New committee to drive transformation of Jurong Lake District: DPM Tharman

Two boys fish as members of the public in kayaks clean up Jurong Lake Park on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Two boys fish as members of the public in kayaks clean up Jurong Lake Park on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Mr Tharman (in white) watches as members of the public head out on kayaks with pails to pick up rubbish as part of a clean-up of Jurong Lake Park on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Mr Tharman (in white) watches as members of the public head out on kayaks with pails to pick up rubbish as part of a clean-up of Jurong Lake Park on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Workers cleaning up Jurong Lake Park on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Workers cleaning up Jurong Lake Park on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Facilitators help members of the public into the kayaks as they use pails to pick up rubbish as part of a clean-up of Jurong Lake Park on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Facilitators help members of the public into the kayaks as they use pails to pick up rubbish as part of a clean-up of Jurong Lake Park on Oct 19, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
An artist's impression of the Jurong Lake Garden, which DPM Tharman has assured will not be developed in a rush. -- PHOTO: NPARKS
An artist's impression of the Jurong Lake Garden, which DPM Tharman has assured will not be developed in a rush. -- PHOTO: NPARKS
Deputy Prine Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam (in white), Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong (second from left), and Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee (third from left) join members of the public at a puzzle b
Deputy Prine Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam (in white), Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong (second from left), and Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee (third from left) join members of the public at a puzzle building booth. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - A new steering committee, headed by Culture, Community and Youth Minister Lawrence Wong is formed to "drive and coordinate the plans and development of Jurong Lake District," said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Sunday morning.

Members will consider "the options, ideas, feedback and possibilities" before plans are finalised. "The new Jurong Lake Gardens will not be developed in rush," he added.

"We will take care that it retains its special character. It will be completed in phases over several years."

Among others, members of the new committee include Senior Minister of State for Finance Josephine Teo; Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee; Nature Society president Shawn Lum; Centre of Liveable Cities executive director Khoo Teng Chye and Taman Jurong Citizen's Consultative Committee chairman Goh Peng Tong.

Transformation will start with the completion of Jurong Lake Destination Park on the western shore of the lake in 2017.

The challenge is to retain the natural feel and history of the place, and yet inject life into it, Mr Tharman added.

Mr Wong said: "There is a lot to do. For the immediate part, our focus is on the lake and the gardens because that is something we can start work on."

Ideas for the redevelopment can be submitted to the National Parks Board early next year.

Besides the new steering committee, Jurong also has another water venture committee (Jurong Lake), led by citizen's consultative committee, to help generate eco-themed activities.

Mr Tharman, who is also the Finance Minister and Jurong GRC MP, was speaking at a grassroots event where he joined some 700 young families and residents to clean up Jurong Lake.