Grand Manan’s lighthouse, research station get funding for upgrade

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The federal and New Brunswick governments will provide a combined total of nearly $200,000 for upgrade of Grand Manan’s Swallowtail Lighthouse and the Whale and Seabird Research Station, reports CBC News.

The lighthouse, a tourism icon for the community, will see:construction of a boardwalk; improvements to the footbridge; the production of marketing materials; and project administration costs.

The Swallowtail Keepers Society is handling the project.

Improvements to the research station will include the excavation and installation of a proper basement and walls, repositioning of the new foundation, and the installation of a new roof.

The provincial government is investing $60,000 in the Swallowtail Lighthouse, while the federal government is providing $109,000 under the Innovative Communities Fund. The Village of Grand Manan is contributing $20,000, while the Swallowtail Keepers Society is providing $29,100.

Funding for the research station includes $8,000 from the provincial government; $21,888 from the federal government, through ACOA, under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund; $25,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation and $7,939 from private donors.

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