Apr 23, 2018 News
– Minister Brooomes
By Enid Joaquin
Minister within the Ministry of National Resources Simona Broomes is seeking to develop a blueprint for the proposed boardwalk for Wismar, that President David Granger alluded to during his visit to Victory Valley recently.
She made this disclosure last Wednesday while visiting several areas in Linden including the Dorfolk Home at Retrieve, the Victory Valley Community, Amelia’s Ward and the Wismar Market.
The Minister who was accompanied by two engineers, said that the blueprint would be used to immediately put into action the charge given by the President, which is to develop the riverfront.
She added that there would be consultation with major stakeholders, such as the Linden Mayor and Town Council, the Regional Democratic Council and residents who would be given the opportunity to make suggestions on the proposed development.
President Granger during his address at the commissioning of the Victory Valley play-park had pointed out that all the towns across Guyana are situated on Riverfronts, and that all need to be developed.
He alluded to Bartica which has already established a boardwalk adorning its waterfront.
These developments, the President said, would aid in the beautification and aesthetic appeal of the towns and thus boost their tourism and economic potential.
ÀPNU Member of Parliament
Jermaine Figuiera said that the developmental project will positively enhance not only the riverfront, but will inject new life on the Wismar shore and would impact economic activity in the nearby Wismar Market.
Mayor Wanneka Arrindel also commended those who were behind the project while pointing out that it is time that Wismar benefit from such initiatives.
The proposed boardwalk is expected to encompass the area designated for the Mahdia/Lethem Bus Park and would extend towards the old steamer Stelling.
According to Minister Broomes, similar developments are also slated for the Mackenzie shore.
While this would mark the first major development of the riverfront involving the Wismar shore, the riverfront at Mackenzie had seen some development through a joint venture between the Linden Economic Advancement Programme (LEAP) and the Linden municipality.
Dubbed the River Front (enhancement) project, it was conceptualized and designed by popular Linden engineer and environmentalist Samuel Wright. Several persons had envisioned such an undertaking, but it was Wright who would present his proposal to LEAP for consideration and approval. Its establishment ostensibly cost LEAP $18M.
Minister Broomes also toured the Wismar Market, where she interacted with stall holders, who highlighted some of the issues facing them.
The Minister used the opportunity to highlight several developmental initiatives for the facility, including, the addition of another floor, that would cater for new businesses to be established.
She also spoke of Government’s commitment to developing Region Ten.
“I want to take this opportunity and say to the entire Region Ten that we will be coming around to look at all the areas, because some persons might say this is going on there and this is not happening there. But if we go to an area, we look at the needs and we hear the concerns of residents, we try to ensure that that area is covered, that we respond and we hold ourselves accountable and deliver to that community and we move to another community.”
The Minister said that several communities across Region Ten are currently being looked at.
She later distributed sporting equipment and farming implements to residents in the Victory Valley and Amelia’s ward communities.
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