Provincial, federal governments invest in upgrades for Atlantic Salmon Museum

DOAKTOWN (GNB) – The Atlantic Salmon Museum will improve its electrical and heating systems thanks to support from the provincial and federal governments.

The announcement was made today by Southwest Miramichi MLA Jake Stewart, who attended on behalf of Economic Development Minister Paul Robichaud, and Miramichi MP Tilly O’Neill Gordon, on behalf of National Revenue Minister Gail Shea, who is also minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

“Working with partners to invest in leading tourism experiences is an important part of our government’s plan to rebuild New Brunswick,” said Stewart. “This infrastructure improvement project will allow the Atlantic Salmon Museum to offer visitors a better experience.”

“Our investment will help modernize the local infrastructure of the Atlantic Salmon Museum by supporting improvements to the facility, and will enhance the ability of the museum to attract additional visitors to the area,” said O’Neill Gordon. “Our government is proud to work with organizations, communities and businesses across New Brunswick by supporting initiatives that lead to economic growth for years to come.”

Funding from this project will enable the museum to improve the electrical and heating systems for greater efficiency. The water-damaged walls, floors and trim on the lower level of the museum will be repaired. Also, the driveway, parking area and site drainage and paving will be upgraded.

“The Atlantic Salmon Museum has played an important role in this community for more than thirty years,” said Delmer White, president of the museum. “Thanks to the support from the federal and provincial governments we will be able to become more self-sustaining, and we will be able to play a vital role in the Village of Doaktown and in the Miramichi region for another 30 years.”

The federal government, through ACOA, is providing a contribution of $54,006 under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, while the provincial government is investing $50,000 through the Regional Development Corporation. The Atlantic Salmon Museum is contributing $10,882 toward the project.

12-03-13