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The parish of the St. Mary was the stop for the Local Government Department on Thursday (Feb.18) as it continued its island-wide series of symposia, aimed at engaging ordinary Jamaicans in the process of developing a 20-year sustainable development plan for their communities and parishes.
The event, held at the Anglican Church Hall in Port Maria, attracted a large turnout of residents from various communities, business persons and representatives of government and non government organisations and other groups.
Addressing the function, Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government, Robert Montague, underscored the rich history of the parish, and expressed confidence that its enormous potential for development will be realised.
He said that the deliberations will help to shape the course of development in St. Mary over the next 20 years, and provide the opportunity for the people to be fully united in the effort to move the parish forward.
Noting that government had deliberately chosen not to engage the services of consultants in the island-wide process, Mr. Montague said that citizens are best able to articulate the path of their own development.
The government, he said, has full confidence in the ability of the people of the country to formulate sound and effective sustainable development plans for their communities and parishes.
He noted further that citizens have an indispensible responsibility to help in finding solutions to problems affecting their communities and to secure a sustainable future for their children.
Mr. Montague urged Jamaicans to fully participate in the process and to take the opportunity to raise issues that are of concern.
The island-wide series of symposia are being held under the theme: ‘My community, our parish, one Jamaica – my vision’.