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Member of Parliament for North Western Clarendon, Michael Stern, has said that several community-based infrastructure in the constituency will be targeted this year for repair and rehabilitation.
Some of the facilities include the Frankfield Community Centre at the old railway station; Tweedside playfield; Sunberry Primary playfield; Alston High School playfield and the Spaulding sanitary convenience.
Michael Stern was speaking in the House of Representatives yesterday (June 17) during his contribution to the 2008/09 Sectoral Debate.
He also informed that approval has been granted by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund for the construction of a community centre at Trout Hall at a cost of $19 million.
“I have received approval for 50 per cent of the cost and I am now looking for another contributor. We need an additional $9 million and I am encouraging my colleagues to support this project, which is part of our efforts to alleviate poverty among the youth in our communities,” Mr Stern said.
The project will be carried out in two phases, with the first phase to include the construction of a multi-purpose hard court and a community centre, which can be used as a business incubator and a community access point. “We are going to be encouraging the spirit of volunteerism throughout the communities by supporting small community projects, which will be implemented through voluntary effort,” Mr. Stern said, noting that “this will not only help to ensure reduced costs for establishing and maintaining the infrastructure, but also bring a greater sense of pride and ownership.”