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Mary reports to the people • Dec 2011
ACHIEVEMENTS AND BENEFITS
Scholarships and Education Training Opportunities Managing Resources.. Empowering the people! Road Repairs and Community Facilities Agriculture and Food Production Diplomatic Meeting Potable and Treated Water Rural Electrification Affordable Shelters
IN SUPPORT OF EDUCATION:
Hon Robert Montague, MP Western St. Mary (3rd l) poses with five students of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) and recipients of his ‘Robert Montague Agricultural Education Fund’ at the College’s recently held graduation ceremony in Portland. Kemar Pinnock, 1st year–Bachelor of Technology; Getinella Ivorine Bonner, 1st year–Bachelor of Technology; Maurice Thomas, 1st year–A Sc. General Agriculture; Tassia Francis, 1st year –A Sc. General Agriculture and Sherika Manning, 1st year – A Sc. General Agriculture received a total of $200,000 in bursary support for the academic year 2011/2012.
Social and Economic Benefits for the People
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Sports & Youth Activities
housands of residents of Western St. Mary have benefited from projects and initiatives in education and training, infrastructural development, agriculture and other social and economic activities being implemented by Member of Parliament (MP), Hon Robert Montague, during the past three financial years. Montague explained that while the
Road Repairs and construction
aim was to satisfy the overall needs of the community, some $20 million were allocated to the education and training as well as roads repairs. “Sustained growth and development of the society will only be achieved with a well-educated population,” he stated and noted that “proper road network is vital for the movement of people, as well as commerce.”
PIPED WATER: Resident John Mirander of Carron Hall turns on community stand pipe. Several communities, including Hunts Town, Wellington and Carron Hall are now connected to the National Water Commission.
ore than 500 students received scholarships and education grants to attend high schools, universities, colleges and training institutions, as part of the MP’s Education Scholarship Fund, which aims to provide financial assistance to the most capable and deserving students. Over 5,000 primary school students received book vouchers, to acquire educational material Literacy and numeracy among 50 adults has greatly improved with the introduction of the innovative Cuban programme “Yo Si Puedo”/ “Yes I Can” at parent site in Gayle. Twelve constituents trained and certified to administer the programme, are now vastly empowered. • Repairs and expanion are ongoing at the Lyrinth Primary in association with JSIF. • New schools will be constructed in Gayle, Wood Park, Jeffery Town and Three Hills. • A branch of the UWI will be established in Oracabessa.
Scholarships and Education
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s part of an ongoing programme to provide more opportunities for high school graduates and young adults, MP Montague has invited HEART Trust /NTA- the National Training Agency to increase the number of training facilities in St Mary. Resulting from his thrust, five training centres, Wood Park, Boscobel, Charles Town, Eden Park and Retreat have been opened, while he gives support to two other independent ones. Grace and Middlesex. MP Montague has been the driving force in establishing tertiary institutions in the constituency; IUC, in Tower Isle, Gayle and soon the UWI will start classes in Oracabessa.
ith financial support from the Chase Fund, a new Basic School will be constructed in Gayle, while Oracabessa and Tacky High schools benefited from additional classrooms. Brimmervale High benefit from a perimeter wall. Under the “Technology in School
Technology in School Programme
Students in the computer lab under the “Technology in School Programme.”
Programme,” all public primary and secondary schools in the constituency are being outfitted with modern computer equipment and high-speed Internet services. Schools already benefitted include; Iona High, Boscobel Primary, Goshen, Preston, Mt. Angus, Wallingford, Car-
ron Hall, Ramble. Oracabessa High, Donnington, Jereffery Town, Debby, Lyrinth Primary, Free Hill, Jackson and Seafield. Free WiFi internet access has been set up in the town of Oracabessa, enhancing education and recreational use.
everal hundred students have been benefiting from the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) at three sites at Tacky High, Iona High and Oracabessa High, offering a range of skills to meet the growing needs of the parish. We are working to establish another centre at Brimmervale High School.
Persons living or operating a business in Oracabessa can surf the world wide web, via a free wireless internet hotspot, made possible through the efforts of Minister Montague.
t has been an honour and privilege for me to serve the people of Western St. Mary constituency as Member of Parliament for the past four years. During the period, our focus has been on education and training, as well as infrastructures including roads, buildings for schools, health centres and community recreations. With the cooperation from several agencies of government, as well as financial support from the Constituency Development Fund, the CHASE Fund and sponsorship contributions from the private sector, we have started to address some of the challenges facing the communities.
Managing Resources... Empowering the People!
We are pleased with the road repairs as residents, including farmers, are finding it much easier to commute as they conduct their personal activities. Water is indeed life, as for the first time several hundred people are enjoying portable water in their own bathrooms and kitchen. Most people in urban communities could not survive a day without light and power, however up to a few months ago, some 120 householders never experienced electricity in their homes. I therefore wish to commend the staff of the Rural Electrification Programme, for their support and commitment to provide services to communities, in the shortest possible time.
