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Community heritage fund launched in Queenstown

Singapore's first community heritage fund was launched in Queenstown on Sunday, as the nation's first satellite estate celebrated its 60th anniversary.

SINGAPORE: Singapore's first community heritage fund was launched in Queenstown on Sunday, as the nation's first satellite estate celebrated its 60th anniversary.

Called My Queenstown Heritage Fund, it will go towards the building of a proposed museum, research on community heritage, and efforts to promote the area's unique history and heritage.

The fund is managed by Queenstown Citizens' Consultative Committee and supported by My Community, a civic group.

Close to S$8,000 have been collected so far.

The fund is one of the initiatives aimed at elevating Queenstown as Singapore's community heritage hub.

Over the past year, Queenstown has organised the "Queen of Estates" exhibition, My Queenstown Heritage Trail and a two-week long My Queenstown Festival to commemorate the estate's 60th anniversary.

In the coming year, My Community will continue to partner the grassroots organisation and relevant governmental agencies such as National Heritage Board and National Arts Council to promote heritage and culture in Singapore's first satellite estate.

Dr Chia Shi-Lu, an MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, said: "Last year for the 60th birthday, we had a series of fundraising (activities). But we felt that by doing this on an ad-hoc basis, it might be rather difficult so we would like to formally set up a fund to support all of the heritage activities in Queenstown.

"This makes it easier for us to plan and organise activities, rather than to raise funds on an ad-hoc basis."

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