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Use of Fund

Funds are made available for each Estate Management Advisory Committee (EMAC), in accordance with their size, for the EMAC to implement its works. The estate Housing Manager / Property Service Manager is the controlling officer of such funds.

EMAC funds may be used for the following purposes: 

  1. Local Minor Improvement and Maintenance Works
    For example: to repair building facilities and utilities, to improve building signages, to install handrails at meeting places of elderly tenants, to provide seats in open areas, to improve illumination at dark corners within housing blocks, to improve pedestrian passages.
     
  2. Betterment of Building Management
    For example: campaigns relating to estate security and cleanliness.
     
  3. Environmental Improvement
    For example: tree-planting, landscaping, cleaning-up operations.
     
  4. Estate Activities
    For example: to publicise the work of the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA) and to encourage tenants' support and participation through community activities.
     
  5. EMAC Newsletters
    For example: to publicise the policies of the HA, and to notify tenants of the issues discussed at EMAC meetings and estate activities, etc.
 

The works and activity items recommended by EMAC should be acceptable to the community in and around the estate and will not generate significant recurrent costs. They should also comply with existing legal and planning requirements and will not duplicate with those works already covered in Housing Department's programmes.

In drawing up a programme of works, EMAC should assess what can reasonably be achieved within a year and with the resources available, and prioritise the works items. Works items proposed should be implemented within the same financial year as far as practicable. Very small items should be handled through minor maintenance works.

As regards estate community activities, EMAC is allowed to co-organise with other organisations (including government departments and non-governmental organisation) or organise on its own.


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