For Immediate Release
March 28, 2018
Happy Valley – Goose Bay, NL – Happy Valley-Goose Bay Council is pleased with the investments announced for the Town and the region in this year’s the Provincial Government’s 2018 budget, specifically the $11 million in funding for the Labrador Wellness Centre project.
The $11 million will be provided over three years to support the construction of the new facility, with $4.2 million allocated for 2018.
“This investment is a major piece of the puzzle in bringing the Labrador Wellness Centre project to fruition,” said Mayor Wally Andersen. “We fully anticipate a federal funding announcement soon, and that construction can begin as early as this summer.”
Happy Valley-Goose Bay Council members have worked diligently on making this project a reality for residents in Upper Lake Melville. The project is expected to cost $24 million.
Also included in Budget 2018 is funding to pave the Trans Labrador Highway from Blanc Sablon to Happy Valley-Goose Bay. This will enhance economic activity in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and throughout Labrador.
The Budget also sets aside funding to improve emergency preparedness in the Upper Lake Melville area. An investment of $1 million to conduct flood-risk mapping and flood forecasting for Mud Lake and Happy Valley-Goose Bay will assist in mitigating potential flooding events in the future. As well, a $200,000 annual investment has been committed for satellite imagery, field data collection for ice thickness and weather data collection.
“We are pleased that the Province has made emergency preparedness a priority for the Upper Lake Melville area,” added the Mayor. “The Town will work closely with the Province on the project through the sharing of data. Updated flood-risk mapping will help the Town guide sustainable development in the future.”
Happy Valley-Goose Bay is also working in collaboration with Mud Lake, North West River, Sheshatshiu and Nalcor to implement a mass distribution emergency notification system for residents in the Upper Lake Melville area. The system will be fully functional in the coming weeks.
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Public Relations & Special Events Manager
Town of Happy Valley – Goose Bay
o) 709-896-3254 ; c) 709-896-1609
To view the Provincial Government’s 2018 budget, click here.