The Malta Independent 25 May 2019, Saturday

Fund for upkeep of infrastructural projects carried out by government

Thursday, 25 April 2019, 14:42 Last update: about 30 days ago

A €81,427.08 fund has been set up for the upkeep of infrastructural projects carried out by the Central Government.

In the latest budget, a measure by which Local Councils could apply for funds and keep major infrastructure projects carried out by the Central Government in good condition, was announced.

Local councils who have benifited from a project from the year 2017 onwards could apply for this fund. Mdina Local Council, Siggiewi Local Council, Paola Local Council and San Lawrenz Local Council were eligible for this fund. The total fund allocated is that of €81,427.08.

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It is thanks to such initiatives that we are able to invest in our localities, and through these initiatives, we are giving our Local Councils the right tools to keep on enhancing and improving our localities, for the benefit of our community,” said Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici. “As part of our strategy, we always aim to provide a better quality of life to our citizens, and this is being made possible thanks to the realisation of such projects. This is also yet another great example of the synergy found between central and local Government,” Bonnici continued.

Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis said that this is another example of unity between the Central Government and the Local Government. The present Government strongly believes in Local Government and the assistance being given to them in conjunction with the Local Government Reform are a proof of this. Parliamentary Secretary Parnis also recalled that in the last budget, the global fund allocated to Local Government was that of € 53 million, the Regional Councils were given for the first time a fund of €3.15 million, an investment of €700 million to resurface all roads of Malta and Gozo and there is also the development planning fund which has €28 million at the Local Councils’ disposal to be used for the good of our localities.

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