Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Joe Mizzi, launched the second series of informative meetings with the theme "Cottonera's Heritage - Your Country's Heritage". This after the first series which took place last year was received very positively by the public and there was a large demand for further meetings to be organised. The Minister said that "This continues to inspire hard work from the government to see through more projects of rehabilitation in these localities."
The Minister spoke about Cottonera and Kalkara attracting more people nowadays which, until a few years ago, would usually not go anywhere near the area. Today, thanks to work being done by the Office for Rehabilitation Projects and the Committee for the Rehabilitation of Cottonera, along with the Ministry, the Maltese public are appreciative and enthusiastic about learning about the buildings, history and traditions which our forefathers have left us.
Minister Mizzi gave a summary of the rehabilitation projects which happened and which are planned for Cottonera and Kalkara, including restoration which is happening in the Dominican Convent in Birgu and the restoration project planned for the lantern in the Church of the Annunciation. The Minister also said that in Bormla, the restoration on the Church of St Theresa was almost finished and work on the St George Band Club was about to start.
He also announced that in Isla, work for the wall near Boiler Wharf to be reduced in height with a metal railing added to it has finished. Apart from that, it was also announced that restoration on the dome of the Church of the Nativity of Our Lady and the facade of the Church of St Julian. Other works include restoration on the stairs of the parvis of the Church of St Lawrence and in Kalkara, and there is another plan in the works for regeneration in the one of Marina Road, as well as restoration in the Ghammieq Valley cemetery.