Lockeport receives funds for boardwalk, lookoff
By Greg Bennett
The Coast Guard
A $105,000 project to extend harbourfront boardwalks, create murals and signage and to develop a historic look-off and visitor information kiosks in Lockeport and surrounding area received a financial boost from the federal and provincial governments last week.
On Monday night, St. Margarets-South Shore MP Gerald Keddy dropped the Lockeport Town Hall by bearing news of a $63,000 ACOA contribution towards the project.
Keddy, who described the community as one that has “a clear understanding of its potential,” said the enhancements would be one more reason for people to visit and enjoy the area.
The MP also winked and nodded on his hopes for a future announcement for the completion of Highway 103 between Sable River and Port Mouton. “We’re still working on the 103 and haven’t given up on that yet,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll have some good things to say about that in the future on that announcement.”
Lockeport Mayor Darian Huskilson said the project was a natural extension of earlier efforts to build tourism infrastructure in the area and he lauded the efforts of former Crescent Beach Development Centre employees Bill Atwood and Julie Young. “I like this project because it is something local residents can use and enjoy as well as visitors,” he said.
Funding for this project will support and build on Lockeport’s existing assets including the famous Crescent Beach, downtown farmers’ market and boardwalk area.
In addition to ACOA’s $63,178 investment, the Nova Scotia Department of Economic Development is also contributing $10,000 to the project. “This important project will further establish Lockeport as a key tourism destination within its region, helping the area and industry become more competitive,” said Acting Minister for Economic Development, Jamie Muir. “It will enhance the region’s rich history and culture, attract new visitors, as well as contribute to building a vibrant community.”
ACOA’s investment is being made through the Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), which focuses on investments that lead to long-term employment and economic capacity building in rural communities.