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Premier John Savage today unveiled plans that will make it easier
to attract new business and tourists to four Cape Breton

At a news conference overlooking Sydney harbour, the Premier,
along with Labour Minister Manning MacDonald, on behalf of
Economic Renewal Agency Minister Richie Mann, announced almost
$300,000 from ERA's Waterfront Development Program for Sydney,
North Sydney, Bras d'Or and Louisbourg.

Premier Savage reiterated his government's commitment to bringing
forward initiatives that will enhance infrastructure and
stimulate economic growth in Nova Scotia communities.

Referring to the Sydney waterfront, Premier Savage said the
province's investment has already proved its worth. "Think back a
few years to what this waterfront area used to look like, and
look at it today." said Premier Savage. "The Sydney waterfront is
now a popular place for business and pleasure, as well as being a
source of considerable local pride. The value in sprucing up
waterfronts is right before our eyes."

The provincial government is in partnership with the Cape Breton
Regional Municipality and Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation with
the four waterfront projects. The other levels of government will
be announcing their funding for the projects separately.

For ongoing improvements to the Sydney waterfront, Economic
Renewal Agency will contribute $200,000 this year to continue the
boardwalk north toward the Government wharf and south toward
Wentworth Park.

In Louisbourg, ERA will contribute $50,000 to renovate the craft
centre, extend the seawall and complete landscaping.

In North Sydney, ERA will invest $25,000 to continue electrical
work, install light fixtures and add to the landscaping.

In Bras d'Or, ERA will provide $18,000 for the continuation of a
boardwalk which is already providing great pleasure to residents
and tourists alike.

"We're helping our communities make the most of a natural
attribute. Waterfront revitalization projects show-off the
natural beauty of Cape Breton, which is clearly one of Cape
Breton's most valuable assets." said the premier.

Labour Minister Manning MacDonald welcomed today's announcement.
"The boardwalk extension south toward Wentworth Park will open up
the entire harbour front to tourists and residents." said Mr.
MacDonald. "A combination of boardwalk and landscaped sidewalk
north to the Government Wharf will make Sydney a more attractive
port for cruise ship activity."

Economic models indicate that provincial funding generates
economic spinoff activity during the construction phase by
creating jobs, purchasing materials and providing services. Once
completed, revitalized waterfronts increase tourism and attract
new business to the area.

ERA's Waterfront Development Program is available to municipal
units whose waterfronts feature commercial or cultural
activities. The program helps local waterfront development
corporations access funding on capital projects from the federal
and municipal governments, and the private sector, providing
economic spin-offs and construction-related jobs in the

All four projects were recommended for development in the Cape
Breton Regional Economic Development Strategic Action Plan.
Projects announced today are expected to be completed by next


Contact: Linda Laffin  902-424-8922

trp                    Oct. 11, 1996 - 12:30 p.m.