Secretary for Development leading delegation to World Sustainable Building Conference in Melbourne

The Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, will lead a Hong Kong delegation to attend the World Sustainable Building Conference 2008 to be held in Melbourne, Australia, from September 21 to 23.  

This conference is held every three years to provide a platform for governments and industry to have in-depth discussions and exchanges on the latest developments in green building technology and sustainable built environments.

The Hong Kong delegation, co-ordinated by the Professional Green Building Council in Hong Kong, comprises more than 60 professionals and practitioners from government departments, universities, estate developers and the construction industry.

Mrs Lam will give opening remarks at the Regional Policy Review Panel of the conference and officiate at the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong exhibition booth.

Mrs Lam will also make use of the visit to learn about Melbourne's latest developments in green building technology.  She will visit two buildings in the City which are highly graded by the Australia Green Building Council for their distinctive green building features and design.

Mrs Lam will also visit Melbourne Central, the Melbourne General Post Office and Federation Square to understand how these historic buildings and places are preserved and revitalised.

Mrs Lam will then pay a two-day official visit to Sydney on September 24, mainly to see the City's harbourfront and heritage work. She will visit the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and will tour some harbourfront areas managed by the Authority. 

Mrs Lam will also meet the Minister for Planning of the New South Wales Government, Mr Frank Sartor, and officials from the Department of Planning in New South Wales. She will also tour Finger Wharf, the Mint and the former General Post Office, which are examples of successful revitalisation and adaptive re-use of historical buildings. 

Mrs Lam will meet the Sydney-based Chinese media before returning to Hong Kong on September 25 (Thursday).

Ends/Friday, September 19, 2008
Issued at HKT 17:37