Like manna from heaven

Govern­ment show­ers tax money on his­toric churches

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

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.”

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