Fire And Recreation Programs Get Federal Cash

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 14:12



The federal government is doling out money to help develop fire programs and improve recreational facilities in northern Saskatchewan.


Close to $3-million is being directed to the Prince Albert Grand Council and the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation for fire programs.


The PAGC will receive $1.7-million for community fire prevention services, and the PBCN will get $1.4-million for a forest fire salvage program.


The government is also granting funds to three northern townships for various recreation services.


The village of Green Lake is getting $115,000 for a boat launch, while Air Ronge is getting $125,000 for park and picnic area upgrades.


The hamlet of Timber Bay is also set to receive $22,000 for development of a tourist site.


In addition, two projects in northern Saskatchewan have been included in a dispersement of $4.7-million through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program.


The contributions will come from both the provincial and federal governments.


Just over $79,000 will go to Denare Beach for upgrades to their community centre, while the Lac La Ronge Indian Band will get over $150,000 for new ball diamonds, a soccer field and more at the Jonas Roberts Memorial Community Centre on Far Reserve, near La Ronge.


The funding is part of the federal government’s economic stimulus plan.