Regional Development Corporation

Infrastructure improvements to be made in Belledune (08/11/10)

NB 1664

Nov. 10, 2008

BELLEDUNE (CNB) - An investment of $500,000 will be made to improve water and sewer infrastructure in Belledune. Environment Minister Roland Haché, minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation as well as the Northern New Brunswick Infrastructure Initiative, made the announcement today.

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"The Province of New Brunswick is proud to invest in this important strategic infrastructure project," said Haché. "To attain our goal of self-sufficiency, we need adequate tools to make northern New Brunswick a place in which to invest and to create new opportunities."

Haché was joined by Belledune Mayor Nick Duivenvoordenune and Peter Hancock, general manager of Xstrata Zinc's lead-smelting operation in Belledune.

Funding under the Northern New Brunswick Infrastructure Initiative will be used toward a $1.5-million water and sewer infrastructure upgrade project in the Chaleur Drive subdivision. With the pending closure of Xstrata's Brunswick Mine in 2010, the company is transferring ownership of the water and sewer infrastructure to the Village of Belledune upon completion of the project.

"Xstrata Zinc is pleased to collaborate with the Town of Belledune and the Province of New Brunswick on this very important project," said Hancock. "This system upgrade and transfer of ownership to the municipality will ensure that the residents of Chaleur Drive will have these important services for a lifetime."

The Northern New Brunswick Infrastructure Initiative is a four-year undertaking expiring in March 2012. It funds strategic investments in three priority areas: transportation, business and strategic infrastructure. Eligible areas for assistance include those defined by the Restigouche, Chaleur, Acadian Peninsula and Miramichi Community economic development agencies, including Rogersville.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Roger Clinch, Xstrata, 506-547-5025

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