SUSSEX (GNB) – Federal and provincial government representatives joined Kings County residents to celebrate the grand opening of the region's new PotashCorp Civic Centre.

“Creating opportunities for employment and healthy living are important parts of our plan to rebuild New Brunswick,” said Premier David Alward. “This project is the result of a strong partnership between governments and the people of this region to build the economy and enhance the quality of life in Sussex and in communities throughout Kings County.”

The PotashCorp Civic Centre is a multi-use business/recreation facility that includes a swimming pool, walking track, fitness centre, community rooms, changing rooms and washrooms, and offices. The facility will be used to host business meetings; support local tourism and community groups; and serve as a venue for local and area cultural events.

“Our government is committed to supporting initiatives that help to build strong, vibrant communities and that contribute to economic growth,” said Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore. “Thanks to our investment, residents in Sussex and surrounding area can now enjoy the benefits of a state-of-the-art business and recreation facility. The PotashCorp Civic Centre has an important role to play and a significant contribution to make to the future of this region.”

Moore spoke on behalf of Bernard Valcourt, associate minister of national defence and minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie.

“This is an exciting new day for the health and wellness of the Kings County Region,” said Wendy Osborne, president of the PotashCorp Civic Centre board of directors. “The PotashCorp Civic Centre represents a lasting investment in a healthy active lifestyle for the people of our community and is an example of how a region can work together to accomplish something important.”

The federal government invested $2 million in the project through ACOA's Innovative Communities Fund and $1,333,333 through the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund. The provincial government committed $1,633,333 to the construction of the new facility, while the Town of Sussex contributed $1.5 million, the Village of Sussex Corner contributed $80,000 and the Village of Norton contributed $10,000. A total of $2,585,067 was gathered through fundraising efforts, including a $1 million donation from PotashCorp New Brunswick.