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19980126_Restored and extended Mtarfa gym inaugurated

    A 100-year-old sports complex at Mtarfa was reopened yesterday after being restored on the initiative of the Housing Authority.
    Built at the turn of the century, the complex was used by the British services but deteriorated rapidly after the forces left in 1979.
    Housing Minister Alfred Portelli yesterday handed over the keys of the complex to the parliamentary secretary responsible for sports, Joe Cilia, saying that works on the restoration started last September and were completed in record time,
    The original parquet floor has been restored and the building extended to include changing rooms, showers, administration offices, lecture room, stores and a first aid room.
    Basketball, volleyball and fencing can be practised in the Lm97,000 complex.
    Mr Portelli said the Housing Authority, when was in overall charge of development at Mtarfa, had set up a committe to monitor complaints by residents over the housing project there and to cooperate closely with the Mtafa residents association so that past mistakes would not be repeated. 
    The authority built a town centre, provided premises for shops, restored the sports complex and set up a garden. Land has been provided for a church.
    The minister said 56 maisonettes have been completed and allocated and work on a further 40 hours was in the finishing stages. The building of a further 30 maisonettes was in hand and would be completed later this year.
    Yesterday's ceremony included an abseiling and martial arts display by the Bujinkan Brain Dojo group, a judo display by the Malta Juso Association and singing by young singer Marija Museat.
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