10/06/2011 01:02 EDT | Updated 12/06/2011 05:12 EST

New Brunswick government will create new rural community next year

FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government says it will establish a new rural community in the northern part of the province following the results of a plebiscite.

On Tuesday, Elections NB announced that 337 votes were cast in favour of creating a new community called Kedgwick, with 85 ballots opposed.

Local Government Minister Bruce Fitch says he was encouraged by the support for the proposal.

The new community would incorporate the local service district of the parish of Grimmer and the village of Kedgwick.

The province must still approve the proposal and determine an incorporation date.

But the government says the election of the community's first council will be on May 14 as part of a provincewide round of municipal elections.