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New local school, RCMP building included in budget


Thursday’s provincial budget includes plans to move forward with replacing a Bay Roberts school and the RCMP detachment in Whitbourne.

The planned replacement for Coley's Point Primary has been deferred for three years following an announcemnt made during Budget 2016.

Coley’s Point in Bay Roberts is mentioned among the communities set to benefit from $65.2 million in spending for what the province calls “ongoing school construction projects.”

A new school to replace Coley’s Point Primary was announced in last year’s provincial budget as part of $128 million in planned spending for 2014-15. However, there’s been little in the way of news on the project since that announcement from last March.

In justice system spending, a new RCMP detachment in Whitbourne appears to be on the horizon. A total of $3.5 million has been allocated for three new detachment buildings, including one for Whitbourne.

Shortly after the signing of a 2012 agreement to guarantee RCMP service in the province, Whitbourne’s RCMP detachment was shortlisted as one of five in need of replacement or renovation.

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Sticking with justice, new court officers were also announced in the budget for St. John’s and Harbour Grace.

Ongoing work to complete the new long-term care facility in Carbonear will cost $17.3 million this year according to the budget, $21.3 million will be spent on the Placentia lift bridge replacement project, and just under $1 million is allocated to complete the new adult addictions treatment centre in Harbour Grace.

A section of the Trans Canada Highway from Salmonier Line to Whitbourne will also be repaved on a cost-shared basis with the federal government.

For more budget coverage, check next week’s edition of The Compass.

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