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New water gateway for heritage house

Jul 19 2012
Lisa Mort-Putland of the Point Ellice House Preservation Society, left, Victoria Coun. Charlayne Thornton-Joe, Minister of Lands Steve Thomson and MLA Ida Chong cut the ribbon of the new dock and gangway at Point Ellice House on Wednesday. 

Lisa Mort-Putland of the Point Ellice House Preservation Society, left, Victoria Coun. Charlayne Thornton-Joe, Minister of Lands Steve Thomson and MLA Ida Chong cut the ribbon of the new dock and gangway at Point Ellice House on Wednesday.

Photograph by: Adrian Lam , timescolonist.com (July 2012)

The Point Ellice House Preservation Society cut the ribbon on a new $60,000 dock and gangway on Wednesday.

The funding is part of $110,000 the B.C. government is giving to the society, which runs the 151-year-old heritage site, for capital improvements this year. The group will also receive $94,000 to support the site's operating costs.

"I think this is just a great investment on the part of the province," said Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

"This is really about preserving our heritage for our children and our grandchildren, and being able to create that link between the past and the future."

More than half of the 6,000 annual visitors to the site, located on the Gorge waterway, arrive by boat, said board member Gail Simpson.

There were no safety concerns about the previous dock and gangway, Thomson said.

"It was just past its due date," said Lisa Mort-Putland, president of the society's board. "The stairs were harder to manoeuvre. It had had many facelifts and supporting beams added."

The refurbishment, which includes a new fence, comes from $21 million promised to 11 heritage sites across the province.

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