Todd Murphy, with the community of Sea View outside that community’s hall. The building was one of four to receive federal and provincial funding on Monday. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer
SEA VIEW – The Sea View community hall has seen more than its fair share of card games, wedding/baby showers, ceilidhs, plays and concerts – and thanks to a little government money it will continue to do so for many years to come.
The province and federal government made a joint announcement on Monday, worth about $114,000, for four projects, one of which was that community’s hall.
“It means a great deal for the hall … it’s going to be tremendous,” said Todd Murphy, with the community of Sea View.
“In Sea View, at one point, on this very corner there was two stores, a gas station, a school and a community hall – and this is all that’s left. So it’s really the cornerstone of our community and we’re happy to be able to preserve it and have it here for many years to come,” added Murphy.
In total, the Sea View hall is getting $67,017 ($37,217 from the federal government and $29,800 from the province.)
The money will be used to renovate and spruce up the inside of the building while simultaneously making it more accessible and energy efficient.
The federal money is coming from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency while the provincial component is from the Island Community Fund.
Gail Shea, federal fisheries minister and Ron MacKinley, provincial rural development minister, made the announcement on behalf of their respective governments.
The three other projects they announced were:
– The Sterling Women’s Institute is getting $41,200 ($23,000 federal and $18,200 provincial) to renovate the Stanley Bridge Hall.
– Crapaud will receive $77,000 ($50,000 federal and $27,000 provincial) to renovate and add on to the Crapaud fire hall.
– Kinkora is getting $5,519 ($3,909 federal and $1,610 provincial) to upgrade the roof of Kinkora Place and fencing for the new community ball field.
Joanne Harvey, with the community of Crapaud, said after the announcement that this money will mean a great deal to her community.
It also means a lot to her personally.
Crapaud’s money is for improvements to the fire hall; and her father-in-law’s life was saved by firefighters a couple of years ago.
“It was the fire hall that came to his rescue … so to me it means a great deal,” said Harvey.
MacKinley told a crowded hall that these announcements might not be huge, but for small communities they can be major windfalls that get projects off the ground.
“The province is pleased to support infrastructure upgrades to improve services and facilities in rural Prince Edward Island,” he said.
“Through the Island Community Fund, we are improving the quality of life for Islanders and ensuring the sustainability of our rural communities while creating opportunities for economic development.”
Shea said the money would help the economies of these small Island communities.
“Vibrant and sustainable communities require solid infrastructure for future prosperity. By making these investments in local infrastructure, we are helping to stimulate the economy and maintain a high quality of life for Islanders,” she said.