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Formentera adds voice to awareness push to stop sexual violence

foto-material no-i-punt-1The Social Welfare and Equality departments of the Consell de Formentera have added their names to “No i punt”. With a title translating roughly as “No means no”, the campaign is part of a joint effort by the Palma and Mallorca administrations to assure safety from sexual assault on nights out.

“Our priority to promote egalitarian and safe leisure spaces for everyone”, said equality councillor Vanessa Parellada, “spaces that are free from sexist violence and sexual or homophobic violence”. “Sexual assault must be taken seriously”, said Parellada. “The idea is that, through education and awareness, we can either prevent sexual assault outright, or catch it in time and stop it”.

Islanders can stop by a booth in la Savina this afternoon and evening (16 July) to pick up information about the ongoing festes del Carme holiday. A stand will be mounted on Saturday (20 July), too, ahead of Sant Francesc's “flower power” party: la Festa Flower.

Visitors can get information about sexual assault prevention and response as well as better practices, not to mention take an “anti-assault” test and check out “No i punt” stickers, bracelets and a banner. Volunteers will be on hand to field questions.


For the third year, the social welfare and youth offices of the Consell de Formentera are partnering in support of the “Balearic Islands' Strategy on Addictions and Drug Dependency” (PADIB) to launch the third annual #nosiguisase ("don't be dumb") outreach campaign.

Social welfare councillor Rafael Ramírez said the drive was “designed to urge sensible drinking, especially among youth, at our festival days in the Balearics, and build awareness about the dangers of alcohol abuse”.

Staff from a project of the NGO Bienestar y Desarrollo called Energy Control will be manning the stand on 20 July and handing out material like rucksacks, buttons, educational postcards, posters and water bottles with educational straps.

The Consell de Formentera will use banners to share information about the campaign on the administration's website.

16 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Regional environment chief makes first official visit to Formentera

foto-reunio---amb-apb-1-1This morning at 10.30am, three Consell de Formentera officials —President Alejandra Ferrer, territory councillor Rafael González, and environment councillor Antonio Sanz— met in the sala d'Actes with the Govern balear's minister of environment and territory, Miquel Mir.

So far this legislative term, this is Mir's first meeting with his opposite numbers on the island, not to mention with the Consell chief. During the meeting, participants reviewed what they expect to be the biggest challenges over the four coming years.

President Ferrer identified one of the top priorities as regulating moorage on local shores, “as well as all the consensus-building with [coastal authority] Demarcación de Costas that the effort will entail”. Another key initiative is the regulation of estany des Peix. Ferrer said that that project, which is now awaiting an expected green-light from the coastal agency, needs help from the nautical sector for rollout to be successful. The president also pledged the administration would “work to find solutions for any person or business whom the current plan might leave in a regulatory vacuum”.

Formentera officials spoke with the regional minister about issues like administrative improvements at ses Salines nature reserve, crafting the “Posidonia Decree”, renewing efforts to keep local snake numbers in check, and working on continued upgrades to the water grid, the es Ca Marí sanitation grid and the es Pujols sewage pump.

Mir, for his part, said the gathering helped lay the groundwork for “renewed responsiveness to the needs and requests of Formentera residents”. Getting there, he said, will mean coordinating efforts between the Govern balear and Consell de Formentera, and engaging in bilateral work.

15 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Port authority boss makes first official visit to Formentera

foto-visita-miquel-mir-forment1Administration chief Alejandra Ferrer held a meeting today with Joan Gual de Torrella, the head of the Balearic port authority (APB). Meeting at 12.30pm in the sala d'Actes, the two officials were joined by Ana Juan and Susana Labrador, the island's vice president and deputy vice president, respectively, as well as councillors Rafael González, Pep Marí and Bartomeu Escandell, and, on the APB side, Juan Carlos Plaza and Ignacio Revilla (the agency's director and delegate to Eivissa and la Savina).

President Ferrer said attendees spoke about what has been called the new “Special Strategy” for the la Savina port, including plans for additional harbour buildings—part of phase two of construction, which is scheduled to start at the end of summer. Ferrer said the new areas were also expected to come with facilities for the local fishing industry.

The Formentera president also held up a deal between the Consell and APB that will be key to installing museum displays in la Mola lighthouse. The APB chief congratulated the Consell on what he called “a project that could be used as a model for other lighthouses”.

Gual de Torrella said the completion of phase one gave “increased visibility” to the sea and would make the port “more welcoming for tourists and islanders alike”. He said to watch out for “brand-new spaces specifically designed to support everything from training to innovation, year round”.

Gual de Torrella indicated that soon, la Savina port would be equipped with air quality sensors that islanders will be able to check online.

15 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Sailing class for Day Centre users with disabilities

vaixell-adaptat-escola-vela-foThe Sport department of the Consell de Formentera reports that beginners' sailing classes will be offered to individuals at the dependent care facility this July and August. The once-weekly classes will be held Fridays, imparted by workers at the Municipal Sailing School (EMV).

Organisers hope participants will come away knowing how to operate a boat on their own. Sports councillor Paula Ferrer stressed that the initiative, which is put together with help from the social welfare office, “is about making sure that service users at the Formentera Day Centre can benefit from the infrastructure and resources we have at our disposal”. “Summer is a great time to get outdoors and in the water, making people's day-to-day a little better”, said the councillor.

In 2017, Formentera's council purchased a specially-equipped, accessible boat for people with functional diversity. The 12-person watercraft is used by the EMV. Obra Social “la Caixa” helped fund the purchase.

12 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

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