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Going Net Zero: Save with LEDs

Light Up Those LEDs

Almost all common areas (97%) in CCK Town now use LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs.  

LEDs offer the same brightness, use half the power compared to fluorescent bulbs and last twice as long.
They can be recycled too.

Switching to this energy-efficient option has halved the electricity bill for common areas, saving money and scoring green benefits.

If you haven’t already made the switch in your home, it’s not too late to start. See the savings you can reap:

Source: National Environment Agency

Psst! For residents of 1, 2 and 3-room flats, remember to use your Electronic Climate Vouchers before they expire on 31 December 2023 to make your switch to energy-efficient appliances!

SG Clean Day on Sunday, 29 October 2023

Residents of Chua Chu Kang Town, lend us a hand in support of the quarterly SG Clean Day on Sunday, 29 October 2023. 

Every small action makes a big difference, so let’s refrain from littering and clean up after ourselves to keep SG clean!

Together, let’s create a cleaner and safer Chua Chu Kang Town for all!

Going Net Zero: Harvesting the Power of the Sun

Singapore aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 under its Singapore Green Plan 2030. From installing solar panels on HDB rooftops and using LED lights in common areas, we will explore how CCK Town plays a part in this national movement towards more sustainable living in this new ‘Net Zero’ series. 

Win a Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm Tour

Did you know one of the world’s largest inland floating solar farms is found in Tengeh Reservoir, located in CCK Town?

Spanning 45 hectares, the Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm has some 122,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

The panels, spread across 10 islands, produce enough electricity to power some 16,000 four-room HDB flats for one year.

The electricity generated from the solar farm is sufficient to power Singapore’s five local water treatment plants, making us one of the few countries in the world to have a 100% green waterworks system.

Building a solar farm on water not only overcomes the issue of land scarcity in Singapore, but the evaporative cooling effect of water and higher wind speed also lead to higher energy yield than conventional rooftop systems.

The Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm will contribute around 4% of Singapore’s target of reaching 1.5 gigawatt peak (GWp) solar energy capacity by 2025. Singapore aims to reach 2 GWp by 2030.

10 lucky residents will get a pair of tickets each for an exclusive tour of Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm, specially brought to you by CCK Town Council & Sembcorp. 

The 1.5 – hour tour, starting at 9.30 am on 11 November, will give residents a rare chance to go behind the scenes and, weather permitting, hop on a boat ride to view the panels up close! 

To win, tell us how many blocks of flats in CCK Town have been installed with solar panels. (Psst, read on to find the answer!)

Email your answer to corpcomms@ccktc.org.sg by 29 October! All correct entries stand a chance to win! Hope to see you at the amazing solar powerhouse in CCK Town! 

Harvesting the Power of the Sun

In the first of our ‘Net Zero’ series, we explore how the sun is put to work in CCK Town. 

Solar panels on rooftops of flats in CCK Town are one of the ways Singapore is adopting to achieve its net zero emission goal. (Photo by Flynn Tan)

To date, 250 HDB blocks in CCK Town have been outfitted with solar panels as part of the Town’s drive to transform into an eco-town. The target is to reach 282 blocks by 2025.

Did you know such a move has resulted in savings of approximately 23 million kg of CO2 emissions, which translates to some 23,000 return flights between Paris and New York?

These rooftop solar panels power common services, such as lifts, lights and water pumps. They allow the outfitted HDB blocks to achieve net-zero energy consumption in the common areas, meaning they use roughly the same amount of energy in their common areas as what they produce.

Any excess energy generated from these rooftop solar panels is channelled to the grid.

This conversion of unused rooftop space to harness the energy of the sun will go some ways in helping Singapore achieve its SG Green Plan target of reducing energy consumption in existing HDB towns by 15% by 2030.

Join our eco efforts & send in your answer to the quiz above for a chance to visit one of the world’s largest inland solar farms! 

Take a Ride on the Sustainability Train — Find the Upcycled MRT Seats in the Neighbourhood

The Action for Green Towns collaboration between SMRT and 15 PAP Town Councils has gotten together to “rescue” some 14,400kg of reinforced plastics, metals and other hard-to-recycle materials from Singapore’s only landfill, Pulau Semakau, which is expected to be full by 2035.

