Restoration of the Ghajnsielem square with the aim of enhancing the quality within villages and giving a boost to religious tourism in Gozo

pr141911b"The government is committed to support the various ecclesiastic entities that are striving to improve the quality of life of many persons."

This was the message of the Minister for Gozo, Dr. Anton Refalo, after an agreement was reached with Ghajnsielem's parish. The agreement involves a substantial donation made by the Ministry for Gozo towards the renovation of the Ghajnsielem village square, a project that will ultimately cost about EUR106,000. The Ministry will be financing the material used in the realisation of this project.

The Minister for Gozo said that this agreement was reached during an important period for Ghajnsielem's parish, as this year marks the 25th anniversary of the consecration of Ghajnsielem's parish church.

The square has been in need of renovation for a few years now. In fact, during the past years there have been various attempts at reaching an agreement on the restoration of one of the Islands' most beautiful squares. The present agreement was reached after cordial discussions with the Gozo Curia. Minister Anton Refalo highlighted the important role Gozo Bishop Mario Grech, played in this agreement.

The agreement was signed by the Ministry for Gozos Permanent Secretary, John Borg, by Ghajnsielem's archpriest Fr. Frankie Bajada, and Gozo Curia's administrator, Victor Gusman. The agreement was signed in the presence of the Minister for Gozo, Dr. Anton Refalo.

The project will see the complete overhaul of the asphalt pavement, improved accessibility to the area, and the installation of LED lighting devices. As a result, the area will be more accessible to people with limited mobility and less energy will be consumed. This will therefore be in line with ecoGozo's vision of an eco island.

Finally, the Minister for Gozo added that another project that will be backed by the Ministry for Gozo is the restoration of the Ta' Pinu National Sanctuary. Such projects will help increase religious tourism on the Island of Gozo.

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10.09.14