Feds commit $98,000 to preserving shipbuilding past

Christopher Gooding
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Reviewing the first-phase of renovations and expansion plans for the Age of Sail Heritage Centre, Greville Bay Shipbuilding Museum Society president Ohra Colins (left) and Cumberland Colchester Upper Musquodoboit MP Scott Armstrong revealed Norman Rafuse has been awarded the first contract and work is expected to begin soon. Christopher Gooding – The Citizen

PORT GREVILLE – A look back at when renewal energy powered international trade is getting a facelift thanks to a $ 150,000 partnership.

The federal government announced here Jan. 25 it is investing over $98,000 into the Age of Sail Heritage Centre through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The Municipality of Cumberland County also announced it is committing $24,000, the Greville Bay Shipbuilding Museum Society is matching that amount and the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association is providing $7,480. The funds will go toward the multi-year expansion and renovation of the Age of Sail Heritage Centre. The initial phase will see the 150 year-old building receive of refurbished lower-level, providing space of exhibits, displays, storage of artifacts, genealogy research, workshops and community gathers. When all-phases of the project are completed, the centre will span two levels themed around the Energy of Wind & Wave.

“We’re hoping to get the second portion of funding later in the year but we prepared to keep going until the project is done,” society president Ohra Colins says. “There’s a lot of work yet to do.”

(For full story, see the Feb. 5 issue of The Citizen) 

Organizations: Age of Sail Heritage Centre, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Greville Bay Shipbuilding Museum Society Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association The Citizen

Geographic location: PORT GREVILLE, Cumberland County

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