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St. Anthony Town Council supports Great Northern Port project

Crémaillère Harbour is located approximately four kilometres south of St. Anthony. - Google Maps
Crémaillère Harbour is located approximately four kilometres south of St. Anthony. - Google Maps - Contributed

Development potential recognized as an economic game changer for Northern Peninsula

ST. ANTHONY, N.L. —

One of the largest, if not the largest, projects to ever be considered for the community and region is standing by waiting for approval from Crown Lands. 

Great Northern Port is being considered a game changer for the Northern Peninsula. It will diversify an economy, create new hope, provide a future, and complement the existing opportunities in business.  

“The project has been discussed at length in every council meeting, every chamber meeting and around most kitchen tables in our community,” stated Mayor Howell in a press release issued Oct. 24. “For the past three years the rumblings around the community of St. Anthony are clear, people want to see this development.

"There is a sense around the community that if the Great Northern Port project in Cremaillere Bay doesn’t go forward, we are in for a difficult time.”  

Mayor Howell said St. Anthony Town Council has been working closely with proponent Dan Villeneuve and MHA Minister Christopher Mitchelmore to ensure every rock gets overturned to make this project a reality.

Council recently met with Minister Mitchelmore about the project and Crown Lands application and was reassured the project remains a priority. Staff is doing their due diligence in moving the application through the correct channels, he said.

Villeneuve is optimistic and determined to see this project through. “We have to be patient with the process and allow staff and government do its part, but we want to let everyone know we aren’t going anywhere. 

"The Great Northern Port project is a priority for our company, and we will see this project through to the end.”

A project of this magnitude will change the dynamics of St. Anthony and surrounding communities, and the mayor asked residents and community leaders to continue their support.  

"As a council, we are engaged in this process and will continue to be involved," Howell said. "We have politely asked for support, we have sought the direction of the company and we are doing everything possible to see this project to fruition.”

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