The government will set up a task force comprising environmentalists to study the development of housing projects in the periphery of country parks, Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said.
At the same time, Wong told reporters on Thursday that there are plans to convert 500 hectares of land in Robin’s Nest, a hill near the border town of Shau Tau Kok in northeastern New Territories, into a country park.
Wong said the plan would be the largest expansion of the country park in 20 years, adding that 38 hectares of land had already been added over the past five years.
He stressed that the plan to expand the country park is not meant to compensate for the potential development of the periphery of country parks.
The government did add dozens of hectares of land to the country park area in Yuen Long after it took a part of the Tai Lam Country Park to build the Tai Lam Tunnel in the 1990s, former Observatory director Lam Chiu-ying said in a Hong Kong In-Media article.
Wong said the government will make use of innovative thinking to boost the quality of country parks, including adding basic amenities such as toilets and drinking fountains.
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