ERICKSON — It was a busy week for Manitoba’s federal Conservative MPs as they criss-cross their ridings doling out Christmas goodies from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.
Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette Conservative MP Robert Sopuck announced funding for projects in Erickson, Dauphin and Glenella, located in his riding.
“By helping to improve community infrastructure, our government is doing its part to ensure that communities across our country can grow, prosper and remain strong,” Sopuck said.
Sopuck said $22,797 in federal funding will go toward upgrading 10 campsites at Erickson Campground to make them fully serviced with electricity, water and sewer access.
“The Town of Erickson and our campground committee are delighted to be chosen as recipients of a Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund grant,” said Erickson Mayor Val Soltys.
“This critical support will allow us to proceed with improvements to our campground, resulting in the provision of services to 10 additional campsites. These improvements will enhance the enjoyment of the facility by attendees of local events and by visitors to our community.”
Meanwhile, federal funding of $17,971 will allow the Dauphin Curling Club to install overhead rink cameras and a monitoring system.
The upgrade will improve teaching and coaching of junior and competitive curlers, and will provide a better in-game experience for spectators, particularly during high calibre events.
“This project will provide significant long-term benefits to both the facility and community as a whole, including the use of video to supplement instructions to junior curlers, ability for video presentation, and greatly enhanced viewing capabilities for fans,” said Ray Baker, president of the Dauphin Curling Club.
The village of Glenella, northeast of Neepawa, will receive $8,635 in federal funding for upgrades to the Glenella Community Hall.
The money will go toward interior and exterior restoration work, including repairs and insulation for the hall roof, and the replacement of damaged dry wall and flooring.
“The Glenella Community Hall is a very important facility in our municipality and hosts various social events which occur in many small communities,” Reeve Derek Klassen said.
“The repairs will ensure the facility will continue to operate well into the future.”
The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure accessible to the public. Western Economic Diversification Canada is delivering the fund in Western Canada with an allocation of $46.2 million over two years.