Novoyavorivsk Territorial Community
The Novoyavorivsk Territorial Community is located in the territory of the Yavoriv District in the Lviv Region.
The total area of the territory is 274.5 km2.
The population of the Community amounts to 52.9 thousand residents.
Women: 27.88 thousand residents
Men: 25.02 thousand residents
Internally displaced persons: 4,500 people
The Community includes twenty-two localities and eight Starosta-headed districts.
The administrative centre of the Community is located in the town of Novoyavorivsk.
The history of the present-day town of Novoyavorivsk is not very long as it was founded in 1965 as a workers settlement of Yantarne near large sulphur production facilities.
But the history of the Community’s lands has a long history. The Novoyavorivsk Community includes the village of Prylbychi, where the Sheptytskyi family lived. In this family, two great figures were born not only for Ukraine, but also for the whole world: Metropolitan Bishop Andrey Sheptytskyi and his brother, holy martyr Klymentii Sheptytskyi.
The Sheptytskyi family built a palace in the territory of the Community. In 1944, the Soviet authorities destroyed the estate and later built a culture centre on the site that has been functioning since then.
The Novoyavorivsk Community is rich in architectural landmarks. The Church of the Holy Trinity dating back to the 17th century is located there. It was built in the village of Ternovytsia, where Metropolitan Bishop Andrey Sheptytskyi was baptized.
In Prylbychi, there is a chapel-burial of the Sheptytskyi family – a landmark of the 19th century.
The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (a wooden church) is located in Kamianobrid, the beginning of the construction of which dates back to 1654.
The 184th military training centre is located in the village of Starychi, ensuring professional and basic training of servicemen, as well as the International Centre for Peacekeeping and Security, better known as the Yavoriv Military Training Ground – one of the largest military training grounds in Europe.
The Church of St. Michael the Archangel, destroyed in 1940 (the former village of Velyka Vyshenka), is located on the military training grounds.
An interactive folk art museum functions in the old school building in the village of Starychi. Yavoriv toys are made exclusively of wood and painted only with safe acrylic paints. In 2022, The Yavoriv toy and the Yavoriv pie were included in the intangible cultural heritage of Ukraine.
Economy and Welfare
In the Community’s industrial sector, the priority industries include the production of food products, the production of other non-metallic mineral products, the manufacture of wood products, etc.
Kormotekh is one of the largest companies operating in the Community. It produces food for cats and dogs. The company is among the top 60 pet food manufacturers in the world according to Petfood Industry. The company successfully exports its products to 40 countries, and its range of products includes more than 650 items.
Baker-Ukraine, a company operating in the territory of the Community, is a manufacturer of waffle cones, cookies for ice cream and other products. The enterprise has implemented a system of quality management and food safety complying with the international standards.
Yavir-Invest LLC is engaged in soybean processing and manufactures high-protein product HERBAL SOYA and soybean oil.
The Novoyavorivsk Community is developing in many areas. Old buildings are being restored and new buildings are being built there.
The Novoyavorivsk hospital named after Yurii Lypa is one of the leading ones in the region and has modern equipment. In 2022, an MRI machine was purchased with funds from the local budget.
Community and War
Since the full-scale invasion began, the Community has actively welcomed and sheltered refugees. Since the beginning of the war, more than 4,500 internally displaced persons have been officially registered.
As the war broke out, the Consultative and Coordination Centre for dealing with internally displaced persons began to work, which now functions as the Coordination Centre for the Support of the Civilian Population, began its work. It provides legal, psychological, social support, as well as aid from international organizations.
In Novoyavorivsk, the Krystal’NIA educational and rehabilitation centre of science was opened for children who suffered from the war. There, scientific therapy is used to help children overcome psychological problems caused by the war.
The founders of the centre are Kharkiv residents who moved to the Novoyavorivsk Community after the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine.
Shelters are being created in the Community. One of these is located in preschool No. 9. The shelter was painted within the framework of the Artist for a Child project and in cooperation with the Saint Mary Magdalene Charitable Foundation.
Many residents of the Community have joined the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and defend Ukraine on the front lines. To support the military, funds are allocated there from the budget, fairs and fundraising events are held among the residents.
People of the Community
Mayor of Novoyavorivsk: Volodymyr Matseliukh. During his leadership, he has been successfully developing the Novoyavorivsk Community in all areas: housing and communal services, culture, sports, medicine, and education.
Volodymyr Matseliukh is the deputy head of the Lviv regional branch of the Ukrainian National Association of United Territorial Communities and a senior lecturer at the Lviv National Nature Management University.
He establishes international cooperation with foundations, the neighbouring countries, especially now, in wartime, when there is the urgent need for humanitarian aid to internally displaced persons and the military.
The Young Halychyna international festival of contemporary Ukrainian song is held in the town of Novoyavorivsk. This is the oldest festival in Ukraine, where Ukrainian songs and culture are popularized.
In 2022, the Administrative Services Centre of the Novoyavorivsk Town Council – Dia Centre began its work in a new format based on the principle of open space.
More than 52 thousand residents of the Community can have access to 274 services in one place in an accessible, convenient, transparent and comfortable manner. The room is equipped with a children’s area.
In June 2022, the Novoyavorivsk Community received a mobile Administrative Services Centre – a special vehicle where administrative services are provided to residents near their place of residence at a time convenient for them. The service of applying for a Ukrainian ID card and foreign passport is available there.
On the initiative of the Children’s Dreams organization and with the support of the SOTO Foundation (Netherlands), the local authorities and donors, the Regina social centre was opened in the Community with the aim of creating conditions for social adaptation, rehabilitation, occupational therapy and integration of persons with disabilities aged 18+.
The organization uses the European model of social work with people with disabilities. It creates a comfortable environment for its participants for development, learning, communication and, most importantly, helps them discover themselves in work or during their favourite activities. The centre is responsible for 56 families raising persons with disabilities.
The Novoyavorivsk Community runs its own Yantarne-FM radio station. The radio team includes people of different ages, different interests and different preferences. But they all have one goal in common – to develop the radio of their hometown, to contribute to the development of the Community, to create unique content and to introduce the listener to quality music.
In 2023, the counsellors of the Novoyavorivsk Town Council approved the Development Strategy until 2027. This document was developed with the support of experts from the Council of Europe: civil participation project.
It is expected to achieve four strategic goals:
- Developing human capital
- Creating safe conditions for life
- Ensuring economic development
- Developing infrastructure
The concept of creating an industrial park in the territory of the Novoyavorivsk Community has also been approved. The Town Council allocated a plot of 17.41 hectares for the creation of the Technology and Business industrial park. Companies from Poland and France are interested in locating their production facilities on the future site. The Community is currently working with interested investors.
One of the main tasks the Novoyavorivsk Town Council was trying to achieve before martial law was imposed was thermal modernization and renovation of old buildings to save heat consumption.
Since 1972, Novoyavorivsk has had its own thermal power plant, which provides the town with heat. The boiler facility is functioning, but needs reconstruction.
Residents believe that in the near future, a modern thermal power plant will be built in Novoyavorivsk, which will work on alternative types of fuel to provide people with uninterrupted heat and electricity.