Feb. 18, 2009
QUISPAMSIS (CNB) - Quispamsis residents are another step closer to a new environmentally friendly, multi-use facility, thanks to an investment from the federal and provincial governments. Mary Schryer, minister of social development, and Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore, made the funding announcement for Q-Plex today.
"We are very pleased to be making an additional investment in this important community project for Quispamsis," said Schryer. "Ensuring that we have good recreational facilities will help improve the quality of life for our residents, strengthen our communities, and help us work toward self-sufficiency."
Schryer attended on behalf of Finance Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
"Our government is committed to supporting projects that strengthen community infrastructure for the people of Quispamsis and the rest of New Brunswick," said Moore. "Our investment of $3 million to build this multi-use business and leisure facility will enable the Town of Quispamsis to offer more activities to its current residents and businesses, and help stimulate the local economy."
Moore attended on behalf of Keith Ashfield, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
"I am pleased to say that the federal and provincial funding contributions will assist in building a facility that will be regional by nature, and that will contribute to a healthier planet and a better future," said Quispamsis Mayor Murray Driscoll.
The facility will be designed and constructed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, and will be one of the first facilities in Atlantic Canada to be built according to these specifications. The project will benefit residents and businesses throughout the Kennebecasis Valley and neighbouring communities.
The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Innovative Communities Fund, is investing $3 million toward the $21-million project. The Province of New Brunswick announced an additional $500,000 in funding today, bringing its total investment in the project to $3 million.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce MacFarlane, managing director, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-4606; Sharon Stanford-Rutter, senior communications officer, ACOA New Brunswick,
506-451-2677; Michael F. Brennan, town administrator, Town of Quispamsis, 506-849-5755.