NEW MARYLAND (GNB) – Combined investments of more than $1.1 million are being made by the provincial and federal governments in infrastructure projects in New Maryland and the Oromocto First Nation.

“The provincial government knows that targeting smart infrastructure investments will help produce long-term prosperity and strengthen communities, which will have a lasting positive impact on the quality of life of all residents,” said deputy premier Stephen Horsman. “These investments will allow the residents to have a better quality of life and will enable staff to be more effective in the delivery of services.”

Horsman spoke on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser, who is also the minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.

Part of the funding will be used to extend the water main and storm sewer on Daniel Drive in New Maryland. There will also be upgrades to the existing storm sewer, and the roadway will be resurfaced with new curbs and sidewalks. This project is meant to ensure continued access to high-quality drinking water and an efficient, reliable sewer system.

The other project involves installing solar thermal heating units on band-owned buildings throughout the Oromocto First Nation. The new equipment is intended to increase energy efficiency and reduce the community’s operating costs.

“The Government of Canada is working in close partnership with the Province of New Brunswick to ensure we make smart infrastructure investments that help grow the middle class, promote sustainable development and increase public health,” said Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey. “By supporting the development of important public infrastructure, like the projects announced today, we help create increased opportunities for Oromocto First Nation and New Maryland residents.”

DeCourcey attended for federal Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi.