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CS visits Kwun Tong District (with photos)

     The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Carrie Lam, visited Kwun Tong District this afternoon (May 27) to see for herself the horticulture therapy programme at Serene Oasis run by the Christian Family Service Centre, the development plan at Anderson Road and Lam Tin Complex. She also met with members of the Kwun Tong District Council.

     Accompanied by the Chairman of the Kwun Tong District Council, Mr Bunny Chan, and the District Officer (Kwun Tong), Mr Au Hing-yuen, Mrs Lam first toured Serene Oasis in Kowloon Bay, where the Christian Family Service Centre runs its horticulture therapy programme. Mrs Lam also chatted with elderly service users. Opened in February 2013, Serene Oasis is the first of its kind in an urban area offering horticulture therapy and meditation services to patients who are in the early stages of dementia or depression, as well as people who are emotionally distressed or with intellectual disabilities.

     Following this, Mrs Lam inspected the development works at Anderson Road and learned about the future planning for the quarry site there. She also received an on-site briefing by the Housing Department, the Planning Department and the Civil Engineering and Development Department.

     Site formation works and the construction of infrastructural facilities of the Anderson Road Development began in 2008. The formed land will be used for public rental housing, schools and recreational and community facilities. It is expected that some 18 000 public housing units will be completed from late 2016 to mid-2017.

     The Planning Department has formulated the "Final Recommended Outline Development Plan" for the future development of the Anderson Road Quarry site, for which a mix of private and subsidised housing, cultural and recreational facilities and Quarry Park are proposed.

     Mrs Lam later visited Lam Tin Complex, which houses a swimming pool, a music centre, a public library, play equipment and leisure and cultural facilities. All these facilities came into operation from September 2012 to early this year, providing residents with more well-equipped leisure and community facilities.

     The visit was concluded with a meeting with members of the Kwun Tong District Council. Mrs Lam exchanged views with them on district affairs and listened to them on the needs and concerns of local residents, including cultural and community facilities, the pedestrian and transportation network and the "Energizing Kowloon East" initiative.

Ends/Monday, May 27, 2013
Issued at HKT 20:13


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