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NEWS: Nunavut October 26, 2012 - 8:40 am

Nunavut’s CGS department to spend $40.9M on capital projects

Rankin Inlet arena project still at planning stages

DAVID MURPHY

The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Community and Government Services department has just under $41 million to spend on capital projects for the 2013-14 fiscal year — and Rankin Inlet South-Whale Cove MLA Lorne Kusugak, knows just how to spend it.

At a committee of the whole meeting in the Legislative Assembly Oct. 23, Kusugak defended the projects he wants to see that money spent on.

Some of the $40.9 million has already been allocated to different projects. They include: 

• $19 million for “several” bulk fuel storage capacity increase projects, which will “help to reduce the need to periodically resupply communities by air”;

• $5 million for small capital projects like mobile equipment repairs and spill response equipment;

• $3.4 million for City of Iqaluit core infrastructure projects;

• $2.5 million for the continuation of a previously funded quarry development project in Kugluktuk;

• $2.25 million for the Resolute Bay utilidor system;

• $1.25 million for the Cambridge Bay water treatment system;

• $800,000 for snow fencing in Chesterfield Inlet and Repulse Bay; and,

• A yet-to-be-determined amount for a new arena in Rankin Inlet and changes to landfills.

The GN has already put $700,000 into the arena project. It’s still in its planning and design phase, however, and the GN is looking for other sources of funding as well. 

“The hamlet council in Rankin Inlet is trying to find out what the people of Rankin Inlet would like. Once that part is completed, once we know the design of the facility and so on, then we will be looking for funds to put up the structure,” Kusugak said.

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