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October 24, 2014
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Six projects in Belfast/Murray River area receive Island Community Fund support

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development

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Six projects, a combined government investment of approximately $175,000, will help revitalize community infrastructure and enhance economic activity in the Belfast/Murray River area, says Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Ron MacKinley.

“These investments through the Island Community Fund will help better meet the needs of residents and visitors by enhancing economic opportunities in our rural communities, supporting recreational opportunities, strengthening community spirit, and increasing public safety,” said Minister MacKinley. “The province will continue to support our rural communities and help enhance the quality of life for all Islanders.”

The Province of Prince Edward Island, through the Island Community Fund, has partnered with six community organizations to invest in the projects.

• The Belfast Community Development Corporation received $120,000 to convert 50 sites at the Lord Selkirk Campground to three-way sites. The project will also include the addition of 12 two-way sites, renovations to the clubhouse to accommodate campground check-ins, Wi Fi installation, new point of sale hardware / software, and renovations to the existing buildings.

• The Community of Belfast received $15,400 for the purchase and installation of new playground equipment at Belfast Consolidated School.

• Cambridge Hall Inc. received $15,375 for upgrades to Cambridge Hall to replace the septic system and construct an addition to the steel roof.

• The Community of Murray River received $12,000 to purchase and install new playground equipment at Southern Kings Consolidate School.

• The Belfast Rural Community Fire Company received $10,100 to construct a repeater station to expand the range in which firefighters are able to receive pages.

• The North Pinette Women’s Institute received $2,225 to upgrade the heating system in their facility.

The total combined investment of the six projects is almost $320,000.

“The Belfast and Area Development Corporation was pleased to receive funding to upgrade the Lord Selkirk Campground. Campers look for certain services which we now can offer through three-way hook ups,” said David Cooper, Chair for the Belfast Community Development Corporation. “All projects announced today were made possible because of the funding provided by the provincial government.”

“The Island Community Fund was created to support community infrastructure which in turn helps build stronger communities,” said Minister MacKinley. “Government is very pleased to partner with these organizations to upgrade their existing infrastructure and continue the important work they do in the community.”

Since 2009, the Island Community Fund has invested nearly $20 million to support more than 400 projects across the province, with a total project value of $67 million.

Media Contact: April Gallant
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