Joanne Wilton Q & A

District of Sparwood: Wilton, Joanne - Mayoral Candidate. Wilton considers Sparwood’s future beyond mining.

  • Nov. 9, 2014 1:00 p.m.
Joanne Wilton is running for mayor in the District of Sparwood after being on council.

Joanne Wilton is running for mayor in the District of Sparwood after being on council.

Q: What vision do you have for Sparwood beyond the lifespan of current mining operations?

A: The life of the coal mines will be extended with the expansion of Baldy Ridge and Coal Mountain, but I believe we need to explore options for the future now rather than wait until the mines are closed and have to reinvent ourselves. We need to diversify so that we are ready for any eventuality. I really believe that council, staff and citizens need to put some time and energy into this planning. A good start would be considering the 60,000+ plus tourists that stop at the Titan every year.