NEWS ~ NEW WESTMINSTER ELECTED OFFICIALS HOST TOWN HALL MEETING ON PROPOSED COAL FACILITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ May 23, 2013

NEW WESTMINSTER – New Westminster residents are invited to learn more about the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks direct transfer coal facility at a special Town Hall meeting on Thursday, May 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the Douglas College Theatre in New Westminster.

The Town Hall meeting will be hosted by Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster), Fin Donnelly, MP (New Westminster-Coquitlam-Port Moody), Judy Darcy, MLA-elect (New Westminster) and the City of New Westminster.

Representatives from Metro Vancouver, Fraser Health, the environmental community and Fraser Surrey Docks have been invited to participate. The Town Hall meeting will also be web broadcast live on New West TV. Viewers may access the web feed at www.newwest.tv and clicking on the COAL icon.

“This is an important issue for New Westminster, particularly for neighbourhoods like Westminster Quay and Queensborough. I’m glad that representatives from all three levels of government are coming together to hold this important consultation,” said Julian.

“People in the community have concerns about the proposed coal facility,” said Donnelly. “I believe it’s important to provide a forum where these concerns can be properly addressed.”

“The lack of public consultation to date has been very disappointing,” added Darcy. “People of New Westminster have serious questions about this project that must be addressed.”

“Clearly this issue concerns many local residents and it’s one we’ve been working on for some time,” said New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright. “By partnering with New Westminster’s MLA-elect and MPs to host this Town Hall meeting, we are providing citizens an opportunity to voice their concerns.”

 

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For more information, please contact:

Melanie Sanderson, 613-219-3254 or fin.donnelly.a1@parl.gc.ca

Sandra Bell, 604-775-5707 or peter.julian.c1@parl.gc.ca

Mark Allison, Senior Planner, 604-527-4653 or mallison@newwestcity.ca