Friday, August 19, 2005

Sandakan can be key tourism centre, says Aussie mayor

By James Leong

SANDAKAN: This east coast town is on its way to becoming a key tourism centre in the State once the multi-million Sandakan Harbour Square project is completed.

The Mayor of Burwood Council in New South Wales, Australia, David Weiley, said Sandakan has all the attractions to become a major tourism centre but what it requires is the infrastructures and facilities.

'The Sandakan Harbour Square, when completed, will transform the economy of Sandakan as it will create jobs and business. With its strategic location, it will also be a good investment for local and foreign investors," Weiley said after visiting the site of the joint venture project between Sandakan Municipal Council and Ireka-Charng Sheng Development Sdn Bhd on Tuesday afternoon.

"The Sandakan Harbour Square will serve as a benchmark for other commercial development in Sabah," he said.

Weiley added that urban renewal schemes such as the Sandakan Harbour Square Project are necessary for any town or city to remain competitive.

"We in Burwood too are constantly reinventing our city otherwise we will lose out to other suburbs," he said.

Accompanying Weiley during his visit were deputy municipal council president (II) Thomas Lau, Ireka-Charng Sheng Development Sdn Bhd Executive Director Anthony Tiong, Finance Manager Matthew Leng, Project Manager Kevin Ng and other senior staff.

Courtesy of Borneo Post

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