The residents of McCallum will have an opportunity to ask an official with the provincial Department of Municipal Affairs questions about the government’s new resettlement program that was announced in the 2013 provincial budget. The community has about 90 residents today and may be resettled in the next few years.
Andrew Wright, an official with the provincial government’s Department of Municipal Affairs will be in Gaultois and McCallum in late August to hold an information session about the 2013 budget announcement concerning possible resettlement.
Government announced in the budget that families in a community where 90 percent of the residents voted to move could receive as much as $270,000.
The Honourable Tracey Perry, the MHA for Fortune Bay-Cape La Hune, said that the meetings would be general information sessions during which residents could ask questions about the program and address any concerns they may have about the matter.
Perry said that the meetings were promoted by action from the Gaultois Town council who asked for the meeting and by an interested group in McCallum that also requested a meeting with government personnel on the issue.
Apparently, a recent unofficial poll in McCallum resulted in 79 percent of eligible residents voting for resettlement. An unofficial poll was also conducted in Gaultois but results were not made known as of Wednesday, July 24.
According to Ms. Perry, an unofficial poll was also conducted in Francois that saw about 50 percent of eligible residents voting for possible resettlement.
According to a government spokesperson, the Department of Municipal Affairs has not received any contact from Rencontre East officials about the new resettlement announcement.