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Tourism, Culture and Recreation
July 7, 2010

Investments of $107,500 made in Ferryland Area Heritage

Heritage organizations in the Ferryland area have received $107,500 in operational and project support through the province's Cultural Economic Development Program.

"The Ferryland area has a rich history and culture and, in the Colony of Avalon, boasts one of the most significant archaeological sites in North America," said the Honourable Terry French, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. "As a Provincial Government, we continue to invest in heritage initiatives throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, recognizing that each is significant in its own right."

Investments in the Ferryland region are as follows:

  • Colony of Avalon — $84,240 in total support: $76,000 in operational support, $6,240 to provide a 10-week internship in the conservation laboratory, and $2,000 to research, document and reconstruct excavated Northern Italian pottery;
  • Cape Race-Portugal Cove South Heritage Inc. — $16,960 in operational support;
  • Witless Bay Heritage Committee — $3,000 in total support: $2,000 to assist in preparing an inventory of historically-significant structures and landmarks in Witless Bay, and $1,000 in operational support;
  • Ferryland Historical Society — $2,300 in operational support; and,
  • Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove Heritage Museum — $1,000 in operational support.

"These investments are most welcome," said Ferryland MHA Keith Hutchings. "The continued financial support of the Williams Government in the heritage sector is crucial to the economic and cultural development of these important sites and projects in the region."

The 2010 Cultural Economic Development Program (CEDP) is providing $1.27 million for operational and project support to the heritage sector, and about $1.2 million to the professional arts sector, for a total of almost $2.5 million.

CEDP projects are selected based on the strength of the business plans, vision and potential for development within the sector. For more information on the CEDP program and application guidelines, visit: 

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Media contacts:

Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
709-729-0928, 697-5061
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424 

2010 07 07                                                   10:10 a.m.

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