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Phase 2 mental health scheme set

Eligible organisations are invited to apply for funding support for the implementation of mental health projects under the second phase of the Mental Health Initiatives Funding Scheme.   Non-governmental organisations receiving recurrent subvention from the Social Welfare Department, Hong Kong Council of Social Service agency members and tertiary institutions registered under the laws of Hong Kong may submit proposals to the Advisory Committee on Mental Health by August 3 for funding support.   Priority will be accorded to projects that fall into one of the five specified service areas: support for carers, support for children and adolescents with special educational needs, strengthening of family relationship, support for the elderly with mental health needs, and support for bereavement and grief management.   The application assessment will be based on the proposal submitted, taking into account the project’s strength, impact, design and feasibility as well as the applicant org

TAC briefed on walkability measures

The Transport Advisory Committee was briefed today on the progress of walkability enhancement measures in selected pilot areas and highlights of the overall walkability strategy for Hong Kong.   The Government has proposed a number of measures for fostering a pedestrian-friendly environment.   Such measures include setting up low speed limit zones and wayfinding signage, decluttering non-essential traffic signs and railings, levelling run-in/out points and installing raised crossings on bus routes.   The Government has also finalised the overall walkability strategy for Hong Kong with a view to developing it into a walkable city of world-class quality.   Committee Chairman Prof Stephen Cheung pointed out that the members support the Government in taking forward the walkability enhancement measures for citywide application.   Members also welcome the formulation of the overall walkability strategy for the city and support the Government to select suitable new development areas and built-up areas for implementing the comprehensive pedestrian planning framework, he added.   The operation of franchised buses was also discussed.   The committee noted that due to the substantial reduction in patronage and revenues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures, the operators of franchised buses are facing a challenging environment.
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