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FEDERAL STIMULUS SUPPORTS SKERWINK TRAIL AND BIRD ISLAND FESTIVAL

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31 July 2009
Elliston, Newfoundland and Labrador

Tourism Elliston and the Town of Port Rexton will make improvements to two of the Bonavista Peninsula’s tourism icons with the support of funding provided through the federal Community Adjustment Fund (CAF), a key economic stimulus initiative under the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced an investment of approximately $204,000 that will allow Tourism Elliston to upgrade the Bird Island Puffin Festival site, and assist the Town of Port Rexton to make improvements to the entrance, parking and access road for the Skerwink Trail.

“The Skerwink is an internationally acclaimed hiking trail and the Bird Island Festival is an equally important tourism draw for the Discovery Trail area of the Bonavista Peninsula,” said Minister MacKay. “The Government of Canada’s support for both these projects is an endorsement of the significance of the tourism sector to the economy of this region and to the wider province. In addition, the investments we are making will generate local economic activity, support jobs and contribute to the longer term growth of the area. ”

Tourism Elliston will undertake upgrades to the site of the annual Bird Island Puffin Festival. The upgrades will include repairs to the festival site fencing, exterior and interior upgrades to an existing festival building, as well as upgrades to the washroom facilities and improved electrical capability. The Government of Canada, through ACOA will contribute $149,710 to the project.

The Town of Port Rexton will improve the entrance area to the Skerwink Trail and to the access road for the trail head. The project also includes the construction of an nformation kiosk and the development of an interpretation website for the trail. The Government of Canada, through ACOA, will provide $54,047 for the project.

Over the next two years, CAF will deliver a total of $1 billion to local economies throughout Canada. Non-profit organizations; post-secondary institutions; individuals; co-operatives; small and medium-sized enterprises; First Nations governments; and provincial and municipal governments that have eligible projects that can be completed before March 31, 2011 are invited to submit proposals.

Individuals interested in learning more about how to apply for funding under CAF are encouraged to contact their local ACOA office. For more information regarding the CAF application process, please consult ACOA’s website at www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca.

For information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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The Government of Canada is providing support to the Town of Port Rexton and to Tourism Elliston to improve the offering of two tourism icons on the Bonavista Peninsula. The funding is being made available through the Community Adjustment Fund, a key economic stimulus initiative under the federal government’s Economic Action Plan.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador today announced support of approximately $150,000 for Tourism Elliston to make upgrades to the Bird Island Puffin Festival site, and a commitment of approximately $54,000 to the Town of Port Rexton for improvements to the trail head of the internationally acclaimed Skerwink Trail.

Those eligible to apply include: non-profit organizations; post-secondary institutions; individuals; co-operatives; small-and-medium sized enterprises; First Nations governments; and provincial and municipal governments. Projects must be completed before March 31, 2011. Interested applicants are asked to contact their nearest ACOA office.

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INFORMATION:

Erin Filliter
Office of the Minister of State (ACOA)
613-941-7241

Doug Burgess
Director, Public Affairs
ACOA-NL
709-772-2935

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