Council approves Mack Laing Nature House Committee terms

  • Nov. 2, 2015 3:00 p.m.

Erin Haluschak

Record staff

In order to help set goals, review the will and direct how the property will be used, Comox council carried a motion Wednesday to approve the terms of reference for the Mack Laing Nature House Committee.

At its committee of the whole meeting, council approved the terms and agreed that staff will advertise for volunteers to sit on the advisory committee.

In a report to council, Richard Kanigan, the town’s chief administrative officer said while the existing trust fund does not have sufficient funds available to fulfill Mack Laing’s wishes as outlined in his will, recent correspondence from various groups suggest resources exist to make his wish of establishing a natural history museum in Mack Laing park a reality.

“I’m quite pleased the way this is shaping up and it’ll be nice to get this area of the town organized,” noted Coun. Maureen Swift, who suggested a change to the composition of the committee.

She added she would like to see one member of the Mack Laing Heritage Society, one member from the Comox Museum and one member of the Brooklyn Creek Watershed Society.

This would be in addition to members from council, the community at large and Town of Comox staff.

A motion was carried to have the committee report back six months following its first meeting.