Significant investments for Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Budget 2018

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.

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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Media Contact:
Naomi Sharpe
Public Relations & Special Events Manager
Town of Happy Valley – Goose Bay
o) 709-896-3254 ; c) 709-896-1609
[email protected]

To view the Provincial Government’s 2018 budget, click here.