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Public urged not to litter or burn wax at LCSD venues

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) today (September 24) appealed to the public to keep LCSD venues clean and tidy when celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival there.

An LCSD spokesman stressed that the department would adopt a zero tolerance approach to anyone littering or burning wax in LCSD venues.

He reminded that littering offender would be issued with fixed penalty tickets of $1,500 each.

"Members of the public should pack up their rubbish for proper disposal into litter bins," he said.

Under the Pleasure Grounds Regulation, melting or burning wax, or sprinkling or pouring liquid onto hot wax at LCSD venues, which would likely cause a risk of injury to any person or damage to any property, is prohibited.

"An offender is liable to a maximum fine of $2,000 and 14 days' imprisonment upon conviction," the spokesman said.

LCSD will step up patrols of LCSD venues including parks, public beaches and barbecue sites. On each night from September 27 to 29, around 1,000 staff will be deployed to take enforcement action against offenders.

He reminded people to place metal cans or non-flammable containers under lighting candles so as to collect melted wax for easy disposal into litter bins.

People can report wax-burning cases at LCSD venues by dialing the hotline 2414 5555 which will operate from 7pm to midnight on September 27, 28 and 29.

"Upon receiving any complaint, we will immediately deploy our staff to the scene to take appropriate enforcement action," he added.

Some LCSD venues will extend their opening hours during the Mid-Autumn Festival period. Details of the special opening arrangements are as follows:

September 27 - 29
North District Park (Phases I and II)
6am to midnight (extended by one hour)

Tsuen Wan Park
6.30am to midnight (extended by one hour)

Jockey Club Tak Wah Park
6.30am to midnight (extended by one hour)

September 28
Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens:

Fountain Terrace Garden
6am to midnight (extended by two hours)

Children's Playground, Aviaries, Reptile House and Mammal Enclosures
6am to 7pm (no change)

9am to 4.30pm (no change)

Hong Kong Park:

Outdoor Facilities
6am to midnight (extended by one hour)

Conservatory and Aviary
9am to 5pm (no change)

September 29
Victoria Park Central Lawn
Temporarily closed from 2am to 6am for cleaning operation

Shek O Beach
Partially closed from 3am to 6am for cleaning operation

Ends/Friday, September 24, 2004
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