Federal cash for Shelburne County harbours announced

Greg Bennett gbennett@thecoastguard.ca
Published on July 21, 2014

Martin Nickerson, Harbour Authority of Cape Sable Island, Max Kenney, Harbour Authority of Cape Sable Island, Bill Malloy, Business Manager, Small Craft Harbours, Dick Crowell, Harbour Authority of Cape Sable Island, Chris Goodick, Harbour Authority of Lower Sandy Point, Shelly Hipson, Harbour Authority of Lower Sandy Point, Gary Hubbard, Manager, Small Craft Harbours – South West Nova Scotia, Vesta Adams, Harbour Authority of Wood’s Harbour and Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore – St. Margaret’s.

Federal cash for improvements to maintain and improve fishing harbours in Shelburne County was announced last week.

Gerald Keddy, South Shore-St. Margarets MP, arrived in Sandy Point on Thursday, July 17 to make the $1.75 million announcement on behalf of Fisheries and Oceans.

The Shelburne County harbour receiving funds are as follows:

·        Falls Point for electrical system repairs;

·        Port LaTour for float repairs;

·        South Side for breakwater repairs; and

·        Lower Sandy Point for the reconstruction of the end of the north wharf and addition of a cribwork section as well as the placement of armour stone at the north wharf.

This is part of the federal government’s investment of approximately $106 million in repair, construction, maintenance and dredging projects across Canada. This includes regular annual funding and an additional $40 million to be allotted over two years.

 The Small Craft Harbours Program is responsible for over 1,000 small craft harbours across Canada.

 “Our Government understands that by investing in infrastructure at our small craft harbours, we are also creating employment opportunities that benefit local communities and ensuring the livelihood of our fishing industry. The funding announced today will maintain a network of safe and efficient harbours across Nova Scotia and contribute to continued economic growth and prosperity for all Canadians, “ said Keddy.