Ministry of Local Government & Community Development

Ministry of Local Government
& Community Development

Government of Jamaica



Local Government Minister attends Global Disaster Risk Reduction Platform in Switzerland

Friday, May 17, 2019

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Honourable Desmond McKenzie has led a Jamaican delegation to the sixth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Management in Geneva, Switzerland.

Infirmaries furnished with autoclaves -Equipment funded by NHF

Tuesday, May 07, 2019
From left: Honourable Minister Desmond McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Fund, Mr. Everton Anderson and Permanent Secretary Of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Mrs. Marsha Henry Martin.

The country’s infirmaries are now equipped with medical autoclaves as the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development’s intensifies its mandate to improve the care of residents in state care. Twelve medical autoclaves were procured for the Ministry, through financing from the National Health Fund (NHF), at a cost of $5.025 million.

Manchester gets two indigent houses

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Two more indigent homes, which were conceptualized under the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development’s Municipal Social Assistance Programme (MSAP), have been handed over in the parish of Manchester.

Ministry opens watershop in Bellefield, Manchester

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Residents of several communities in Central Manchester are now accessing potable water with the infrastructure of a $9.3 million water shop in Bellefield. Some 20,000 gallons of purified water will be provided daily to the persons living in Bellefield, Coffee Grove, Virginia, Davyton, Blue Mountain, Bombay, Top Bellefield and Banana Ground.

Drop-In Centre opens in St. Elizabeth

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Honourable Desmond McKenzie, has opened the country’s fourth Drop-In Centre in St. Elizabeth. The St. Elizabeth Drop-In Centre, located at the municipal corporation’s complex in Black River, will provide care, meals and baths for the parish’s homeless population.

New Female Ward to be Built at Manchester Infirmary

Monday, May 06, 2019

A new $40 million female ward is to be constructed at the Manchester Infirmary, located at Royal Flat. Local Government and Community Development Minister, Honourable Desmond McKenzie, broke ground for the building on Thursday, April 25. It is expected to be completed by year end.

Trelawny Municipal Corporation tops Public Sector Debate Competition

Monday, May 06, 2019
Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Collen J. Gager (third right) with members of the Trelawny Municipal Corporation Debate Team. From left are Marlet Wellington, Ricardo Williams, Shakera Williams, Garcia McLean and Tamicka Malcolm.

The Trelawny Municipal Corporation copped the title of the inaugural Public Sector Debate Competition. The competition - organized by the Transformation and Implementation Unit (TIU) and observed the theme ‘Facing Issues, Influencing Solutions’, was contested by 20 teams.


Friday, April 12, 2019
Hon. Desmond McKenzie speaking to fifth and sixth graders at the Emmanuel Christian Academy about the roles and functions of Local Government.

Fifth and sixth graders at Emmanuel Christian Academy, who will be sitting the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exam early next week, got an introductory talk on the role of Local Government “ straight from the source “ in the person of Hon. Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Local Government and Community Development.

New Building Act in effect

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

KINGSTON, Jamaica: A new Building Act with a modern legislative framework that will serve to reduce the vulnerability of Jamaica’s built environment and ensure public safety, is now in effect. The Building Act 2018 came into force on January 15 and repeals the Kingston and St. Andrew Building Act and the Parish Councils Building Act.

More trucks for NSWMA

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

KINGSTON, Jamaica: The operational capacity of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has been boosted with an injection of 11 new compactor trucks. The trucks, which are valued at some US$1.75 million, swell the number of new units handed over to the garbage collection and disposal entity in the last three years to 42.