Staff and council members of Stellarton joined Central Nova MP Sean Fraser at the community hall on Park Street, also known as Leo Fahey Way in Stellarton. Fraser stopped in to check out the space and announce that more than $150,000 that will be given out in the Central Nova Riding this year to benefit seniors and the community hall will be the recipient of some of that money.
Fraser added that with the money, a heat pump and other things like new tables for the hall will be covered. The hall is currently used by six different groups.
“Each year there are facilities around the community that help organizations that serve senior populations with the cost of existing and operating to make sure that that part of our community has access to recreational facilities or other venues where they can come and fully participate in the community,” said Fraser.
In total, Fraser said it will be an investment of about $9,000 to help update the community hall.
“One of the purposes I’m here is not so much just to make some big splashy announcement but to come and see first hand the need the facility has so I can understand the investments we have are being made wisely,” he said.
Fraser also told those present that he is excited to talk about the rural caucus that has been formed and the decision to create a fund specifically for rural towns of fewer than 100,000 people that may not be able to compete with cities for government funding. In Nova Scotia, there will be about $1.5 million in funding for small communities to apply for infrastructure grants.
Mayor Danny MacGillivray expressed his thanks on behalf of the town for the funding and support to the community as well.
The project was approved through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.
From left, Paul Corbin, recreation director with the Town of Stellarton, Coun. Susan Campbell, Mayor Danny MacGillivray, MP Sean Fraser, Coun. Simon Lawand and town clerk Susan Higdon pose for a photo in the Stellarton Community Hall that will receive federal funding to help update the building. (Brimicombe photo)