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Organisations invited to join partnering programme for Urban Renewal Strategy Review

Community organisations are invited to take part in the second phase of the Partnering Organisation Programme of the Review on Urban Renewal Strategy to further enhance the community's awareness and participation in the review process.

District Councils, professional bodies, and educational and community organisations are invited to submit proposals for running activities related to the review.  These activities may take the form of exhibitions, competitions, workshops and discussion forums.

A spokesman for the Development Bureau said today (April 20) that during Phase 1 of the programme launched between February and June this year, nine organisations, including professional institutes, youth organisations, community groups and schools, had become Partnering Organisations of the URS Review.

Various interesting projects, including interactive seminars, training programme for junior journalists and visits to Urban Renewal Authority's project sites, are organised by these organisations to enhance public awareness of urban renewal and to stimulate creative ideas to help shape the future direction of urban regeneration in Hong Kong.  

Phase 2 of the Partnering Organisation Programme is now launched for proposed projects to be started from July to November this year.  Interested applicants should submit their proposals on or before June 5.  

The project proposals will be assessed according to their objectives, creativity, feasibility, outreach scale, cost effectiveness and applicants' experience in the organisation of similar events.

Successful organisations will become the URS Review's partnering organisations and each may receive up to $10,000 to implement the approved projects during the Public Engagement Stage of the Review from July to November. Details of the programme are available on the URS Review website (www.ursreview.gov.hk).

The Government launched a review of the URS in July 2008.  The two-year review comprises three stages: the Envisioning Stage, the Public Engagement Stage and the Consensus Building Stage.  The Envisioning Stage was completed in January this year and a different variety of public engagement activities have been organised during the Public Engagement Stage.

Ends/Monday, April 20, 2009
Issued at HKT 18:27

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