Province, federal government to support Lifestyle Complex

Tender decision anticipated

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – The provincial and federal governments are expected to show their support for the planned Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough at a funding announcement on Wednesday, April 19.

The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has invited residents to the afternoon “infrastructure announcement” by Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines and Cape Breton Canso MP Rodger Cuzner.

A couple of hours later, MODG council is expected to decide on the awarding of a tender for construction of the sports and recreation facility.

In an interview Monday, MODG Warden Vernon Pitts said he expects that support from the other levels of government will indeed be announced on Wednesday, and that MODG council will “pull the trigger” on construction of the facility at a special meeting shortly thereafter.

Hines would not confirm the funding partnership when contacted by The Journal, but he did say “MODG continues to show outstanding leadership and vision for it’s communities. Wednesday’s announcement will illustrate the faith that they engender in their senior government partners.”

The $10 million Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex will include a regulation size artificial turf soccer field with a four-lane running track and new seating area. A new building will be constructed to house the Chedabucto Fitness Centre, community meeting/event space, recreation department office space, an elementary-sized gymnasium that can be converted into community space for weddings, etc., and a new home for the GOALS organization and their clients.

The complex will also be used as the main Emergency Coordination Centre for the municipality in the event of an incident that requires the activation of the ICS (Incident Command System).

In February, council was presented with a petition with 568 signatures seeking further consultation on the project before proceeding.