Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today visited a community group in Sion Mills who have been allocated funding through DOE’s Challenge Fund.
The Minister has recently allocated funding to the Sion Mills Community Forum and wants to see at first hand, how it will be spent. The Sion Mills Community Forum river restoration project will see refurbishment of the riverside walkway.
Commending the projects Mark H Durkan said: “It is tremendous to see people in Sion Mills 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 Sion Mills group is delivering that in spades. It is particularly pleasing to note the large numbers of volunteers involved. People’s skills will blossom while the riverside will improve.”
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.