West Kelowna - Moving Forward Together

Rick de Jong is proud of the contributions he has made as a Councillor since 2011 but he realizes that there is still much more to be done.

"Moving forward together, building this community in a fiscally responsible manner, I believe that there are four major areas in need of ongoing focus:"

Infrastructure upgrades – As we improve basic infrastructure such as our water systems, roads, and sidewalks, our community becomes a more desirable place to live, work and play.

  • All residents of West Kelowna should have access to quality drinking water that meets the new requirements of Interior Health Authority. The Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant needs to be built as soon as possible. Increased upland storage is required in support of the Westbank Water Treatment Plant.
  • All residents of West Kelowna should have access to quality drinking water that meets the new requirements of Interior Health Authority. The Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant needs to be built as soon as possible. Increased upland storage is required in support of the Westbank Water Treatment Plant.
  • The ongoing roads and sidewalks rehabilitation program needs to continue, on a priority basis, addressing the various safety issues around our community. Council should encourage and support Provincial initiatives that address congestion and improve traffic flows along Highway 97.

Public safety – As our population increases local government needs to work with the RCMP and local Fire Rescue Services to ensure that resources are in place to meet the needs of our community.

  • Annual meetings to discuss and develop local RCMP policing priorities help ensure that Council and the RCMP are both on the same page regarding the unique policing needs of West Kelowna. As the West Kelowna RCMP force expands to meet the demands of our growing community, we must hold the Province to task on their agreement to hire more officers to patrol the neighbouring areas outside of West Kelowna.
  • The expansion and upgrading of our Fire Rescue Services needs to keep pace with the requirements of the community. I support the replacement of the old fire hall on Anders Road, in Lakeview Heights, as a priority. Beyond simply being very old and tired, this fire hall is functioning at a level it was never designed to accommodate. Our community is now regularly threatened by forest fires or rising flood waters and we need to support the men and women of our fire department as they work to protect us and our homes.

Health services improvements – West Kelowna Council needs to keep improved health services as a key priority.

  • Much work has already been done to identify the health service requirements for West Kelowna. Not only has the need for improved services and an urgent care centre not gone away; it has grown. Lobbying the Province to better address our local health needs must continue.

Economic development – A successful local economy provides resources needed by our community as we grow.

  • Simply put, we need to be open for business. We must support and promote our existing local businesses while working to attract new investment and jobs for the area. By encouraging smart development, as well as different housing forms, we are working to address the various housing issues we are facing including affordability and availability.