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Our farming residents in the Agricultural Advisory Committee
and the community as a whole, have impressed on Live Nation how important the
good management and stewardship of the festival land is. I am happy to report
that the clean up and maintenance of the land has been exemplary so far.
The economic benefit to Pemberton farmers and their land has so
far been nothing short of amazing. Our farming community is struggling to
export their seed potatoes due to the Canadian/U.S exchange rate, rising fuel
prices, equipment and feed costs , to name but a few factors.
It is the task of the Chamber of Commerce to promote local
business. The farming community require our help. We worked hard side by side
with Live Nation to make this world class event happen right here. The festival
gave the farmers not only the chance to sell their goods locally but also to
promote the wonderful produce we grow here on this precious land. It was a
massive success and can continue to be so.
I attended a meeting in Whistler last week where I heard
Whistler executives, restaurateurs and members of the community pledging to
purchase more local produce from the Pemberton area. I listened as Live Nation
shared with the audience, the fact that local food was the most successful of
all food sold at the festival. This was followed by their commitment towards
the goal and vision of feeding 40,0000 people for three days with all locally
grown produce. I can also confirm we now have interest for a food processing
plant to open up here.
I submit to you that none of this would have happened without
the Pemberton Music Festival.
In conclusion I would like to extend a warm invitation to the
A.L.C. to work with the people of Pemberton to reach our dream of feeding
40,000 people from our local farms and to continue to make the festival grounds
a part of that food production. This would ensure that our A.L.C lands are put
to good use and protected for future generations.
I further submit that with your assistance, we can have our
cake and we can eat it.
President, Pemberton and District Chamber of Commerce
Witnessing a Whistler decision
Whistler council met Monday night to discuss among other things
the new transit facility to be built on the wetlands in question, owned by B.C.