The Malta Independent 15 June 2024, Saturday
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Inclusive and autism-friendly upgrades to Council Garden in Birżebbuġa

Saturday, 25 May 2024, 10:39 Last update: about 21 days ago

The first inclusive recreational open space for residents and families in Council Garden, Birżebbuġa has been inaugrated by Parliamentary Secretary for Public Works, Omar Farrugia, the government said in a statement.

The renovation of the garden saw an expenditure of over a quarter of a million euro, and was designed to provide full accessibility to children with special needs and autism.

The statement said that apart from the installation of new swings and other equipment, maintenance work was carried out on the current garden walls, the pavements were cleaned, all lamps were replaced to provide better lighting with lower energy consumption, a new railing was installed around the garden and outdoor furntiure was either restored or newly made. It added that the Council Garden now provides new WiFi systems and security cameras.

Farrugia said “The inclusivity in this public space gives it added value. As a government, we gave out word that not only will we carry out new projects in the community, but we will make them in such a way that they can be enjoyed by everyone. We are keeping our word, and this project is proof of that. In the coming weeks we will be starting new projects of this kind in order to keep on making the quality of life of the Maltese people better.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Local Covernance, Alison Zerafa Civelli, said it is this government’s priority to continue giving more open spaces to our residents."

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