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The Social Development Commission (SDC) has asked community leaders from nine communities within the Stony Hill Development Area Committee (DAC), to submit development plans for their communities.
Director, Community Development Planning and Programmes at the SDC, Courtney Brown, made the request while addressing community leaders at the Stony Hill DAC awards ceremony, held on November 22, at the Stony Hill HEART Academy, in St. Andrew.
The event, hosted by the DAC, in association with the Lawrence Tavern Community Development Committee and the SDC, was held to recognise individuals from nine communities for their outstanding contribution to community development. Twelve persons from the Temple Hall, Cavaliers, Parks Road, Stony Hill, Lawrence Tavern, Golden Spring, Mannings Hill, Mt. James and Brandon Hill communities received plaques and citations.
Twenty one Justices of the Peace within the DAC as well as two organisations, the Stony Hill Heart Academy and the Stony Hill Fire Station, were also honoured for their services to the community.
“I am expecting that within the next six months a well-written development plan for each of the nine communities in the area, and at least one project proposal going to funding agencies from each community,” Mr. Brown said.
He told the large gathering of community leaders that their efforts would be supported by SDC Community Development Officers.
“Our officers with responsibilities for this area will be working with you to fine tune your plans, your design of programmes and activities for community development as well as assisting you in targeting sources for support and funding to sustain the programmes,” he said.
Mr. Brown also encouraged the community leaders to have regular dialogue, not only amongst themselves, but with the Member of Parliament, Councillors, the police and representatives of state agencies.

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