The picture here can be synonymously attached to any rural community in Western St. Mary, as the Hon. Robert (Bobby) Montague has been opening centres like this all around the constituency. This commune named Decoy can be found a few miles outside the vicinity of Jeffery Town, a small farming district striving for progress. There was a need for a community centre within the area, which was seen through a community meeting with the social development commission (SDC). A man of the parish was called in, the Member of Parliament and now Agriculture Minister, Mr. Montague. He organized funding through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) which is designed to improve the effectiveness of Members of Parliament, as a designated funding mechanism for constituency projects. This funding was used to construct the centre with an estimated cost of two million JMD; however more money was needed to furnish the building, again the MP stepped in and acquired the help of the European Union who donated an additional six hundred thousand to the cause. All factors contributing to the picture you see today. The opening ceremony for the centre was held on its grounds, on Wednesday July 20, 2011. With community spirits high and a massive turnout the ball got rolling at 5 P.M, during the short duration of the function (2 hrs), much was accomplished. There were various items done by community members, showing there appreciation for the work that had been done. Ms. Claudean Panton, president of the CDC brought greetings on behalf of the citizens, all looking eagerly on. It was time for the guest speaker who was State Minister responsible for Local Government Shahine Robinson; she spoke on the importance of the CDF, challenging critics who say that it is a waste of funds, she said, â€œthe CDF is vital to the growth and development of constituencies.â€? On the heels of her departure, a massive applause was given by the audience, giving way for their MP, Mr. Montague who commended the efforts and community spirit of the citizens , also handing over a brand new lawn mower, balls and books which will be used in the up coming summer programmes. The centre will be in use right away as a homework programme and also culinary lessons will be conducted there.
Published on Aug 2, 2011