More money for up­grades

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Saint An­drews Lodge in Mon­tague is get­ting more than $90,000 as one of six projects ap­proved for $190,000 in gov­ern­ment fund­ing announced Thurs­day.

The free ma­sonry lodge will use the fund­ing to im­prove the ac­ces­si­bil­ity and func­tion­al­ity of the build­ing on Main Street.

All six projects announced Thurs­day are in the South­ern Kings County area and have been al­lo­cated in­vest­ments through the Canada 150 Com­mu­nity In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gram (CIP 150), a $300-mil­lion fund that was es­tab­lished to cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th birth­day through in­vest­ments in the com­mu­nity spa­ces that bring Cana­di­ans to­gether.

This was the sec­ond an­nounce­ment of CIP 150 fund­ing in as many days, with the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency re­leas­ing de­tails for fund­ing five Char­lot­te­town area projects Wed­nes­day.

In South­ern Kings, the projects in­clude up­grades to recre­ational, cul­tural and so­cial in­fra­struc­ture. Each project re­cip­i­ent will con­trib­ute up­wards of 50 per cent of their to­tal project costs.

“Th­ese projects sup­port ac­tive and healthy com­mu­ni­ties and help res­i­dents to con­nect, or­ga­nize and cel­e­brate our sto­ries with one an­other,” said Cardi­gan MP Lawrence Ma­cAulay.

“To­gether, th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions are work­ing to strengthen our com­mu­ni­ties and cre­ate a bright and wel­com­ing fu­ture for all. I applaud the fine work of all or­ga­ni­za­tions in­volved.”

As well as the $90,825 to Saint An­drew’s Lodge, CIP 150 is con­tribut­ing the fol­low­ing: $36,101 to the Eastern Ea­gles Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion to up­grade the sports com­plex; $22,380 to the Northum­ber­land Recre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion to up­grade the ice surface cool­ing sys­tem; $20,910 to Pow­nal Sports Cen­tre to up­grade the re­frig­er­a­tion sys­tem in the arena; $17,467 to the Com­mu­nity of Mur­ray River to up­grade the com­mu­nity cen­tre, li­brary and park; $4,598 to Cardi­gan Area Her­itage As­so­ci­a­tion Inc. to up­grade the her­itage cen­tre.

Gerry Fran­ciosa, pres­i­dent of the Eastern Ea­gles Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion, says his group is us­ing the money for en­hance­ments and re­pairs to the sports com­plex build­ing and grounds.

“With­out this gen­er­ous sup­port, most of the needed work would have been post­poned or at best scaled back be­cause of fis­cal re­straints,” he said.

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