Secretary for Development meets Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (with photos)

The Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, had a meeting with the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) in Sydney today (September 24) to learn about the management and revitalisation of waterfront areas.

The SHFA is a statutory authority set up by the New South Wales (NSW) Government to preserve and manage Sydney's historically and culturally significant waterfront locations.

Mrs Lam toured a number of harbourfront places managed by the SHFA, including the famous Darling Harbour and the Rocks. Darling Harbour is one of the world's renowned waterfront destinations. Many events, exhibitions, conferences and festivals are held in the area throughout the year. The Rocks is the site of Australia's first European settlement in 1788. Nowadays, it has become a very popular destination for local and overseas visitors, featuring a variety of restaurants, galleries, museums, hotels and parks.

In the afternoon, Mrs Lam met with the Chair of the Heritage Council of NSW, Ms Gabrielle Kibble, and officials of the Department of Planning to exchange views on heritage conservation work.

Mrs Lam also took the opportunity to visit Finger Wharf, the Mint and the former General Post Office, which are successful examples of revitalisation and adaptive re-use of historic buildings.

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

Ends/Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Issued at HKT 18:32


The Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, is briefed by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority's archaeologist, Dr Wayne Johnson, on the management of Sydney harbour at the Rocks today (September 24). The Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, visits a hotel room inside Finger Wharf in Sydney today (September 24). The Wharf, built in 1911 as a timber pile wharf, was successfully preserved and converted into a complex housing restaurants, apartments and a hotel. The Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, tours the Mint in Sydney today (September 24). This historic structure, built in 1811, was well-preserved and converted into an office complex containing a library and an auditorium for public use.