Building of more rubble walls through the eco-Gozo scheme
More than 1 kilometre of rubble walls are being built in Xagħra as part of funding scheme issued by the Ministry for Gozo for Gozitan Local Councils and Administrative Committees.Â This scheme is financed from Government's allocation for the implementation of the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012.
The proposed project by the Xagħra Local Council includes the re-construction and restoration of rubble walls in Sellum Street and San Marzjan Street.Â The Hon. Giovanna Debono visited the ongoing works at Sellum Street.Â The Minister tanked the Xagħra Local Council for their participation in this scheme and explained how the reconstruction of rubble walls in this locality and in other villages are helping in portraying the island of Gozo more beautiful and attractive.Â Apart from the embellishing of the area, rubble walls help in retaining soil from being washed away from rain water.
The Minister for Gozo also encouraged eligible Local Councils and Administrative Committees to submit their application for the second call of the same scheme.Â This second call is open to Councils and Administrative Committees who have not benefitedÂ under the first call or those who did not benefit from the maximum grant off €70,000 under the first call.Â Applications close on Monday 29th August 2011.
This project is one of 13 projects that are being implemented by 8 Gozitan Local Councils and 3 Administrative Committees who are benefiting from the scheme issued by the Ministry for Gozo.Â These projects are actuating one or more of the 80 measures found in the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012, with a maximum financial aid of €70,000 for each Local Council, with a total of more than €660,000.
In the meantime, the Hon. Giovanna Debono visited a similar project in Marsalforn, limits of Qbajjar.Â An extensive project of rubble wall construction and conservation of rural environment is being actuated by the Santa Luċija Administrative Committee.
Other projects implemented by Local Councils and Administrative Committees are the cleaning of valleys, better use of efficient lighting systems and the replacement of vehicles with eco-friendly ones.
With the two schemes issued by the Ministry for Gozo for the implementation of one of the 80 measures found in the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012 by Local Councils and Non Governmental Organisations, a total of 51 projects are underway, with a total financial aid or around €1.9 million.