Three projects proposed by non-profit-making organisations have been selected by the Development Bureau to revitalise No.
12 School Street in Tai Hang, the Old Dairy Farm Senior Staff Quarters in Pok Fu Lam and the Lady Ho Tung Welfare Centre in Sheung Shui under the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme.
(a Grade 3 historic building) will be converted by the Tai Hang Residents' Welfare Association into the "TAI HANG FIRE DRAGON HERITAGE CENTRE", which will introduce the history and culture of the Tai Hang Fire Dragon.
The Centre will also run courses and programmes to promote traditional Hakka culture, and will house a Fire Dragon-themed restaurant to promote Hakka food culture.
For further details of the scheme see; The two-storey Former Fanling Magistracy, located on Jockey Club Road, was built in 1960 and began operation in 1961.
The Government launched the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme in 2008 to invite proposals to revitalise selected government-owned buildings in the form of social enterprises.
Where justified, the Government provides financial support to the selected organisations, including one-off grants to cover the cost of major renovation of the buildings, in part or in full; nominal rental for the buildings; and one-off grants to meet the starting costs and operating deficits of the social enterprises for a maximum of the first two years of operation at a ceiling of HK million per enterprise, on the prerequisite that the social enterprise proposal is projected to become self-sustainable after this initial period.
The Institute will provide education programmes on biodiversity for the local community and will also have an agricultural corner modelled on the local rural ecological environment with the aim of helping to promote sustainable farming.Government funding of HK0 million is to be earmarked to renovate the three historic buildings and another HK million for subsidising the initial operation of the projects.The revitalisation projects will create about 108 full-time jobs during the renovation period, and around 50 or more full-time or part-time jobs upon commissioning.The projects are expected to be completed and come into operation in 2019.Visitors will also be able to join guided tours, workshops and activities to learn more about the culture of Pokfulam village and the surrounding area.
(a Grade 2 historic building) will be turned into the "LADY HO TUNG WELFARE CENTRE ECO-LEARN INSTITUTE" by Sik Sik Yuen and the Incorporated Management Committee of Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre.