POLITICS
09/30/2011 02:55 EDT | Updated 11/30/2011 05:12 EST

Premier announces $30 million to build and upgrade recreation facilities in B.C.

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark has announced a $30-million fund to build more recreation projects across B.C.

She told municipal leaders at the annual Union of B.C. Municipal Municipalities convention in Vancouver that new and improved recreation facilities help knit communities together and good jobs are good for families.

Clark calls the $30 million a modest amount and while the province has budget restrictions, its heart is with local communities.

She points to a $400,000 grant to the Kootenay town of Nakusp to turn the community ice arena into a multipurpose facility, saying the project is being hailed as a local lifeline.

Clark also told the delegates her government will proceed with its plan to create a municipal auditor general to monitor community spending.

The delegates have expressed some resistance to the idea, but have said they are willing to work with the government on the plan.