Tampines’ New Center Houses Six Government Agencies
Tampines’ new hub was officially opened to the public, offering 24-hour of services to Singaporean residents.
Six government agencies are housed under the new center, making it the first-of-its kind. The Tampines Hub covers an area of 5.3 hectares, as large as seven football fields, where the government agencies are placed in one roof.
A 24-hour e-lobby located in the center will allow the residents to do more transactions conveniently in one place, such as registering for People’s Association or paying their mortgage bills.
Other agencies that will cater complicated transactions such as providing financial assistance or job matching will also be on duty up to 10 pm. These agencies are the Workforce Singapore, ActiveSG, North East Community Development Council, and the Ministry of Social and Family Development.
The agencies housed under one roof in Tampines were chosen according to how often their services are being availed by the residents. More services in the center will be available as the need arises.
Residents can also benefit the facilities found at Tampines’ hub such as the 800-seat hawker center that offers 42 stalls and automated tray return station round the clock.
Vibrant Tampines Community Hub Will Soon Be Open to the Public
The community hub in Tampines is one of the latest developments in Singapore, offering various amenities such as a community health center, community auditorium housing 20 badminton courts, a shopping mall, and the HomeTeamNS clubhouse. The Tampines hub will be considered one of its kind due to its complete facilities for the residents.
The new hub will sit at the demolished Tampines Stadium and Sports Hall which would be able to cater about 200,000 residents in the area.
Aside from the amenities, a sustainable lifestyle of its residents is also one of the main goals of the development. An effort to make a zero waste system will be strictly implemented, such as converting tons of food waste into other usable forms such as fertilizer and liquid nutrients with the use of a state-of-the-art food-waste recycling system. The fertilizer will then be freely distributed to the residents for usage.
In line with its campaign in the reduction of food waste, the “I Love My Food @ North East” activity was hosted by the National Environment Agencyand North East CDC. The aim of the activity is to educate residents on reducing food waste by giving away guidebooks for each family.
Masagos Zulkifli, the minister of the Environment and Water Resources, believed that the recycling system program is just one of the many effective ways to address the issues in food waste. Zero waste also allows a reduction in pollution as well the manpower needed to transport the wastes from the hub to the landfills. The minister also encouraged the residents to be more conscious in the amount of food that they consume to avoid waste.
The opening of the hub was welcomed by the residents with Mr. Masagos being the guest honor. The first three phases of the development was already completed, marking the milestone of the project. Other amenities included in the hub are six swimming pools as well as a five-storey high library. The amenities are expected to be open to the public by the next month of August.
Other guests present in the opening of the hub include the Mayor of the North East District Teo Ser Luck, the former minister Mah Bow Tan and Tampines GRCMPs Desmond Choo, Cheng Li Hui, and Yam Keng.