Stewiacke visitor centre to receive funding increase from county
Increased tourism traffic at the Stewiacke Visitor Information Centre has prompted a request for additional funding from the County of Colchester.
And Council’s Committee of the Whole is recommending to council that it approve an increase of $1,980 above the $600 annual contribution the municipality currently provides to the visitor centre.
“I think it’s certainly worthwhile funding the location,” area councillor Mike Cooper said, during discussion.
A staff report to council said the centre counseled 9,654 visitors in 2016, an increase of 3,761 visitors from the previous year.
And while this year’s totals aren’t yet available the report said tourism traffic is anticipated to remain high well into the fall again this year.
The additional funds are to help the centre stay open three weeks longer, until the end of October.
The Town of Stewiacke doubled its contribution to the centre this year from $2,000 to $4,000.
Colchester’s new amount, once it is approved by council, will be $2,580.
Coun. Ron Cavanaugh was the only one to vote against the motion.
“I think, like everything else, something has to come to an end,” he said, in reference to the extended hours at the centre.