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GBPA lends a Hand to Storm affected Residents in the Southern Bahamas

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) pledged $50,000 in aid of the hurricane affected residents, as well as a trailer load of items donated by GBPA employees and the wider community.

GBPA President, Ian Rolle noted that the overall goal of the initiative is to partner with a number of organizations as they seek to provide essential items for those in need. 

"The goal is to assist NEMA as well as other non-profit relief organizations that need our help" said President Ian Rolle continuing, "We aided Rotary earlier in the week by covering the freight cost of transporting three water tank trailers to New Providence. We were also informed by some of the churches that priority items included generators, portable stoves, matches, flashlights, cleaning materials, linen, batteries and even everyday items like can openers, so we decided to add a trailer of goods contributed by executives, shareholders, employees and GBPA volunteers.”

Vice Chairman, Sarah St. George shared her thoughts on the major donation. “It has always been our goal to assist those in need in times of crisis wherever they may be. All of us at the Grand Bahama Port Authority are pleased to be able to support our neighbours in the southern islands who were affected by hurricane Joaquin. We want them to know that they are in our hearts and on our minds." 

ABOUT GBPA


The Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) gave GBPA responsibility for the development, administration and management, and provision of services within an area called the 'Port Area' (230 sq. miles). GBPA was mandated by this Agreement to build a deep water harbour, an industrial community and required infrastructure for the City.

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


GBPA has achieved an astonishing amount since its inception in 1955.  When first created it was a Grand Bahamian business conglomerate charged not only with land and commercial development but also with all the regulatory and administrative functions of the Freeport/Lucaya.

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Firstly, I wish to thank Joan Albury and the Counsellors for this platform enabling us to share with the Grand Bahama community, the outlook for our island! 2015 marks the 60th year of the birth of Freeport and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement; 60 years of a partnership between The Government of The Bahamas and The Grand Bahama Port Authority. I'm here to raise hopes for 2015 and to lay a few popular myths to rest - For those who don't know me, I am Sarah St George.

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