FAQ: For The Gurney Wharf“Park On The Sea” Project (e/c)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 24.2.2016

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is released to assist the public when they want to give feedback on the Gurney Wharf Project. The Gurney Wharf “Park On The Sea” project will only commence at the earliest in 18 months’ time when the land is reclaimed in front of the present Gurney Drive. Gurney Drive will not be affected.

Land reclamation has been approved by all the regulatory authorities including Detailed Environment Impact Assessment ( DEIA) report, public hearings and consultations. For the landscaping and design of Gurney Wharf the state government has gone out of its way to take the unique initiative to gather public feedback and consultations.

FAQ: For The Gurney Wharf“Park On The Sea” Project

1. Why is it called Gurney Wharf? Is there going to be a wharf there?

· The name is inspired by the vibrant spirit of world-famous waterfront places such as those in San Francisco, London and Sydney.

· Our intention is for Gurney Wharf to be as outstanding as those iconic destinations yet with its own distinctive Penang character.

2. Who owns the reclaimed land on Gurney Drive foreshore / Gurney Wharf?

· Once reclaimed, the land will belong the Penang State Government.

3. Traffic is already a huge problem when repair works are done at part of the Gurney Drive. Is it going to be worse when works start?

· The Penang state government has announced its Penang Transport Master Plan to address traffic issues for the future needs of Penangites. All reclamation and dredging works will be coming from the sea.

· E&O also has a track record of full compliance and the Company will continue to abide by, and work closely with, all relevant authorities such as MBPP to address any possible issue.

4. What are the details on the Gurney Expressway?

· The Gurney Expressway is part of the Penang Transport Masterplan, which will be carried out to alleviate our traffic issues.

5. What is the reclamation cost for Gurney Drive? Who is financing this?

· The reclamation package for Phase 2A of Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 2 and 131 acres along the Gurney Drive foreshore is estimated at RM1.07 billion. This sum does not include other ancillary costs for infrastructure, consultants/experts etc.

· The entire reclamation cost will be borne entirely by E&O whilst the cost of the Gurney Wharf “ Park On The Sea” will be borne by the state government after the proper due diligence exercise is conducted and discussions done.

6. What is the development cost for Gurney Wharf? Who is financing this?

· Today’s press conference is to present and gain feedback on the proposed Gurney Wharf concept masterplan. Feedback can also be submitted via the Feedback Box at the exhibition area.

· After the feedback exercise, we will determine the other practical elements of the project including how the Gurney Wharf will be financed.

7. Is E&O developing Gurney Wharf? If yes, what is E&O getting in return?

· As a responsible corporate entity, E&O has borne the cost of engaging among the world’s best architects to produce the concept masterplan for Gurney Wharf by coming out with the funds first as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility ( CSR).

· Notwithstanding that, today’s press conference is to present and gain feedback on the proposed Gurney Wharf concept masterplan. Feedback can also be submitted via the Feedback Box at the exhibition area.

· After the feedback exercise, we will determine the other practical elements of the project including identifying the developer.

8. When will the reclamation for Gurney Wharf be completed?

· Reclamation works for the Gurney Wharf land are expected to take 18 months and on this basis, to be completed by the final quarter of 2017.

· This timeframe includes the:

o 8-10 months required for land reclamation; plus another

o 6-8 months required for soil treatment and settlement.

9. How long will the public have to wait before they can enjoy Gurney Wharf? / When will Gurney Wharf park and seafront retail F&B be completed?

· Gurney Wharf will be delivered in phases. In the first phase, it is envisaged that the park area excluding the seafront retail F&B could be delivered by mid-2018.

· The second phase encompassing the seafront retail F&B is likely to be completed by 2020.

· The actual project timeframe for Gurney Wharf will eventually depend on a host of factors such as when we finalize the financing arrangement as well as the timing of planning and building approvals.

10. What will happen to the existing Gurney Drive?

· From the Gurney Drive roundabout to Jalan Pangkor spanning close to 2km, the Gurney Drive will remain open and accessible to both vehicular and pedestrian use. However, it is also within the plan to beautify the existing Gurney Drive and create permeability to the proposed new Gurney Wharf public park and seafront.

· E&O will be installing anti-climb fencing that will be attached securely on the far side of the sea wall to allow continued public access. The fencing will be constructed with mesh material to allow breeze to pass through, and also installed with planter boxes to grow creepers.

