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Paradise and Conception Bay South enhancing local facilities to benefit residents and local businesses
The growing communities of Paradise and Conception Bay South (CBS) are proceeding with plans to upgrade their community infrastructure to better meet the needs of residents and local businesses. Thanks in part to support from the Government of Canada, through ACOA, each community will soon be able to operate their arenas as year-round multipurpose facilities and open their doors to hosting a wider range of events.
The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of State (ACOA), today announced almost $415,000 to support the community infrastructure projects in the Towns of Paradise and Conception Bay South. The projects include the purchase of professional ice covering, audio/visual components and conference-related equipment, which will enable the communities to host activities such as community events, sporting events and business functions.
The Town of Paradise has experienced significant growth in residential and commercial development in the past decade and improvements to its community infrastructure are expected to benefit residents and the business community. Within the Town of CBS, a year-round multipurpose facility will help enhance the Town’s ability to respond to the needs of the business community and provide amenities that are not currently available.
- The Government of Canada is providing $214,110 to the Town of Paradise for this initiative through ACOA’s Business Development Program, and $200,000 to the Town of Conception Bay South through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund.
- The Town of Paradise, incorporated in 1992, has approximately 18,000 residents and experienced a population growth rate of more than 40 per cent between 2006 and 2011, according to Statistics Canada. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9 per cent noted in the 2011 Census Population.
- The Town of Conception Bay South, incorporated in 1973, is home to approximately 25,000 residents and experienced population growth of more than 13 per cent between 2006 and 2011, according to Statistics Canada. The Town has a thriving business community with more than 500 local businesses.
“Our Government is committed to investing in community infrastructure, which generates economic activity, supports business and tourism development, strengthens local communities and benefits residents. We are pleased to support the communities of Paradise and Conception Bay South in their efforts to be responsive to residents and the business community by enhancing local facilities that will have the potential to attract a broader variety of events and activities.”
– The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
“Since its opening, the Paradise Double Ice Complex has become the cornerstone of activity for the Town of Paradise. With enhancements to the multi-purpose capabilities, the facility will truly be the anchor for our Town, enabling us to expand the type and scope of events hosted at the Complex. It is exciting to see the vision for the Paradise Double Ice Complex realized, for the benefit of all residents.”
– Mayor Dan Bobbett, Town of Paradise
“Excitement about our new arena is building, and this excitement is shared throughout the region. As the building starts to take shape, we are reminded of the possibilities we can offer; not only to our residents but to our tourism industry as well. The year-round multipurpose facility will cater to the needs of a growing population, while offering our expanding business and tourism industries a variety of options to host events on a scale not currently available in our Town.”
– Mayor Ken McDonald, Town of Conception Bay South
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Rob Moore
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Acting Director, Public Affairs
S. Diane Keough
Town of Paradise
Town of Conception Bay South