Municipal Affairs
April 7, 2010

Town of Ferryland to Receive $120,000 for Emergency Repairs

Municipal Capital Works funding of $120,000 has been provided to the Town of Ferryland to support emergency breakwater repairs which occurred as a result of storm damage.

“This investment supports repairs and cleanup which were required to secure a collapsed seawall, and ensure that road access was safe for residents,” said the Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “We are pleased to work with the town to address the immediate safety issue, and secure the area until a permanent replacement of the seawall occurs.”

“The events of December caused significant destruction to Pool Road and the breakwater in Ferryland,” said Keith Hutchings, MHA for the District of Ferryland. “This damage caused severe disruptions to residents who needed access to the area and as well posed serious concerns for this year’s tourism season, related to accessing the Colony of Avalon archaeological site and business sites, like the Ferryland Lighthouse Picnics. By working with the Department of Municipal Affairs and the town council of Ferryland we were able to secure this emergency funding to provide repairs to the road and secure the shoreline with new stone.”

In Budget 2010: The Right Investments - For Our Children and Our Future, the Provincial Government committed of $135.5 million in support of municipal infrastructure projects. With federal and municipal contributions factored in, the total investment in municipal infrastructure in the province in 2010-11 is anticipated to be the largest in history at approximately $225 million. The Provincial Government's infrastructure strategy is expected to be valued at more than $5 billion over the next several years.

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Media contacts:

Heather MacLean
Director of Communications
Department of Municipal Affairs
709-729-1983, 697-4137
Tess Burke
Government Members Office
709-729-3551, 699-2402

2010 04 07                              10:10 a.m.

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