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MINISTER MACKAY ANNOUNCES FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS IN RICHMOND COUNTY AND PORT HAWKESBURY
PORT HAWKESBURY (NS) – April 21, 2013 – Four community infrastructure facilities will be improved thanks to support from the Government of Canada. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
“Our Government is committed to supporting initiatives that enhance community infrastructure, help build strong, vibrant communities and contribute to local economic growth,” said Minister MacKay. “The four projects announced today are more examples of valuable investments that our government is making to provide far-reaching benefits for Nova Scotians. These new projects also demonstrate our Government’s commitment to the people of Cape Breton.”
The Government of Canada is investing a total of $514,687 in the following four community infrastructure projects in Richmond County and Port Hawkesbury:
• Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial in conjunction with the Société Vitalité Isle Madame is building a community health and wellness centre in Arichat attached to École Beau-Port. The facility will offer a wide range of recreational and health and wellness programming for residents of all ages. Construction of this centre is well underway. Total costs are $3 million and the federal government is investing $250,000.
• The East Richmond ATV Riders’ Society will enhance its multi-use trail system linking the communities of St. Peter’s and Louisdale. This project serves to promote active living while helping communities to forge strategic partnerships and foster community pride. The development of the trail will increase visitation to the area and enhance the visitor experience while providing business opportunities related to adventure and eco-tourism. The total cost of the trail is $270,000 and the Government of Canada is investing $189,000.
• Le Centre culturel – La Picasse is upgrading its cultural centre located in Petit-de-Grat. The upgrades will include the replacement of the roof. La Picasse is a multifunctional centre and a unique Francophone community and cultural institution. Its main goal is to preserve the French language and to promote and maintain the vitality of the Acadian culture in the area. This is done through artistic, cultural and community activities as well as various educational programs. Total project costs are $134,687 and the Government of Canada is investing $60,187.
• The Port Hawkesbury Volunteer Fire Department is conducting renovations to the fire hall which provides emergency services to the community and also serves as a community hall that hosts various community events. The total cost of the renovations is $38,500 and federal government is investing $15,500.
902 564 3617
Vitalité Ile Madame
902 631 1697
East Richmond ATV Riders’ Association
902 535 3744
Centre culturel – La Picasse
902 226 0064
902 227 5947