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BLACK DUCK SIDING — Donnie Delaney of Dhoon Lodge is ecstatic to have a project environmentally released to develop a 32-site, fully serviced recreational vehicle camping facility.
Delaney and his wife, Lisa, own the Dhoon Lodge property where they plan to construct and operate the camping facility adjacent to their existing lodge at Black Duck Siding on the side of Harry’s River.
The proposed location is about five-kilometres east of Stephenville Crossing and 12-km north of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Access to the RV resort will be though an existing gravel road, which will be upgraded.
Delaney said he is now waiting on a cutting permit to clear the property and, as soon as he gets that and several other permits he’s waiting on, construction on the site will begin.
He said there is not a lot of clearing to do and most of the things associated with the development are already in place. The work left includes the clearing, hauling gravel, running electrical and installing the septic system, which will provide an on-site dumping service.
“We’re aiming to have the camping facility available for the long Victoria Day weekend in May 2014,” Delaney said. “We have 12 people already on a list to have their recreation vehicles on the site and expect to have no trouble filling the other lots.”
The undertaking was registered on Aug. 30, had a deadline for public comments on Oct. 8, with the minister’s decision due on Oct. 14 and Environment and Conservation Minister Joan Shea releasing the project on Oct. 25.