the next five year period, has now been appointed.
Appointed to the committee are Jesse Ferguson, Tod Caton and Tim Greiner from Tourism Kimberley, Schaun Goodeve from the Chamber of Commerce, Ted Funston from the Kimberley Alpine Resort, Wendy Moore for Festivals and Events, Cam Dodd representing merchants, Andy Gray, Steve Brine, and Greg McCallum representing the recreation sector, and Noreen Shaw for Arts and Culture.
Twelve people expressed interest for the public at large positions, a number City Council found positive.
However, a couple of City Councillors were not entirely in favour of the appointments. One, Bev Middlebrook, didn’t like the gender balance.
“Out of 11 positions, only two were female,’ she said. “It would have been nice to have a female perspective in the recreation area.”
It was pointed out that those selected came from those who applied, but Middlebrook said there was another woman who applied but was not chosen.
Coun. Darryl Oakley voted against the appointments.
“The process is inequable and flawed,” he said. “It doesn’t represent the direction the City needs to go. Certain skill sets are required to steer the City in terms of cost recovery. I went through the list — who was selected, who was not. I’m disappointed.”
Mayor Ron McRae pointed out that it was an advisory committee only. Council voted to accept the appointments.