Sept. 2, 2008
ST. GEORGE (CNB) - All three levels of government joined with local residents on Monday, Sept. 1, to mark the start of construction on the new St. George Community Centre. Rick Doucet, minister of fisheries and Charlotte MLA; Greg Thompson, minister of veterans affairs and regional minister for New Brunswick; and St. George Mayor Sharon Tucker took part in the sod-turning ceremony.
"Today's event symbolizes what can happen when all three levels of government can work together to provide a new community centre for our youth," said Doucet. "This investment will help provide services for our youth, improve the quality of their lives, and help us on our journey towards self-sufficiency."
Doucet attended on behalf of Environment Minister Roland Haché.
"Our government is proud to support projects such as this one in St. George,which enhance the economic foundation of our communities and improve the quality of life for the people who live and work in them," said Thompson. "Our investment of more than $310,000 toward the construction of this community centre will help strengthen the vitality of St. George and the surrounding area, providing a much-needed venue for sporting, cultural and social activities."
Thompson attended on behalf of Peter MacKay, minister of national defence and minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
"The community today is witnessing the positive outcome of partnerships developed to address the needs of the residents of St. George," said Tucker. "Council is very pleased to see the commencement of this project, which will provide the municipality with a recreational facility that will be open and accessible all."
The project involves construction of a community centre with adjacent sporting and recreational facilities, including a splash-pad water-play facility, skateboard park, and outdoor basketball and hockey facilities. The new centre will provide all members of the community with greater opportunities to participate in year-round activities.
The Government of Canada, through ACOA, the Government of New Brunswick, and the Town of St. George will each contribute one-third, or $310,286, under the Canada-New Brunswick Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, toward the eligible costs of the project .
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Sharon Stanford-Rutter; senior communications officer; ACOA, 506-451-2677.