February 20, 2009
Prime Minister lauds work of National Trust

The work of the National Trust came in for high praise, as Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves commended the group for the work they have been doing.{{more}}

The Prime Minister, speaking at the group’s dinner and auction at Government House on Saturday, February 14, regarded the trust’s work as magnificent, as he outlined their input with regard to historical and environmental preservation.

Gonsalves noted that the trust is working closely with those responsible for the construction of the Argyle International Airport, which he said produced a number of revelations.

“They have engaged a Canadian archaeologist who has made some very interesting discoveries going back 2000 years, which would suggest that the majority of the people who populated these islands were not Calinagos. It would be interesting to know what happened between then and when the Calinagos arrived,” Gonsalves stated.

“They (the Trust) are causing a rethink by the developers of the International Airport Project… as you approach the International Airport there is Milligan Cays and that’s a bird sanctuary and that is an issue that we have taken into account as we approach the airport.”

He said that although there is a need for development, there is also a need to ensure that future generations to come enjoy things of nature; and he said that the Trust is doing a fantastic amount of work in assuring this.

Well-wishers of the Trust turned out at last Saturday’s fundraising effort, which saw pieces of art, clothing and other items, including a box of cigars which belonged to former Cuban President Fidel Castro, being auctioned off.