Like manna from heaven
Government showers tax money on historic churches
Carbonear-Harbour Grace District, for a total of $ 342,256, the funding for two of which had already been announced earlier.
She highlighted three projects in the towns of Carbonear and Harbour Grace where 12 people are working.
The JCP projects included the hiring of four people to complete an archaeological survey of Carbonear Island, a project that is wrapping up this week; six to help restore the historic Carbonear Railway Station; and, two to preserve and catalogue items of historical significance in Harbour Grace.
The Job Creation Partnership ( JCP) program provided $100,078 towards the projects.
The total cost of these projects, including contributions made by the towns and other sources, is $222,952, according to a news release.
The minister described the projects as “ fine examples of how sponsors have identified worthwhile initiatives and the provincial government … has provided the financial support ... to ensure they are carried out successfully.”
Culture and history
Carbonear Harbour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy said, “ we’re not only creating employment, but maintaining our culture and history.”
Looking behind him at the actual work in progress on the province’s oldest stone church, the health minister saw it as a good example of tax money at work. Noting that “churches were the centres of our communities,” Kennedy said it is important to look at our past and make sure we maintain our built heritage. Government support welcome David Moores, chairman of the St. Paul’s Church restoration committee, said the financial help from government was very much needed.
Referring to “our Roman Catholic friends down the road, (who are also restoring their Immaculate Conception Cathedral),” Moores suggested, “we’re all struggling and government recognizes the maintenance of these buildings to make them attractive for tourists. It’s a manifestation of what we can do as a province.”