Antigonish town votes against $5000 contribution to CLC

Antigonish County already committed $50,000 to project

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – Guysborough council was disappointed to learn this week that the Town of Antigonish voted against a proposed $5,000 contribution to the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough.

Barry Carroll, CAO of MODG told The Journal Friday that council had submitted a request for support, without specifying an amount. Earlier in the fall the Municipality of the County of Antigonish committed $50,000 to the the athletic, recreation and social facility in Guysborough.

"Well it's a little disappointing that they didn't want to support our project," said Carroll. He noted that MODG recently contributed $250,000 to St. Martha's Hospital Foundation's fundraising campaign. The municipality also contributed $50,000 to construction of the Keating Millennium Centre in Antigonish.

MODG has contributed smaller amounts to a number of other Antigonish-based projects over the years, and recently two Antigonish groups -- the farmers' market and a local transit society -- approached Guysborough council for support.

Carroll also pointed out that many MODG residents shop in Antigonish. "A lot of their disposable income goes to Antigonish," he said.

The CAO said he believes many Antigonish residents will come to the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex, especially for outdoor skating on the loop being constructed -- which will be free to use.

While $5,000 is a small amount compared to the $10 million cost of the CLC, Carroll said it was more about a "show of support" from neighbouring municipalities.

In the past, MODG also supported construction of St. Mary's RecPlex and the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.