30 December

Fixing the economy, one district at a time 改善經濟,由地區做起

Fixing the economy, one district at a time

With the pressure on employment, Hong Kong will need to rethink job opportunities. With three simple visuals we offer three reasons why District Councils must get involved:
1.    The number of job opportunities in their district.

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2.    The proportion of jobs taken up by local residents.

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3.    The proportion of local residents who work in their own district.

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Employment is top heavy around Victoria Harbour. Residents working in their own district is especially evident in Central & Western and Tsim Sha Tsui. Districts with few job opportunities see most of those jobs taken up by local residents – up to 81% in Tuen Mun.

These statistics do not answer all the questions. They do indicate the importance of district councillors to get involved. Understanding which industries can help improve employment requires a healthy amount of local knowledge (see details).Growing local economies is not simply about arts and craft, community markets or tourism. The absence of floor space designated for commercial uses hampers job opportunities in the NT. In the Southern District it is about reorganising Aberdeen Harbour and allowing the marine industry to grow. The underutilised Tolo Harbour is an obvious opportunity in the Taipo District. These investments will directly benefit local residents.

Each district has their own challenges and offer their own opportunities. It is upon the District Councillors and the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau to “deep dive” district by district to develop a strategy and action plan to address the growing unemployment.
改善經濟,由地區做起

本港經濟及就業市場持續低迷,我們需要重新思考發展社區經濟的可能性。通過三個簡單的地圖,讓我們解釋區議會為何應該協助發展地區經濟:
1. 各區職位數目
2. 本區就業百分比
3. 居民佔本區職位百分比

本港的就業集中於維多利亞港兩岸,因此無論是職位數目或本區就業百分比,中西區及油尖旺區都名列前矛。同時,新界區雖然就業機會較少,但本地居民卻填補了大多數的職位,當中屯門區的數據更高達81%。

這些數據雖未能帶出解決方法,卻提供了一個機遇讓議員能對症下藥。議員能透過整合現有的資料(按此參閱各區詳細就業資訊),在區內進行研究及對當區的了解,去推動該區的可持續就業機會。現時商業用的樓面面積集中在港九,令新界等欠缺就業機會,因此發展地區經濟並不限於開拓新的工業、擴闊區內的市場或發展旅遊業,而是要集中資源去發掘各區的優勢。在南區這關乎香港仔漁港及其他海洋產業的發展。而大埔區可能需要加以利用吐露港這個天然資源並整合現存的工業。

各區都有不同的問題和限制,但因此卻可以為香港帶來各種的機遇。了解過自己的地區後,便可以與商務及經濟發展局協商,就各區的獨特情況製定相應的策略和行動,從地區做起,改善本港的就業環境。

21 December

Event: Rediscovering and Mapping the Coastal Trail for HK Island 社區活動:共同繪製港島環島遊指南

Event: Rediscovering and Mapping the Coastal Trail for HK Island 活動推介:共同繪製港島環島遊指南

Event: Rediscovering and Mapping the Coastal Trail for HK Island
活動推介:共同繪製港島環島遊指南

Together with Trailwatch, i-Discover and Dutch Chamber, you are invited to take part in the mapping event from 21st December – 18th January. Join any time, at your own convenience.
EVENT DETAILS:

The mapping event will run from 21st December – 18th January. You can take part at any time, at your own convenience.

  • The 65km trail is divided into 8 sections, from easy to moderate in difficulty. There’s something for everyone, from steep remote mountain climbs to flat urban harbourside walks. If you’re feeling like you want a challenge, you can run or walk the entire trail in one go, or if you want some leisurely walks, you can split up your journey into sections over several days.
  • When you sign up, you will receive an e-mail with detailed instructions for each section. You simply print the set for your preferred section, pack some water and snacks and be on your way! The TrailWatch app will help you navigate on the way.
  • Along the trail are over 70 Points of Interest. Places with a story to tell. We ask you to stop, take a breather, have a wander. Share with us your pictures, observations and conversations (English or Chinese) through the TrailWatch App, What’sApp or e-mail. We’ll collect the most compelling narratives and photographs and put them on an illustrated map.
  • End of January we’ll publish Hong Kong’s first community-created Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail Walking Map
  • Each participating team will get a pack with 12 Hong Kong neighbourhood walks as a souvenir and prizes for teams with most original entries!!

Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail Challenge: https://dutchchamhk.glueup.com/event/mapping-the-hong-kong-island-coastal-trail-30453/
Register our event: https://dutchchamhk.glueup.com/event/30453/register/
8 recommended section: https://www.coastaltrail.hk/hkict-route.html
Download TrailWatch: https://apps.apple.com/hk/app/trailwatch-your-hiking-guide/id791098937?l=en
Submission to [email protected]
#hkcoastaltrail
#explorehiddengems
#keepheritagealive
#walkability
#getlostwithoutgettinglost
#hkict

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創建香港與Trailwatch徑‧香港、i-Discover和香港荷蘭商會合作,在12月21日至1月18日期間進行一個「虛擬」的社區活動,希望透過市民的參與,一同建立一份屬於香港人的環島徑地圖。
參加者隨時隨地都可以參與活動。只需要透過Trailwatch手機應用程式、Whatsapp、Facebook、Instagram或Email告訴我們途中的所見所聞,並配合圖片。收集到大家的故事後我們會選出最佳的圖片和故事,將它們加入到我們的網上地圖上。我們亦會整合大家的故事,邀請本地設計師製作一份瓖島社區指南。

