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Designing Hong Kong Harbour District
Calls on a Review on Central Reclamation

(March 9, 2004, Monday) HONG KONG ---- “We call on the Government to review the Central reclamation as part of the entire harbour district, and for the Society of the Protection of the Harbour to hold off legal proceedings as far as possible to allow the community to build consensus on the best way forward,” said Paul Zimmerman, chief-coordinator of the ‘Designing Hong Kong Harbour District’ (DHKHD) initiative.

In the wake of the court ruling on the Central reclamation today, the organizers of DHKHD issued a statement calling on a review on the Central reclamation.

“We are encouraged by the Government’s announcement to appoint a consultative body for the harbour.” said Zimmerman. “The Judge stated clearly that it may well have been preferable for the Chief Executive to remit the plan for reclamation. We urge the Government to now take a holistic view of the entire harbour district and heed the voice of the community through a consensus-building process involving all stakeholders,” he continued.

The activities organized by DHKHD are focused to facilitate this process.

For press enquiries, please contact:
Mr Paul Zimmerman, 9096 0250
Ms Loretta Chang, 2234 6424 / 6446 1513,

About “Designing Hong Kong Harbour District”

Using the name, “Hong Kong Harbour District”, to embrace Victoria Harbour, the harbour front and surrounding districts on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, the Initiative calls for an integrated plan and public consultation process for the entire Hong Kong Harbour District. The objective is to identify consensus on actionable principles for sustainable planning. The initiative is an open invitation for individuals and parties from the government, business, professional, academic and community groups to partake in the consensus-building process.

The growing list of supporters include …

American Chamber of Commerce, Australian Chamber of Commerce, AGC Design Limited, Business Environment Council, Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Civic Exchange, Clear the Air, Creative Initiatives Foundation, The Experience Group, Fairmont Shipping, Friends of the Harbour, Fringe Club, Gammon Skanska Limited, GML Consulting, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Hongkong Land, Island Shangri-la Hotel Hong Kong, Jones Lang LaSalle, The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited, Living Islands Movement, MF Jebsen International, Planning Department HKSAR, Quamnet, Save our Shorelines, Society for Protection of the Harbour, South China Morning Post, Sunday Communications, The Swire Group, The Wharf (Holdings) Limited, Albert Cheng, Erwin Hardy, …

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