March 14, 2009
DOAKTOWN (CNB) - Doaktown residents will benefit from improved wastewater treatment, thanks to joint federal-provincial funding of more than $1.8 million. The announcement was made today by Human Resources Minister Rick Brewer, and Miramichi MP Tilly O'Neill-Gordon. The investment enhances local facilities and services, and create local jobs at a time when the need for economic stimulus is greatest.
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick will each invest up to $934,088, with the Village of Doaktown contributing the remaining $934,089 of total eligible project costs.
"Our government's investment will help ensure that the Village of Doaktown has quality infrastructure to protect the environment and village residents' health and wellness," said Brewer. "Having strong infrastructure is vital in order for our province to remain positioned to be self-sufficient."
Brewer spoke on behalf of Environment Minister Roland Haché.
"The Government of Canada is working with the provincial and municipal governments to deliver results to the people of New Brunswick, with improvements and upgrades to the wastewater system in Doaktown," said O'Neill-Gordon. "The federal investment of more than $930,000 will make a difference in this community by protecting the local environment, improving the quality of life for the people who live and work here, and helping the local economy now and for years to come."
The project involves the construction of a new wastewater lagoon that will increase the capacity and improve the reliability of the wastewater treatment system. By reducing the amount of untreated effluent into the Miramichi River, the project will play a key role in protecting the health of the salmon population and the river, both focal points of the region's tourism industry. Funding for the project is contingent upon completion of all contractual agreements, including a pending environmental impact assessment.
"We would like to thank the federal and provincial governments for investing in our community," said Doaktown Mayor Charles Stewart. "This project is key to improving Doaktown's wastewater treatment system, which will provide a healthier environment for the people in the region, as well as help protect the Miramichi River, one of the area's greatest tourism resources."
This is one of 32 projects across the province that will get underway quickly thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment of more than $38 million. Together with municipal contributions, more than $57 million will be invested in local infrastructure improvements in New Brunswick. The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are working together to provide long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet infrastructure needs across the country, and to support stronger, safer and better communities.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, managing director, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-4606; Jennifer Graham, communications officer, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Richard Roik, director of communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649.