Federal funding announced in Port de Grave for small craft harbours

Melissa Jenkins
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A marginal wharf in Post de Grave will be getting an update in the coming months after an announcement was made Saturday, Dec. 7 in Port de Grave by Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea.

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea (centre) was at the Port de Grave Harbour Authority Nov. 7 to make a funding announcement for small craft harbours in the province. Also on hand were Port de Grave MHA Glenn Littlejohn (left) and the Post de Grave Harbour Authority President Ross Petten.

A marginal wharf in Post de Grave will be getting an update in the coming months after an announcement was made Saturday, Dec. 7 in Port de Grave by Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea.

Shea announced $1.6 million in funding for small craft harbours, one of which is Port de Grave, to a small group of post authority members and Department of Fisheries and Oceans representatives at the Harbour Authority building.

A display poster of the Port de Grave project was placed beside the window inside the Harbour Authority, explaining the specifics involved.

“The project will include a reconstruction of a 36 metre portion of marginal wharf. The new 36 m treated timber cribwork wharf will be complete with a 250 milimetre thick reinforced concrete deck.”

Shea said the money comes from a federal contingency fund that allocates additional funds where needed.

Some $16.6 million was originally included for core harbours in the province for 2013, including a $233,000 wharf repair project that was completed in Port de Grave earlier this year.

Port de Grave will not be the only project in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region.

Old Perlican has already begun a basin dredging project.

Tenders closed Nov. 26, but a contract has not yet been announced. It is expected to cost between $250,000 and $500,000, as per the government buy and sell website.

Other projects announced were armour protection repairs in Savage Cove on the Northern Peninsula as a result of storm damage and a deck replacement, and wharf repairs at Hermitage on the south coast of the island.

Although not announced by Shea, a news release also included two additional projects — channel redredging at Branch on the Cape Shore and slipway repairs in Lourdes on the west coast.

Shea was visiting the province this weekend to make two announcements — the small craft harbours funding and a $500,000 announcement for the Atlantic Seal Development Association pilot project to manufacture new seal meat products — and touring some of the small craft harbours, including Port de Grave and Harbour Grace.

Organizations: Harbour Authority, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Branch on the Cape Shore Atlantic Seal Development Association

Geographic location: Port de Grave, Placentia, Old Perlican Savage Cove Lourdes

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  • C. Smith
    December 09, 2013 - 12:41

    The town of Port de Grave has a problem paying taxes to support the town's and province's infrastructure, but has no problem receiving taxpayer money. Does anyone dare ask the question - Why Port de Grave and not other Newfoundland communities?