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Chairman's Welcome Message by Mr. NG Sze-fuk, GBS, JP
Welcome to Sai Kung District!
The fifth term of the Sai Kung District Council (the Council) has come into operation on 1 January 2016. With the rapid growth of the district in recent years, the role played by the Council is becoming more important. As members of the Council, all of us have deep roots in the district and have served the community for many years and therefore know the community well. We will continue to reflect the needs and problems of the community to the Government to enable effective implementation of initiatives and prompt resolution of local problems. Our objective is to serve as a bridge between the Government and the public and to work together to build a safe, healthy and harmonious community.
Sai Kung District comprises rural Sai Kung and over 70 outlying islands, as well as the Tseung Kwan O New Town. Despite urbanization, it is essential to preserve the picturesque rural and small town environs of Sai Kung, which is also home to the Geopark where an ancient supervolcano of 140 million years old is located. Sai Kung is Hong Kong's “Back Garden” where Hong Kong people from all districts come to enjoy the beautiful countryside and delicious seafood. As for Tseung Kwan O, originally a quiet remote fishing village by the seaside of Hang Hau Hui which saw the development in the 1960s of a refugee settlement area and then a ship breaking and steel rolling zone at Tiu Keng Leng, is now transformed into a vibrant and dynamic new town with a population of over 400,000. Here, you can find renowned institutions such as the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Hong Kong Design Institute, as well as world-class sports and leisure facilities such as the Hong Kong Velodrome and the Tseung Kwan O South Waterfront Promenade. Large-scale infrastructures such as the Tseung Kwan O – Lam Tin Tunnel and the Cross Bay Link equipped with cycle tracks and footpaths will also be completed in the next few years.
With the provision of $100 million earmarked for each District Council for implementing the Signature Project Scheme (SPS) projects, the SKDC has set up the Signature Project Scheme Committee for the purpose. After conducting detailed discussion and collecting public opinions at resident forums, the SKDC will carry out two projects: “Reconstruction of the Sharp Island Pier” in rural Sai Kung and the “Construction of the Tseung Kwan O Heritage Hiking Trail and the Heritage Information Centre” in Tseung Kwan O new town. The pier project is to increase the number of berths as well as the berthing depth in order to cater for the increase in visitors to Sharp Island, one of the sites of the Geopark. The heritage centre project is to preserve the development history of Tseung Kwan O for the future generations, so that visitors can learn about the unique development history of the Tseung Kwan O new town while enjoying hiking. If the funding for these two projects are approved by the Legislative Council in mid 2016 as scheduled, these projects would complete in 2018. All information on the projects, including the agenda, minutes, audio recordings and discussion papers of the concerned committee meetings, the pamphlet on these two projects as well as a public statement by the Council on the heritage centre project are available on this website.
The SKDC implements many minor works in the district to improve the environment of the community. I have listed their progress here for your perusal. Public transportation is an essential public service that concerns members of the public. The Transport Department reports regularly to the Council on major changes in service arrangements, as reported here.
We hope that the information in this website will give you a better understanding of our work. Your comments and advice are welcome.
NG Sze-fuk, George, GBS, JP
Chairman of the Sai Kung District Council