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January 13, 2014
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Residents benefit from retaining wall project

With funding from the European Union, residents of Dallas Castle in rural St Andrew will have less to fear from the rainy season.

The residents had been virtually cut off by road access since 2006, due to heavy rainfall; however, as part of efforts aimed at tackling the effects of climate change locally and mitigating disaster risk, a new retaining wall and river-training project was completed in the community.

The project was designed to minimise erosion and flooding in the Cane River community in the Dallas Castle area, as well as seeing an ultimate reduction in downstream run-off. Community members had stressed that they suffered from poor road access due to damage caused during times of heavy rainfall and expressed their gratitude for a return to normality.

The recent opening ceremony was attended by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill; Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport and Works, Richard Azan, and EU Head of Delegation Paola Amadei. It also featured a tour of the community, including an apiary and agroforestry demonstration plot at Constitution Hill/ Trumpet Tree.

The J$10.1-million project, saw 40 persons from the community directly employed under the activity on a revolving basis. The contractor also utilised local skilled workers, including welders, as well as members from the community who owned relevant equipment.

More than 1,000 persons living in Cane River, as well as those in adjoining communities who use the access road, will benefit from the improved infrastructure.

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