Welcome to the website of the Central and Western District Office.
For decades, the Central and Western (C&W) District is the heart of Hong Kong. Bounded to the north by the breathtaking Victoria Harbour and to the south the scenic Hong Kong Trail, the C&W District houses a number of iconic architectures of Hong Kong, including the Central Government Offices, the Court of Final Appeal, the Government House, the Legislative Council Complex, as well as a number of fascinating, world-class skyscrapers. It is where thousands of commercial and business transactions take place and important policy decisions are made every day.
Not only home to a good number of historical buildings and monuments that connect our past to modernity, the C&W District also gives great pleasure to residents and visitors looking for quality of life and tranquility amidst the hectic city life. Restaurants and shops are available in a myriad of location, budget and taste, whereas lively gardens, country parks and hiking trails are within easy reach for people to uncover the hidden gems of Hong Kong.
The Administration announced in 2009 the “Conserving Central” initiative, which is set to further highlight Central’s vibrancy and modernity as a metropolis, whilst preserving its invaluable heritage for our future generations to treasure. It encompasses a series of revitalisation projects covering the Central Ferry Piers, the Central Market, the Central Police Station Compound, the original site of the Central School at Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters, the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Compound, the Central Government Offices Complex, the Murray Building and the Court of Final Appeal Building. These projects are taking shape gradually. In particular, the revitalised Central Police Station Compound (Tai Kwun) has commenced operation in May 2018. It has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind Centre for Heritage and Arts, bringing a wide range of heritage, contemporary art, performing arts and lifestyle enjoyment programmes to the C&W District. Visiting the three declared monuments of great historical value in Tai Kwun, i.e. the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison, and taking part in the programmes and activities offered, members of the public can experience the unique historical ambiance in the C&W District.
The C&W District is undergoing progressive developments, including the full commissioning of the West Island Line of MTR in 2014, which not only provided residents with an efficient mode of transportation, but also barrier-free access to the Mid-levels West, Sai Ying Pun and Shek Tong Tsui areas, making the West Island Line a “community railway”. Furthermore, to alleviate traffic congestion on major roads in the Central, Sheung Wan, Admiralty and Wan Chai areas, the Government has commenced construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass (CWB). The CWB is expected to be commissioned in end 2018. With the CWB, traffic situation in the district will further improve.
In 2018, the C&W District Office has organised or assisted the C&W District Council or other district stakeholders in organising a series of community activities to strengthen community building and promote sense of belonging. These include the Central and Western District Culture and Art Festival, Picturing Central and Western District at West Kowloon, Intangible Cultural Heritage@Central and Western District: Handdrawn Map and Community Education Activity, “Say YES to Work” Career Exploration cum Summer Job Expo 2018, Anti-mosquito Campaign 2018, Central and Western District Health Festival, Central and Western District Fire Safety and Environmental Protection Parent-child Competition, Culture in the District 2018-2019, Harbour Cruise for Elderly 2018, Western Wholesale Food Market Flea Market cum Carnival, Fall/Winter Sheung Wan Promenade and New Year’s Eve Countdown in Central and Western District 2018 etc, attracting about 150 000 participants in total.
District Facilities and Harbourfront Development
In addition to constructing various facilities in the district to facilitate residents and greening the local environment through District Minor Works (DMW) Projects, funding has also been provided under DMW Project and by the Tourism Commission for redesigning and installing the memorial plaques along the Dr Sun Yat-sen Historical Trail. The redesigned plaques have been launched in April 2018, adding new attractions to the heritage trail in the C&W District. Moreover, the signature project of the district “Central and Western District Promenade – Western Wholesale Food Market Section” has also been opened for public use since April 2018. Under this project, space for running and exercise facilities for the elderly are provided in the promenade, while the four piers have been converted into recreation areas with different themes, so as to create a unique habourfront space.
Apart from that, the C&W District Office has allocated funding for beautifying several waterfront areas under the DMW Project, including Pier No. 5 at the Western Wholesale Food Market, waterfront area at Fung Mat Road and the area at Eastern Street North near the waterfront. It is expected that all the projects will be completed progressively in the first quarter of 2019, creating a continuous promenade stretching from the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park to the “Central and Western District Promenade – Western Wholesale Food Market Section”.
District-led Actions Scheme
Since August 2016, the C&W District Office has been targeting at the long-standing hygiene problems in the district for improvement through District-led Actions Scheme (DAS), including stepping up cleaning of public areas and private rear lanes, cleaning up bagged refuse blackspots, curbing the problem of animal fouling and cleaning the common areas of “three-nil” buildings, so as to positively address the concerns raised by residents of the C&W District regarding hygiene issues. To further enhance cleaning services, the C&W District Office has been conducting surveys on the effectiveness of the services. The latest survey findings revealed that nearly 80% of the respondents considered the services effective in enhancing the overall environmental hygiene situation in the district.
The C&W District Office, in consultation with the C&W District Council and the C&W District Management Committee, has allocated resources to enhance the hygiene awareness and provide additional cleaning services in the district, as well as introduce community services in collaboration with non-governmental organisations through DAS in 2018/19. The C&W District Office has also stepped up education and publicity in promoting environmental hygiene. Amongst others, new batch of hygiene packs with cleaning products and promotional leaflets, as well as picture books and teaching materials titled “Go Green” will be distributed to the students in the district through the schools shortly.
In 2018, we will continue to work in close collaboration with the C&W District Council to strengthen our efforts in district administration, community building, youth development programmes and building management, so as to promote a prosperous and harmonious community.
The C&W District belongs to all the people of Hong Kong. We welcome your views to make our work better.