Rocky Harbour area receives $2.1 million in government funds
Funding to support community, education and business enhancements
BONNE BAY, NL — The provincial and federal governments jointly announced on May 13 that they will invest more than $2.1 million in four projects in communities in the Bonne Bay region.
The investments will support implementation of phase one of the Town of Rocky Harbour’s master development plan; efforts to enhance programming at Memorial University’s Bonne Bay Marine Station; establishing a collaborative partnership between Grenfell Campus and the artistic, environmental and tourism clusters in the Gros Morne National Park region; and upgrades to the trail network in the Town of Woody Point.
Over a million dollars of the total funding is going to the Town of Rocky Harbour. They are receiving a non-repayable investment of $770,000 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and $250,000 through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation.
The project is intended to enhance the waterfront business district. This will entail the renovation of an existing building to develop artisan studios and retail space and landscaping the property to create a town square; the design and installation of 1000 metres of sidewalk along the waterfront on Main Street North; the acquisition and installation of heritage lighting along the waterfront on Main Street; and the acquisition and installation of uniform signage throughout the town.
Rocky Harbour Mayor Walter Nicolle told the Northern Pen he expects the work of the town’s master development plan to commence this year.
The building that will be renovated is the old gas station. He expects that to start in midSeptember to early October.
Nicolle hopes everything will be completed by the next tourism season.
“It’ll definitely enhance the experience for tourists,” he said. “And hopefully they’ll end up staying around for an extra half a day or an extra day. They’ll spend more money and create more business for the community.”
The Town of Woody Point, meanwhile, is receiving a non-repayable investment of $38,450 from ACOA and $14,750 from Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation. Per ACOA, the plan will guide the town in its trail development to enhance the town’s tourism products and resulting opportunities.
It will include the expansion of the existing Discovery Trail into a complete trail system, connecting to the waterfront and routing throughout the community. Other project activities include a signage strategy, as well as a system of rest areas and lookouts for residents, tourists, and naturebased cultural programming.
Premier Dwight Ball, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amerjeet Sohi and Long Range Mountains MP Gudie Hutchings were amongst those attending the announcement in Rocky Harbour on May 13. Pictured (from left) Norris Point Mayor Joe Reid, VP of Grenfell Campus Ivan Emke, Woody Point Mayor Fred McLean, Trout River Mayor Gloria Barnes, Premier Dwight Ball, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amerjeet Sohi, Rocky Harbour Mayor Walter Nicolle, Glenburnie-Birchy Head and Shoal Brook Mayor Willie Anderson (out of view), Long Range Mountains MP Gudie Hutchings, Cow Head Mayor Rufus Payne, director of Bonne Bay Marine Station Duncan McIlroy and Western Field Unit superintendent Geoff Hancock.