Federal, provincial governments invest in Springdale marina development studies
More than $100,000 invested to complete work
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.