PORT MCNEILL— Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan visited the region Friday to highlight a pair of federal government funding contributions in Port McNeill and in Port Alice.
On behalf of Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, Duncan visited Port McNeill’s Town office to announce support for upgrades to the Rotary Trail in Port McNeill under the federal government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
“Our government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity right here in Port McNeill, and across Canada,” said MP Duncan. “Today’s investment highlights this commitment, while also ensuring improved safety for walkway users and improved accessibility.”
The government’s investment of $33,750 has been used to provide upgrades to the Rotary trail, including clearing the pathway for gravel, hauling and spreading sand and gravel along the pathway, and raking and removing low-lying branches from trees.
“Without the financial support of WD this project would not have been possible,” said Dave Nelson, project manager for the Rotary Club of Port McNeill. “We have numerous groups using the trail including joggers, bikers, families, and pedestrians safely walking from town to Highway 19.”
Following his presentation with the Rotary Club in Port McNeill, Duncan traveled to Port Alice wher he announced the contribution of $80,300 for improvements to Port Alice’s water supply under the CIIF.
“With today’s investment in local infrastructure, we are helping to ensure a safe water supply and fire protection abilities for Port Alice for years to come,” Duncan said.
The investment of $80,300 will allow the Village of Port Alice to undertake the complete scope of the water improvement project, which includes the installation of a high-density polyethylene liner on a wood stave reservoir, as well as replacement of the roof. In addition, a new hard-wired diesel generator will be installed to provide back-up power to water pumphouses.
“The contribution from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund will allow us to undertake the complete scope of this project and ensure the security of our community’s drinking water supply for years to come,” said Mayor Jan Allen. “This will make it possible for the Village to bring our second reservoir back on line and we will finally be able to ensure the security of our water system during power outages caused by natural disasters and other emergencies.”
In Economic Action Plan 2012, the government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. It has committed $150 million over two years for the fund, which supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.