The fog and rain held off long enough on July 10 for Senator Fabian Manning to announce funding for a series of small craft harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Stepping in for federal fisheries minister Gail Shea, Manning announced some $10.4 million for a variety of work to be completed at eight harbours around the province at the Jerseyside Wharf in Placentia.
Of those eight ports, four of those are in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region.
“We recognize harbours support local economies and create jobs. Ensuring they are kept in good operating condition will benefit the people who use them and the communities where they are created for years to come,” said Manning.
The following is a list of local wharfs getting funding and the work to be completed:
- Some $350,000 for breakwater repair in Bay de Verde;
- Some $200,000 for installation of a wharf electrical system at Heart’s Content;
- $2.25 million for breakwater refurbishing over two years and chanel and basin dregging in St. Bride’s; and
- $1.5 million for wharf reconstruction in Jerseyside.
There was also work announced for Riverhead, Harbour Breton, Branch and Renews.
“This investment demonstrates our government’s understanding that investment in small craft harbours is crucial to economic growth and prosperity,” said Manning.
The wharf in Jerseyside being reconstructed is known locally as “the hockey stick,” due to its shape. It was the first wharf constructed on the site, which is located just before the Sir Ambrose Shea Lift Bridge in Placentia.
Some two-dozen fishermen, harbour authority personnel, town and government officials came out for the announcement.
One of those was Donna Lambe, a volunteer with the Jerseyside Harbour Authority. Her husband is also a fisherman who uses the Jerseyside Wharf.
She said the announcement today (July 10) is a welcome one for the area.
“It was great. It’s really good. We were looking forward to the announcement,” said Lambe.
The reconstruction will bring the hockey stick up to par with the rest of the site, which includes two other wharfs and state-of-the-art landing.
The Harbour Authority in Jerseyside is looking to get the wharf braced underneath and possibly angle the end of the it a little differently, with possibly a 30-50feet extension to give users more space.
The money announced today may not cover all of the authority’s wishes, but Lambe said it is a great start.
“We’re anxious to get started on it now,” she said.