11. What is the length of the public seafront promenade?

· Approximately 1.5 km

12. What is the distance from the existing Gurney Drive to Gurney Wharf?

13. What is the distance from the underpass (from the existing Jalan Pemenang) to the new promenade?

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14. What will we see in the next two years until reclamation is complete?

· Most immediately, silt curtains and navigational buoys will be positioned off the waters of Gurney Drive before dredging vessels are mobilized.

· In this regard, E&O being mindful of the fishermen in the area, has launched a proactive SMS alert system for the fishermen so that they know which area to avoid as well as getting their cooperation to monitor the works.

· The public will also see the mesh fencing coming up along Gurney Drive as a safety measure.

15. When are the fencing installation works starting?

· Targeted for 29 February 2016.

16. From which end of Gurney Drive will the fencing start and end?

· From the Gurney Drive roundabout to the southward end of Gurney Drive at Jalan Pangkor.

17. How long will the fencing installation take?

· Estimated 12 weeks.

18. How much will the fencing cost?

· Costing approximately 40% more that the standard metal sheet hoarding commonly used in the property and construction industry, the mesh fencing along Gurney Drive is expected to cost around RM1.3 million.

19. For how long will the fencing be there?

· In the interest of public safety, the fencing is expected to remain until the Gurney Wharf project is complete.

20. When the fencing comes up, does it mean people lose access the Gurney Drive promenade i.e. they will have to stop their recreation activities and also forego the sea view?

· Given this new design of fencing, people will still be able to walk along the existing Gurney Drive promenade, enjoy the view and breeze through the mesh fencing.
· Every effort will be made to ensure Gurney Drive’s signature casuarina trees are retained, with the same level of attention and care that E&O had taken to preserve the trees at Lone Pine when the Group undertook a major refurbishment and expansion of the hotel in 2010.

21. What will happen if another tsunami hits Penang, specifically the project site?

· Mitigation measures to arrest the impact of a potential tsunami have been incorporated through the design of the platform level of the reclamation project.

· To provide a prospective on this, the existing Gurney Drive sits at the level of +3.2 metres CD (chart datum) while the areas to reclaimed will be at platform levels of +5, +5.5 and +6. The platform levels of the land to be reclaimed is also higher than the waves of the 2004 tsunami which hit shores at +4.2 (based on data collected at the project site where the tsunami hit).

槟州首席部长林冠英于2016年2月24日 在光大乔治市发表声明:

下列常见问题是用来协助对于“葛尼水岸”有疑问的公众。“葛尼水岸”这项滨海公园计划最早将在在目前新关仔角面前的填海工程完工后18个月内动工。新关仔角将不受影响。

填土计划是由各个法规机构批准,包括详细环境评估报告(DEIA)、公听会及咨询会。为了“葛尼水岸”的景观及设计,州政府已经尽一切努力通过独特的方式来获取公众意见及咨询。

“葛尼水岸”滨海公园的常见问题:

1. 为什么它被取名为“葛尼水岸”(Gurney Wharf)?哪里是否会有一个码头?

· 这个名字是从世界上其它著名的海滨启发而得的,如:三藩市、伦敦及悉尼

· 我们旨在打造一个像其它滨海公园那样的旅游地标、同时拥有槟城特色的“葛尼水岸”

2. 谁拥有新关仔角岸外或葛尼水岸的填土地段?

· 一旦填土,土地将归槟州政府。

3. 当新关仔角进行部分道路维修时,交通已经是一个大问题。这项工程开始后,交通阻塞情况会不会加剧?

· 槟州政府已经公布了槟州交通大蓝图来应付未来槟城人的交通需求。他们将在海上进行填土及挖掘工作。

· E&O 在依法行事方面也是记录良好的,有关公司也会继续与各主要部门合作如:槟岛市政厅,以应付各种可能出现的状况。

4. 葛尼快速公路有什么细节?

· 葛尼快速公路是槟州交通大蓝图的其中一部分,它将被推行以减缓我们的交通阻塞问题。

5. 新关仔角的填海成本是多少?谁出资进行这项计划 ?

