Joggins Fossil Cliffs Gets 11Million Boost

first_img A provincial investment of $1.1 million provides a significantboost to the development of the Joggins fossil cliffs into aunique tourism destination. The fossil cliffs have beenidentified for possible designation as a UNESCO World HeritageSite. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald announced this investment today, Feb. 18, in Joggins. The 300-million-year-old fossils at Joggins are some of the mostfamous anywhere and pre-date the dinosaurs. They already attractvisitors from around the world. “Developing the fossil cliffs into a world-class tourism productwill bring tremendous economic benefits for Joggins and for NovaScotia’s tourism industry,” said Mr. MacDonald. “It is also animportant part of gaining the designation of a World HeritageSite.” The one-time investment will be administered by the CumberlandCounty Regional Economic Development Association (CREDA), whichis leading the project in consultation with the local community. “Today’s show of support from the province is exactly what’sneeded to keep this development moving forward,” said RhondaKelly, executive director of CREDA. “It demonstrates how seriouswe are to make it successfully through the review stage withUNESCO.” Construction of a modern interpretive centre and development ofaccess to the beach for pedestrians and emergency vehicles areamong the next steps in the project. Much of the work is expectedto be completed in time for a visit from an evaluation team fromthe United Nations in 2006. A final decision on the designationof World Heritage status is expected by 2007. “Joggins is already recognized as the world’s richest, mostrepresentative and most significant Coal Age fossil site,” saidMr. MacDonald. “This project also fits industry’s efforts todevelop our tourism products along the Bay of Fundy.” The departments of Natural Resources and Economic Development arealso active supporters of the fossil cliffs. CREDA will use this latest investment to seek additional partnersand leverage other public and private sector resources. The totalcost of the project is about $6 million. TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Joggins Fossil Cliffs Gets $1.1-Million Boostlast_img read more