St. Joseph’s Infant, St. Jago Cathedral Preparatory and Waterford High have emerged winners in the Urban Development Corporation’s (UDC) “2013 Hellshire Schools Enviro Competition”. The winning schools copped trophies and cash prizes valued at $25,000 each and select passes to the Biodiversity Centre at the Port Royal Marine Lab. The awards were presented at the 7th annual Hellshire Enviro Fair held at the Two Sisters Caves on Friday, May 31.
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is collaborating with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), through the “Mitigating the Threat of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean” project, to host the 7th Annual Hellshire Enviro Fair. The event will be held on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Two Sisters Caves in Hellshire, St. Catherine. The Hellshire Enviro Fair is a community outreach and environmental education activity aimed at encouraging environmental awareness and eco-friendly practices.
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC), notes the article published in the Gleaner of Saturday, May 4, 2013, under the headline “UDC blocks Little Goat Island project, irks developers”, and wishes to place this matter in perspective.
The Corporation which has management authority of the Hellshire Hills and Goat Islands in St. Catherine anticipates prior consultation by any potential developer, for property which it owns. This was not the case in the instance of the Old Harbour Development Area Committee (OHDAC).
Green Grotto Caves is Jamaica’s first tourism attraction to achieve EarthCheck’s highest accolade of Platinum Certification. Platinum Certification recognises 10 years of continuous reporting under the EarthCheck Benchmarking and Certification Program. In recognition of Green Grotto Caves’ outstanding sustainability achievement, Fabia Lamm, manager of the attraction, was presented with a platinum plaque at an awards ceremony held Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Attraction in Discovery Bay, St. Ann.
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) appeared before the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament (PAC) on Tuesday, March 19 to update on its progress with the implementation of recommendations from the Auditor General’s (AG) Performance audit dated November 2012. To date, more than sixty per cent of the recommendations have been implemented while work continues to complete the process.
It is the pre-summer period and a visit to Dunn’s River Falls and Park will attest to this natural attraction being the preferred recreational spot for residents and visitors alike. The entity is now a multiple-award winning attraction having copped the World Travel Awards for the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Excursion on three occasions, with the most recent being 2010.
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) in collaboration with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has completed the construction of the Falmouth Police Station in Trelawny at a cost of $272.8 million through the PetroCaribe Fund. The facility was opened on March 6, 2013 by the UDC Portfolio Minister and Prime Minister of Jamaica, The Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller.
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) will be staging a community engagement session for residents of Hellshire, St Catherine on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 commencing at 6:00 pm at the Hellshire Heights Community Centre. Topics to be discussed include the impact of current practices in the area such as cutting down of trees to produce charcoal, the importance of preserving protected areas, the benefits of living in these areas and also some of the prohibited activities.
Telecommunications giant Digicel and Scotiabank have partnered with the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) to stage Fireworks on The Waterfront 2012, on New Year’s Eve Monday, December 31. The event supports the promotion of Downtown Kingston, as the place of choice for business or pleasure.
Digicel the newest addition to the Kingston Waterfront and Downtown Kingston saw it fitting to support the event once again as the organization continues to contribute to national development and to give back to the Jamaican people.