Steering committee formed for Jurong Lake District developments

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Singapore, 19 October 2014, 9.00am – Over 700 Jurong residents gathered at the Jurong Lake this morning to participate in a line-up of environmental conservation activities, including a clean-up of the lake, organised by the People’s Association (PA) Water-Venture, together with Jurong Spring, Taman Jurong and Boon Lay Grassroots Organisations. Residents were joined by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Adviser to Jurong GRC Grassroots Organisations (GROs), Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Adviser to Boon Lay GROs, Mr Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development and Adviser to Jurong GRC GROs, and Mr Ang Wei Neng, Adviser to Jurong GRC GROs at the event.

Speaking at the event, DPM Tharman announced that the Government has set up a Steering Committee led by Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Ministry of Communications and Information,  to oversee developments in Jurong Lake District. The 14-member Jurong Lake District Steering Committee will include Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport and Mr Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development and 11 individuals with diverse backgrounds ranging from urban planning, real estate and design, natural heritage, science and technology as well as the local community. The Steering Committee will be supported by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (Please refer to Annex A for the Steering Committee members).

In his National Day Rally this year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced plans for the Jurong Lake Gardens and new Science Centre in Jurong Lake District as well as plans for the surrounding areas. (Please refer to Annex B for more details on these plans.) These plans will require strong coordination between multiple agencies and close partnership with the private sector and local community.  The Committee will work closely with the local community to gather their views and ideas on the plans, and over the next one to two years, it will study the plans for the areas in and around Jurong Lake District to ensure its vibrancy, with opportunities for both good jobs, learning and recreation for Singaporeans.

Today’s programme also marked the third wave of Project Blue WaVe, a new, year-long movement that aims to bring communities together through ground-up environmental conservation efforts. The project’s mascot “Bobby” makes its appearance and greeted residents for the first time at the event (Please refer to Annex C for more information on Project Blue WaVe).

DPM Tharman also announced a new Water-Venture Committee (Jurong Lake) to engage more residents in water and adventure sports, and promote greater care and love for community spaces. The committee will gather inputs from residents, and encourage and facilitate ground-up eco-themed activities and educational programmes. It will complement the development plans by leveraging on the grassroots network to better understand and support residents’ needs.

As the development of Jurong Lake District progresses, PA Water-Venture aims to bring communities together to take greater ownership of their environment with initiatives like Project Blue WaVe.  As part of Project Blue WaVe, PA Water-Venture will be engaging up to 5,000 residents, young families and youths in the next few months, through outreach to schools and constituencies.

- Jointly issued by Community Sports Division, People's Association & Urban Redevelopment Authority

About People's Association

The People's Association (PA) was established on 1 July 1960 to promote racial harmony and social cohesion in Singapore. Our mission is to build and bridge communities in achieving one people, one Singapore.

PA offers a wide range of programmes to cater to Singaporeans from all walks of life - connecting people to people, and people and government.  We do this through our network of 1,800 grassroots organisations (GROs), over 100 Community Clubs, five Community Development Councils, the National Youth Council, National Community Leadership Institute, Outward Bound Singapore and Water-Venture. More information at www.pa.gov.sg and OurCommunity.sg.

About People's Association Water-Venture

PA Water-Venture (WV), formerly known as PA Adventure Club and the Sea Sports Club opened its very first outlet in Changi in 1976. WV is an integral part of the PA that bonds people and bridges the communities through adventure and water sports. Together with its voluntary trainers, PAWV provides safe, affordable and exciting courses, programmes and activities to the community.

WV presents the residents, particularly the youths, with opportunities to come together, interact and participate in adventure and water sports activities such as kayaking, sailing, sea-rafting, windsurfing, power boating, dragon boating, sports climbing and abseiling. The staff and trainers of the PAWV live with the passionate belief that adventure and water sports should be an exciting and healthy lifestyle activity to be enjoyed by everyone in the community regardless of age, race or gender.

About Project Blue WaVe

Everyone in the community has a part to play in conserving the environment to make it a better place for all.  Project Blue WaVe is an initiative by PA Water-Venture to bring Singaporeans together and build a sense of ownership of our environment through education on marine biodiversity and environment conservation.

About the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA)

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is Singapore's national land use planning and conservation agency. URA's mission is "to make Singapore a great city to live, work and play". We strive to create a vibrant and sustainable city of distinction by planning and facilitating Singapore's physical development in partnership with the community.

As the main land sales agent for the State, our multifaceted engagement strategy includes the sale of State land to attract and channel private capital investment to develop sites for meeting our land use needs. As the place manager for Marina Bay, we promote exciting activities within Marina Bay in collaboration with other government agencies and private stakeholders. To create an exciting cityscape, URA also actively promotes architecture and urban design excellence. For more information, please visit us at www.ura.gov.sg.