The entire project is expected to upcycle at least 1,500 MRT seats into community seats at void decks as well as other communal areas.

The community seats upcycled from retired MRT trains have been installed across Chua Chu Kang Town. 

Find the upcycled MRT seats in your neighbourhood now!

Locations (as of October 2023):

  • Blk 370 Bukit Batok Street 31
  • Blk 384 Bukit Batok West Ave 5
  • Blk 417 Bukit Batok West Ave 4
  • Blk 512 Bukit Batok St 52
  • Blk 524 Bukit Batok St 52
  • Blk 224 Choa Chu Kang Central
  • Blk 251 Choa Chu Kang Ave 2
  • Blk 354 Choa Chu Kang Central
  • Blk 411 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3
  • Blk 448 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
  • Blk 807A Choa Chu Kang Ave 1
  • Blk 159 Jalan Teck Whye
  • Blk 801A Keat Hong Close
  • Blk 801B Keat Hong Close
  • Blk 102 Teck Whye Lane
Gardening for Good: Community Gardens in the Neighbourhood
Uncle Tey Ka Leong (pictured above harvesting a watermelon), a resident and gardener of Sunshine Gardens

Do you have an interest in gardening?

We have 36 community gardens across Chua Chu Kang Town greening and adding vibrancy to our estates.

These community gardens help provide a therapeutic place for residents to bond and sow edible crops together.

Mr and Mrs Ye are among the volunteers seen daily pottering in the garden.

Please approach your Residents’ Network to find out more about gardening at these community gardens. 

 

Bukit Gombak:

  • Blk 387 Bukit Batok West Ave 5
  • Blk 506 Bukit Batok St 52
  • Blk 526 Bukit Batok St 51
  • Blk 531 Bukit Batok St 51

 

Brickland:

  • Blk 476 Choa Chu Kang Ave 5
  • Blk 488 Choa Chu Kang Ave 5
  • Blk 489 Choa Chu Kang Ave 5
  • Blk 490B Choa Chu Kang Ave 5
  • Blk 801 Keat Hong Close
  • Blk 805 Keat Hong Close
  • Blk 809 Choa Chu Kang Ave 1
  • Blk 810 Choa Chu Kang Ave 1
  • Blk 815 Choa Chu Kang Ave 7
  • Blk 817 Choa Chu Kang Ave 7
  • Blk 819 Keat Hong Link

 

Chua Chu Kang: 

  • Blk 17 Teck Whye Lane (upcoming)
  • Blk 101 Teck Whye Lane
  • Blk 109 Teck Whye Lane
  • Blk 112 Teck Whye Lane
  • Blk 123 Teck Whye Lane
  • Blk 146A Teck Whye lane
  • Blk 160A Jalan Teck Whye (upcoming)
  • Blk 161 Jalan Teck Whye
  • Blk 165 Teck Whye Crescent
  • Blk 221 Choa Chu Kang Central (upcoming)
  • Blk 238 Choa Chu Kang Central
  • Blk 239 Choa Chu Kang Central (upcoming)

 

Hong Kah North:

  • Blk 353 Bukit Batok Street 34 (upcoming)
  • Blk 439 Bukit Batok West Ave 8 (MSCP)
  • Blk 440 Bukit Batok West Ave 8 (MSCP)
  • Blk 443 Bukit Batok West Ave 8 (MSCP)

 

Keat Hong: 

  • Blk 283 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3
  • Blk 288 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3
  • Blk 426 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
  • Blk 471 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3
  • Blk 485A Choa Chu Kang Ave 5

 

*Above locations of the community gardens are as of October 2023.

Snap & Win: CCK Town 2024 Calendar Photo Contest

Hong Kah North resident Yong Kuo Hoong’s morning mists over Kranji Marshes won 2nd prize last year.

The CCK Town annual Calendar Photo Contest is back! 12 resident shutterbugs can look forward to getting their photos showcased in our 2024 calendar.

Show How the Living is Better in CCK Town

This year, we are calling for residents to portray how living is greener and better in CCK Town because of its:

    • Abundant nature and beauty found in our parks & green spaces;
    • Fun & friendly places for socialising, from playgrounds to fitness corners, community gardens to BBQ pits; and
    • Sustainable and green practices.

