Pictured are Revelstoke FrontCounter staff Kurt Huettmeyer

Minister opens FrontCounter office in Revelstoke

The provincial government opened a new FrontCounter BC office in Revelstoke on Aug. 29.

The provincial government opened a new FrontCounter BC office in Revelstoke on Aug. 29.

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson was scheduled to officially open the new facility just after Times Review press time on Monday.

FrontCounter BC offices are designed to be one-stop service windows for natural resource sector clients. The Revelstoke office will be located in the current forests ministry office in the Big Eddy at 1701 Big Eddy Road.

“FrontCounter BC embodies the vision of this ministry – it’s client-centred and regionally-based. By bringing government services into communities like Revelstoke, we’re supporting economic development in B.C.,” said minister Thomson in a prepared statement.

“Revelstoke is really growing these days,” said Revelstoke mayor David Raven. “We needed an office like FrontCounter BC to help attract and grow resource business. Having FrontCounter BC here will make it easier to support economic growth.”

The Revelstoke office was the 10th new one opened in B.C. this year. “[It] is a key part of the Province’s integrated approach to the natural resource sector,” said a government media release. The office issues over 130 natural resource-related permits and authorizations and also provides service on behalf of other government agencies.

A ministry spokesperson said an existing full-time contract position was converted into a permanent full-time position. The client services representative works full-time at the front counter itself. Other staff working at the FrontCounter were drawn from within existing Revelstoke government ministry staff.