The week ahead June 29

The annual July 1st march will take place this week. It remains to see if the turnouts will exceed 510,000 as claimed by the organiser last year. At PWSC, members will discuss whether to approve 16 funding proposals for the Signature Project Scheme, including the $47 million music fountains in Kwun Tong.

 

June 29 Monday

 

Meeting of Subcommittee on Poverty

Deputations attended the meeting to discuss the ways to help the poor get rid of poverty by developing community economy and bazaars. According to Oxfam, the labour force participation rate of women in poor families is 27.2%, which is far lower than the 58.1% of men. The NGO says that since 2008 when it partnered with other non-profit making groups to open bazaars in Tin Shui Wai and Tung Chung during holidays, many women participated in the bazaars and earned some income for their families. In a poll conducted by Oxfam, over 80% of the respondents considered the women participating in the bazaars will still be able to take care of their families even they spend some time running the bazzaars.

 

Meeting of Establishment Subcommittee

  1. Proposed creation of a temporary AO post in the Transport Branch of Transport and Housing Bureau for about five years to steer and oversee the promotion of the long-term development of the maritime industry in Hong Kong.
  1. Proposed creation of a temporary AO post in the Development Office of the Judiciary Administration of the Judiciary for three years to steer and supervise the legislative amendments in the coming few years.
  1. Proposed creation of two permanent posts of one Chief Electrical and Mechanical Engineer and one Chief Electronics Engineer in the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department to enhance the safety inspection and monitoring of existing railway service and new railway projects.
  1. Proposed creation of 3 temporary posts of one Principal Government Engineer, one AO and one Chief Engineer in the Airport Expansion Project Coordination Office under the Transport Branch of Transport and Housing Bureau for about three years to assist the Three-Runway System project.
  1. Proposed creation of one temporary post of Chief Engineer for a maximum period of four years and six months in the Railway Development Office of Highways Department to continue providing dedicated support to and monitoring the completion of the Hong Kong section of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link project by the MTR.

 

June 30 Tuesday

 

Meeting of Public Works Subcommittee

15 construction items to be approved by members and 16 more from the Signature Project Scheme, which was suggested by CY Leung to offer each DC $100 million to address the “needs” of each district.

Proposals from the Signature Project Scheme:

  • Central & Western District’s proposal for harbourfront enhancement and revitalisation of the Western Wholesale Food Market at an estimated cost of $90.1 million.
  • Islands District’s proposal to build a Library cum Heritage and Cultural Showroom in Yung Shue Wan at Lamma Island at an estimated cost of $34.4 million.
  • Islands District’s proposal for the improvement works at Silvermine Bay Beach in Mui Wo at an estimated cost of $60.6 million.
  • North District’s proposal to improve the trails and for the provision of ancillary facilities at Wu Tip Shan and Wa Mei Shan in Fanling at an estimated cost of $48.4 million.
  • North District’s proposal to improve the trails and for the provision of facilities in Sha Tau Kok at an estimated cost of $43.7 million.
  • Wong Tai Sin District’s proposal to enhance the leisure facilities of Morse Park at an estimated cost of $60.9 million.
  • Sham Shui Po District’s proposal to set up the Mei Foo Neighbourhood Activity Centre at an estimated cost of $32.0 million.
  • Tsuen Wan District’s proposal for the redevelopment of Sai Lau Kok Garden at an estimated cost of $95.0 million.
  • Sha Tin District’s pproposal to revitalise the Shing Mun River Promenade near Sha Tin Town Centre at an estimated cost of $53.6 million.
  • Sha Tin District’s pproposal for the decking of Tai Wai Nullah in Sha Tin at an estimated cost of $78.0 million.
  • Yuen Long District’s proposal for the construction of a community services building at an estimated cost of $118.0 million.
  • Tuen Mun District’s proposal for the revitalisation of Tuen Mun River and surrounding areas at an estimated cost of $62.5 million.
  • Tuen Mun District’s proposal to set up a youth activity centre for promotion of youth development in Tuen Mun at an estimated cost of $3.7 million.
  • Yau Tsim Mong District’s proposal to construct a multicultural activity centre at an estimated cost of $53.6 million.
  • Kwun Tong District’s proposal to construct a lift tower at Shung Yan Street in Kwun Tong at an estimated cost of $39.2 million.
  • Kwun Tong District’s proposal to construct music fountains at Kwun Tong Promenade at an estimated cost of $47.0 million.

 

Other construction proposals:

  • $660 million for two 24-classroom primary schools at ex-Tanner Road Police Married Quarters site at Pak Fuk Road, North Point.
  • $88.9 million for consulting and investigation fees of the Yuen Long effluent polishing plant.
  • $4,175.7 million for the construction of the East Kowloon Cultural Centre.
  • $1,774.4 million for the dualling of Hiram’s Highway between Clear Water Bay Road and Marina Cove and improving the local access to Ho Chung.
  • $68.9 million to provide sewers to a number of unsewered areas along the Port Shelter.

 

July 1 Wednesday

 

July 1st march

The main theme of the annual July 1st march will be calling for CY Leung to step down, as Harbour Times has learnt. Another theme will be to remake the Basic Law by the people and Joshua Wong is vocal on it. It remains to see whether this year’s turnouts will exceed last year. The organiser of the march Civil Human Rights Front claimed that there were 510,000 people went on the street last year while the Police’s figure was at 100,000.

 

June 3 Friday

 

Meeting of Finance Committee

There are still a dozen of funding proposals to be approved by members, including the pay raise of civil servants and the $62.7 million pre-construction works of the proposed Kai Tak Multi-purpose Sports Complex.