GUYSBOROUGH – The three levels of government announced funding for a new compost facility for MODG and wastewater treatment facility for Mulgrave at a press conference at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough on Aug. 23.
Cape Breton-Canso MP Roger Cuzner announced the federal contribution as his long career as MP winds down. Cuzner has served in Parliament for 19 years and has represented the District of Guysborough for the past 15. He reflected on improvements to local communities over his term as MP, including one of the first announcements he made in Guysborough: funding for the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex. He also praised the community’s work in building the CLC.
“Guysborough finds a way to get it done,” said Cuzner, who is retiring from federal politics this fall.
In his remarks, Local MLA and Minister of Transportation Lloyd Hines reflected on the years he worked with the MP, first as a councillor and warden of MODG and then from his role in the legislature for the past six years.
“Roger always returned calls, even the tough ones,” said Hines. “And he always had a particular interest in our fishing partners and understood how important that particular sector is to our communities,.”
With the funding announcement, MODG residents and businesses will benefit from two new organic material processing buildings, replacing the existing facility, and increasing the amount of organic materials being diverted from landfills to be processed for compost and soil.
Residents in Mulgrave will benefit from a new wastewater treatment facility, which will increase the town's ability to manage and treat wastewater and storm water, reducing overflows into nearby waterways.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.6 million in these projects through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing over $3 million in total, and the municipalities are contributing over $2.4 million combined.
The province is investing $611,858 the new compost facility and $2,445,610 in Mulgrave’s new wastewater treatment facility.
“Today’s investment advances environmental, human health and economic priorities,” said Hines.
"Modern green infrastructure solutions are crucial to ensuring the well-being of our families, our communities, and our environment,” said Cuzner. “The projects in Guysborough and Mulgrave demonstrate our commitment to investing in projects that build livable, modern communities while protecting the environment and keeping Nova Scotians healthy for years to come."
MODG Warden Vernon Pitts said the funding will help the local landfill facility better serve its various municipal clients. “This investment will allow us to construct a new 10,000 tonne per year compost facility that will be fully compliant with new regulations; and will enhance the services we provide to our 15 municipal partners in Cape Breton, Pictou, and Antigonish Counties, along with our commercial clients.”
Mulgrave Mayor Ralph Hadley called it “a good day” for the town. “We are grateful to our federal and provincial funding partners for helping Mulgrave build on our previous investments in our wastewater infrastructure to make this new, modern wastewater facility a reality that will benefit our community and the environment for years to come."
Mulgrave will contribute close to $2 million to the facility. CAO Darlene Berthier Sampson told The Journal those funds will come from a combination of debt and the town’s savings.