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As we seek to improve the physical infrastructures, the focus over the next five years will be on human resources and investment. We need massive investment in agriculture, commerce and industries to enhance the economy of the entire parish of St. Mary. Our aim is to create more jobs and improve the social and economic well-being of the people. With the cooperation of every citizen, the private sector and other stakeholders, I am confident the future is bright for the people of Western St. Mary. Your humble servant, Robert Montague MP, Western St. Mary
Western Scope provides updates and highlights on the performance and activities of Robert Montague, Member of Parliament for Western St. Mary.
HON ROBERT MONTAGUE MP Western St. Mary
MAXINE RILEY Office Manager/Secretary NICK TAYLOR Consitituency Officer CHLOE HOSANG Executive Assistant OFFICES:
NATALIE MIRANDER Project Officer GAYLE: Tuesdays; Thursdays and Fridays 9:00 am - 3:00 pm ORACABESSA: Wednesdays -9:00 am - 2:00 pm
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.robertbobbymontague.com MP Montague (r) with Prime Minister Andrew Holness during a recent visit to St. Mary.
esidents including farmers are benefiting from a major road construction and resurfacing programme being undertaken by the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP). More than 50 km of roads in the constituency were already repaired under the programme. Communities with smooth and much improved roads include; Change Hill; White Spring; Davis Town; Rocky Hill; Russell Hall – Derry, Marlie Road, Woodpark –Carron Hall (include Derry, Hazard and Bluegate), Top Pen – Hunts Town, Elgin Town- Halifax, Crescent, Geddes Town – Oxford-Free Hill (include off streets of Pouring water, Molynes and George River), Fontabelle – Geddes Town, Brimmervale – Oxford, Beckford Street, Valley Bush, Salisbury to Woodpark (Claude Stuart Highway), Boscobel. Patching done of the Jacks River– Fontabelle, Oracabessa – Hamilton Mountain. Prospect to Charles Town, Gayle to Guys Hill, Canoe Pond and Rio Nuevo to Gayle; Three Hills to Retreat and Days Mountains.
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he needs for community centres and other recreation facility saw construction at Charles Town, Decoy, Days Mountain and Three Hills. Under Mr. Montague’s Constituency Development Fund (CDF) allocations, the community centres at Wood Park, Lucky Hill, Cascade, Jacks River, Boscobel have been repaired, while plans are advanced to build in Hamilton Mountain and Labyrinth. “We need these centres for both entertainment and training opportunities,” he added.
Community and Recreational Facilities
MP Montague opens the door of the recently constructed Decoy Community Center
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Days Mountain Community Center under construction
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MP and Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Robert Montague, presents a sample of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee to Pamela E. Bridgewater U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica during an official visit to his office in Kingston, recently. Minister Montague met frequently with ambassadors and consul generals from all over the world, and discussed matters of mutual interest to Jamaican agriculture, as well as Western St. Mary.
AGRICULTURE AND FOOD PRODUCTION
ith more than 40% of the residents in Western St. Mary engaged of farming activities, MP Montague has allocated a significant portion of his CDF to provide production incentives and direct grant support to several hundred farmers in the constituency. Pesticides, fertilizers, planting materials, day-old chicks and farming tools and equipment, are among the input supplies being allocated to farmers. Over 80 farmers benefitted from the MP’s pig project, seeing the insemina-
MP Montague inspects bananas grown in St. Mary with (l-r) National Farm Queen, Sharna-Gay Brown; Glendon Harris, JAS president and Norman Grant, JAS vice-president at the recent “Eat Jamaican Food” launch held on November 24 at Denbigh Showgrounds,May Pen.
alling farmers interested in planting Irish Potato in the Fall Season in the parishes of Manchester, Trelawny, Westmoreland, St. Ann, St. Mary, St. Catherine and Clarendon 1. Farmers must have some knowledge of planting Irish potato 2. Must be a registered farmer 3. Must have access to a water source 4. Must be available to attend all planned training sessions 5. Must be willing to abide by all conditions stated in the signed documents 6. Must receive, be able and committed to record all activities on the farm during the production of the crop. 7. Minimum size of production is 0.4 hectares. Please contact your RADA Parish Office or send information to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Fall Growing of Irish Potatoes
tion and breeding of quality pigs for the market. The bee-keeping project, starting in November, will involve another 20 farmers and a lychee project is on stream.
FISHERIES ver $200,000 was invested in the creation of FADs for the Oracabessa and Rio Nuevo fishing beaches, while another $20 M, partnering with the Fisheries Department, was spent on upgrading the vending and storage facilities at Rio Nuevo.
• Poultry Revolving Loan • Pineapple, Turmeric and Ginger Production • Beekeeping • Lychee Production • School Gardening Project
Contact your RADA office for details on these and other projects. Tel: 994-2436; 725-0581
For Extension Assistance and Farming Ideas Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA Parish office) Frontier, Port Maria 994-2436/725-0581 Fax: 994-2632
fter decades without potable and treated water, several communities including Hunts Town, Wellington and Carron Hall, New Works, now benefit. Contracts will be signed for Mason Hall/Days Mountain water supply under he JSIF programme. Montreal Hall will soon get water under phase 2 of the Carron Hall Water Supply Scheme. A model solar water pump system, funded by Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) and St. Mary Charaties and designed by Utech. The MP’s CDF, has facilitated water supply to Carron Hall Primary and Infant schools, Dry Gully and neighbouring community.