The fun playgrounds at The Arena @ Keat Hong helped Bukit Batok resident Gina Ng clinch a spot in 2023’s calendar.

CCK Town is home to close to 300 hectares of public park & Singapore’s first gazetted wetland reserve, Sungei Buloh.

Our town is also making strides towards greener living as a designated eco-town.

Did you know that 250 blocks have been fitted out with rooftop solar panels? They power the lifts and corridor lights, saving 23 million kg worth of carbon emissions to date. (Psst, the savings is equivalent to one person taking return flights from Paris to New York for 23,000 times!)

12 winning shots will be showcased in CCK Town’s 2024 calendar.

This year’s prizes

  • 1st prize: $400 NTUC FairPrice vouchers & Fujifilm Instax Mini Smartphone Printer (worth over $200)
  • 2nd prize: $300 NTUC FairPrice vouchers & Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Holiday Travel Kit – Black (worth about $160)
  • 3rd prize: $200 NTUC FairPrice vouchers
  • 4th to 12th prize: $50 NTUC FairPrice vouchers 

Snap and win! Send in your entries via the or email corpcomms@ccktc.org.sg by 15 October 2023.

Winners will be revealed in December 2023.

See Terms & Conditions here.

Congratulations to Our 8 National Day Contest Winners

8 lucky winners have won a CCK Town limited edition gift pack for showing off their SG spirit and colours at home or around their estate. Here are their winning photos.

Wearing their love for Singapore on their block. Photo by Tan Le En (CCK estate)

Little Arunkumar Tulasi saluting the nation. Photo by Dhivya Chockalingam (Hong Kah North)

Sunshine Villas – all decked out for National Day. Photo by Susan Choo (Bukit Gombak)

Happy 58th National Day, Singapore! Photo by Jasmine Sim Mui Eng (Chua Chu Kang estate)

Valerie Koh (far right) with her friends.  Photo by Valerie Koh (Hong Kah North)

Showing off her love for the nation. Photo by Lua Su Yean (Brickland)

Love for the nation crosses generations. Photo by Lim Chwee Lian (Chua Chu Kang estate)

 

Little Engels shows us it’s never too young to show your love for Singapore. Photo by Engel’s mother (Keat Hong)

National Day may be over but you can still celebrate your love for SG by hanging your flag till 30 September.

Beyond the National Day period, the national flag and its image can now be used on attire for non-commercial purposes all year round.

We may also get more opportunities to fly the national flag from our homes other than National Day under the recent change of rules governing the use of Singapore’s national symbols, such as the flag, crest and anthem.

The new National Symbols Act and its Regulations allow for wider use of some symbols for citizens to express their national pride and solidarity.

Learn from CCK Town’s Newly Crowned Eco-Warriors

Congratulations to Eleen Koay (Brickland), Ting Siew Khim (CCK estate) and Ng Chee Wee (Bukit Gombak) for coming out tops in CCK Town’s latest eco contest!

For her upcycling effort, Eleen won the top prize of an HP Envy 6020 All-printer.

Siew Khim’s suggestions show us that old is still gold when it comes to water-saving efforts the traditional way and was awarded the second prize, an HP Deskjet 2722e printer.

Chee Wee took home the consolation prize of an HP Pavilion Wayfarer Backpack for his idea which helps one get fit and conserve electricity.

Let’s find out more from the three of them on how to reduce, reduce and recycle.

Reuse, Recycle & Upcycle as Eleen did

Having a carpenter father and a seamstress mother meant Eleen grew up watching her parents tinker with things. Naturally, she picked up their hands-on habit. Thus, when she noticed that her sofa was beginning to break down earlier this year, inspiration struck.

“The springs in the sofa were broken but the leather was still in very good condition. At the same time, I noticed that our dining chairs were looking quite worn and needed replacement,” the 33-year-old research engineer said.

She thought, why not use the leather, cushions and padding from the sofa to give her dining chairs a new lease of life? She bounced the idea off her parents, who gamely said: “Sure, that sounds workable!”

So, one weekend before Chinese New Year, Eleen, her husband and her parents stripped off the worn cloth seats from the dining chairs, took apart the sofa and got to work cutting up the cushions and leather of the sofa to make new dining seats.

