Mayor welcomes Premier's commitment to seawall project

July 31, 2013

SYDNEY, NS – CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke welcomed the news today that the Government of Nova Scotia will participate in a cost-sharing proposal to repair the Gabarus seawall.

Today's announcement by Premier Dexter completes the funding plan proposed by the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in June. On July 24, the federal government announced they could contribute up to $300,000 toward the project.


"On behalf of CBRM, I welcome the Premier's announcement today and look forward to working with our federal and provincial partners to move this project forward," said Clarke. "I want to thank both the provincial and federal government for working with us for this positive outcome."

CBRM's proposed budget of up to $700,000 is based on an initial estimate for repairs prepared by Province of Nova Scotia engineers of $600,000. This cost covered repairs to approximately 50 per cent of the seawall at the north end. Along with a commitment for funding, the municipality is awaiting a final engineering assessment from the province to update the one year-old estimate.

Councillor Ivan Doncaster says he looks forward to the next steps.

"The community has worked so hard for this and waited with anticipation for a positive result. I'm pleased we are at this point today," said Doncaster.