Septic fields, preservation of community Arndt’s top issues

Robert Arndt has lived in the Shawnigan Lake area for almost 20 years, and he wants to see the place he loves preserved, and not subject to any more mistakes.

He says that errors have been made in past decisions over everything from parks to water and household septic fields.

"I would like to see reevaluation of all septage disposal systems in the area, and find a long term placement for this," Arndt said.

He also thinks it’s key for Shawnigan to find another sustainable source of water other than the lake.

Arndt said he has lots of experience communicating with government officials, and this would help him in his service as director should he be elected. He has also donated parkland in the area and is a volunteer with the Mill Bay Coast Guard. One thing Arndt says is vital is preservation of Shawnigan as a nice, rural community.

"I’ve seen the place just getting busier and busier" he said, explaining that he doesn’t want Shawnigan to become another Glen Lake in Langford, a nowdeveloped and urban spot that was once like Shawnigan.

"It’s basically been destroyed and I’d hate to have my home now to be destroyed," Arndt said.

He also opposed the south end Eco Depot, seeing it as the wrong way to develop, and is opposed to the bringing in of contaminated soil to the watershed.