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RDN spreading $23-million in gas tax money among 8 projects

Federal and provincial representatives joined officials from the Regional District of Nanaimo and the City this morning to announce 23 million dollars in infrastructure funding.

The money is coming from the Gas Tax Fund.

The bulk of it – $16.6 million – will go toward the RDN’s share of the new Nanaimo water treatment plant.

$2.6 million is earmarked for the E&N Regional Trail.

And RDN Chair Joe Stanhope says he’s particularly enthusiastic about another project that will share in the money.

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Stanhope adds he’s hoping the move to natural gas buses will pay off even more if there’s success ending the differential Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast communities pay for natural gas.

The BC Utilities Commission is currently looking at the issue, and could make a ruling soon.

Here’s the full list of the 8 projects that will benefit from federal Gas Tax Fund support:

  • The construction of new sections to the E&N Regional Trail ($2.6 million);
  • Rural village centre sewer servicing projects ($350,000);
  • Improvements to recycling drop-off centres ($75,000);
  • A compressed natural gas refueling station for Regional District of Nanaimo Transit vehicles ($750,000);
  • Land replacement at the Departure Bay outfall of the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre ($2 million);
  • Northern Communities Wastewater Service upgrades ($200,000);
  • Construction of the City of Nanaimo Water Treatment Plant ($16.6 million); and
  • Enhancements to the Englishman River Water Service Water Treatment Plant ($400,000).
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