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National Day Rally 2019: 'Downtown South' resort likely to be built on Pulau Brani

An artist's impression featuring a bird's eye view of developments on Sentosa and Pulau Brani. Attractions will be built on Brani, while Sentosa's beach areas will be revitalised, among other things. PHOTO: SENTOSA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION The Greater
An artist’s impression featuring a bird’s eye view of developments on Sentosa and Pulau Brani. Attractions will be built on Brani, while Sentosa’s beach areas will be revitalised, among other things.PHOTO: SENTOSA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
An artist's impression featuring a bird's eye view of developments on Sentosa and Pulau Brani. Attractions will be built on Brani, while Sentosa's beach areas will be revitalised, among other things. PHOTO: SENTOSA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION The Greater
The Greater Southern Waterfront is a mega waterfront development in Singapore’s south. PHOTO: PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE

A "Downtown South" resort is likely to be built on Pulau Brani in future, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday.

Recounting how these plans came about, he said that during a Cabinet meeting, labour chief Ng Chee Meng had asked: "NTUC is very grateful to the Government for Downtown East. How about a Downtown South?"

Mr Ng was referring to the labour movement-run lifestyle hub in Pasir Ris that hosts, among other things, a resort, amusement park, event spaces and shops.

"I said, OK, we will do that," PM Lee said at the National Day Rally.

To that end, the authorities will set aside land for the National Trades Union Congress to build a resort, "probably on Pulau Brani", he said.

The island is between the main island of Singapore and Sentosa, near Keppel Harbour. A large part of the island makes up the current Brani Terminal, which is among the PSA city terminals that will move to the Tuas mega port by 2027.

"We will make this gesture, to thank our workers for all their contributions to the nation, because Singapore is for all of us," said PM Lee.

 
 
 

In a Facebook post, Mr Ng said the new resort will allow workers to take their families to quality and affordable recreational amenities.

"It is indeed a strong signal of appreciation from the Government to our workers - Every Worker Matters!" he wrote.

In his speech, PM Lee said that after Brani Terminal moves out, the island can be developed together with Sentosa.

"We will build new attractions on Brani, just like we have Universal Studios on Sentosa," he said.

Meanwhile, Sentosa's beach areas will be revitalised, and its nature and heritage trails expanded, "to keep its island character".

These additions are part of the future Greater Southern Waterfront, a mega waterfront development in the southern part of Singapore.

The new district, twice the size of Punggol, will boast public and private homes, offices and recreation options. Development of the area is expected to start in five to 10 years.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 19, 2019, with the headline ''Downtown South' resort likely to be built on Pulau Brani'. Print Edition | Subscribe