Villa Rundle Gardens to be inaugurated in the coming weeks

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Villa Rundle Gardens to be inaugurated in the coming weeksA political meeting by the Nationalist Party, was held in Xaghra this morning, on the last day of the Festival of Figs, which started on Saturdy in the village. The Prime Minister, Dr Lawrence Gonzi, The Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono and Parliamentary Secretary, Chris Said, were speakers at the meeting.

The Prime Minister spoke about the employment statistics published by the National Statistics Office this week on employment in Malta, which indicated that the number of full-time employed persons in May 2011 had increased.

The Prime Minister, also spoke about the eco-Gozo concept, saying the projects that are currently being carried out will, to a large extent impact directly on tourism and job creation in Gozo.

The Minister for Gozo spoke about the Gozitan students who are continuing their education to the Sixth Form, “where there are now on average between 500 and 600 students every year. There are also about 1,000 Gozitan students at University, 170 students at MCAST Gozo and around 200 in Malta. The Government is investing more than 800 thousand euros in stipends for Gozitan students alone,” the Minister said.

The Minister also mentioned the various projects currently taking place in Gozo which have been implemented by the Government. This includes the Villa Rundle Garden project, which the Minister said, “is expected to be inaugurated in the coming weeks.” The Minister continued, that in “November of next year the Zewwieqa Waterfront project will be completed. The Government had also applied for funds so that all schools in Gozo, as well as the hospital, will be able to operate entirely through an alternative energy source.”

Mrs Debono also said that as a result of a competition called ‘Public Art in Gozo’ that was held earlier this year, works of art are soon to be displayed on roundabouts in Gozo.

Parliamentary Secretary, Chris Said spoke about employment in Gozo. He said that the Gozitan identity must continue to be enhanced as this would result in more job opportunities in tourism. The Parliamentary Secretary also said that Local Gozitan Councils had been carrying out more investment projects in the past year, some of which were through the recently formed Public Private Partnership

Dr Said concluded by saying that a preliminary feasibility study regarding a pemanent link between Malta and Gozo, is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

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