Category Archives: environment

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ENVIRONMENT: Wirt iż-Żejtun clean-up @ Wied iż-Żrinġ

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Today the 22nd April is Earth Day and around the world a number of people in various communities commemorated this day by volunteering in a clean-up action.  This clean-up campaign was also held in Malta in various localities on the … Continue reading

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ENVIRONMENT: The “triq taċ-ċawsli” will soon be lost

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Some people thought that the drought of the past months was the reason why most of the mulberry trees in Bormla Road, or what is commonly known as “it-triq taċ-ċawsli”, have remained bare and without leaves. Last week we have … Continue reading

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NEWS: Proposal for a new Fuel Station in Żejtun

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Few weeks after the closure of the successful campaign by Wirt iż-Żejtun on the proposed extension of the Bulebel Industrial Estate, we are again being faced with further development proposals which if approved will take up further green open space … Continue reading

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GALLERY: A picture is worth a thousand words

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Photographs taken by Manwel Abela

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ENVIRONMENT: The fauna and its habitat at Buleben

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The renown nature photographer Guido Bonnet has sent us some beautiful photographs of fauna which is usually found in habitats identical to that in the rural area of Buleben. Running clockwise from top left corner: Żrinġ – living in humid … Continue reading

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ENVIRONMENT: “Land of high-grade agricultural value”

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“On the basis of an initial agricultural assessment carried out by the Department of Agriculture, the designated industrial land has been identified as being land of high-grade agricultural value.” This was reported in the preamble to policy SMZN 02 in … Continue reading

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ENVIRONMENT: Maquis Habitat

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Maquis or Makkja in Maltese is the terrestrial habitat following the garigue.  It is characterised by an evergreen shrub community, with shrubs reaching a height ranging from one to three metres.  Among the trees found in local maquis there are the … Continue reading

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ENVIRONMENT: The Timeline of Bulebel Industrial Estate

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(LONG READ) A lot is being said about Bulebel Industrial Estate, however it is worth putting in black and white the development timeline of this industrial area on the island. Following Independence, the Maltese government, through the assistance of the … Continue reading

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SIGN OUR PETITION

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SAFEGUARDING THE AIR OUR CHILDREN BREATHE NO to further development beyond the area already built in Bulebel We, the undersigned, are hereby objecting to all development already planned and/or proposed beyond the area already built within the Industrial Zone in … Continue reading

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ENVIRONMENT: Wied iż-Żrinġ

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Wied iż-Żrinġ is part of the valley tributary system which starts from Wied Betta at Ħal Luqa and Bir Miftuħ at Gudja.  These two valley courses join together at Wied Ġarnaw between Santa Luċija, Gudja and Ħal Għaxaq.  The route … Continue reading

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ENVIRONMENT: Aerial images of Buleben Industrial Estate extension


Professional photographer and artist Daniel Cilia gave his support to our campaign by sending us the aerial images which we are publishing below. 

Mr Cilia has been a member of Wirt iż-Żejtun for the past years and was always of assistance through his profession to our organisation.

The imagery produced below is based on what was stated by Mr Karl Azzopardi, CEO of Malta Industrial Parks in an interview on TVM news on the 27th January 2018, titled: Bulebel industrial area extension leads to commotion among farmers.   He said that with the project, the Bulebel industrial estate will increase by around 120,000 square metres, which will be used for new industries however trees in the fields will be retained, particularly carob trees which are protected.

If you want to save this green open space, kindly print and sign this petition and get others to sign it.  Send it by post to Wirt iż-Żejtun, PO Box 25, Żejtun.

The area shown in colour is the land which was marked on Plan ZN3 of the South Malta Local Plan (2006) as “Area for further study – (Policy SMZN02)”. This area measures approximately 120,000sqr metres.  Farmers within this area were served with an eviction order.

Top: The agricultural land as is today showing the existing industrial area in the centre and Gebel San Martin residential area on the lower left corner. Bottom: Artistic impression of how the area identified in the South Malta Local Plan as a possible extension to the Buleben Industrial Area could look like after being built for industrial use. A cluster from the existing carob trees has been left unbuilt. (Important note – this is an artistic impression produced for Wirt iż-Żejtun since Malta Industrial Parks plans have not been made public yet).

 

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World Environment Day Message

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Mr. Ruben Abela, the President of Wirt iż-Żejtun, has issued a message on the occasion of World Environment Day which is celebrated on the 5th June. In his message, Mr. Abela referred to the fact that today we have a wider … Continue reading