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  • The community of Gregory Park, in St. Catherine, is undergoing a zinc fence removal exercise, in addition to the general beautification of the area.
  • Under the project, being carried out by the political representatives and volunteers from the community, concrete walls are replacing the zinc fences, overgrown trees are being cut and drains cleaned.
  • “We are pulling down the zinc, and building up walls. We are all working together to ensure that our children live in safety,” said Member of Parliament for East Central St. Catherine, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, while speaking at the Gregory Park Primary School, recently.

The community of Gregory Park, in St. Catherine, is undergoing a zinc fence removal exercise, in addition to the general beautification of the area.

Under the project, being carried out by the political representatives and volunteers from the community, concrete walls are replacing the zinc fences, overgrown trees are being cut and drains cleaned.

“We are pulling down the zinc, and building up walls. We are all working together to ensure that our children live in safety,” said Member of Parliament for East Central St. Catherine, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, while speaking at the Gregory Park Primary School, recently.

In an interview with JIS News while viewing the works, Mr. Terrelonge, who is also Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, said the community members have responded well to uplifting their community.

Volunteers in Gregory Park, St. Catherine, cutting overgrown trees in the area.

 

“We want the community to look alive. I find that people will take pride in their communities once you have good leadership steering the way, and doing projects that are meaningful,” he said.

The Member of Parliament also praised the efforts of several persons and entities for a “great partnership”, which include the parish’s Health Department, the Social Development Commission (SDC) and the Councillor.

“We are working with all our communities, to ensure that the beautification continues. When people take pride in their communities, then change starts to happen,” he said.

Meanwhile, Community member, Adrian Taylor, said it pleases him to see what is happening in the community where he was born, and has resided.

“It is overwhelming, and we have to keep it clean. It is pointing in the right direction, and we are working as a team,” he said.

For her part, Councillor for the Gregory Park Division, Joy Brown, shared that the community was the first to be established in Portmore, and members want to make it beautiful.

She also lauded the “volunteers” as the driving force behind the project, adding that “if it wasn’t for them, it would not happen. They work without money, and without lunch”.