News Release: Hamilton, Bermuda – Home Affairs Minister Walter Roban on Friday reconfirmed his pledge that the Government would develop stand-alone legislation for St Georges that recognises the unique qualities and heritage of the Old Town.
“MPs Renee Ming and Kim Swan made a solid case on behalf of the people they represent and serve, and we listened. Their call on the floor of Parliament for a model featuring the direct election of the Mayor and three Councillors while advocating for greater financial attention to support infrastructure, tourism marketing support for St. George’s and the preservation and enhancement of the World Heritage Status, is one that working together, we will pursue,”
MP Ming stated:”I am thankful to my branch and constituents who shared their concerns and support of the bill. Their concerns were conveyed to the Minister, and he has listened.”
MP Swan expressed appreciation to Premier Burt, Ministers Roban, Desilva and Col Burch for their support in canvassing St Georgians as part of the consultative process saying: “”We worked as a team by listening to the community while sharing our vision and commitment to move St. George’s forward. I am elated that Minister Roban has given us the undertaking to craft a St. George’s specific act; now we roll up our sleeves and get to work restoring our beloved St George’s.”
Minister Roban concluded: “The Municipalities Reform bill is just the start of the journey for St. George. This journey will include a new Marina development, relief of the burden of investing in crumbling infrastructure, control of the UNESCO World Heritage site and progress to better financial health for the Old Town. This journey in partnership with the government puts St. George and her people at the forefront of shaping the future to their benefit.”