Government to fund Christmas cleanup again

Unemployed Caymanians, spouses of Caymanians and permanent residents will have a chance to get temporary jobs during the upcoming holiday season as the government once again holds its “National Community Enhancement Project.”

The cleanup in the weeks before Christmas will include gardening and cleaning public parks, beaches and roadsides, as well as repairs and maintenance on government properties, according to a government press release.

The program is set to run from Nov. 28 to Dec. 16 and is open to Caymanians and permanent residents who are at least 18 years old and who are currently unemployed.

“Christmas is an important time of the year when Caymanians and other members of the community traditionally seek to beautify their homes and surroundings,” Employment Minister Tara Rivers said. “This employment initiative provides an opportunity to enhance the physical environmental and public spaces, as well as providing work for those unemployed persons prior to Christmas, something which many families appreciate and benefit from.”

The government started the annual Christmas season cleanup in 2010. It has continued during most holiday seasons since then, although a lack of funding hampered the effort during leaner budget years.

Previously, government hired hundreds of temporary workers at a cost of $1 million for the cleanup program, but a government statement on the 2016 version of the program did not state how much would be spent or how many workers would be hired.

Application forms for the temporary employment can be picked up at all district public libraries, including in Cayman Brac, MLA offices in the districts and at the government administration building in George Town.

Registration will be held on Nov. 16 at the Lions Centre between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Temporary job applicants must attend this registration session in person and bring the completed form with them, along with support documentation to prove they are either Caymanian, the spouse of a Caymanian or a permanent resident.

A similar cleanup will be held on the Sister Islands during the holiday season.

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