By the end of the day, Eleen had six beautiful dining chairs. She even got a set of baby pillows and bolsters made from the leftover stuffing for her two children.

“The wood in the sofa was not of very good quality, otherwise, we would have made small cupboards or side tables with them. If I had the equipment to work with metal, maybe we could have done something with the sofa’s metal frame too,” she added. “There are lots of possibilities when it comes to upcycling. It’s just a matter of how creative you want to be.”

For example, her sister once made a side table out of her old car tyres. In her family, when something is broken, the first thing they will try to do is to see if it can be fixed. If it can’t, they will think about whether they can make something else out of it.

“I think it is wasteful to just throw things away because everything is so expensive,” she said.

‘Reduce’ as Siew Khim did

For Siew Khim, living sustainably is as natural as breathing. As someone who follows the news, she understood the threat of global warming is real.

“Every one of us can play a small part,” she said. The need to conserve resources is especially acute in a small country like Singapore which does not have natural resources, she added.

Her contribution is to conserve water and electricity wherever possible. For example, she grew up collecting water in a pail and showering with a water scoop and continues to do so even now at age 55. She also uses a mug for brushing her teeth instead of leaving the water running.

She uses LED lights at home, turns off electrical appliances when not in use, and recycles all the plastic packaging to use as trash bags. She also recycles batteries and other IT gadgets into e-waste bins.

Her effort to reduce the use of water and electricity helps her to keep her utility bills for her 4-room flat around $50 to $60 a month. She encourages her neighbours to live more sustainably too by offering to take their items for recycling to the correct recycling points.

Reduce as Chee Wee did

Application engineer Chee Wee, 35, is a sustainability advocate at work, and he brings the practice home as well.

He said: “I’ll always try to see what are the easy and doable tasks that can be done frequently to make an eco-difference.”

For instance, instead of using the lift, he takes the stairs when going up or down two or three storeys. Since lifts consume the most electricity when in motion, he explained that by not using the lift, he is helping to reduce the use of electricity while getting some exercise at the same time.

“Climbing the stairs reduces electricity use, is very easy to do, makes an impact and the bonus is, you get a healthier you,” he quipped.

He also tries to conserve resources in other everyday tasks such as reusing water from the washing of vegetables.

“Such mindful practices will go a long way. We just need to get started somewhere,” he added.

 

Congratulations to all our eco-winners! Their ideas and actions show us how we can make the 3Rs of reduce, reduce and recycle part of our daily life. Let’s all get sustainable to create a greener future for all!

 

SG Clean Day on Sunday, 30 July 2023

It’s time to take action against litter!

You can make a difference! In support of SG Clean Day on Sunday, 30 July 2023, you may want to gather your family, friends and neighbours to conduct litter-picking activities in your neighbourhood together.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind all residents to bin the trash and keep the environment litter-free.

Together, let’s create a cleaner and safer Chua Chu Kang Town for all!

Shine this National Day! Fly Our SG Flag High

 

Residents Aadon & Aadelynn proudly showing off our SG flag

Let’s paint CCK Town red & white! Show the nation how much we love SG by flying our SG flag this National Day!

To celebrate National Day, our national flag can be put up at home from 1 July to 30 September 2023.

Before you fly yours, make sure that the flag is in good condition. It should not be torn, tattered or showing signs of age.

Ensure it is facing the right direction too when you look at it.

Look here if you need to refer to the full guidelines on the use and display of our national flag.

Send us a photo of your estate all dressed up to celebrate our nation’s 58th birthday and this limited edition CCK Town gift pack could be yours!

 

8 lucky winners will receive this gift pack consisting of a reusable lunchbox, thermos flask, travel adaptor and a recyclable shopping bag.

Send your entry by 9 Aug!

Email your entry to corpcomms@ccktc.org.sg 

See Terms & Conditions here.

CCK Town wishes all Singaporeans a fantastic 58th National Day. Let’s move Onward as One, CCK Town residents!

 

Last year’s winners, the Neos, donned the patriotic colours of our flag.

Another winner, Vivian Ong (right) posing with her relative, showed off her NDP fun pack stash.

