The Honourable Tracey Perry, the MHA for Fortune Bay-Cape La Hune, said that the 2012 provincial budget contains some good news for the province in general and for the Coast of Bays in particular.
While no particular details were available on April 25, the budget document said that through a total investment of $1.9 million, improvements would be made to further enhance dialysis services throughout the province. That amount includes $1 million to further expand dialysis services in Harbour Breton.
In April of 2011, the Honourable Jerome Kennedy announced funding of $1.1 million for a dialysis unit for the Connaigre Health Centre in Harbour Breton.
According to Perry, the extra $1 million announced in the budget will be added to the previous announcement to help complete the unit.
One of the most anticipated items in the 2012 budget for everyone in the Coast of Bays was what would be the allotted amount of money for provincial road improvements in 2012.
According to the budget document, a total of $60.1 million will be set-aside for the Provincial Roads Improvement Program.
Perry said, “There are no specific details available today (April 25) as to where that money will be directed. I have to be realistic in saying that the formula allocation for roadwork funding will be roughly the same as in the past.
“This doesn’t necessarily mean that the money will be divided evenly among all districts and our area should at least be on par with previous years in this particular allocation.”
Another specific announcement in the budget that relates to the Coast of Bays was in the area of fisheries and aquaculture.
The government has allocated over $6.2 million for the construction of aquaculture wharves in the Coast of Bays. These new structures will enhance biosecurity and fish health performance by providing clean inflow wharves for aquaculture use.
The budget also noted that $10.4 million would be allocated to advance the provincial government’s vessel replacement schedule. This included funding to complete the design of the six small ferries for the south coast on Newfoundland and the south coast of Labrador.