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    About the SRA

    About the SRA

    About the SRA

About the SRA

What is the SRA Mission Statement?

To actively represent community and member interests in matters of the environment, governance and land use that support the resident’s vision for the future of the community of Shawnigan Lake.

Our current priorities:
  1. To take a lead position in supporting governance that pro-actively and effectively manages our community and the watershed.
  2. To safeguard and improve the water quality in the lake and watershed.

Who is the Shawnigan Residents Association?

A non-profit community-based organization striving to represent the interests of residents in current and emerging issues that impact the quality of life in and around Shawnigan Lake with a focus on matters concerning development, environment, governance, local economy, and watershed protection.

Who is the SRA Board?

The SRA volunteer board is elected each year by membership comprising of part-time or full-time residents.

It is our goal to:

  • represent all issues in a transparent, non-partisan manner that foster open and respectful dialogue
  • treat all stakeholders fairly, while recognizing the diversity of: members’ abilities; land and water use activities; ownership needs; economic viability, and the need for ecological sustainability
  • deal will long-term population growth policies and development that is consistent with the need for ecological sustainability
  • cooperatively work with other organizations with similar goals and objectives

Governance

For some time, the SRA board has felt that living in a watershed presents a set of issues over which the residents of the watershed should have complete control. Incorporation of the Shawnigan Lake watershed area separate from Cobble Hill and Mill Bay is the best option for governance of the Shawnigan Lake area. Living in a watershed presents a set of issues over which we, the residents of the watershed, should have complete control.

Local Economy

Recent years have seen significant increases to Shawnigan Lake property taxes, i.e. Area B in the CVRD which have risen 260% from $1.9M in 2003, to over $4.9M in 2015 significantly exceeding the cost of living over the same period. The biggest item in the CVRD budget is staff salaries, which are perceived by many as exceeding local comparisons. The SRA tries to focus on various elements of the CVRD budget from the perspectives of: are they still needed; can they be cut back; are they value for money; can they be contracted out etc. This also includes monitoring the CVRD use of the AAP process.

A non-profit community-based organization striving to represent the interests of residents in current and emerging issues that impact the quality of life in and around Shawnigan Lake with a focus on matters concerning development, environment, governance, local economy, and watershed protection.

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