June 29, 2009
QUISPAMSIS (CNB) - A groundbreaking ceremony for qplex, a new, environmentally friendly multi-use facility to benefit Quispamsis residents, took place today. Health Minister Mary Schryer, Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore, and Quispamsis Mayor Murray Driscoll participated.
"Today's ceremony demonstrates the importance of this community project for Quispamsis and the Kennebecasis Valley," said Schryer. "Investing in important infrastructure projects will improve the quality of life for the residents of Quispamsis and the entire region, which will help us work toward our goal of self-sufficiency."
Schryer spoke on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
"Our government is committed to supporting projects such as this that strengthen the economic foundation of our communities and improve the quality of life for the people who live and work in them," said Moore. "Our support, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) for this multi-use business and leisure facility will enable a range of economic activities for residents throughout the Kennebecasis Valley and neighbouring communities."
Moore attended on behalf of Keith Ashfield, minister of state for ACOA.
"Construction is officially ramping up, and next year the doors will open - we're ready to go," said Driscoll. "This morning's event was a culmination of the commitment and tenacity of many who recognized the long-term benefits of building this facility. There's energy here in Quispamsis, and the qplex will be the place where this energy can thrive and be shared by all. We are grateful to both the federal and provincial governments for providing the substantial funding injection needed to make this project happen."
The qplex will be one of the first facilities in Atlantic Canada to be designed and constructed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. It will allow Quispamsis to offer additional activities and events to its growing population, and stimulate the local and regional economies by helping the town attract business.
The Government of Canada announced its contribution of $3 million toward the $21-million project through ACOA's Innovative Communities Fund in February 2009, and the Province of New Brunswick has announced its investment of another $3 million.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce MacFarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Stéphanie Bilodeau, senior communications officer, ACOA New Brunswick, 506-452-3034, Michael F. Brennan, town administrator, Town of Quispamsis, 506-849-5755.