Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri said that Gozo had been allocated the largest budget in history for the year 2022. Speaking at a news conference at the Aquatic and Sports Centre in Victoria, Gozo, Minister Camilleri said that the Government had allocated € 27 million for capital projects, an increase of 5 million over this year.
The Minister for Gozo, Clint Camilleri, gave an account of the financial allocation that the Government had dedicated to Gozo in next year’s budget and said that among others there is an emphasis on infrastructure improvements such as the € 11 million dedicated to investment in arterial and residential roads. He also said that the main squares of Munxar and Sannat would be restored.
He also announced the commencement of the restoration of the remains of the aqueducts located on the outskirts of Victoria and the continued construction of a new primary school for the same locality. In the same area of the new school, work would continue on the Gozo Museum which would be the first of its kind on the island.
He said that with the help of European funds, 30 kilometres of rubble walls around Gozo were currently being restored or rebuilt. He said that this work alone would cost € 10 million.
In what he called the largest investment ever made in the field of sports in Gozo, Minister Clint Camilleri mentioned that € 6 million had been allocated to continue the work on the Aquatic Centre where an Olympic-level swimming pool and a new sports pavilion in the heart of Victoria would be built.
In respect of water supply, the first reverse osmosis plant in Hondoq ir-Rummien would start operating in the coming months, at a cost of € 11 million to the WSC. Minister Camilleri said that as a result of this project Gozo would no longer be dependent on Malta for water while the quality and efficiency of distribution would also be improved.
To further improve connectivity between Malta and Gozo, Minister Camilleri announced the modernization of the heliport facilities in Xewkija and said that efforts are underway on an air connection between the islands.
The Minister said that the Government would continue to implement various schemes to create more jobs in Gozo, attract more tourism and improve organized activities. He also mentioned an incentive designed for more young Gozitans to build their future in Gozo itself. In this regard first time buyers of old and uninhabited houses in Gozo, or properties in the heart of the villages or those built in a traditional style, would be given €30,000, double what was given to Maltese, in addition to benefitting from tax exemptions.