WITH VIDEO: What the Marsalforn waterfront looks like after a €3 million investment
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Prime Minister Robert Abela and Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri have inaugurated the Marsalforn waterfront project which has been carried out through a three million euro investment.
The project is part of a master plan for this popular bay and follows the November inauguration of part of the Masalforn Menqa.
The Prime Minister explained that through the project substantial parts of this area have been handed over to the people with the aim of their benefiting from it for most of the time during the day, and remarked on the need for more work to be created and for the economy to be strengthened in Gozo.
“A country will continue to grow if it invests in people. I am satisfied that Gozo today has the lowest number of unemployed in its history, being 15% less than before the start of the pandemic. We have to continue to invest in accessibility and the infrastructure so that these businesses around us will continue to provide a livelihood for their families and their workers’ families,” Dr Abela added.
The Prime Minister urged everyone to take part in consultations on the strategy for Gozo and concluded that the Government’s vision for Gozo is for an island that will stand out for what it can offer uniquely through a marriage of the environment and the economy.
Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri said the Government implemented what it had promised for the Marsalforn waterfront, adding that this project will not simply raise the level of tourism in Gozo but will also continue to place this small island on the tourism map of many who will choose Gozo and Malta as their destination.
Minister Camilleri added that the most difficult change had been for the area to become totally pedestrianised, and pointed out that the Government had applied with the Planning Authority for the rebuilding of the breakwater in the bay.
The Marsalforn waterfront project included new stormwater culverts, a system of service culverts, a change in services relating to water and drainage, and new paving for all the main streets, being Triq il-Port, Triq il-Forn, Triq San Ġużepp, Triq ir-Rabat and Misraħ Sir Michelangelo Refalo.
Other works included the rebuilding of the Menqa jetty and the installation of a lighting system so that the area can be enjoyed during the evenings.
The master plan also included the installation of street furniture to give the area a contemporary appearance.