Well­ness Cen­tre gets big fi­nan­cial boost

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BY EVAN CAREEN

The Town of Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay got a big boost to­wards the Well­ness Cen­tre project last week.

Nal­cor En­ergy do­nated $1 mil­lion to the project, a big shift from the Crown Cor­po­ra­tion’s pre­vi­ous po­si­tion.

“It was a big shift for Nal­cor. We’ve been hav­ing those con­ver­sa­tions since 2013 and it seems since Jan­uary of this year there seems to be more open­ness and new con­ver­sa­tions started to hap­pen,” said Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay Mayor Jamie Snook. “We were cer­tainly ex­cited that it fi­nally came to fruition.”

Snook said it sets the bar and shows other com­pa­nies oper­at­ing in town that the province is com­mit­ted, Nal­cor has put in money, and makes them op­ti­mistic now this will get the ball rolling and get other do­na­tions.

In ad­di­tion to the mil­lion from Nal­cor the town also re­ceived do­na­tions of $75,000 from the New­found­land and Labrador Trade Coun­cil and a land trans­fer to the Nu­natsi­avut Group of Com­pa­nies.

“We traded un­de­vel­oped land for de­vel­oped land in the Town Cen­tre with the Nu­natsi­avut Group of Com­pa­nies,” he said. “It’s our es­ti­ma­tion that do­na­tion was val­ued at be­tween $300,000 to 350,000. That speeds up the project be­cause now the land is ready to be built on.”

The Well­ness Cen­tre project has been un­der­way for a num­ber of years and has a price tag of $20 mil­lion in phase 1. The cen­tre con­struc­tion is es­ti­mated to pro­vide 100 jobs in the com­mu­nity and 25 to 40 jobs be­yond that. Phase 1 of the project in­cludes the devel­op­ment of a 25-me­ter pool, a gym­na­sium, a walk­ing/run­ning track, a fit­ness room with car­dio and weight equip­ment, mul­ti­pur­pose rooms and a 60-space day­care.

Snook said right now they have a busi­ness plan and ap­pli­ca­tion into the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

“Now we’re wait­ing on that for the fed­eral fund­ing. We’re work­ing with MP Jones and there’s a few ques­tions back and forth be­tween that depart­ment and the town, seek­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion. In the mean­time, we’ll con­tinue to seek out cor­po­rate part­ner­ships.”

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The Town of Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay re­ceived a big boost from some cor­po­rate part­ners.

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