Council meeting

Community campaign reaches $310,000 for Lifestyle Complex

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – The community fundraising initiative in support of the planned Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex has enjoyed a successful run in recent months and now sits at $310,000. Municipality of the District of Guysborough council received an update on the campaign at its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 8 from councillor Blair George, who sits on the community fundraising committee. The group is chaired by local businessman Randy Avery.

“We were ecstatic,” Warden Vernon Pitts said about the response of council. The warden said he expected the total raised may reach around $300,000, but now feels the group has $500,000 within reach.

“We still have to hear from the province and the feds,” he said. The municipality is seeking funding support from the other two levels of government. It recently submitted more than 40 letters of support from community and business organizations as part of its proposal to the province.

Pitts said it is not known when MODG might get a response from the province. “I understand it was well received,” he said.

In other business, council was informed of a resolution recently read at the Nova Scotia legislature by Guysborough - Eastern Shore -Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines in praise of the work of Rob Carter and his business, Lost Shores, in launching a very successful Gran Fondo event last September. The bike event attracted many visitors to the area and is expected to grow for its second annual edition in 2017. MODG partnered with Lost Shores in support of the inaugural Gran Fondo.