Cullen welcomes $485K in recreational funds to riding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 25, 2010 From the Office of Nathan Cullen

OTTAWA Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen today welcomed federal funding announcements of close to a half-million dollars for recreational projects in the Smithers and Hazelton areas.

Speaking from Ottawa, Cullen applauded the $204,000 granted to the Bulkley Valley Backpackers Society to develop and improve access to the Hankin-Evelyn backcountry skiing and hiking trails, and $43,197 granted to the Kispiox Valley Community Centre Association for interior and exterior renovations.

Funding is through the Recreational Infrastructure (RinC) program of Western Economic Diversification Canada and was announced in Smithers by Prince George-Peace River Conservative MP Jay Hill.  Hill also announced $238,476 of joint federal-provincial funding through the Community Adjustment Fund and Job Opportunities Program to the Upper Skeena Development Centre to restore and upgrade portions of the Yukon Telegraph Historical Trail.

“Funding for recreational infrastructure was strongly identified in all 11 communities I visited last January during our economic tour of the riding,” Cullen said. 

“Flowing from that, I have worked closely with dedicated volunteers from many organizations, including those receiving funding today, to get federal infrastructure dollars out to worthy projects in the Northwest.”

“I welcome Government House Leader Jay Hill to the beautiful Northwest today and always love it when he comes here with Canada’s chequebook.”

Cullen said all three funding announcements will help to provide vibrant and affordable recreation experiences to people of all ages, and also bring welcome tourism benefits to the Smithers and Hazelton areas.

Much of the funded work will create immediate jobs for displaced resource workers.

Cullen is launching his second annual riding tour on the economy on Jan. 31 in Terrace and will visit 10 communities before wrapping up on Haida Gwaii on Feb. 16.  He noted last year’s tour “absolutely helped to focus our advocacy efforts” and made Skeena-Bulkley Valley one of the most highly funded ridings in all of Canada.

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