Wallace wharf to benefit from federal funds

Sherry Martell
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WALLACE - Safety is the primary focus of a large federal investment to get the Wallace wharf shipshape.

Alton Brown, spokesman of the Wallace Harbour Authority, said there has been great concern about the deteriorating condition of the wharf in recent years.

"We were scared if there was another heavy ice it would go into the harbour," said Brown, a seasoned lobster fisherman.

People could feel the aging structure shake beneath their feet from the washing motion of the tides.

On Thursday, Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong visited a worksite at the wharf to officially announce $436,000 in funding from the Government of Canada to fund the stabilization of the aging structure.

This project is part of the $67-million Small Crafts and Harbours program, which will disperse about $12 million to projects across Nova Scotia.

The federal government is responsible for maintaining about 750 core fishing wharves across the country where about 80 per cent of all fish landings are brought ashore, worth about $1.5 billion annually.

"The ripple effect flows from these harbours right through towns and the villages they serve," said Armstrong.

"But the importance of small harbours goes well beyond the dollars earned from just fishing, our country's harbours not only strengthen local economies and improve safety, but they also help maintain a community's pride and its traditions."

He said the recently announced investments are the largest for small crafts and harbours in more than a generation.

Armstrong said the expertise, enthusiasm and energy of countless volunteers was at the core of the decision to convince officials to make the Wallace wharf a recognized priority.

"Not only do they help keep the harbour shipshape but they help keep the government at all levels informed of pressing needs and priorities in their communities," he said, adding he anticipates a tremendous pay off for the community once the project is complete.

"Your dedication to managing these harbour facilities is making a visible difference in your community."

The wharf can accommodate about 23 fishing vessels and is regularly used by about 18.

Organizations: Wallace Harbour Authority

Geographic location: Canada, Nova Scotia

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