$23k for new YDQ bathrooms and gate

The Federal government will contribute over $23,000 to new washrooms and non-secure gate at the Dawson Creek Regional Airport, it was announced yesterday.

"We want to get back to a balanced budget, spending, but we still understand that there's deficits in local infrastructure and we need to invest in that," said Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer, who made the announcement.

"Airports are a big part of the community and a big part of the economy as well."

He praised both airport manager Ian Darling and City Council for their efforts to acquire this funding.

"(The Federal contributions) to the airport is much needed and I would argue much deserved as well," said Mayor Mike Bernier.

The new non-secure gate, which could open as early as Saturday, would allow certain passengers to wait inside the building without having to go back through
the gates.

"It allows the pilots to traverse his passengers into the building, so they're not standing outside and walking around," said Darling.

Construction on this gate began last November, and when it was announced the City was funding the entire project. Darling explained that this donation would help lighten the financial burden in this investment.

This area would also have its own washroom, with another washroom built at the existing gate.

The money for this project came from the Federal government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), which will give $150 million to communities over two years.

In the past, some in the community have called for an expanded airport

Asked about this, Zimmer said that the Conservative government was "looking at all our stuff like that."

"Fort St. John, Prince George, there's issues as well there," he said. "We see they all have needs."

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