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NEWS: A declaration to safeguard our heritage


We spend most of our lives within the built environment, be it at home, at a place of work, or whilst participating in education, business or relaxation. The state of the built environment has a major impact on the quality of life of all the citizens of these islands.

Rapid changes are taking place, dramatically and irreversibly transforming the distinctive architectural character, streetscape, and skyline of our towns and villages, which have evolved harmoniously over several generations, and which are now being severely compromised and even at risk of being lost. We are now witnessing indiscriminate demolition of built and other cultural assets, and a general impoverishment of the quality of our urban areas.

We must stand up to this onslaught. Today, a group of 22 entities have come together to sign a declaration calling for the preservation of our built heritage.
We chose today as it is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, and the theme for this year is “Heritage for Generations.” The Declaration we are signing is titled: Our Legacy – Wirtna. Our fundamental message is that how we treat our heritage is the legacy we leave for future generations.

Wirt iż-Żejtun is one of the entities supporting this declaration.

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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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EVENTS: Folklore at the traditional feast of St Gregory

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On the first Wednesday after Easter Sunday, at Żejtun we celebrate the traditional feast of St Gregory.  This starts with a votive procession at Żejtun in the morning and ends up in a large picnic at Marsaxlokk in the afternoon. … Continue reading

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EVENTS: Iż-Żejtun Barokk trail

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Notwithstanding the drizzling rain of this morning, a good group joined Iż-Żejtun Barokk trail  held this morning. All started from Misraħ Carlo Diacono where a short overview about the development of Baroque architecture in Malta was given as an introduction to … Continue reading

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VIDEO: WIŻ at the Environment and Planning Parliamentary Committee


If you would like to follow the discussion held by the Environment and Planning Parliamentary Committee on the 5th March 2018, which discussed the proposed extension of the Bulebel Industrial Area we are providing the link below.

Wirt iż-Żejtun presentation starts at 01:33:32.

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EVENTS: Distribution of educational game BELTNA

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The educational game BELTNA which was produced by Wirt iż-Żejtun in 2013 through funding by the Small Initiatives Support scheme and MEPA, was distributed to the Year 4 students at the Żejtun Primary School. This game was designed in order … Continue reading

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NEWS: We have saved Buleben for our future generations

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Wirt iż-Żejtun, the local NGO which expressed a national voice during the past weeks welcomes the statement made today by the Economy Minister Chris Cardona and Environment Minister Jose’ Herrera that government will be committed to reverse Buleben land from potential … Continue reading

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NEWS: Wirt iż-Żejtun presented its findings in Parliament

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This evening Wirt iż-Żejtun Executive Committee attended to the sitting of the Environment and Planning Parliamentary Committee which was called to discuss the proposal for the extension of Buleben Industrial Estate following a motion presented by Hon Dr Godfrey Farrugia. … Continue reading

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ARCHAEOLOGY: Misqa-tanks discovered in the 1950s identified at Buleben

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Laurie Gravino was an archaeology enthusiast and photographer who lived at Żejtun and at a young age he used to accompany, Dun Ġwann Farrugia, in his country walks, always in search of historical remains. Gravino used to document anything found … 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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EVENTS: Buleben informative walk

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In relatively warm weather with light overcast sky, Wirt iż-Żejtun held its planned walk to Buleben which was very well attended. All started from the parvis of the Żejtun Parish Church at 9:30 with the group walking through St Catherine … Continue reading

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ARCHAEOLOGY: Punic Tombs? Not only

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Archaeology is the study of human activity through the recovery and analysis of material culture and not just the excavation of tombs and old structures.  There are very important archaeological sites in which not a single structure exist, but the material deposited … Continue reading

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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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ARCHITECTURE: Vernacular Buildings at Buleben

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Most often we consider iconic buildings to  form the essence of our architectural heritage and we fail to give any value to our vernacular buildings. These range from what we consider the common domestic buildings in our towns and villages … 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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EVENTS: APPREZZAXLOKK – Touring the Southeast

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The project APPREZZAXLOKK ended up on Sunday 8th October at the St Anne Parish Hall in Marsascala with the closure of the last tour of the photographic exhibition by Ing Charles Mifsud. This project was aimed at increasing the appreciation … Continue reading