Melita's Communiplex project is now moving forward thanks to a recent government grant.

The federal and provincial governments combined support will funnel $2 million into the multi million dollar project.

“We've been working on this for the past seven years and this is great news” said Communiplex chairperson Glen Vercaigne.

Plans are to tie the arena and curling club into one facility with a main entrance. “We are hoping we can do the entire project and the last quote for more than five million dollars was more than we had in funding. We plan to tweak the plans and get the costs more in line with the funding we have available.”

Vercaigne adds it will be a great improvement and really add to the community. “Now the complex will be more than a rink, curling club or swimming pool because it will include a fitness centre and a multi-purpose room that will allow for things like archery, ball activity in the off season and possibly a golf simulator and firearm activity in there.”

The group has raised $1.6 million locally.

Vercaigne says the next step is to work on the design to get it finalized and affordable. “We will work on plans and tendering over the winter so we are ready to go with construction in the spring” said Vercaigne.

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