Heritage council a step closer to reality in Kelowna

Cameron House on Richter Street needs urgent remedial work.

KELOWNA - Heritage management in Kelowna by an independent committee is a step closer to reality.

City council agreed to have staff move on to the final stage of resurrecting the heritage advisory committee, an arms-length group to consist of nine representatives from local heritage groups, Westbank First Nation and Tourism Kelowna that also includes three at-large positions.

The ultimate goal of the comittee is to create a non-profit heritage council which would administer most heritage-related functions in Kelowna such as administering a grants program, public education and advocacy under contract to to the city.

Kelowna council moved last spring to conduct a heritage review after a staff report identified the loose collaboration of non-profit groups that manage the city's heritage assets to be the source of overlapping mandates and confusion.

An inventory in September of heritage assets in Kelowna has identified several that require immediate remedial restoration, such as Brent’s Grist Mill and Cameron House.

To contact the reporter for this story, email John McDonald at jmcdonald@infonews.ca or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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