Potable and Treated Water
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n keeping with government policy of providing free medical health care to all Jamaicans, Mr. Montague has been focusing on upgrading the physical plants. Under his watch, a health centre has been built in Jeffery Town, painting and furnishing of the Carron Hall facility and painting of the centre at Woodpark. The Port Maria Hospital operating theatre is being refurbished and new equipment installed, while the health centres at Gayle and Retreat were repaired. Plans are afoot to repair the Mason Hall and Free Hill Clinics, and to establish a clinic in Labyrinth. Minister Montague has donated medical equipment, valued at over $15 million, from his own effort.
Medical Health Care
Minister Montague, Councillor Dorrine Hutchinson and members of the community turn on a stand pipe in Hunts Town. Wellington and Carron Hall are now connected to the national water system.
he Rural Electrification Programme (REP) was incorporated in 1975 with the specific mandate to expand the reach of electricity supply to rural areas, where the provision of such services would not be economically viable for commercial providers of electricity. Several communities including Cobb Street and Pam Hill, (Hunts Town), Ecuador (Mango Valley), Flint Street (Oxford), Cobb Street (Hunts Town) have benefited. Work is ongoing or being designed on the Dressikie to Wellington, (Ramble Road) Saltrum, Kingsland, Bennett Hill, Girlie Street and White Hill schemes.
Gayle, Retreat, Oracabessa and other health centres have received millions dollars worth of medical supplies including wheel chairs through Minister Montague and his overseas contacts.
• The Retreat and Gayle clinics are repaired, resulting in better healthcare facilities for the people of Cascade, Lodge, Labyrinth, Charles Town, Petersfield, Retreat and Bamboo Walk.
• Carron Hall and Jeffery Town have received new health centres.
“As we seek to improve the physical infrastructures, the focus over the next five years will be on human resources and investment,” Robert Montague, MP Western St. Mary
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roviding affordable shelters for the residents of the community is a major priority of the MP Montague who announced the constructions of more housing solutions in Eden Park and Boscobel communities. • Over $5 M has been used to assist hundreds of constituents in repairing homes and recovering from damages caused by fire or floods. • A new housing scheme is being constructed in the hills of Bascobel.
• Other schemes are planned for Three Hills, Hamililton Mountain, Salisbury and Galina. • Land ownership at Huddersfield will be regularised as was those in Eden Park and Bascobell Operation Pride schemes.
Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding (3rd l) with MP Montague (4th l) looking at artefacts of the Rio Nuevo Great House displays in its Museum. The Occassion was the hosting of the second "Young Professional Forum" held recently in the constituency.
P EO P LE I N PH OTO S
A “birthday gift” for the MP/Minister
Sta f f an d st ud ent s o f H am ilto n Mo un tai n Scho ol
One-on-one with the MP
Carron Hall Solar Water Pump – construction
P Robert Montague/SDC sponsorship of 6-a-side football competition has promoted excellence in performance, and the youth continue to strive. Many trophies and gears have been donated to civic and school sporting activities, to encourage and award mastery of talents. Among the beneficiaries are; Tacky High–Headley Cup finals, Gayle football Competition, Oxford Youth Club (Cricket & Football competition), Ebenezer Church. The Eden Park Sports Complex has been renovated, and boasts a well manicured field helped by a lawnmower sponsored by the MP. The Three Hills, Decoy, Wood Park, Mango Valley, Hamilton
S P O R T S U P D AT E S S P O R T S U P D AT E S
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Mountain, and Oracabessa have also received lawn mowers from the MP. The first BMX track in the Caribbean is being constructed at the Eden Park Sports Complex, Jacks River. A proud project partnered by the Oracabessa Foundation, Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and MP Montague/CDF. A mini-stadium is under construction in Oracabessa, and will house a recording studio, track, football fields and a kiddies sports corner.
Jacks River and it’s environs can smile proudly since the playfield has been upgraded and is now the best playing surface in the parish.
The new kid on the block Waves 96 FM will be washing the coast with positive vybz in short order.
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e have seen tremendous support for youth activities and young people in the Consitituency. Supported by the Consitituency Development Fund (CDF), three recording studios have been earmarked and a radio station license for WAVES 96 FM was granted.
CONTACT YOUR MP
GAYLE: Tuesdays; Thursdays and Fridays 9:00 am - 3:00 pm ORACABESSA: Wednesdays 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
MP Montague (3rd l) raps with participants at the recent youth forum
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Mentally Ill (Assistance with) - 119 927-7681/2 Police 24 hours daily Missing Persons - 119 927-7681-2
Coast Guard 967-8031/8223/8190-3 Kingston 973-3256 Discovery Bay Complaints, road repairs etc. 929-7328, 926-6499
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