The Malta Independent 17 July 2024, Wednesday
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Building a better Ħal Qormi: A vision for progress and community

Thursday, 6 June 2024, 07:22 Last update: about 2 months ago

Daniel Ablett

As a current local councillor and a candidate for the local council of Ħal Qormi, I am deeply committed to fostering a community that reflects the best of our values: unity, progress, and sustainability.

My vision for our town is rooted in practical initiatives that will improve our quality of life, support our community, and ensure that Ħal Qormi remains a place we are all proud to call home.

One of my top priorities is the maintenance and enhancement of our green spaces. These areas are not just patches of land; they are vital for our well-being, providing spaces for recreation, and relaxation. I propose a comprehensive maintenance programme to ensure our parks and gardens are clean, safe, and accessible. Regular clean-ups, planting native flora, and ensuring that amenities like benches and playground equipment are well kept to ensure that our green spaces become vibrant community hubs.

Supporting our voluntary organisations is another cornerstone of my campaign. These groups are the heart and soul of Ħal Qormi, offering support and fostering a sense of belonging and upkeeping our cultural identity. If re-elected, I will ensure they receive the funding, resources, and collaboration they need to thrive. By working closely with these organizations, we can organize meaningful community events, and promote a spirit of volunteerism and civic engagement.

Our elderly population deserves particular attention and care. Many of our seniors face challenges in accessing essential services. To address this, I will propose to extend the transport facility to include regular routes to Valletta and to local health appointments. This initiative which is already in place through electric vehicles only renders services in Ħal Qormi. By extending this service, we ensure that our elderly residents are offered safe, reliable, and convenient transportation, reducing isolation and improving their overall quality of life.

In addition to these measures, I am passionate about promoting health and wellness through physical activity. I propose the creation of a walking trail in recreational areas such as Tal-Bonċ. This trail will not only encourage outdoor exercise but also provide a serene setting for walking and socializing, fostering a stronger sense of community.

Safety and cleanliness are also paramount in my vision for Ħal Qormi. I will enhance enforcement in all areas, with a particular focus on semi-industrial zones. By tackling illegal dumping, regulating traffic, and ensuring compliance with safety standards, we can create a cleaner and safer environment for both residents and businesses. Waste management is another critical issue that requires our attention. Together with regional authorities and responsible entities, I will enhance enforcement to ensure better waste collection. This includes stricter regulations, improved collection schedules, and community education on proper waste disposal practices. A cleaner Ħal Qormi is a healthier Ħal Qormi.

Effective communication between the council and residents is crucial for responsive governance. To this end, I commit to improving our customer care services. I will ensure that the Mayor or local councillors will be available for direct contact at least twice a month. This open line of communication will allow residents to voice their concerns, ask questions, and receive timely responses, fostering trust and transparency in our local government.

Lastly, I believe in the importance of caring for animals, who are cherished members of our community. I propose increased investment in pet services, including the establishment of pet-friendly parks, better access to veterinary services, and community programmes focused on responsible pet ownership. These initiatives will ensure that our furry friends are well cared for and integrated into our community life.

These proposals reflect my deep commitment to making Ħal Qormi a greener, safer, and more connected community. By focusing on environmental sustainability, community support, and effective governance, we can create a better future for all residents. I am excited about the opportunity to serve our town and bring these initiatives to life. With your support, we can make a positive difference in Ħal Qormi. Together, let’s build a brighter future for our beloved community.
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