Government is supporting two sustainable transportation projects in the Strait area that will help connect community hubs and promote active living. Energy Minister Michel Samson announced today, Sept. 8, the first projects to receive funding through the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. “These projects are great additions to communities across Nova Scotia and government is pleased to be a partner with community groups, municipalities and volunteers,” said Mr. Samson. “It’s initiatives like these that provide residents with safe and ready access to community hubs and facilities, and encourage visitors to seek out local attractions and activities.” The Hero Trail Connector, a 1.2-kilometre multi-use path, will be constructed from one end of Port Hawkesbury to the newly developed community park, which features sports fields, tennis courts, a new playground and a community garden. The multi-use path will provide the elementary school students at Tamarac Education Centre safe and easy access to the playground. Government is providing $15,000 for this project. The remaining $15,000 will come from the Town of Port Hawkesbury and the Strait Area Trails Association, which is leading the project. “The Hero Trail Connector has been designed for children and families,” said Mr. Larry MacKeigan, executive director, Strait Area Trails Association. “We are confident this important piece of infrastructure will encourage residents and visitors to get out and enjoy our community’s active living opportunities.” Mr. Samson also announced support for the Old Boudreauville Road trail, which connects Petit de Grat with its main community facilities. Government is providing $1,700 for new signage to encourage more community members and tourists to use the trail as an alternative method of active transportation. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2016. For more information, visit the sustainable transportation page at http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/ .