Submission to Bills Committee On Private Columbaria Bill

According to the Legislative Council Brief for the Bill, the Government is committed to meeting the community’s needs concerning the interment of cremated human remains through a three-pronged strategy: (1) promoting green burials, (2) providing a robust supply of public niches and (3) regulation of private columbaria. Our analyses and recommendations will thus be structured accordingly.

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Co-operative Development Scheme: An option for accelerating housing supply in New Development Areas of the New Territories

The affordability of housing in Hong Kong has long been a major public concern because of its impact not only on the community’s quality of life, but also the sustainability of the city’s economic competitiveness. While views on how best to contain the problem in the short term are varied, most are agreed that any workable long-term solution must involve increasing the supply of developable land. In this light, the Government’s proposal to develop new towns in North East New Territories (“NENT”) can only be viewed as a step in the right direction. Yet, whether a major policy initiative can ultimately reach its intended destination hangs on its execution, starting with securing buy-ins from key stakeholders. On this critical point, NENT development has not achieved the start that the community needed.

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Long Term Housing Strategy Consultation Submission

Housing is a key foundation upon which individual lives and communities are built. The tremendous success Hong Kong has achieved since the 1950’s, for instance, vividly illustrates how the foresight of housing policymakers can help furnish an environment for successive generations to turn their creativity and hard work into real wealth. Yet, policies and practices must adapt to changes that societies inevitably undergo, not just in terms of demographics and economics, but also evolving ideas and expectations about quality of life.

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