Rural Development Programme for Malta 2007 – 2013
Axis 3 – Improving the Quality of Life in Rural Areas
Project Part-financed by the European Union
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Co-financing Rate: 75% European Union, 25%
Government of Malta
Europe Investing in Rural Areas
Following Malta’s accession in the European Union (EU) on the 1st May, 2004, the Mqabba Local Council immediately recognized the enormous potentials from the benefits of membership. In a bid to promote history and culture, the Mqabba Local Council always supported Malta’s improved tourism product. The small community of 3,100 residents led by five councillors, strongly believed that one of the major pillars of sustainable development, was the further economic growth, spurred by the maximization of resources, particularly by stretching the visitors’ potentials with the purpose of visiting Mqabba especially during the shoulder months. Indeed economy is built upon concrete plans on how to create innovative products – tourism is no exception.
Mqabba Local Council is launching a joint EU and Malta Government funded project to the creation of a heritage trail based on the places of interest, some of which are of architectural value and also of cultural importance. This endeavour from our part attempts to restore the general fabric of the Mqabbin (people of Mqabba). This accessible and ecologically sensitive trekking initiative, is marked for its sustainability and thus enhancing tourism value added, including locals. Therefore, it adds incentive towards improving the tourism product whilst visitors will experience the natural beauty of this southern located village in terms of recreating themselves assisted by modern amenities such as WI-FI services to explore further the villagers’ way of life.
Some years ago, the Mqabba Local Council, together with Din l-Art Helwa, a local NGO, issued a publication comprising of four walks in Mqabba named Four walks in a charming village, taking the visitor also to the surrounding villages. This is the fifth trail that the Mqabba Local Council is now launching thanks to the Ministry responsible for local government, Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC) the professionalism of which was crucial in the compilation of the EU application to tap EAFRD funding, the Ministry of Finance who shouldered the 15% of the expense and VAT element, architect, contractors, councillors and local council staff. Visitors are encouraged to try this experience and should they find any difficulty, they need not to hesitate but contact the local council for any assistance on Tel: 21680622, Fax: 21680606 and e-mail: [email protected]
Anthony BonelloProject Leader and Executive Secretary (Mqabba Local Council)