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Mojácar Receives Approval for the Creation of the New Edar Wastewater Treatment Plant

The municipality of Mojácar has received with great satisfaction the approval of the investment of 19 million euros by the Junta de Andalucía’s Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Regional Ministry for the construction of the new Mojácar EDAR Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The Mayor of Mojácar thanked the current government of the Junta de Andalucía, which is resolving the deficient situation of the treatment plant, being a “demand” that was never tackled by the previous Andalucian government, “a formal acknowledgement of Juanma Moreno’s government team for the prompt and efficient response to a request being made for 14 years and which the new Andalucian government has placed among its priorities.”

The current Mojácar treatment plant, located on the Garrucha to Los Gallardos road, was built 25 years ago, has outdated systems due to the passage of time, the population growth that the municipality has experienced in recent years, increasing in the summer months, to which is added the impossibility of responding to the extension of services necessary in the locality.

As the Junta de Andalucía’s Agriculture Regional Minister, Carmen Crespo, already stated during her visit to Mojácar municipality, it is a “historic investment”, which will notably benefit the Levante region of Almería: “the  Mojácar treatment plant is one of the most important of Almería and now, we the Andalucian Government, are going to relaunch its enlargement”, emphasizing the regional ministry’s commitment to driving the Andalucian Pact for Water, and to which has to be added the ecological value in the zone with the environmental restoration of the River Aguas, the biggest project which has been carried out at the Andalucian intra-community basin area level.

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In this regard, the Mojácar Mayor underlined the interest of this regional ministry in the creation of the appropriate facilities for making use of the water, once purified, for tertiary use, allowing for the generation of new hydrological resources, and taking an important step towards managing to make Mojácar a more sustainable and respectful of the environment municipality, a line of work on which Mojácar Council is also working in all its departments.

Rosa María Cano also wanted to thank and highlight the commitment of the Andalucian Government to Mojácar municipality. The Junta de Andalucía is making important investments in the municipality, such as the construction of the residence for the elderly, the new health centre, the bus station and important assistance on the improvement of the Mojácar coastline, vital actions for the development of the locality.

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Mojácar Extends the Period of the Christmas Illuminations

Mojácar’s attractive Christmas decorations thanks to being the winner of the Ferrero Rocher “Together we shine brighter” contest, added to the offers from traders and the hospitality sector, have made the municipality one of the must-sees this Christmas.

Every night Mojacar receives a large number of visitors, who come to enjoy the festive atmosphere that runs through the whole of the locality’s old town.

Given the raised expectations, Mojácar Council wants to let everyone who wants to gaze at these spectacular illuminations know that they will remain on, for the time being, and as a minimum, until the end of January, not ruling out the possibility of extending this period further and as already announced by the Mayor, Rosa María Cano.

With this decision, Mojácar Council wants to give thanks for the support fired up throughout the province in the campaign to become the competition winners and hence give the opportunity to all those who wish to enjoy the illuminations, without having to rush and without the need to stay within the limited calendar of the traditional dates of Christmas.

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This way Mojácar will shine brighter for longer and remain open for many more dates to be able to come to the municipality.

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Firefighters Donate Three Fire Engines to the Centre for the Hospitalised Children

The Levante Almeriense Firefighters’ Association has been to the paediatrics department to visit the hospitalised children and to make a donation of three fire engines for them to use during their hospital stay on these such important days.

These trucks are automatic and able to be steered by the parents of the hospitalised children or by the children themselves if they are a bit older. They also have a built-in Bluetooth music selection system, sirens, and are equipped with lights for emergencies.

The fire engines have been decorated by the firefighters themselves with all the emblems, shields and anagrams to make them replicas as similar as possible to the ones that they use. They have also devised a special system for fixing a hook so that there is the possibility of hanging IV bags or medications and they can be used by everyone without any hindrance.

They were received at the Huércal-Overa Inmaculada Hospital by the Health Delegate, Juan de la Cruz, the Inmaculada Hospital Manager, José Miguel Medina, and the paediatrics service Management Team and health personnel, who thanked them for their generosity towards the hospitalised children and their parents, an appointment they don’t fail to keep both at Christmas and throughout the year.

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For their part, the members of the Levante Almeriense Firefighters Consortium feel very pleased at having been able to repeat this visit that they never miss at Christmas, except those required due to lock down, and for having managed to bring happiness and smiles to the patients and their parents, making them forget the hospital routine, even if it is only for one morning; one of the aims that, for years, they have fulfilled at this time of year.

A touching gesture by the Levante Almeriense Firefighters team, which together with other initiatives, such as collaboration with different NGOs, sports events, etc., expresses their closeness to and their wish to be in contact with the public.

Added to the important work that the firefighters carry out in our society, they go a step further in their commitment to solidarity and assistance, with this type of initiative.

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The Traditional Festival of Nine Lessons is Celebrated in Mojácar

As has become a regular in Mojácar’s Christmas celebrations, the locality’s two most important religious communities came together for the Festival of Nine Lessons, a meeting of Catholic and Anglican faithful gathered around the reading of Genesis, in both languages, as well as an exchange of traditional Christmas carols from both cultures.

The celebration was officiated by the Mojácar Santa María Catholic Church Parish Priest, Victor Manuel Fernández, and the Costa de Almería Anglican minister, Alwyn Carter.

As is customary, the gathering was held in the Mojácar Santa María Parish Church, and was attended by Spanish and British faithful, Catholics and Anglicans, who jointly and emotionally celebrated this time of Advent, a prelude to the most important days of the year for the faithful of both communities.

The readings by the faithful begin with the Old Testament. By the hand of the prophet Isiah the birth of Jesus is announced and through the apostles Luke, Matthew and John, the impact of his birth on the world is related. The lessons, in Spanish and English, are interspersed with Christmas carols, also typical of both cultures.

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The Anglican tradition of holding the Nine Lessons Festival during Advent dates back to 1880, when the Archbishop of Canterbury designed the service for the eve of Christmas in Cornwall in the UK. It’s a service of nine short lessons from the Bible in which the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus is usually outlined.

The ceremony ended with the performance by the British and Spanish faithful of the well-known carol “Adeste fideles” (O Come, All Ye Faithful), sung in the original Latin.

Decorated for Christmas, the Santa María Parish Church, has an addition to its original charm as a place of meditation, highlighting the Parish Nativity scene, which is always set up by the Mojácar parishioners.

The Nativity, of great beauty, is the work of the Murcian creator Jesús Griñán from the locality Puente Tocinos, where there are the best Nativity scene makers in Murcia, and which has a grand modelling tradition.

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Although the central figures of the Nativity scene have been in the parish for a long time, new passages from the life of Jesus have been acquired over time from the same sculptor, so that today it is a display of great artistic and cultural value with movable figures that recreate the different trades of the time.

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