Fed­eral, pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments in­vest in Spring­dale marina de­vel­op­ment stud­ies

More than $100,000 in­vested to com­plete work

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - FRONT PAGE -

The Town of Spring­dale will carry out fur­ther stud­ies for its pro­posed marina de­vel­op­ment with more than $100,000 from the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

The stud­ies will pro­vide ad­di­tional data to sup­port the marina fea­si­bil­ity study and en­gi­neer­ing plan com­pleted in 2015, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease is­sued last week. The work is ex­pected to strengthen the town’s de­ci­sion-mak­ing process to en­sure a suc­cess­ful marina de­vel­op­ment.

Spring­dale Mayor Har­vey Tiz­zard ap­pre­ci­ated the sup­port to the town to con­tinue this project.

“(The) an­nounce­ment will put our com­mu­nity one step closer to a de­vel­op­ment which will en­hance the tourism in­dus­try in the re­gion and con­trib­ute im­mensely to the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of our lo­cal econ­omy,” Tiz­zard stated in the re­lease.

Tourism, Cul­ture, In­dus­try and In­no­va­tion Min­is­ter Christo­pher Mitchel­more an­nounced a $29,563-in­vest­ment in the project from the depart­ment’s Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Fund. Scott Simms, mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Coast of Bays-Cen­tral-Notre Dame, an­nounced a fed­eral con­tri­bu­tion of $72,000 from the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency’s Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram.

“By sup­port­ing the early stages of the marina de­vel­op­ment project, our govern­ment will help en­sure the re­quired plan­ning and geotech­ni­cal work Is­land Rock Cove is the pro­posed lo­ca­tion for the marina project in Spring­dale. The town has re­ceived fund­ing from the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments to carry out fur­ther stud­ies. Pro­posed de­sign for the marina in Spring­dale, re­leased by Tract Con­sult­ing in 2015.

is com­pleted, and fur­ther as­sist in the de­vel­op­ment of this ini­tia­tive which has the po­ten­tial to en­cour­age eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion in the re­gion,” Mitchel­more stated.

Through this project, the Town of Spring­dale will hire ex­per­tise to un­der­take a geotech­ni­cal study to de­ter­mine sub­sur­face con­di­tions for the marina’s wharf and break­wa­ter.

In ad­di­tion, a de­tailed study of the har­bour seafloor us­ing seabed map­ping technology will be car­ried out to sup­port the de­sign of the marina fa­cil­i­ties and en­sure safe ves­sel pas­sage. This will in­volve as­sess­ing seabed con­di­tions and wa­ter depths. Re­sults from th­ese stud­ies will help the town de­ter­mine how best to pro­ceed with the marina de­vel­op­ment project’s size and scope.

“The Govern­ment of Canada is com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing in smart ini­tia­tives that help di­ver­sify and strengthen our com­mu­ni­ties and grow key in­dus­tries such as tourism,” stated fed­eral In­no­va­tion, Science and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Navdeep Bains, min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for ACOA. “By in­vest­ing in projects like this one with the Town of Spring­dale, we help strengthen and grow the mid­dle class, make our com­mu­ni­ties even bet­ter places to visit and call home, and fos­ter broad-based pros­per­ity.”

Brian Warr, MHA for Baie Verte-Green Bay, stated the project is sig­nif­i­cant to the re­gion in its sup­port of tourism de­vel­op­ment and eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion.

The plan to build a marina at Is­land Rock Cove has been on the town’s radar for years. Tract Con­sult­ing com­pleted a fea­si­bil­ity study, which in­cluded pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, in 2015. The re­port was re­leased pub­licly.

The con­sul­tant re­ferred to in­ter­est in con­struct­ing an up­scale res­tau­rant on the land ad­ja­cent to the prop­erty and other busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties such as kayak­ing, power boat­ing, sail­ing and Sea-doo­ing.

The project — in­clud­ing a gath­er­ing point for res­i­dents and visi­tors — was said to cost more than $7.7 mil­lion. How­ever, the con­sul­tants said as much as $103 mil­lion in rev­enue, in­clud­ing a pub­lic marina fee struc­ture, could be gen­er­ated in five years.

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ISAAC CHAULK/SPE­CIAL TO THE NOR’WESTER

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