Heritage sites to be properly maintained
Culture Minister Olivia Grange is seeking support for the ministry's programme to maintain heritage sites.
Grange said the project, to be spearheaded by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, aims to ensure that the country's heritage sites and monuments are kept in pristine condition.
"It is extremely important that, for our history, we preserve what is there and show the respect that we have for our heritage," she emphasised.
Grange advised that the 1907 Earthquake Monument and the Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston are among the heritage sites which will be targeted.
In this regard, Grange invited the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation and other entities "to partner with us on these and other monuments for which you are responsible".
Recently, Kingston Mayor Delroy Williams, toured the theatre to determine what is required to rehabilitate the landmark.
It was established that US$6million is needed to restore it. The repairs will include authentic decor and fittings, as well as air conditioning and other infrastructure.
Mayor Williams will be appointing an advisory panel with the requisite expertise to expedite the restoration, which has languished for some time.
The initiative forms part of efforts to fast-track the redevelopment and rebranding of the capital City.