PREMIER VISITS ONGOING GOVERNMENT PROJECTS ON GRAND TURK
The Premier and Minister for Finance, Investment and Trade and Chair of the Capital Board, Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson visited a number of ongoing projects under the Capital Program funded through the Development Fund.
The Premier was joined by the Minister for Health, Agriculture, Sport and Human Services and Representative for Grand Turk North, Hon. Edwin Astwood and Minister for Education, Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services, Hon. Karen Malcolm, along with the Director of the Office of the Premier, Local Government and Community Affairs who provided an update on the works under the Premier's Office Community Enhancement Programme.
The following Capital Projects are ongoing and are progressing to completion:
- Parade Grounds (Astro Turf, Grand Stand and Storage Room) – overall completion of the project is scheduled for December 2020.
- HJ Robinson School new block - overall completion of the project is scheduled for June 2021.
- Sports Commission building
- Renovation of Police Station in Grand Turk - overall completion is scheduled for January 2021.
- Grand Turk Marine Branch - overall completion of this project is scheduled for May 2021.
- Government Complexes:
- Ministry of Education building – completion of this project is scheduled for September 2020.
- Crown Land Building - overall completion of this project is scheduled for January 2021.
The Premier also toured the newly renovated Craft Market. Works included refurbishment to each craft hut – which includes: replacing the lights, repairs to structural cracks to walls, columns and beams; repairs to floor deck and hand rails; replacing metal roof sheeting and painting of all huts.
The Community Enhancement Programme lead by the Office of the Premier, Local Government and Community Affairs have, this year, completed a number of projects including repairs and refurbishment to walls and the installation of planters on Pond Street, the construction of pond retention walls, the construction of a platform for the JAGS McCartney Statue at Crabtree Corner, repairs to the Gazebo and the enhancement of Emancipation Square with the erection of a new flag pole and flag.
Under this programme as well, works are set to commence on the refurbishment and beautification of the West Road Basketball Court, Governor’s Beach, and Crabtree Corner Park and plans to erect a JAGS McCartney statue at the JAGS McCartney International Airport and welcome sign on Grand Turk are underway.
The Premier commenting on the progress of ongoing works in the Nation’s Capital stated, “My Government, in this financial year, has budgeted for the refurbishment and repairs to all Government buildings and to centralize Government through the construction and reinstatement of Government complexes on every island.
We have prioritized school repairs and have invested in expanding the facilities for Government schools which have outgrown their facilities.
Through my Office, the Office of the Premier, Local Government and Community Affairs, we continue to focus on the enhancement of all communities in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Investing in communities has always been a priority for my Government as we understand the importance of improving not only infrastructure and the livelihoods of our people, but also improving the environment in which our people reside. It is a critical part of the growth and development of our nation; one that cannot be overlooked.
Amidst this pandemic, it is paramount that we work toward stabilizing and stimulating the economy of the Turks and Caicos Islands and we as a Government intend to be deliberate in our approach to ensure that Turks and Caicos Islanders are the beneficiaries of such projects. In progressing these critical works to Government facilities and through contracts awarded under the Community Enhancement Programme and TCIG Capital Programme, my Government has and will continue to explore job creation for the people of the TCI. Employment for Turks and Caicos Islanders remain a major priority for my Government.”