· 斯里丹绒槟榔第二阶段的2A填海配套及新关仔角沿岸的131英亩估计为10亿7000万令吉。这笔数额不包括其它辅助费用如基础建设、顾问费等等 。

· 整项填海的费用将由E&O承担,而建设“葛尼水岸”滨海公园的费用将在完成必要的作业流程及讨论过后由州政府承担。

6. “葛尼水岸”的发展成本是多少?谁出资进行这项计划 ?

· 今天的记者会是为了提呈“葛尼水岸”的概念大蓝图及收集意见。任何人都可以将意见交至展览区的意见栏。

· 在收集了意见之后,我们会决定上述项目的实际元素,包括如何融资发展“葛尼水岸”。

7. E&O 是不是正在发展“葛尼水岸”?如果是,E&O得到什么报酬?

· E&O承担了聘用世界级绘测师的费用,以草拟这份“葛尼水岸”大蓝图,他们率先出资做为“企业社会责任”的一部分。

· 今天的记者会是为了提呈“葛尼水岸”的概念大蓝图及收集意见。任何人都可以将意见交至展览区的意见栏

· 在收集了意见之后,我们会决定上述项目的实际元素,包括如何由谁来发展。

8. “葛尼水岸”的填海工程什么时候完工?

· “葛尼水岸”的填海工程估计需时18个月,在这基础上,这项工程将于2017年最后季度完工。

· 进度表的工程包括:

o 8-10 个月的填土工程

o 加上6-8个月的土质处理及沉降稳定

9. “葛尼水岸”预计多久完成?滨海公园、餐饮区等何时才能让民众享用?

· “葛尼水岸”将会分阶段完成。首阶段的工程为打造公园部分,预计2018年年中即能完成。

· 第二阶段为打造餐饮区部分,估计2020年完成。

· 无论如何,真正的时间表仍得胥视各种条件配合与否。

10.原有的新关仔角将会如何?

· 从新关仔角交通圈至邦咯路近2公里的新关仔角将会继续存在,车子及行人可继续使用。无论如何,计划也将美化原有的新关仔角并建造通道连接新关仔角至计划中的《葛尼水岸》公共滨海公园。

· 东家集团将筑起禁止攀爬的围篱以安全隔开施工现场,让民众可以继续使用新关仔角。围篱将使用网状物料以利通风,并且会种植一些攀藤植物作为美化。

11.有关海滨区共有多长?

· 约1.5公里长。

12.从新关仔角到葛尼水岸的距离有多远?

13.从广东民路地下通道至新步道距离有多远?

12、13题答案:

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14.在为时两年的填海工程中,我们将看到什么事情?

· 首先,我们会在新关仔角海域先设置隔泥幕和导航浮标,接着才启动挖泥船工作。

· 东家集团将以短信提醒附近的渔民,让他们及时掌握详情避免误闯禁区,同时也让他们协助监督。

· 有关当局在新关仔角设置围网,作为安全措施的一部分。

15.什么时候会开始围网?

· 预计在2016年2月29日。

16.围网将从新关仔角的哪一部分开始?

· 围网工程将从新关仔角交通圈开始,一直到邦咯路交界处。

17.围网工程需耗时多久?

· 预计12星期。

18.围网工程耗资约多少?

· 成本核算比一般在房地产和建筑行业常用的标准金属板围板多40%,这围网工程成本约130万令吉。

19.围网工程完成后将沿用多久?

· 为顾及民众安全,有关围网完成后,就一直沿用至整个“葛尼水岸”打造成功为止才会拆除。

20.当围篱筑起,民众是否不能再进入新关仔角原有步道,如必须停止民众的休闲活动及无法看到原有的海景?

-所使用的崭新设计围篱,将让民众可以在新关仔角的步道中行走,并透过围篱观赏到原有的海景。

-将会竭尽所能确保新关仔角的麻黄树获得保留,就如东家集团在2010年接管位于峇都丁宜的松林酒店并大肆更新及扩充的时候,成功完善保护好众多的原有麻黄树。

21.如果槟城再度遭到海啸袭击,此计划中的地点将会发生什么状况?

-此计划的整治工程将会透过填海过程中所设计的平台高度阻止海啸的潜在冲击。

-举例,目前新关仔角的原有位置是在高出+3.2公尺的水深基点(chart datum),但是即将填海的区域其水深基点为高出+5、+5.5及+6公尺。填海区域中的平台高度将高过2004年+4.2公尺的海啸高度(根据海啸袭击此计划地点的现场数据所得)

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