Oct. 23, 2009
GRAND BAY-WESTFIELD (CNB) - Joint federal and provincial funding to upgrade the wastewater system at Kiwanis Oak Point Campground & Park was announced today by Energy Minister Jack Keir and Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson.
"Our government's investment will help ensure that the Oak Point Campground & Park has quality infrastructure to protect the environment," said Keir. "Having strong infrastructure is vital in order for our province to remain positioned to be self-sufficient."
Keir attended on behalf of Environment Minister Rick Miles.
"Our government recognizes that modern, reliable infrastructure supports and attracts business, and creates and sustains jobs for today and for years to come," said Thompson. "This federal investment of over $63,000 will help the Kiwanis Oak Point Campground & Park improve important sewer infrastructure."
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are each investing $63,722 toward the total eligible cost of the project, which totals $191,168.
"The economic recession has affected the not-for-profit sector hard," said Ed Kelly of the Kiwanis Club. "This announcement will assist the economic as well as the environmental challenges that Kiwanis Oak Point Campground & Park faces in the future."
The provincially owned park is leased and operated by the local Kiwanis Club, and provides 50 campsites along the St. John River. The existing wastewater treatment lagoon was built in 1970. Treated effluent is discharged into an intermittent stream, which enters the St. John River. The quality of the treated effluent does not meet current regulatory standards, so wastewater upgrades are necessary for the continued use and enjoyment of the location.
This project is one of 32 across the province that will get underway quickly, thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment of more than $48 million announced on July 24. The governments of Canada and New Brunswick have taken steps to advance projects and provide money faster for targeted infrastructure projects in New Brunswick communities in the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.
The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years. The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick are working together to ensure that these infrastructure funds are being spent on priority projects across the province.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, corporate secretary, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Richard Roik, director of communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Katharine Sidenius, senior communications officer, ACOA - New Brunswick, 506-452-3341.