WKCD public consultation and exhibition launched


The West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) public consultation exercise was launched today (December 15).

Officiating at the opening ceremony of the exhibition of proposals for the development of WKCD at the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Donald Tsang, urged the public to participate in the public consultation events to help build a cultural district that Hong Kong can be proud of.

From tomorrow (December 16), the public can view the screened-in proposals at the Special Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Science Museum, Tsim Sha Tsui. The display will show details of the technical, management and operational aspects of the proposals.

The exhibition at the Hong Kong Science Museum will be staged until January 31, 2005 and will continue in the Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong City Hall from February 5 to March 28 next year. Both venues will be open from 10am to 8pm daily, including Sundays and public holidays. Admission is free.

Representatives of the proponents will be present to explain their individual proposals to the visitors. Professionals will explain the proposals in details during two guided tours at 11am and 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, and one at 3pm on weekdays.

The proponents' exhibits will also be uploaded onto the WKCD project website (www.hplb.gov.hk/wkcd) for public viewing, and more than 10 smaller-scale regional exhibitions will be staged in various venues to enhance public awareness of the proposals.

Mr Tsang called on the public to speak out on the proposals. "The Government will listen to their views and take them into account in the negotiations and selection of a preferred proposal that can best meet public aspirations," he said.

The public can express their views on the proposals by filling in the comment card distributed at the exhibition venues. The comment card will also be available on the WKCD project website.

In addition, views can be submitted online: www.hplb.gov.hk/wkcd; by fax: 2186 7832; via e-mail: wkcd@cedd.gov.hk; by post: Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau, 9/F Murray Building, Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong (Attn: WKCD Team); or by participating in the WKCD discussion forums organised by the Government.

Details of the forums and regional exhibitions are available on the WKCD project website.

Ends/Wednesday, December 15, 2004