Ministry of Local Government & Community Development

Ministry of Local Government
& Community Development

Government of Jamaica



Statement to the House of Representatives about the incidents of flooding and landslides in central, eastern and south-eastern parishes of Jamaica, by the Hon. Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Local Government and Community Development

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Trough that affected the western Caribbean and brought sustained light to heavy rains to Jamaica since late last week, is expected to dissipate today


Friday, March 31, 2017

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Hon. Desmond McKenzie is expressing renewed concern that the high number of motor vehicle accidents across the island generally, and in Westmoreland in particular, is putting a great strain on the country’s health services.

Mobile property tax collection unit makes positive impact in St. Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

From the Jamaica Observer: Black River, St Elizabeth — The figures show gradual improvement year by year, but St Elizabeth remains among the most backward regions in terms of property tax collections. In late February, the south coast parish was running a 58 per cent property tax compliance rate for the 2016-17 financial year which will end on March 31. That’s up from 52 per cent at the same point the previous year, but still $300 million behind where tax collectors say it should be. No wonder then that St Elizabeth tax collectors recently welcomed with open arms, a new pilot project aimed at boosting collections using a mobile unit (small bus) to get to property owners in their communities.

JaBudget2017: Shaw warns of clampdown to collect $13.5b in property tax arrears

Friday, March 10, 2017

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw has announced that a new project is to be launched to collect approximately J$ $13.5 billion in outstanding Property Taxes.

Local Government Ministry to Carry Out Improvements to Bustamante’s Birthplace and Blenheim Community Centre

Monday, February 27, 2017
Hon. Minister Desmond McKenzie

The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will be undertaking significant improvement works at the Blenheim, Hanover, birthplace of National Hero, Sir William Alexander Bustamante. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie says the site of the former Prime Minister’s birth “requires a level of improvement, to a standard that is worthy of his status as the country’s first political leader elected under Universal Adult Suffrage, and as the first Prime Minister of Independent Jamaica. We also have a special interest in this, as Bustamante was a pioneer of Local Government who served as Mayor of Kingston in the late 1940s.”

Local Government To Allocate J$40 Million For Drought Relief

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Residents of communities severely affected by prevailing drought conditions in Manchester, St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland and Hanover, will soon have their water access difficulties alleviated by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development. J$40 million will be made available to provide potable water in this regard. The disclosure was made today by portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, who noted that the Ministry’s initiative will support the national drought relief effort. “Our efforts as a Ministry will complement the primary response being carried out by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, under which the subject of Water falls. The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has the responsibility for minor water supply, and so we are proceeding, based on the information provided to us by the Municipal Corporations, to provide water in these parishes.”

Local Government & Community Development Minister breaks ground for first “Water Shop” in Clarendon

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has launched the pilot of a planned series of Water Shops that are intended to raise living standards in drought-stricken and otherwise water-deprived communities. At a ground-breaking ceremony at Pennants in Clarendon recently, the Minister described the Water Shop initiative as “the start of a process to eliminate once and for all, the degrading experiences of our citizens who have to be seeking water every day

Councillors to be Sworn In On Thursday December 8, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

All candidates who have been duly confirmed as having won Divisions in the November 28, 2016 Local Government elections, will be sworn into office as Councillors on Thursday, December 8. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has advised that all 228 Councillors and the Mayor of Portmore will take their places on that day, at the first Statutory Meeting of their respective Municipal Corporations.


Monday, October 24, 2016
Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris (left), and Matron of the St James Infirmary Jaqueline Wilson (second left) examine the design of the new Ward at St James Infirmary.

Ground has been officially broken for the construction of a female Ward at the St. James infirmary in Albion, Montego Bay. The St. James Municipal Council, which is spearheading the initiative, has already raised J$10 million of the projected $28 million to complete the works.

Jamaica Fire Brigade to Get Two New Trucks

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Director of Rosenbauer Int’l, Julian Templer , Hon. Desmond McKenzie, Commissioner, JFB, Errol Mowatt and Permanent Secretary in the Local Government Ministry, Denzil Thorpe participate in the contract signing.

The Government of Jamaica through the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, has signed a US$987,822 contract with Rosenbauer International for the acquisition of two new trucks for the Jamaica Fire Brigade.