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Committing to conserving the habitat at Lam Tsuen River (25/2/2018)

During Chinese New Year, many people will visit the “wishing trees” and Tin Hau Temple in Lam Tsuen, Tai Po. But do you know about the Lam Tsuen River nearby? Its upstream is one of the some 30 ecologically important streams in Hong Kong, providing habitats for rare wildlife species, such as the Hong Kong Newt. Given the extraordinary conservation value of Lam Tsuen River, the Drainage Services Department (DSD) has been committed to conserving the river ecosystem while undertaking river improvement works in Upper Lam Tsuen River to alleviate flood risk in the region. Recently, accompanied by the Director of Drainage Services, Mr Edwin TONG, I visited the Lam Tsuen River to learn more about the achievements of the conservation measures adopted in the project

Exploring the “Green Hub” (18/2/2018)

Today is the third day of the Chinese New Year. On behalf of all colleagues in the Development Bureau, I would like to wish you all good luck, good health and every success in your work. Hong Kong is a fast paced city. If you want to take a break and find a place to relax in the weekend, there are in fact many choices. For instance, you can explore the city’s historic buildings and find out more about the rich built heritage of Hong Kong as well as their history, art and culture. Here, I would like to introduce to you the “Green Hub” (Old Tai Po Police Station) under the “Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme” of the Development Bureau and have invited the person in charge to share with us their experiences in restoring and revitalising this heritage site into a "Green Hub for Sustainable Living" to promote ecologically responsible and low-carbon living……

On 40 years of landslip prevention by four current and former heads of the Geotechnical Engineering Office (4/2/2018)

Hong Kong has a hilly terrain with limited flat lands. Most of its buildings and road facilities are constructed along the hillsides. The unique topographical conditions have posed many challenges to the slope safety of Hong Kong. In the early years, the city was prone to landslides, causing injuries or loss of human life and damage to property. The Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) was thus set up in 1977, which is currently under the Civil Engineering and Development Department. The GEO has since vigorously implemented the comprehensive Slope Safety System, and landslide risks have been substantially reduced. However, we still need to stay vigilant against the Landslide Demon. For this purpose, I have invited the current and three former heads of the GEO to come together and talk about their work in this aspect……

An ethnic minority colleague from the Water Supplies Department–an electrical expert, Mr Swindar SINGH (28/1/2018)

There are many captivating, little stories in a big city. I would like to use “My Blog” as a platform to share the different stories of my colleagues from time to time and let you know more about the work of the various departments under the Development Bureau. I have recently learned of a colleague of Indian descent and that three generations of his family have worked at the Water Supplies Department (WSD). Electric pumps and motors have virtually become part of his life. He is Mr Swindar SINGH, currently the Chief Technical Officer of the Electrical Workshop in the WSD. This will be his fortieth year in the civil service. He describes the WSD as a big family to him and colleagues are like brothers, united as one, regardless of colour and race. I have invited Mr SINGH to tell us his story......

Introducing the Construction Innovation and Technology Application Centre (21/1/2018)

In recent years, given the challenges of high costs and labour shortages, one of the policies of the Government is to encourage the construction industry to adopt innovation and technology to enhance productivity, cost-effectiveness and safety performance. The Construction Innovation and Technology Application Centre (CITAC), established by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) at its Kowloon Bay Training Centre in November last year provides the industry with an additional platform to share information of advanced technology, work equipment and machinery and building materials developed both locally and internationally, and to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration. Here, I have invited the manager of the Centre to give us a guided tour......


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