Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

April 07, 2009 11:36 ET

Barry Devolin, M.P. Announces Rehabilitation and Divestiture of the Haliburton (Head Lake) Harbour Facility

HALIBURTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 7, 2009) - Member of Parliament Barry Devolin (Haliburton - Kawartha Lakes - Brock) announced today on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, that the federal government and the Municipality of Dysart et al. reached an agreement for the partial reconstruction and transfer of the Haliburton (Head Lake) harbour facility.

"With significant investments in small craft harbours, the Harper government is helping Canadians weather the economic storm," said Devolin. "This investment will ensure continued safe public access for years to come and enable the communities and fish harvesters to make the most of their economic opportunities."

A Memorandum of Understanding between the federal government and the Municipality of Dysart et al. has been signed. Under this agreement, the federal government provided approximately $87,000 in funding for the project and the Municipality is administering the reconstruction work. Construction was completed at the end of March, 2009.

The Haliburton (Head Lake) harbour facility is an "L"-shaped timber deck and pile dock, with floating docks and a launching ramp. The project involved the removal and replacement of the existing timber deck, beams and joists that have deteriorated over the years as well as replacement of some floating docks.

This project was undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada under the Recreational Harbour Divestiture Program. The facility is now being transferred to the Municipality of Dysart et al.Budget 2008 allocated $5 million in 2008-9 for repairs and environmental cleanup at recreational and non-core fishing harbours to permit transfer to interested parties.

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