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Public urged to keep venues clean during celebrations

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has appealed to the public to keep the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) and its other venues clean and not to damage any public property during the festive celebrations.

An LCSD spokesman said the cleanliness of the HKCC during the Christmas holidays had improved considerably compared with last year. He said this was the result of co-operation and support from citizens, plus the effective measures taken by the LCSD and other departments.

"We hope the public will continue to keep places clean and maintain public order while enjoying the celebrations for the New Year at the HKCC", he added.

Prior to and during the New Year holidays, the department will step up publicity and co-operate closely with other departments to keep venues clean and safe.

Even though there will not be any programme held at HKCC on New Year's Eve, as the venue is a favourite rendezvous spot for young people, popular disc jockeys and entertainers will help promote the "keep clean" messages on TV and radio.

The messages will also be broadcast on the MTR and buses.

There will be banners, posters and public broadcasts to serve as constant reminders to visitors at public venues.

At the HKCC, more staff will be deployed to patrol the venue. Special enforcement teams will also be formed with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department to tackle the problems of littering and illegal hawking, while the Police will take necessary action against spray painting and vandalism.

To speed up the cleaning of the venue, more than 140 large and standard refuse bins and 50 cleaning staff will be deployed at the HKCC.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department's efforts have won support from the community. Around 100 volunteers from the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and the Agency for Volunteer Service will be on hand at the HKCC on New Year's Eve to help spread the message of caring for our environment.

Ends/Tuesday, December 30, 2003
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