Island South to be invigorated

November 25, 2020

(To watch the 2020 Policy Address speech with sign language interpretation, click here.)


Plans to revamp Ocean Park will drive an initiative to invigorate the Southern District into a place of vibrancy for people to work, live and explore, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said today.


In her 2020 Policy Address speech, Mrs Lam said the plan for the rebirth of Ocean Park will put emphasis on enhancing and leveraging its strengths in education and conservation.


At the same time, the plan will make use of the park’s natural landscape, seaside location and the Water World which will open next summer to offer a wide range of entertainment, leisure and travel experiences.


Mrs Lam noted that the Jumbo Floating Restaurant, a historic landmark in the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, will also be revitalised after its owner agreed to donate it to Ocean Park.


The Government will facilitate the collaboration between the park and non-governmental organisations to revamp the floating restaurant on a non-profit-making basis to make it a distinctive cultural heritage and tourist attraction.


Better facilities

Other key projects in the Invigorating Island South initiative will see the enhancement of cultural and leisure facilities in Aberdeen and Wong Chuk Hang, including the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, Aberdeen Promenade and Ap Lei Chau Main Street.


The Government will explore new marine tourism routes with Ocean Park as the core to connect with other districts and islands. It will also look into the development of a water sports centre at the rehabilitated Shek O Quarry site.


Redevelopment for old industrial buildings in Wong Chuk Hang will also be expedited through the Government’s policy of revitalising industrial buildings to provide more space for emerging industries and the arts and culture sector.


Mrs Lam said the Government will set up a multi-disciplinary professional team under the Development Bureau to interact and collaborate with stakeholders and implement the various projects under the initiative.


“The beautiful natural landscapes, pleasant sea and land scenery, well-known attractions such as Ocean Park, four country parks, a number of beaches and a marine reserve, as well as rich historical and cultural resources, all underline the great potential of the Southern District.”


On old industrial buildings, Mrs Lam said a pilot scheme will be rolled out early next year to speed up their redevelopment.


Under the scheme, land premium will be charged at standard rates in respect of lease modification applications.

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