Municipal Affairs
July 10, 2008

Terra Nova Communities Receive Funding for Infrastructure Improvements

Three communities in the Terra Nova area will receive funding totaling $291,189 to support municipal infrastructure improvements through the 2008-09 Municipal Capital Works program (MCW). Bunyan�s Cove will receive $135,000 for a well system; Glovertown will receive $104,989 for work on the Penny�s Brook culvert; and, Traytown will receive $51,200 for a water and sewer study.

"The Williams Government recognizes that municipalities need efficient infrastructure to secure, develop and improve services for their residents," said the Honourable Dave Denine, Minister of Municipal Affairs. "I am pleased that this funding will allow important infrastructure improvements, including a well system, culvert work and a water and sewer study, to be undertaken in the Terra Nova area."

Minister Denine recently announced that through the 2008-09 MCW program, $61.2 million will be spent on many infrastructure improvement projects province-wide. Under the program, the Provincial Government will contribute $32.4 million; the Federal Government will contribute $12 million and the municipalities will contribute $14.1 million.

The Municipal Capital Works program fosters the development of cost-shared projects in a wide range of municipal infrastructure, including water and waste-water treatment, roads, recreational facilities and fire equipment. Recently, the program was significantly improved through new cost-share ratios for municipalities. These new changes state that towns with populations under 3,000 now have to contribute only 10 per cent toward the cost of capital infrastructure. Towns with populations between 3,000 and 7,000 contribute 20 per cent and the largest cities and towns with populations over 7,000 contribute 30 per cent.

"Through the Municipal Capital Works program our province has continued to demonstrate its strong commitment to the rural communities in Newfoundland and Labrador," said the Honourable Paul Oram, MHA, Terra Nova District. "The revised cost-share ratios will positively impact the communities within my district and allow them to move forward with planned initiatives."

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Media contact:

Jennifer Collingwood
Director of Communications
Department of Municipal Affairs
709-729-1983, 690-2498

2008 07 10                                                       10:45 a.m.


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