Rocky Har­bour area re­ceives $2.1 mil­lion in gov­ern­ment funds

Fund­ing to sup­port com­mu­nity, ed­u­ca­tion and busi­ness en­hance­ments

Northern Pen - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

SUBMITTED PHOTO

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.

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