Knodel pushing for lobbying

Knodel pushing for lobbying

Overall, the tax increase for Area C residents will not be large if their assessments have not increased dramatically, says regional director Rick Knodel. (File photo)

Area C director Rick Knodel believes citizens must learn how to lobby, especially when it comes to funding for the Gallagher Lake siphon repair.

“I’m pushing for our citizens to learn how to lobby. We don’t know how to lobby . . .  as a community we don’t. We need to start lobbying if we’re going to get results in this siphon repair.”

Knodel said it’s a political issue right now.

“We should be writing every sitting member of parliament, every candidate, every newspaper back east. CBC should be hearing from every citizen.”

Knodel said the community knows how to lobby, pointing to the successful voting campaign for the Small Wheels Playground project in Oliver.

“The community pulled together in an astounding way, over 30,000 votes in a town of 5000 people.”

The director admitted this accomplishment made him a little teary-eyed.

“I don’t think we realize how much power we  have when we get together.”

he siphon is imp to whole SO, little disappointed we not make noise in penticton and osoyoos, if siphon goes down the entire economy will take an enormous hit,