Thursday, September 30, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Jum Dinji tat-Turizmu
B’hekk l-industrija tat-turizmu tkun effettivament sostnuta bhala pilastru ewlieni ta’ l-ekonomija ta’ pajjizna, minghajr ma taghmel hsara li d-diversita’ tal-hajja naturali u ambjentali.
B’dan il-mod pajjizna, mhux biss ikun qed ihares il-wirt naturali tieghu u jassigura kwalita’ tajba ta’ hajja ghall-Maltin u l-Ghawdxin, izda jkun qed jghin b’mod konkret fuq livell dinji, biex titnaqqas il-hsara li saret fl-ambjent naturali.
Il-Partit Laburista iheggeg lil Gvern biex jibda jimplimenta bis-serjeta’ politika sostennibli fejn bil-pjani u d-decizjonijiet tieghu, ma jaghmilx bhal fil-kaz ta’ l-estensjoni tal-power station f’Delimara u l-proposta ta’ l-izvilupp ta’ Hondoq ir-Rummien f’Ghawdex, fejn se jkun qed ixxekkel l-izvilupp sostennibli u responsabbli ta’ l-industrija tat-turizmu, minhabba n-nuqqas ta’ harsien ghal biodiversita’ u l-ambjent naturali tal-gzejjer Maltin.
Hondoq development might lead to more drowning – Moviment Harsien Hondoq
MHH pointed out that eight swimmers had to be rescued due to the high seas in Gozo over the past two weeks. Luckily, no lives had been lost, thanks to the quick action of Red Cross volunteers.
Hondoq’s sheltered position ensures safe swiming conditions when the other Gozitan bays, namely Marsalforn and Ramla Bay in the northern part of the island, are exposed to dangerous winds, high waves and sea currents. This makes Hondoq ir-Rummien so popular with bathers and especially with learner divers.
But all this is set to change if the hotel and marina project gets the green light from the Malta Environment and Planning Authority. The marina development would inevitably generate boat traffic, which in turn would generate pollution, ruining the beauty of the area’s clear waters and discouraging bathers from swimming there.
MHH also mentioned that the site is earmarked for a hotel and 250 residential units, thus creating overcrowding in the area. This factor would also discourage locals from using the bay and encourage them to swim in more dangerous bays, despite the bad weather.
“Are we ready to accept more deaths by drowning, just to accommodate speculation? Is this really what the authorities want?” the MHH asked.
Anti-Hondoq project group says Qala marina would put swimmers’ lives in danger
Published on MaltaToday.
Moviment Harsien Hondoq has claimed that swimmers are never reported as encountering difficulties in Hondoq ir-Rummien, due to its sheltered position, which ensures safe swimming conditions even when other bays are exposed to dangerous winds, waves and currents.
“Once again several swimmers– eight over the last two weeks – had to be rescued due to high seas. Fortunately no lives were lost due to the prompt action of courageous rescuers.”
The movement said Hondoq’s sheltered seas were one of the reasons why Hondoq is so popular with both swimmers and divers as it even offers excellent conditions for beginner divers.
“This is all set to change if the Qala Creek hotel and marina project gets the green light from MEPA. The boat traffic generated by a marina would inevitably create pollution, as has happened in other bays, ruining the quality of the area’s clear waters. This, as well as overcrowding from residents of the hotel and the 250 residential units to be created, would overcrowd the beach, leading swimmers to opt for other, more dangerous bays, even in bad weather.”
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Diżgwid bejn is-Sindku Nazzjonalista tal-Qala u l-Viċi tiegħu dwar il-proġett propost ta’ Ħondoq ir-Rummien: U-TURN “MHUX NORMALI”
Il-Viċi-Sindku tal-Partit Nazzjonalista tal-Qala Dr Raymond C Xerri (ritratt) ma jridx jgħid x’kienet ir-raġuni li wasslitu biex wara tmien snin b’pożizzjoni unanima mal-Kunsill Lokali kollu, kontra l-proġett propost fuq il-bajja ta’ Ħondoq ir-Rummien, f’daqqa waħda qiegħed jaqbel miegħu.
Meta mistoqsi minn l-orizzont x’waslu biex jibdel il-pożizzjoni tiegħu, Xerri ma weġibx.
Fl-aħħar xhur ħut Xerri ngħataw permess skandaluż mill-MEPA biex f’żona ODZ jiżviluppaw il-belvedere tal-Qala f’ristorant ġdid flok dak li hemm, flimkien ma’ blokk ta’ appartamenti u parkeġġ.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Monday, September 06, 2010
THE ENVIRONMENT COMMISSION ON ĦONDOQ IR-RUMMIEN
Bżonn ta’ żvilupp u investiment ġdid f’Għawdex
L-iżvilupp propost u kif kien ippreżentat
L-impatt soċjali tal-proġett
Church commission slams proposed Hondoq project
The Church's Environment Commission has come out strongly against the proposed development of a hotel, apartments and a yacht marina at Hondoq it-Rummien Bay, arguing that that the project is not sustainable.
The Commission said that it was difficult to justify claims that this project was for the long term benefit of the Gozitans since it would not conserve the natural beauty of the island, which should be the principal asset to draw tourism to Gozo.
"Under the pretext of the need to clean up the disused quarry and rehabilitate the site, there is a danger of land speculation without regard to what the tourism product will actually lose," the commission said.
It also said that it was a pity that the developer had been allowed to sell the land without the vendors having realised, or cared, about the damage which such a sale could cause."
(The site was once owned by a religious Order.)
The Commission in its report said that it was not enough for those who opposed the project to actually manage to stop it.
"Stopping this project will not be enough. It should actually only be the first step. There is an urgent need to be proactive in the way we care for the natural heritage in Gozo. Ways have to be found to address the neglected state of the disused quarries and the resultant environmental scars in the context of eco-Gozo," the commission said.
The regeneration of the site would not be cheap, it said, but rather than from land speculation, the funds should come from holistically planned national programmes which truly aimed at improving the quality of life of the people while also improving the tourism product.
In its report, the commission, which represents the dioceses of Malta and Gozo, said investment and development needed to be sustainable and a proper balance had to be struck with environmental protection.
The commission went over the project and said that the likely scenario was that this proposed 'Portomaso in Gozo' would spark off ribbon development, rather than remain isolated.
It also felt that the proposed development reflected social insensitivity, with the developer having ignored the fact that the majority of the people of Qala did not want the project.