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Reference Number: PR170924, Press Release Issue Date: Apr 11, 2017
Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change Josè Herrera announced that as an MP and on a personal initiative, he recommended two sites to be considered as Public Domain: the newly established Nature Park known as Inwadar, and Wied Għomor.

Further to these two sites, the following applications and sites were submitted by FAA and Friends of the Earth:
  • Site at Manoel Island;
  • Site at Wied Garnaw;
  • Site at Ħondoq, Qala;
  • Site at Kalanka, Delimara;
  • Site of three historic landmark trees, Ta’ Xbiex;
  • Site of beaches from St.George’s Bay to Sliema;
  • Sites at Valletta coastline and Fort St. Elmo;
  • Sites from St. Thomas Bay (Marsascala) to Xrobb l-Għaġin (Marsaxlokk);
  • Sites from Siġġiewi to Żurrieq;
  • Sites: Pinetum beyond Floriana fortification walls and Argotti, St Philips and Sa Masion Public Gardens;
  • Stretch of land from Ġnejna to Mtaħleb;
  • Villa Guardamangia, Pietà;
  • Site at Simblija;
  • Comino;
  • Ċittadella, Victoria, Gozo;
  • Site at Ta’ Ċenċ, Sannat;
  • Site at Ħas-Saptan and Wied Żembaq;
  • Site at Is-Simblija (including Wied ir-Rum, Ta’ Baldu and Wied Ħażrun)
  • Site at Il-Ballut tal-Wardija;
  • Site at il-Ballut tal-Imgiebaħ (l/o Mellieħa);
  • Site at Ras ir-Raheb and Qlejgħa;
  • Site at Fomm ir-Riħ.

Dr Herrera stated that the Public Domain Act was a landmark, and will better-protect our environment. These applications will be vetted by the Planning Authority, and those approved will be up for discussion before Parliament.

Minister Herrera concluded that at the moment his Ministry is studying the possibility of delineating certain old countryside passage ways which could also be similarly declared, and which would therefore guarantee better access to the general public.