HANWELL (GNB) – Construction is underway on Hanwell’s new community centre thanks to over $2.3 million in federal, provincial and municipal investments.

“Our government is ensuring timely investment in infrastructure projects which provide essential services to New Brunswickers,” said deputy premier Stephen Horsman.“ We are committed to supporting our communities and helping them achieve their key priorities.”

Horsman spoke on behalf of Environment and Local Government Minister Andrew Harvey.

The investment, which was secured last year, includes a $1.4 million contribution through the federal Gas Tax Fund and involves building a new community centre with a public meeting room, multipurpose room, kitchen, bathrooms, and geo thermal heating. The total project is estimated at over $2.3 million, with the rural community investing the balance.

“Investing in regional infrastructure helps our communities thrive and creates places where families can play together, where neighbours can meet, and where Canadians can celebrate the many cultures that make up our country,” said New Brunswick Southwest MP Karen Ludwig. “I am proud that the federal Gas Tax Fund allows communities like Hanwell to direct federal contributions towards their infrastructure priorities, supporting a wide range of projects, and helping to make a real difference in the lives of Canadians.”

Ludwig attended for federal Infrastructure and Communities Minister François-Philippe Champagne.

“Hanwell is a young rural community and this public space will help strengthen the community by providing the needed facility for groups, special events, meetings, and collaboration,” said Hanwell Mayor Chris Melvin. “We are grateful to work together with the provincial and federal governments to provide the infrastructure needed to grow our community.”

The annual, $2-billion, federal Gas Tax Fund provides predictable, long-term funding to help Canadian municipalities build and revitalize their local infrastructure while creating jobs and long-term prosperity. Projects are chosen locally and prioritized according to the infrastructure needs of each community.