Alness Beach under rehabilitation in Reg. 6

− initiative fosters self-help movement

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

In a move to beautify and preserve nature while fostering healthy social activities, the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) of the East Berbice-Corentyne Region (Region 6) has begun infrastructural works for the rehabilitation of the Alness Beach.

Chairperson of the Hogstye/Lancaster Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Sheron Smith.

Chairperson of the Hogstye/Lancaster NDC, Sheron Smith made this disclosure. The project is a collaboration between the NDC and the region’s residents, which also spotlights the government’s effort to promote their self-help movement to the citizens of Guyana.

Smith told the Department of Public Information (DPI), that while the region is known for the popular recreational hotspot – Number 63 Beach – the beach at Alness is an equally beautiful place that can be used for leisure time. As such, the decision was taken to upgrade the location. “It is our vision to transform Alness Beach into a resort and attract both local and international visitors to our beach,” she explained.

According to the chairperson, the NDC is hoping to achieve the element of surprise for this initiative as the scope of works is still under wraps. So, for the time being, only those involved in the project know what the end-product will look like. However, residents will see certain early aspects of the project unfold such as the installation of benches, streetlights and a play area for children.

Currently, the NDC will be utilising its resources but hopes to soon partner with other relevant stakeholders to finalise the project. “We have not yet ventured to seek support from other organisations, because we took the decision to first utilise the resources available to us, to cover as much of the project as possible. However, when it is exhausted, we will then seek a partnership with other organisations to raise funds to complete the works,” Smith added.

Known mainly for its rice-production, cattle rearing and sugarcane production, the region is the home for more than 142,839 citizens.

Neola Damon.

Image: Ameer Sattaur.