Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today visited two community groups in Beragh and Gortin, who have been allocated funding through DOE’s Challenge Fund.
The Minister has recently allocated funding to Beragh Red Knights and Owenkillew Community Development Association, Gortin and wants to see at first hand, how it will be spent.
Beragh Red Knights GAC will facilitate greater community use of the club’s grounds for recreational purposes. Owenkillew Community Development Association in Gortin will create a space to help children and adults to learn about their local wildlife.
Commending the projects Mark H Durkan said: “It is tremendous to see people in Beragh and Gortin coming together to produce innovative schemes to enhance their local environment. I commend them for it. Recently I announced that 33 community groups across the North were successful in obtaining Challenge Funding for their projects.
“When I launched the fund, a key requirement for me was that not only would the local environment improve but that there had to be a tangible benefit for the local community. The Beragh and Gortin groups are delivering that in spades. It is particularly pleasing to note the large numbers of volunteers involved and their skills will certainly blossom.”
The Minister continued: “I have pledged that all money raised from our 5p levy on carrier bags would be ploughed back into the environment. The Challenge Fund is one way of doing that.”
The Challenge Fund is created via receipts from the levy on carrier bags.