04/15/2013 08:37 EDT | Updated 06/15/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia government gives cash to Lunenburg County after Bowater mill closure

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government is offering more financial assistance to the province's southwest region to help it cope with the closure last year of the Bowater paper mill.

The Rural Development Department says Lunenburg County is getting $90,000 cover part of the cost of upgrading its financial and information technology systems.

Gary Ramey, the NDP member for Lunenburg West, issued a statement Monday saying the funding reflects the estimated lost tax revenue resulting from the mill closure in June 2012.

Last week, the province committed $500,000 to cover the municipal portion of bills associated with renovating the Queens General Hospital in Liverpool.

That brought the province's total contribution to $3 million.

Meanwhile, the province is moving ahead with plans to create a bioresources centre on the site of the mill.