Small craft wharfs to get work done

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

The fog and rain held off long enough on July 10 for Se­na­tor Fabian Man­ning to an­nounce fund­ing for a se­ries of small craft har­bours in New­found­land and Labrador.

Step­ping in for federal fish­eries min­is­ter Gail Shea, Man­ning an­nounced some $10.4 mil­lion for a va­ri­ety of work to be com­pleted at eight har­bours around the prov­ince at the Jersey­side Wharf in Pla­cen­tia.

Of those eight ports, four of those are in the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion.

“We rec­og­nize har­bours sup­port lo­cal economies and cre­ate jobs. En­sur­ing they are kept in good oper- at­ing con­di­tion will ben­e­fit the people who use them and the com­mu­ni­ties where they are cre­ated for years to come,” said Man­ning.

The fol­low­ing is a list of lo­cal wharfs get­ting fund­ing and the work to be com­pleted:

Some $350,000 for break­wa­ter re­pair in Bay de Verde; Some $200,000 for in­stal­la­tion of a wharf elec­tri­cal sys­tem at Heart’s Con­tent;$2.25 mil­lion for break­wa­ter re­fur­bish­ing over two years and chanel and basin dreg­ging in St. Bride’s; and$1.5 mil­lion for wharf re­con­struc­tion in Jersey­side. There was also work an­nounced for River­head, Har­bour Breton, Branch and Re­news.

“This in­vest­ment demon­strates our govern­ment’s un­der­stand­ing that in­vest­ment in small craft har­bours is cru­cial to eco­nomic growth and pros­per­ity,” said Man­ning.

The wharf in Jersey­side be­ing re­con­structed is known lo­cally as “the hockey stick,” due to its shape. It was the first wharf con­structed on the site, which is lo­cated just be­fore the Sir Am­brose Shea Lift Bridge in Pla­cen­tia.

Some two-dozen fish­er­men, har­bour author­ity per­son­nel, town and govern­ment of­fi­cials came out for the an­nounce­ment.

One of those was Donna Lambe, a vol­un­teer with the Jersey­side Har­bour Author­ity. Her hus­band is also a fish­er­man who uses the Jersey­side Wharf.

She said the an­nounce­ment to­day ( July 10) is a wel­come one for the area.

“It was great. It’s re­ally good. We were l ook­ing f o rward to t he an­nounce­ment,” said Lambe.

The re­con­struc­tion will bring the hockey stick up to par with the rest of the site, which in­cludes two other wharfs and state-of-the-art land­ing.

The Har­bour Author­ity in Jersey­side is look­ing to get the wharf braced un­der­neath and pos­si­bly an­gle the end of the it a lit­tle dif­fer­ently, with pos­si­bly a 30-50feet ex­ten­sion to give users more space.

The money an­nounced to­day may not cover all of the author­ity’s wishes, but Lambe said it is a great start.

“We’re anx­ious to get started on it now,” she said.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Se­na­tor Fabian Man­ning an­nounced $10.4 mil­lion for New­found­land and Labrador small craft wharfs in Pla­cen­tia on July 10.

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