The Malta Independent 18 November 2018, Sunday

Updated (2): Azure Window collapse - government considering retrieving rock pieces, exhibiting them

Gabriel Schembri Thursday, 9 March 2017, 12:10 Last update: about 3 years ago

Government will be launching an international call for expressions for ideas on what can be done for the fallen Azure Window. One of the options being considered by the government could lead to the recuperation of the rocks that formed part of the Dwejra Window and expose them in an exhibition.

This was announced by Minister for the Environment Jose' Herrera, who together with the Minister for Tourism, the Minister for Gozo and the Minister for Justice, addressed a press conference about the future of Dwejra.

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As part of the white paper, the government is considering various options; to leave things as they are now, to create an artistic impression of the window and even a digital augmented 3d structure. Dr Herrera said the government is also considering the expansion of Dwejra's interpretation centre.

The announcement was made a few hours after the Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, told Sky News about an initiative that was to be taken following the collapse of the structure on Wednesday.

The Minister explained that it was nature which gave the Maltese people the mystic beauty of the Azure Window, and the same nature took it away. He said that the government felt the responsibility to act and that is why it launched this consultation document.

He said that whatever the option chosen, the environment will be fully safeguarded. 

Dr Herrera also announced that the Environmental and Resources Authority launched a conservation order "to avoid hunting of fallen rocks."


 

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