International Conference on
(April 26, 2004, Monday) HONG KONG ---- Over 15 leading representatives from international and local Government, professional, business and civic groups will meet to discuss the best way forward for Hong Kong's Harbour District. It is the first-ever international conference dedicated to sustainable planning for Hong Kong's Harbour District organized in Hong Kong.
Titled "Designing Hong Kong Harbour District", the full-day conference will be held on May 3 at the Island Shangri La Hotel. Chaired by Paul Zimmerman, the speakers include The Hon Michael Suen, JP, Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands, Mr Sean O'Neill, Director of Communications, Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (The Big Dig, Boston) and Mr Peter Alward, Former Deputy Director of Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. The four sessions of the conference are Transport Policy, Land Development & Land Use, Implementation and Institutional Arrangements.
"The Government is pleased to participate in this timely conference initiated by the community. It certainly echoes the Government's commitment to protect and preserve the Harbour for the enjoyment of the community and its initiative to set up the Harbour-front Enhancement Committee. We look forward to an intensive day of discussions with local and overseas experts which will surely contribute to creating a world class harbour-front and building consensus in such efforts", said Mrs Carrie Lam, Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands (Planning and Lands). Mrs Lam and her colleagues from the Planning, Transport and Territory Development Departments will take part in the four discussion sessions.
"We are proud to be able to bring a meaningful mix of expertise together. A well-designed harbour district is good for business and is good for the people of Hong Kong. We are especially pleased with the participation of many Government officials and the representatives from the Big Dig in Boston and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. The sharing of both local know-how and internationally-acclaimed examples will help us to identify creative solutions for sustainable urban planning of the harbour district," said Mr. Paul Zimmerman, Chief co-ordinator of Designing Hong Kong Harbour District campaign.
The Big Dig project
of Boston, Massachusetts, USA is a massive public works solution for Boston's
longstanding traffic problems, and the economic and quality-of-life issues
associated with massive elevated and surface roads. At great expense and
major disturbance, the Boston community has decided to replace existing
elevated highway arteries with an underground expressway and tunnels.
The scale of this project is comparable to the Panama Canal.
The Designing Hong Kong Harbour District conference, organized by the Business Environment Council as part of the EnviroSeries 2004, is part of a six-month campaign and research project, which will end in June with a report to the Government.
"Designing Hong Kong Harbour District"
Conference - 3 May, 2004
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