經香港荷蘭商會網頁報名的參加者可獲得iDiscover早前設計的社區地圖作為紀念品。另外我們亦會選出最優秀的故事,將會額外的獎品送贈予該參加者。

步行 . 港島環島徑長65公里,共分為8段;有合家歡的海傍步行徑,亦有較進階的攀岩及行山徑,適合不同年齡層與體力的人士參與。喜愛挑戰的人士可以嘗試以步行或緩步跑方式一氣完成全程,你亦可以在不同日子,不同時段漫步所選的分段路徑。
紀錄 . 透過Google Play或the App Store下載Trailwatch手機應用程式,並選擇港島環島徑路段以即時展開導航功能,紀錄活動情況及上傳沿路拍攝的照片。
探索 . 跟隨路徑上的指引,尋找景點背後的故事,發掘城市更多有趣的面貌。
分享 . 這些景點背後有什麼故事?有什麼值得到訪的理由?對你而言又有什麼意義?透過以下社交平台,與我們分享你沿途的所想,所見,所聞 – 可以是你的個人回憶,難忘的經歷,很棒的照片,甚至是路途上展開的有趣對話(中英皆可)

網上登記: https://dutchchamhk.glueup.com/event/mapping-the-hong-kong-island-coastal-trail-30453/

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8 December

Kai Tak: Toilet bowl or water sports paradise 啟德,玩水定玩屎,只有一念之差

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Kai Tak: Toilet bowl or water sports paradise

The best water for marine recreation, leisure and sports in Victoria Harbour for all aegis the 90 hectares of inland water known as the Kai Tak Approach Channel and the Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter. The water is calm in almost all-weather conditions and is protected by land on all sides except for small gaps between the Kai Tak runway and Kwun Tong.

Two things are required to make this water available to the 2.2 million residents of Kowloon for recreation: clean water and purpose built marine supporting facilities along the shore (think: the water sports centre at Stanley main beach).

Despite intense planning for the former airport site, both are left wanting. Drastic action is needed to achieve both. The Government should reconsider treating Kai Tak’s inland water as a toilet bowl for the benefit of land revenue and cost savings.

The first ‘no-reclamation’ outline zoning plan for Kai Tak in 2007 had roads along each section of the waterfront. With lobbying, these were moved except for a short section.

As of 2014, water sports and recreation are now always permitted in public open spaces, but we have a saying: ‘always permitted means it never gets done’.

Instead of permanent sites we can expect two containers on the lower embankment of the runway, use of an old fire station surrounded by temporary structures near the runway tip and a small site under the highway without landing steps or a ramp to access the water.

What’s worse is the water quality. Many remember the smell upon landing at Kai Tak. To solve this, a 600 metre gap under the runway would allow tidal changes to flush the enclosed waters.

In 2018, it was proudly determined that the land could be used for development and infrastructure as the gap was no longer needed. As factories moved to the Mainland, the ‘expedient’ discharge of pollutants into storm drains had ‘improved’ a lot.

Unfortunately, the Government advised the Town Planning Board in November 2020 that although the smell had gone, runoff from Kowloon City and Kwun Tong and effluent from the Tai Po and Shatin Sewage Treatment Works will continue to flow into this semi-enclosed waterbody. This makes it doubtful the E.coli standards for secondary contact recreational uses will (ever) be met. The solution is simple – to invest into redirecting these pollutants to the open water.

It is not too late to fix Kai Tak.

 

(Based on ‘Kai Tak: Toilet bowl or water sports paradise’ by Paul Zimmerman published in Southside Magazine, 1 December 2020)

啟德,玩水定玩屎,只有一念之差

啟德明渠進口道及觀塘避風塘的水域是各年齡層在維港兩岸進行水上活動的理想地方。在各種天氣下,該處都風平浪靜,除啟德跑道及觀塘之間的夾縫,四周都被陸地包圍。

要將這水域開放給 220 萬九龍區市民進行水上活動有兩個先決條件:一、潔淨水質;二、沿岸的水上活動配套(如赤柱正灘的水上活動中心)。儘管啟德的發展如火如荼,以上兩項卻了無寸進,要達成條件仍須下更多苦功。

啟德首個排除填海的規劃大綱(S/K22/2, 2007)中有馬路貫穿不同海濱路段,多次遊說後成功爭取只在一小段保留馬路,水上活動及娛樂亦隨之獲准在公共空間進行。(S/K22/4, 2014)然而,政府卻為了土地收入及節省成本,將啟德水域視為名乎其實的公廁。

只是在我們眼中,一紙批文遠未足夠。要確保遊人能享受水上活動,獲准活動的細則要更明確,而設施配套亦要有相應設立。現有規劃下未見興建永久水上活動中心的計劃,取而代之我們預見只會有由各種零零碎碎的臨時設施湊合而成的水上活動配套,例如在跑道低海堤放置兩個貨櫃,重用在跑道末端被各種臨時設施包圍的舊消防局,又或在跑道上劃出一小塊空地,卻沒有興建梯級或斜坡讓遊人前往岸邊。

比設施更大的問題是水質。啟德明渠的臭味仍記憶猶新,政府曾提出了在跑道打開一個 600 米的缺口,讓水流協助排走污水。2018 年,當局卻因為水質問題的改善提出沒有興建該缺口的必要,並建議把原有土地用作發展及基建用途。隨着工廠北移,把工業污水排到明渠的不負責行為日漸減少,水質才稍為有些改善。

令人嘩然的是政府竟在 2020 年 11 月(Y/K22/4)建議城規會繼續把九龍城、觀塘的排水,及大埔和沙田污水處理廠的已處理污水排放到臭味問題已經改善的啟德明渠,令人質疑在啟德水域進行康樂活動的安全,擔心大腸桿菌能否在可見將來,符合次級接觸的標準。其實解決方法非常簡單,只須把這些污水直接引流到開放水域。解決啟德問題,為時未晚。

(立場新聞2020年12月7日連結: 啟德,玩水定玩屎,只有一念之差)