22 projects in 13 localities to be financed with an investment of more than €4 million

Reference Number: PR190737, Press Release Issue Date: Apr 09, 2019

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary for
Planning and the Property Market Chris Agius announced a number of projects which will be financed
by the Planning Authority’s Development Planning Fund. One of these projects will lead to a largescale
investment on the infrastructure of the Sirens aquatic club in St Paul’s Bay. Parliamentary
Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis and Parliamentary Secretary for
Youths, Sports and Voluntary Organisations Clifton Grima were also present at the activity.


Minister Ian Borg opened the activity with the announcement that this time the Planning Authority,
through the Development Planning Fund, will be financing 22 different projects in 13 localities in
Malta and Gozo, with a global amount of €4 million. Minister Borg explained how among these
projects, there will be the funding of more than €2.2 million towards the regeneration of the Sirens
aquatic club site in St Paul’s Bay. The project will not only result in a pool and other necessary
ancillary facilities for the practice of sport, such as changing rooms, toilets, spectator stands and other
facilities of this kind, but will also extend use of the site underground with the inclusion of a gym and
a diving centre.


Minister Borg stressed that this club could never have implemented this ambitious project without
the necessary help and that is why the intervention of the Planning Authority’s fund was important.
Minister Borg explained how the last investment made in this club was in 2001, and while the need
for a facility upgrade was felt for a long time, this help was never found until today. The Minister
said that the financing of the Sirens project is important for several reasons, including the fact that a
project like this translates into social and economic benefits for the residents and schools of St Paul’s
Bay and its surrounding areas. He said that this continues to complement other work which the
Government is implementing in this locality where, among others, investments in road infrastructure
are underway.


Minister Borg reminded those present of the importance of the Development Planning Fund and the
good this fund is doing, also thanks to the intervention of the local councils who are coming forward
with several projects. He explained how over two years, 84 projects have already been financed
through the same fund.
“The variety of projects being financed through this fund is clear proof that we need to continue
working hand in hand with local councils so that we can continue knowing our residents and being
aware of what they need. At the end of the day, the Government’s main goal is to witness continuous
improvement in the quality of life and the standard of living of the people, people who form part of
these communities which are witnessing such improvement through the initiative being taken by their
local councils who can take this step thanks to the Development Planning Fund which the Planning
Authority sets up for them. Today we are also witnessing another important project which will be
implemented by a private organisation, and which will serve to cater for the region’s needs. We need
to continue working wholeheartedly with all those who have at heart the same interests as the
Government – to provide more facilities, the highest quality infrastructure and open spaces for the
benefit of the community,” said Minister Ian Borg.


From his end, Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Property Market Chris Agius described
this investment of over €2.2 million as a record investment – the greatest amount of funds ever given
by the Planning Authority’s Development Planning Fund, and which will go to this proposal. The
Chris Agius stressed how important it is that all those who work within their communities apply for
financing from this important fund. He said that our country’s communities have only gains to make
from embellishment and improvement projects on their public spaces and facilities, while a project
like this one opens our eyes to more ambitious possibilities which bring with them a lot of benefits
for a lot of people.
Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis noted with
satisfaction that the funds given to these 12 local councils through the Development Planning Fund,
are being reused by the local councils, for the good of the community. The Parliamentary Secretary
stated that the Local Council is the entity closest to the citizen and therefore has a duty to invest in its
community. Today’s initiative is a clear example of synergy between the Central Government and
the Local Government as they are investing together in our country’s localities.


Parliamentary Secretary for Youths, Sports and Voluntary Organisations Clifton Grima emphasised
how this project is a clear example of how the Government is focused on bringing sport to the national
agenda through work among a number of Ministries and Departments where the fruit of this
collaboration will be state-of-the-art facilities through which Maltese athletes will have places with
high standards at which to train.
“These types of facilities help our athletes to achieve results both on a local level, but above all on an
international level, and therefore work hand in hand with the national sport strategy for our country.
One looks ahead to these types of initiatives, initiatives which are already being done with a number
of other clubs, including in aquatic sports, where one hopes that in the near future we can announce
similar projects with different clubs and federations,” explained Parliamentary Secretary Clifton