News Release Article from  Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Federal Government Supports Port Re-development in Passamaquoddy Bay

Infrastructure improvements to Welshpool Hall and wharf will increase tourism in the area

February 19, 2016 – St. Andrews/Welshpool, NB – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

The federal government today announced support to the Friars Bay Development Association for important infrastructure improvements for the Welshpool Hall and Wharf, under the historic name of Welshpool Landing.

Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency joined officials with the Friars Bay Development Association to make the announcement. 

The project on Campobello Island includes renovations and upgrades to the main floor of Welshpool Hall and the installation of interior floats and a gangway for Welshpool Wharf, as well as related electrical service upgrades.  The redeveloped complex will facilitate access to other ports in the Passamaquoddy Bay area of southwest New Brunswick. 

The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is contributing $430,000 to the project under the Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) and the Friars Bay Development Association is providing $180,000. 

Quick Facts: 

  • The Friars Bay Development Association is an incorporated, non-profit organization whose main objective is to work for the benefit of the Friars Bay, Welshpool, and Campobello Island area, supporting sustainable development and a natural environment.
  • The Association is operated by a Board of Directors made up of Welshpool property owners and local business operators.
  • Upon completion, the project will create a functional wharf, hall and visitor centre.  The renovated hall will provide a venue for local artists and craftspeople; as well as a regular venue for community members for meetings, events, and other activities.  The refurbished wharf will better serve the local commercial fishing and aquaculture industries, as well as a growing marine tourism industry, including establishing the first-stage infrastructure needed to accommodate the cruise ship industry.

Quotes:

 “The Government of Canada is committed to developing prosperous communities and supporting vital community infrastructure.  Our investment in the infrastructure improvements for the Welshpool Hall and wharf will enhance community events and promote an increase in tourism opportunities, all of which represent important steps toward strengthening the local economy, supporting quality of life, and promoting sustainable economic growth in this region.”

-   The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“The port re-development of Welshpool Landing on Campobello Island will provide necessary infrastructure for local marine uses including fisheries and aquaculture while also tapping into the rich cruise and leisure market of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.  We anticipate that this will further promote the area as a must-see destination for tourists and create new economic opportunities for the entire region.”

-   Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest.

“As southwest New Brunswick’s closest deepwater port to the United States, Welshpool Landing will tap into the booming American marine-tourism market.  With its hub-like location, it can channel visitors to other Passamaquoddy communities such as St. Andrews, DeerIsland, and Grand Manan.  We see our project as part of a Bay-wide boost to tourism while also serving aquaculture and the historic traditional fishery.

       -    Joseph Gough, President, Friars Bay Development Association    

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Contacts:

Ann Kenney
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
506-452-3687
Ann.Kenney@canada.ca

Mr. Joseph Gough
President
Friars Bay Development Association
506-752-9103
josephgough@rogers.com

 


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