Weekly Cuts will be posted soon
2008 Weekly Broom
To view cuts of previous years:
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following areas in Oceanside have broompiles to be picked
up / chipped.
AND STACK ANYTIME ROADS: You
can cut anytime along the ANYTIME ROADS. Grafton, Errington
Road to the Hall, Price, Station, Alberni Hwy, MIddlegate,
Leffler, Dobson. Northwest Bay Road, Rupert, Hilliers
Road. In Qualicum & Parksville, you can cut almost
anywhere that you are willing to make a large pile. Where
would YOU like to cut? Need tools? Need help? Wanna help?
Broombusting Week June 10 - 14
Tues June 10: Qualicum Beach. Finish up Memorial from
Rupert to Hwy 4A. 6:00 - 8:00
Corner of 4a/ Alberni Hwy and Winchester Road. Call for
June 14: Bowser. Dunsmuir Village Node [Horne
Lake Rd. and the R.R. tracks] 9:30-12:00
June 7: Bowser. Horne Lake Road near Island Hwy (19) 9:30-12:00:
BIG CUT, with help of the RDN Rec Dept of Bowser
Tuesday June 3. Errington. Around the
Community Park and Errington Hall.
30 - June 1
Sat May 31: Bowser. 1:00-3:00
Nile Road at Hwy 19A (next to the Hydro Complex)
Morning Glory School is cutting in
of May 21-26
21: 3-5 Oceanside Middle School students will
cut the broom beside Wembley Mall.
Fri May 23: 3-5:30 KSS High School
Students on Village Way. Open to everyone.
May 24: 9:30-2:30 Parksville. Shelly Road entrance
to Englishman River Estuary. Sponsored by Katimavik
(Canada's Youth Volunteer Service Program). There is
an on-site bbq at lunchtime. Contact Elle
Sat May 24: 2-4 Qualicum Bay, 19A Across
from Henry's Kitchen. Great success!
Sun: 1-4. Family Day in Qualicum. We'll have
a table there, and Broombusting will be going on in
local area. Bring gloves. We will have loppers for you!
Mon: 9-10:30. Parksville. Hwy 19A &
Franklin Gull Road area. Across from Visitors Center,
near Industrial Way.
of May 17-18
Sat 10-12 Qualicum Beach: Rupert
Road E. near Berwick (near Memorial)
Sat 1-3 Errington: Grafton and Errington Road (look for
Sun 4-6 Nanoose: Teen Cut "Kick the Broom" Northwest
Bay Road. (click here)
Sun 1-3 Bowser: Hwy 19A across from Bowser Esso - BOWSER'S
FIRST COMMUNITY CUT!
Mon 10 Errington: Middlegate Road.
of May 10-11
10-12 Qualicum Beach: Rupert Road E. near Berwick (near
Fri 1-3 Errington: Alberni Hwy at Errington Road
Sun 4-6 Nanoose: Teen Cut "Kick the Broom" Northwest
Sun 1-3 Parksville: Entrance to Rathtrevor Beach behin
of May 2-4
Friday - Errington, 1-3:00.Alberni
Hwy at Errington Road (Lots of big broom! Should be fun.
If you can't come Friday, cut anytime along Alberni Hwy!)
Saturday - Qualicum - 9-11:00. Memorial Road at Island
Hwy (Hwy 19) Join us before attending Fire & Ice
in Qualicum Beach.
Saturday - Parksville, 1-3:00. Old Island Hwy (19A) at
the Esso (between Esso and the Bridge)
26 - 27, 2008
Saturday - Parksville, 12-3:00.
Across from Visitors Center, 1275 E Island Hwy.
Saturday - Coombs - 1-3:00. Grafton Road at Station.
Sunday - Qualicum, 1:30-3:00. Rupert between Memorial
& Qualicum Rd
Saturday & Sunday - Northwest Bay Road. Contact
is cutting broom all week of Earth Day, Apr 22-26.
20 - 25
Sunday, April 20 - 1:00 - 3:30.
Alberni Hwy at the interchange of Hwy 19 (Exit
Our first community Scotch Broom cut will honor Earth
Springwood Middle School,
is cutting broom during the week of Earth Day, Apr 22
The Arrowsmith Potters
will begin to clear the Train Station. Bravo!
Springwood Middle School Earth Day 2008
Port Alberni Broom Cutters
approach is best for your community?
Below are descriptions of how a few communities have approached
the Broom problem.
OVER THE ISLAND:
The Ministry of Transportation
is welcoming involvement from any residents in their
region - which is just about everyone on Vancouver
Island - and is helping out in two major ways. They
are offering insurance under the Adopt a Highway
Program to those individuals who register; they
are also willing to pick up and chip the cut, dry
broom that volunteers leave along side chosen highways
and roads. (Single plants can be left to decompose.)
The Brandon Lake workers are working on larger fields
of broom on highways; the community is focusing
on smaller and new infestations to prevent the spread
of broom. At the moment, Broombusters.org is the
communication connection between the communities
and the Ministry, however, we are all looking for
leaders in different communities to help organize
the cutting and pick up.
Advantages of this approach: Anyone
anywhere can clear a highway, and help prevent the
broom from moving down the road. It does not require
moving the broom - only cutting it.
Port Alberni is observing a Broombusting week. Residents
can drop off cut broom, from anywhere, free of charge,
at the City property on the south end of Anderson
Avenue (across Ship Creek Road) during that week.
A local garden club cut a big hill beside the hospital
in 2006 and intends to keep that hill cut.
Advantages of this approach: People
can cut broom on their own property - or anywhere.
It’s easy to advertise and promote. People can
cut broom any time, and then, at the end of the broom
cutting season, they have a place to dump their broom.
There are also no insurance concerns. The disadvantage
is that many people don’t have access to a truck
to move the cut broom - which leaves a lot of willing
hands unable to work.
Qualicum got involved in spring 2006, and will continue.
The town and residents decide where they want to
remove broom. New roads & areas were chosen
each of 5 weeks. Residents could go out and cut
the broom any time during the week, and lay it beside
the road (not on the shoulder.) Then on Monday morning,
the town crew from Qualicum will come by and pick
up the broom beside the road. In 2006, there were
two group broom cutting Saturdays. A large section
of Memorial Hwy was cleared of broom.
got involved in spring 2006. Broombusters.org served
as the communication link between the town and residents
who wanted to cut broom on a particular road. New
roads were chosen each of 5 weeks. Residents could
go out and cut the broom any time during the week,
and lay it beside the road (not on the shoulder.)
Then on Monday morning, the crew from Qualicum will
come by and pick up the broom beside the road. There
were two group broom cutting Saturdays. A large
section of Memorial Hwy was cleared of broom.
Advantages of this approach: Residents
can work at their own speed, when they have time
available. Long work days are not possible for many,
because of time or physical retraints. Also, people
work in their own neighborhoods, creating a sense
of ownership, and enjoying the fruits of their labors
all year long. It does not require moving the broom
- only cutting it.
Joanne Sales - firstname.lastname@example.org - 250-752-4816
Plans are in the making. Contact Lyrae.
Lyrae - email@example.com - 604-885-4384