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November 18, 2009
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Tyne Valley Fire Department Receives Island Community Fund Support

Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour

The Honourable Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, is pleased to announce a $150,000 contribution through the Island Community Fund, for upgrades to the Tyne Valley Fire Hall and Community Complex.

“This facility is truly a multifunctional space. It provides the proper amenities for the Fire Department to provide safety and security for the village residents, as well as a bowling alley and banquet facilities in the community complex,” said the Honourable Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities Cultural Affairs and Labour. “The Province is pleased to provide funding to this wonderful initiative.”

The Tyne Valley Fire Department will soon begin major renovations to their facility. The renovations include increasing energy efficiency by installing new windows, doors and overhead doors for the Fire Hall entrance. A new insulated roof will be installed, as well upgrades to the electrical and plumbing systems.

“I am proud that our Government was able to partner with the Fire Department and our community leaders to make this project a reality,” said Paula Biggar, MLA for Tyne Valley-Linkletter. “The Tyne Valley Oyster Festival is one of our Island’s most prominent summer events; many elements of the festival rely on the Community Complex for hosting capacity. This is not merely an investment into infrastructure, it is an investment for the Village of Tyne Valley, the safety of our residents and the sustainability of our festivals and events.”

“The Island Community Fund investment will mean a lot to the Fire Hall and the many groups and events that take place here throughout the year, especially the Tyne Vally Oyster festival,” said Lowell Palmer, Fire Chief for the Tyne Valley Fire Department. “We are so pleased to be partnering with the province to make this project a reality.”

The Government of Prince Edward Island has committed a total of $27.5 million in Island Community Fund funding for six years. One element of the program includes funding for community safety and security; numerous Fire Departments from across the province have made application and are receiving financial support through the Island Community Fund. Over the past year, the province has approved over $680,000 for fire related equipment and facility upgrades.

The Island Community Fund is just one component of the over $80 million the province is investing in infrastructure for our one island community.

Media Contact: Autumn Tremere
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