Special Project funds being received by six Gozo Councils
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Six special projects submitted by several Gozitan Local Councils are receiving funding from central Government under the Special Projects Scheme.
This scheme is one of 25 for this year in which the Government is aiming to help Local Councils with additional financial assistance for direct allocation, to carry out projects in their respective localities.
At a news conference held at Munxar, the Parliamentary Secretary, Chris Said, outlined the locations and projects selected to benefit from this scheme.
The Xewkija and Sannat Local Councils will work together in partnership on the Mgarr ix-Xini Regional Park project, which will also include archaeological excavations, with the cooperation of the Department of Archaeology and of Classical Studies within the University of Malta and the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage.
Kercem Local Council will be building a new family garden in the area of Triq il-Horg and Triq is-Summien, Munxar Local Council will be building a playing field; Fontana Local Council is to carry out work on landscaping at ta’Wara Housing; in Qala a new Community Hall will be built; while San Lawrenz will build a new Civic Centre entrance.
These projects are only six of the15 that will be funded through the scheme this year and each of them will involve an investment of nearly a quarter of a million euros.
The localities that were eligible to apply for this particular scheme were those with fewer than 5,000 residents – ie those with five councillors. The Local Councils themselves are to fund up to 50 percent of the cost of the project.
Chris Said, went on to say that the direct allocation given to local councils in recent years, increased by 7 million euros to 32 million euros. However, there are still some projects that cannot be carried out unless the Government helps directly in their implementation.
Mr Said concluded by saying that all Local Councils are given free help from MEUSAC to identify the best sources of funding from the European Union and these funds can also be used to carry out projects by the Local Councils.
Photograph shows the Kercem presentation.