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Minister of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, Aloun Assamba has said that the islandwide beautification programme recently announced by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, will involve public and private partnership, through the establishment of a steering committee. Addressing the weekly post-Cabinet briefing at Jamaica House on (Oct. 9), Mrs. Assamba said the committee for the $635 million, six-months campaign would have “clearly define roles and responsibilities, a plan of action, time frame, and the necessary committed funds for success”.
The steering committee, which will be chaired by the Minister of Local Government and Environment, Dean Peart, will include representatives from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Tourism Product Development Company, the Social Development Commission, the Urban Development Corporation, Local Organizing Committee for Cricket 2007, parish council representatives, the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), and the Jamaica Promotions Corporation.
Noting that the beautification programme would be financed under the PetroCaribe Agreement, and the Tourism Enhancement Fund, the Minister informed that the scope of work would include “the cleaning of open lots, median strips and verges so as to accommodate landscaping, the removal of derelict buildings, and the execution of landscaping projects”.
Other areas targeted for beautification are entrances to town centres and communities, community parks, and public open spaces.
The Minister added that, “already some funds have been identified and some projects slated for beautification are National Heroes Park, Devon House, the Jose Marti round-a-bout, Mandeville Park, Mineral Heights round-a-bout in Clarendon, Neville Antonio Park in Portland, Watson Taylor Park in Lucea and Naggo Head in Portmore”.
“The parks department of the NSWMA will be charged with the responsibility for monitoring the project and efforts are now underway to identify a project manager. We will work along with communities and private sector and service clubs,” the Minister disclosed.