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GUG welcomes news of prospective hostel for Gozitan students

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GUG welcomes news of prospective hostel for Gozitan studentsLast week the Minister for Gozo, Dr Justyne Caruana, addressed the House of Representatives with her Budget Speech, regarding Gozo initiatives.

In a statement this morning, the Gozo University Group (GUG) said that it was very pleased to learn that the Ministry will start the preliminary study and location identification for a prospective hostel/accommodation for Gozitan students in Malta.

The GUG remarked that “it is a well-known fact that these students face financial problems when leaving their home in Gozo.”

“Had this new hostel been built, it would have lifted a heavy burden off their shoulders,” GUG said. “We have been discussing this matter for a long time, so it is very good that something is now being done.”

“The Park and Ride project was another initiative mentioned. A tender and the cost benefit analysis that should identify a business model and possibly even a site, have been issued,” added the GUG. “This will make commuting much easier for students and workers who have to cross over every day.”

Apart from these issues, the GUG added that last week the proposal for a fast ferry was spoken about during the EY Conference. “The Gozo Channel chairman, Mr Joe Cordina promised that this service will be in operation by next year. It will offer two morning trips as well as two afternoon trips, as first mentioned last year.”

The Prime Minister in May, said that there were several companies who were interested in this service and that the journey from Gozo to Malta would take around 45 minutes, the GUG said.

The Organisation said that it had been disappointed that there had been no mention of the fast ferry service in the last budget. Adding that it is now pleased it is “finally being given the importance it deserves.”

The Gozo University Group concluded by saying that it “hopes that these initiatives are carried out with the utmost care, as thousands depend on all of these services. We hope that as the Minister herself said, these initiatives will help more Gozitans to live, work and succeed in Gozo.”

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