PM Robert Abela announces €20 million race track

After a long wait, Malta will finally get a professional motorsport race track in Ħal Far. This was announced moments ago by Prime Minister Robert as he was presiding a Cabinet meeting, held at Ta’ Qali Basketball Pavillion.

“The Motorsport community has waited long enough. It’s time to go for the big investment,” declared the Prime Minister.

He said that from the moment he became Prime Minister, he gave direction to Parliamentary Secretary Clifton Grima to prioritise this project. “We now have the plans in hand, as well as the funding model, which will include the National Development and Social Fund,” he added.

This top-level project which will be unveiled in the coming days, was designed by German experts in consultation with the Malta Motorsport Federation and includes an estimated €20 million investment.

In a Facebook post shortly after the announcement, the Prime Minister said that no ODZ land will be used as the plan includes the land and surrounding area already used for similar activity. He said that the current plans take up much less land than the ones previously under consideration, and that he personally made sure that mitigation measures were included in order to safeguard the interests of Birżebbuġa residents.

“The Motorsport community has waited long enough. It’s time to go for the big investment.” – PM Abela

The project is expected to meet international standards, turning the area into a quality attraction.

“I’m confident that this will be another example to show how we can turn challenges into opportunities, for the benefit of motorsport enthusiasts,” said PM Abela.

The Prime Minister said that sports is a top priority for this government, but as much as infrastructure and investment are important in this field, it is equally important for Maltese people to believe in their abilities.

He referred to the 2023 Games of the Small States of Europe which will be taking place in Malta, and called for everyone to approach this tournament with one aim; that of achieving the best results in Malta’s history.

Just as it is important to organise a successful tournament as a host nation, it is also important to see Maltese athletes on the podium.

“This is a government that delivers on its promises. We don’t promise everything to everyone, but we deliver,” declared the Prime Minister, as he announced that 95% of pledges on Sports made in the electoral manifesto have been implemented.

“I want Maltese youths and young children to dream of gold, and no other colour,” he ended. 

 

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