The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is encouraging residents to participate in local government processes as part of Local Government Awareness Week (LGAW).
“LGAW is an opportunity for residents to learn more about the wide range of services delivered by the RDN and how local governance relates to their daily lives — from recreation programs and transit service to solid waste collection and building permits,” said Chair Tyler Brown. “It is also a chance to remind residents that they can provide feedback on a vast array of RDN projects that matter the most to them through the RDN’s Get Involved online platform.”
Anyone who is signed up for the district’s Get Involved platform by May 31 has a chance to win one of four prizes — the winner has a choice of a $100 RDN recreation and parks gift certificate, a transit pass valued at $130, a $100 credit on their next RDN utility bill or a $100 gift certificate for a local restaurant or business.
The week is an annual initiative to build public awareness of local government roles and the RDN said it will be sharing information through social media channels and on its website.
LGAW also features Asset Management Awareness Day on May 19 to highlight the importance of sound asset management practices, according to the RDN.
The district’s assets total over $500 million in value and include a wide range of items, from utility trucks and computers to fire halls, arenas and playgrounds.
“The RDN’s corporate asset management program manages and continuously improves organization-wide practices to sustain these community infrastructure systems for generations to come,” reads a news release from the regional district.