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Exhibition introduces Conserving Central projects (with photos)

The Commissioner for Heritage's Office of the Development Bureau is jointly staging an exhibition in Central with the Central and Western District Council to publicise the eight innovative projects of Conserving Central.

The exhibition will be held from today (December 31) until February 12 at the main concourse, podium level 1, ifc mall, Central.

The Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, and Chairman of the Central and Western District Council Mr Chan Tak-chor officiated at the exhibition's opening ceremony today.

Mrs Lam said that the Conserving Central initiative, unveiled by the Chief Executive in his 2009-10 Policy Address, built on the Government's commitment and efforts in recent years on harbourfront enhancement and heritage conservation.  The eight projects aim to preserve many of the social, historical and architectural features in Central while adding new life and vibrancy to the area.

"These eight projects are the beginning rather than the end of Conserving Central.  We welcome similar contributions from private owners in the Central District and we will identify opportunities for more greening and greater connectivity," she said.

Mrs Lam expressed gratitude to the Central and Western District Council for its support and pledged to continue working with the District Council in taking forward these projects.

Mr Chan applauded the Conserving Central initiative which had fully respected the district's history and preserved its cultural characteristics. The District Council would fully support all the projects.

Apart from exhibition panels introducing the eight projects, the exhibition also featured a large 3-D model showing all the historic buildings and monuments in Central District.

The eight projects are:

* New Central Harbourfront
* Central Market
* The Central Police Station Compound
* Police Married Quarters Site at Hollywood Road
* Central Government Offices Complex
* Murray Building
* Former French Mission Building
* Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Compound

Details about Conserving Central are also available at the website of Development Bureau: (http://www.devb.gov.hk/).


Ends/Thursday, December 31, 2009
Issued at HKT 16:21

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The Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, and Chairman of the Central and Western District Council Mr Chan Tak-chor officiate at the opening ceremony of "Conserving Central" Exhibition today (December 31). The Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, views a 3-D model showing historic buildings and monuments in Central District in the "Conserving Central" Exhibition.  With Mrs Lam are Chairman of the Central and Western District Council Mr Chan Tak-chor (right) and and vice-chairman Mr Stephen Chan (left).

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