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6 maltatoday | SUNDAY • 7 AUGUST 2022 NEWS VACANCY - Environmental Rangers Signal 8 Security Services Malta Ltd. are looking for 'Nature Lovers', smart highly disciplined, assertive, and reliable individual/s to work as Environmental Rangers for AMBJENT MALTA. Interested candidates must be in possession of a minimum of five (5) Ordinary Level passes at MQF Level 3 or a comparable qualification; two of the ordinary level passes shall be in English and Mathematics and any other three (3) O Levels qualifications. You must be in possession a valid driving License category B. and a clean police conduct is also required. We are looking for candidates who are well mannered, of good moral character, have a good command in Maltese and English languages, IT literate and able to follow instructions. Mandatory on the job training and courses (during normal working hours) will be provided from time to time. A tablet will be provided for the purpose of reporting and collecting data. The selected candidates will be expected to work on (8 hours) per working day (40 hour a week) between Mon to Sun on a roster basis including Public Holidays. An attractive salary and double rates for Sundays, you will be also provided with free mobile/internet subscription and a full Ranger Uniform. Should you be interested in this prestigious post, you are kindly requested to contact us on 21413777 - 21413888 Monday to Friday between 09.00 and 17.00. Otherwise show your interest by sending us your CV on You may also call personally to our offices at Tumas Fenech Str., B'Kara. BKR 2522 JAMES DEBONO THE Pembroke local council has unanimously agreed to ob- ject to the development of three blocks that will rise to six sto- reys around Australia Hall, as proposed in a zoning request by owners Fino Group. Labour mayor Dean Hili raised the issue in a council meeting, setting the tone for the dis- cussion when he expressed his personal opinion against the development being proposed, saying Australia Hall's historical value was such that its promi- nence "should not be buried and dwarfed by a number of differ- ent buildings being proposed around it." Hili said that while Fino had dropped original plans for an 18-storey tower in the area, apart from the restoration of Australia Hall, he could not agree with a six-storey block en- circling it, and reminded coun- cillors of the increased density in development from the new Chinese embassy. The brief discussion saw all councillors agreeing to object to the Fino zoning request, saying "the prominence of Austral- ia Hall as a historical building should be preserved through the creation of a buffer zone to ensure that the building is not suffocated and surrounded by buildings which are even higher than Australia Hall". Over the past years the Pem- broke local council led by Dean Hili has consistently taken a stance against over-develop- ment in the area, particularly in its long-standing opposition to the DB project on public land, that was transferred to the busi- ness group by the Labour gov- ernment. Development over 3,870sq.m footrpint Fino's three "mixed use" blocks, ranging between five and six floors, are being pro- posed on a 3,870sq.m area that envelopes the historical Aus- tralia Hall. In planning jargon, mixed-use developments normally include a combination of residential, of- fice and retail development. A zoning application in 2018 was removed from the public in- formation system in 2019 when the application was deemed to be incomplete; the latest plans from January 2022 were pub- lished earlier this week. The application no longer makes any reference to the ap- plication of the 'high-rise' Floor Area Ratio mechanism as orig- inally proposed, which would have allowed a high-rise devel- opment in the area. The latest plans foresee devel- opment over some 12,000sq.m in total floor area, that is, the entire floor area of the three massive blocks and the resto- ration of Australia Hall itself. Some 2,400sq.m of the total 6,331sq.m site will be retained as open public space. The development is being proposed by AH Developments, which is owned by the Fino Group. The local plan approved in 2006 makes no reference to development around Australia Hall and only permits the "re- use" of the historical building as a "public meeting hall, for com- mercial use, exhibition space or other suitable cultural or recre- ational use", including shops, of- fices, food and drink establish- ment or educational facilities. The local plan also specifies that any development must re- spect the "architectural integrity of the site" and "any views from and onto the scheduled build- ings." Back in 2005 Fino had applied to turn Australia Hall into a su- permarket but the application was withdrawn by the Planning Authority's planning directo- rate. In 2014, the new Labour ad- ministration used its preroga- tive to stop a court action insti- tuted by the Lands Department, under the former Nationalist government, to take back the Pembroke land. The land had originally been accorded to the party back in the 1970s as com- pensation for the expropriation of its land in Marsa, for the Mal- ta Shipbuilding Corporation, by the same Labour government of the time. The PN protested the Labour administration's decision in 2014 to stop the court action, accusing it of using its over- weening power for its party's financial gain. In July 2014, La- bour sold Australia Hall to A.H. Development for just €582,343, with the final price taking into consideration unspecified out- standing debts with the buyers. Council objects to proposed buildings dwarfing Australia Hall, calling for buffer zone around listed historical monument to ensure that its prominence is preserved Pembroke council objects to Fino tower buildings dwarfing listed Australia Hall Fino's three "mixed use" blocks, ranging between five and six floors, are being proposed on a 3,870sq.m area that envelopes the historical Australia Hall

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