Don’t leave Lunenburg in the lurch, mayor urges feds eyeing new heritage sites; Katy Parsons; CBC News


Canada – Old Town Lunenburg

Rachel Bailey says bearing the lion’s share of responsibility for preserving the Old Town has been difficult

Before the federal government accepts nominations for a new slew of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the mayor of Lunenburg says it should provide more support for those it already has.

Rachel Bailey says Old Town Lunenburg’s designation has been very much a blessing, raising the town’s profile not only provincially, but nationally and worldwide.

“But when it comes to the sustainability of the infrastructure that makes us what we are, that’s a challenge,” she said.

“It’s disappointing that after 20 odd years now, that’s still not been recognized as worthy of support from our federal government.”

Last August, Catherine McKenna, the minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced that for the first time in a decade, Canadians could submit new places to be considered for UNESCO World Heritage designation.

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