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Punggol: Past, Present & Future

As published in The Straits Times
20 Dec 09 (Sunday)

Punggol Renewal article

Punggol renewal

As published in The Straits Times
20 Dec 2009 (Sunday)

By Tan Yihui

To many Singaporeans, Punggol is the new town that has never really got on the map.

But more than a decade after its first masterplan was unveiled, the former swampland is at last taking shape as a waterfront haven that will offer a sophisticated lifestyle for heartlanders.

The unveiling last month of Punggol's waterfront public housing project - Singapore's first - marked a milestone on the long road to transform the once sleepy backwater on the north-east coast.

In a striking move away from the usual Housing Board units, the 1,200 flats have design features including sky terraces, roof gardens and panoramic riverside views of the upcoming 4.2km Punggol Waterway.

The HDB hopes to offer flats in the 4.9ha project for sale next year.

Indeed, 2010 onwards marks a watershed for the new Punggol that has risen where pig farms and chilli crab restaurants once stood.

Other projects that are transforming Punggol into a recreat…

Countdown to 2010 (31 Dec 09)

organised by Punggol North CCC & Punggol 21 CCMC

Date : 31 December 2009 (Thurs)
Time : 8pm onwards
Location : Punggol Field Walk (Opposite Punggol Plaza)

Countdown Highlights :
• Dance through the night with 60s to 90s music
• Live band & Dance Performance
• DJ Remix & Spin, Intelligent Lightings Display
• Kids's corner
• Pasar Fair
• Games stalls
• Fabulous prizes to won from Lucky Draws
• Lucky Draw

Countdown tickets are sold at only $2 each. Ticket items include :
- Lucky Draw
- 2 Games
- Popcorn or Popcorns
- Goody Bag

Tickets can be purchased at Punggol 21 CC.
Visit Punggol 21 CC Youth Club for more details.

Xmas Carnival (19 Dec 09)

organised by Punggol 21 CC Youth Club

Date : 19 December 2009 (Sat)
Time : 4pm - 10pm
Location : Punggol Plaza (Blk 168 Punggol Field)

Carnival Highlights :
• Parenting Talk on "A Child's Growing Milestones" by Specialists (Attractive door gifts for the talk. Only for the 1st 50 sign-ups)
• Launch of Punggol's 1st Parenting Group
• Photo-taking with Santa
• Kiddy Rides
• X'mas Caroling
• Magic Show
• Flea Market
• Special Dance Preview
• Mass Line Dance
• Dog Show
• Lucky Draw

Carnival Contests :

Parents & Kids Competitions
- Santa's Little Helpers
- Parent & Child Look-Alike Contest

Dog Competitions
- Best Dressed Dog
- Best Groomed Dog

* Registration fee of $10 applies for all competitions (price is inclusive of a free carnival ticket)

Carnival tickets are sold at only $3 each. Ticket items include :
- Lucky Draw
- Bouncing Castle Play
- Popcorn
- Candy Floss
- Goody Bag

Tickets can be purchased at Punggol 21 CC.
Visit Punggol 21 CC Youth Club

Study for a greener Punggol

As published in The Straits Times online
15 Dec 09

A NEW study of Punggol Town's temperature and wind velocity will help urban planners build a more energy-efficient township.

The study, a collaboration between the Housing and Development Board (HDB) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Design and Environment, was officially announced on Tuesday.

Its findings will be applied to upcoming and existing developments in Punggol Town, in Singapore's north-east.

The $960,000 study, jointly funded by the Ministry of National Development, HDB and NUS, will study three aspects of the area's climate using on-site measurements, computer simulations and a wind tunnel: Hot and cool spots, wind conditions and patterns of sun and shadow.

The study is expected to be completed by the end of 2010. In the next four to five years, its findings may be translated into development/ design changes, said Mr Alan Tan, deputy managing director for environmental sustainability research a…