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August 6, 2009

Town of Roddickton-Bide Arm to Receive $170,000 in Municipal Capital Works Funding

The Williams Government�s enduring commitment to invest in communities to strengthen municipal services and support regional cooperation initiatives was demonstrated today in another Municipal Capital Works announcement by the Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Municipal Affairs.

The Town of Roddickton-Bide Arm will receive $170,000 to support two initiatives which include $110,000 to replace the pump at the water supply station and $60,000 to purchase new fire protection equipment. Funding was made available through the Provincial Governments� Municipal Capital Works Program

"The purchase of an emergency back-up generator and pump will allow the town to provide emergency pumping capacity to their systems during power outages, and the investment in new fire protection apparel will replace aging equipment and help protect volunteers during a fire or emergency situation," said Minister Whalen.

"I am pleased with the Municipal Capital Works Funding announced for the Town of Roddickton-Bide Arm," said the Honourable Trevor Taylor, MHA for the Straits and White Bay North. "Efficient water supply systems and quality fire fighting equipment are essential to the safety and well being of the residents of our communities."

In Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation, the Provincial Government made an unprecedented multi-year commitment of 69 per cent increase in municipal capital works funding for fiscal years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. This commitment increased the capital budget by $34.4 million annually, bringing the total annual Provincial Government commitment to $84.3 million.

The Provincial Government's infrastructure strategy is valued at more than $4 billion over the next several years. Provincial infrastructure projects totaling $1.6 billion will be tendered this fiscal year, creating an estimated 15,000 jobs (some seasonal) and providing significant economic stimulus to the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Media contacts:

Heather MacLean
Director of Communications
Department of Municipal Affairs
709-729-1983, 697-4137
Rick Pelley
Constituency Assistant for Trevor Taylor, MHA, The Straits and White Bay North

2009 08 06                                                   9:45 a.m.

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