Co-ordinator of National Labour Day activities, Pat Amos, and a team from the Labour Day Secretariat in Kingston, toured the Blue Hole Nature Park, South St. James, one of four Labour Day projects being given national focus, today (May 18).
The tour also included Member of Parliament for South St. James, Derrick Kellier, as well as representatives of a number of organisations representing the community, and agencies supporting the project, including: the Social Development Commission (SDC); the National Works Agency (NWA); the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF); and the Ministry of Transport and Works.
The team held a site meeting and got first hand knowledge of the scope of work to be done, as well as an analysis of all materials and equipment and other resources needed for its completion.
Members of a combined touring team from the National Labour Day Secretariat in Kingston, led by National Co-ordinator, Pat Amos (second right),and the local team headed by Member of Parliament for South St. James, Derrick Kellier (fourth left) on location at the Blue Hole Nature Park in South St. James, one of four projects to receive National focus on Labour Day, May 25.
They also witnessed the commencement of pre-Labour Day cleaning-up activities, which include lining out of areas for the planting of some 800 fruit, timber and ornamental trees to be provided by the Forestry Department and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority(RADA).
The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will also be contributing to the sustainability of the 12 acres of the 1200-acre park targeted for this project. The park was blown down by hurricane several years ago.
Mr. Kellier told JIS News that he was happy that the Secretariat was able to visit the project and pledge its full support.
A section of the Blue Hole Nature park in South St. James, the fourth Labour Day Project scheduled to receive National focus on May 25, under the theme ‘Ketch The Vibes: Volunteerism, Intervention, Beautification, Empowerment for Success’.
“The team from the National Secretariat, along with Colonel Pryce and his team, were satisfied about the logistics and offered some advice on how we can garner more support, by way of planting material, spray material and other needed items such as tents and tools,” he said.
Mr. Kellier said that the meeting was useful and productive, and has set the local committee on a path to proceed immediately with the pre-Labour Day work.
“I think we are in good gear and we should be ready to move on smoothly through to Labour Day, when we are hoping to complete the project,” he told JIS News.
After Labour Day, the South St. James Trust, which has a long term lease on the property, will be offering support in respect of maintenance and protection, and will be responsible for the maintenance of the project, Mr. Kellier confirmed.
Among those attending the site meeting were: Dorothea Clarke of the Ministry of Transport and Works; John White and Doreen Chamber of the SDC; Edmarie Lowe Ching and Phillip Clarke of the National Works Agency; and Colonel Daniel Pryce of the JDF.
The other projects to be given national focus on Labour Day, May 25, are: St Ann’s Bay Hospital; Riversdale Sports Court, St. Catherine; and the Ginger Resuscitation project, Clarendon.