LanDAC public engagement opening draws protests
- Written by arounddb, 1 February 2016
The Lantau Development Action Committee (LanDAC) formally began public engagement activities regarding the proposed development of Lantau Island for tourism, housing, and transport last Sunday, January 31 at Mui Wo. A group of protesters assembled at the ceremony, demanding that the government junk the project.
About 30 demonstrators from the Save Lantau Alliance marched from the Mui Wo ferry pier to the children's playground where the ceremony took place. Wearing leaf wreaths, they carried placards and a large banner that read "Give the children a way out, save Lantau." Secretary of Development Paul Chan Mo-po, who announced the official launch of the public consultation campaign met with the demonstrators shortly to receive their petition letter.
LanDAC's scheduled engagement activities are thus far its most prominent bid at shedding light on the proposed development. In addition to two public forums, several roving exhibitions across Hong Kong make up the three-month exercise between February and April 2016, in an effort to gauge public opinion. The list of activities and other information can be found on the committee's website, www.landac.hk.
Numerous groups and individuals have voiced concerns about the project, mostly due to the lack of adequate representation for the locals, and the potentially harmful impact on the surrounding environment, with particular regard to natural habitats and cultural heritage sites. Many have expressed on doubts on the plan's implied sustainability.
Photo from www.savelantau.org