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Feds commit $19,500 to Riverbank Discovery Centre

Lois MacDonald, right, manager of Riverbank Development and Tourism Services, looks on as Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Merv Tweed announces federal funding of $19,500 for Brandon’s Riverbank Discovery Centre through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund on Wednesday.

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Lois MacDonald, right, manager of Riverbank Development and Tourism Services, looks on as Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Merv Tweed announces federal funding of $19,500 for Brandon’s Riverbank Discovery Centre through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund on Wednesday.

The Riverbank Discovery Centre has received a $19,500 boost from the federal government to support facility upgrades.

Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Merv Tweed made the announcement on Wednesday.

"This centre is the main tourism centre for Brandon, located in the heart of the Assiniboine River corridor," Tweed said. "By improving this facility, our government is helping to boost economic activity, create jobs and ensure that this centre continues to provide vital services to the community."

The funding is part of the federal government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

"This facility, as we all know, was pretty hard hit a couple years ago with the flood," Tweed said. "CIIF was basically designed to help improve existing or repair existing facilities."

Lois MacDonald, manager of the Riverbank Development and Tourism Services, said the funding will pay for some major upgrades to the rooftop heating and cooling unit, refurbishing highway signs and other minor renovations.

"A lot of those things that aren’t necessarily exciting, but it makes a big difference to the facility and to how it is that we’re able to utilize the area and service our visitors," MacDonald said.

While in Brandon, Tweed also made another CIIF funding announcement of $14,600. The funds will be used by Brandon Youth Soccer Association to repair the fields at Optimist Soccer Park, which also sustained damage during the 2011 flood.

Irrigation equipment will be repaired, while the nets and bleachers will be restored. The facility includes 11 soccer fields, which have typically served more than 1,450 children who participate in soccer programs annually.

» jaustin@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 10, 2013

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Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Merv Tweed made the announcement on Wednesday.

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