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Motion on “Concern about the expenditure of the West Kowloon Cultural District project” (Amendment Passed, Original motion as amended Negatived)
2013-06-27

Hon Charles Peter MOK’s amendment

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That, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (‘WKCDA’) was established in 2008 and given a one-off upfront endowment of $21.6 billion by the Government to take forward the West Kowloon Cultural District (‘WKCD’) project; however, the planning of the West Kowloon Cultural District (‘WKCD’) project was initiated by the Hong Kong Government as far back as the early 2000s, and the works project has been delayed over the years; it has been confirmed that the construction cost of the Xiqu Centre, one of the Phase 1 cultural and arts facilities to be completed in 2016, increases drastically from the estimated $1.3 billion to $2.7 billion, making people worry about the WKCD project turning into a ‘fiscal black hole’; given the possible serious overspending of various works under the WKCD project; as the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (‘WKCDA’) has projected that the estimated construction costs of other construction items under the WKCD project also face upward pressure, this Council urges the Government to examine afresh the construction expenditure of the project, expeditiously give the public an account of the relevant particulars, on the premise of encouraging the freedom of cultural and creative pursuits, examine afresh and give the public an account of the construction expenditure of the Xiqu Centre project, introduce reasonable funding principles in respect of the whole WKCD project, formulate with WKCDA a more effective cost control proposal, increase the transparency of the expenditure of the WKCD project, and enhance its reporting to this Council on the progress and financial position of the WKCD project, so as to avoid the WKCD project not being monitored and becoming a ‘white elephant project’.

Office Of Hon. Charles Mok, Legislative Councillor (IT)