Funding helps restore churches
Two churches of historical significance in the Carbonear-Harbour Grace region will undergo restorations and repairs as a result of a provincial government investment of roughly $71,000.
The first project is sponsored by the Project Restoration Dalton Council Committee, and will see 10 individuals hired. They will gain valuable work experience as they make repairs to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, a building that was designated a provincial historic site in 1991.
Stonemasons, laborers and helpers will assist in the completion of four stone buttresses, entrance repairs, improvement to the eaves and roof, and inside carpentry work to the choir area.
The second project, sponsored by the Anglican Parish of Harbour Grace, and located at St. Paul’s Church in Harbour Grace, will support nine participants with a similar work experience and skills enhancement opportunity, as they complete restoration on the stone structure built over 175 years ago. Improvements to the building include the replacement of stone, installation of tower steps and flooring, repairs to church pews, and the replacement of windows and screens.
The funding is being made available under the province’s Job Creation Partnership ( JCP) program.
“ I am very pleased to see these important projects,” said Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy.
“ These initiatives will preserve our important heritage and church history, help individuals return to the labour market, and boost the visitor experience for our region.”
Added Susan Sullivan, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment: “ These infrastructure projects will result in direct job creation, stimulate local economic activity, and provide visitors with a clearer sense of this region’s rich history. They are also examples of our government’s ongoing commitment to non-profit and community-oriented groups, organizations that focus on supporting local and regional needs.”