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Professional support for better maintenance of old buildings (22/11/2015)

Together with the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Carrie Lam, and the Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Lau Kong-wah, I visited Kwun Tong Mansion, a building more than 50 years old that has been renovated with subsidies granted under the Operation Building Bright (OBB) scheme. The common areas of the building, including the elevator, lobby, corridor, staircase and rooftop, have taken on an entirely new look after the renovation. The residents told us about their experience in preparing the building repair works and said that they are happy with the improved living environment, building safety, hygiene and appreciation in the property price......

Working together on tree conservation and maintenance (15/11/2015)

Living in a busy city like Hong Kong, a pleasant and verdant living environment would be enjoyable after a long day of work. Whether trees can grow healthily and robustly is dependent on our efforts in proper tree care......

Broadening our horizons for continuous improvement (8/11/2015)

Early last week, I led a Hong Kong delegation comprising more than 160 members to attend the 2015 Mainland and Hong Kong Construction Industry Forum in Yinchuan, Ningxia. This annual event serves as an excellent platform for representatives and professionals of the construction industry from Hong Kong and the Mainland to get to know each other, exchange experiences and ideas, and explore opportunities for co-operation. This year’s theme was “Belt and Road; Collaboration for Success”......

Three historic buildings declared monuments (1/11/2015)

Precious historic buildings not only have unique architectural features, but also have close links to the history of our society. Recently, we declared the Signal Tower at Blackhead Point in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Race Course Fire Memorial at So Kon Po and the façade of the Old Mental Hospital in Sai Ying Pun as monuments to enhance their conservation. I would like to share with you here how precious these three declared monuments are......

More on Hong Kong's population density and direction for development (25/10/2015)

The Development Bureau jointly held the Land Supply Forum with five professional institutes last Saturday. Professionals from different fields gathered together to brainstorm plans and strategies for land development. I am delighted to find that both the media and the community have participated in many follow-up discussions on the subject. This is a good start for the Government, professional institutes and the community in working together to explore land use planning and development issues using a rational and pragmatic approach. I would also like to take this opportunity to respond to some of the concerns and queries raised in the community in the past week......


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