Rural Development Programme (RDP) funding of £500,000 will make a significant difference to the wellbeing of the wider community around Galbally, Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill said today.
The Minister was speaking as she officially marked the beginning of construction work on Galbally Community Centre, Dungannon, which was funded through South West Action for Rural Development (SWARD) under Axis 3 of the NI Rural Development Programme.
She said: “It is important that we continue to support and enhance rural life and rural communities and I’m pleased to officially mark the start of major extension works to the community centre that will improve the way of life for the people around Galbally.
“The investment of just over £500,000 RDP money through SWARD will create an additional 20 pre-school education places in a dedicated childcare area, in addition to an arts and performance centre.
“The extension to the Centre will also be used by a number of groups which will contribute to the wellbeing of the local community and in particular the wellbeing of children and young people.”
The Minister concluded: “The RDP funding to this project is evidence of my commitment to supporting our rural areas and enhancing the services for those who live in rural communities.”
Mayor of Dungannon and Vice-Chairperson of SWARD Sean McQuigan said: “This is yet another example of the positive impacts of the Rural Development Programme in our rural areas. Strategic projects such as these benefit the entire community.”
Notes to editors:
1. The Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and over this period is worth £500million to the north.
2. The allocation to the SWARD cluster (Cookstown, Fermanagh, Dungannon and Magherafelt council areas) was £20,532, 520 to deliver Axis 3 ‘Quality of Life’ Measures of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013. For further information please check their website: http://www.sward.org.uk
3. This component of the RDP contains the following measures:
· Diversification into non-agricultural activities – Farm Diversification
· Business creation and development
· Encouragement of tourism activities
· Basic services for the economy and rural population
· Village renewal and development
· Conservation and upgrading of the rural heritage
4. The Association was awarded the funding by South West Action for Rural Development (SWARD), under RDP’s Axis 3 Measure 3.4 – “Basic Services for the Economy and Rural Population”
5. Galbally Youth & Community Association received an investment offer of £515,795 from the Rural Development Programme (RDP) to extend the current centre and create a dedicated childcare space offering an additional 20 pre-school education places and an arts and performance space.