$uper $aving Tips for a Greener Earth & Happier Wallet

Power Up Your $avings

Hacks to Cut Your Water Bill

Recycle Today & Save More for Tomorrow

In this new three-parter series, we bring you tips on how to save Mother Earth (and some money) by recycling & conserving water and energy.

Use less resources now to leave more for future generations!

Take Part in Our Latest Eco-Contest

Snap a photo and share with us how you save money & the environment through recycling or by conserving water or energy.

The most clever, useful or creative ways win a prize!

3 prizes are up for grabs.

  1. First prize is a HP Envy 6020 All-printer
  2. Second prize is a HP Deskjet 2722e printer
  3. Consolation prize is a HP Pavilion Wayfarer Backpack

Send your photo to corpcomms@ccktc.org.sg with your full name, address, mobile number and email.

Accompany your photo entry with a line or more (no word limit!) to tell us how you saved $ and the environment too.

For example, you can show us how you use your Bloobox or set up your home recycling corner or snap a picture of the water-saving nozzle on your taps. Send as many entries or photos as you wish!

Contest closes on 23 July 2023!

See Terms & Conditions here.

Power Up Your $savings

Did you know you can save $40 to $120 every year by using more energy-efficient fridges, LED lights and water heaters?

Adopt these tips to conserve energy and save $$.

The more ticks the merrier your $avings 

Aircon – Save $300 a year on your power bills with a 5-tick aircon instead of a 2-tick one.

Fridge – Switch from a 2-tick refrigerator to one with 4 ticks and save $59 a year.

Water heater – Save an additional $124 a year by remembering to turn off your storage water heater quickly after use.

Switch to a gas water heater and save an additional $190 compared to an electric water storage heater, or $110 compared to an electric instant water heater.

Clever ways to cool and $ave! 

Save $386* a year by cooling down your room using the aircon and switching to the fan after a while.

Or rely on fans to cool your home and save $441 a year! Did you know the energy used by one aircon can power 11 fans?

Use your climate vouchers 

Switch to energy-saving appliances now to shave off those bills.

Households (1-, 2- and 3-HDB roomers) can use vouchers provided under the Climate-Friendly Household Programme from NEA and PUB to buy different energy-efficient appliances. Claim and use your climate vouchers before they expire on 31 December 2023.

Get more power $aving tips from the National Environment Agency here.

*All calculations are based on electricity cost of $0.299 per kWh of electricity.

Hacks to Cut Your Water Bill

Water is one of Singapore’s most precious resources, so we need to make every drop count.

In this second of our three-part series, we share some hacks to save water and cut the water bill.

Did you know that if you can reduce your water usage from the average of 140 litres per person per day to 130 litres per person* per day, you could shave at least 7% off your water bill?

Simply remember W-A-T-E-R !

*PUB’s Make Every Drop Count  

W is for washing clothes on a full load

About 15% of our daily water usage in a household is used for washing clothes. So why not start the washer only when you have a full load?

You can save up to 40 litres of water every day, or 288 litres of water every week.

Using a more water-efficient washing machine can gain further savings. A washer that is rated four ticks can save up to 27 litres of water per wash, compared to a three-tick washer.

So, look out for those ticks to save, when you buy a washing machine.

A is for always using half flush where possible

Did you know that flushing the toilet bowl accounts for 17% of our daily water consumption?

Using a half-flush instead of a full flush each time saves you 1.5 litres of water per flush.

T is for turning off the shower when soaping

Showering is the biggest water guzzler in our homes, sucking up almost a third of the water used daily.

By just turning off the shower when soaping, you can save up to 27 litres of water each day.

You can double your savings by getting a water-efficient shower head which reduces water flow without sacrificing performance.

If you haven’t done so, request for your free PUB water-saving kit here. The kit consists of a set of thimbles that help to regulate flow rates from your taps and showerheads.

Also, make sure you fix leaks whenever you spot them because just losing a drop of water a second can amount to 4 litres of water wasted every day.

E is for ensuring the tap is off when brushing teeth

Did you know the bathroom tap that we use for handwashing and brushing teeth guzzles up to 12% of the water used every day?

Just keeping the tap off when you are brushing your teeth will save you up to 23 litres of water every day. That can fill up 153 mugs for rinsing your mouth.

R is for rinsing vegetables in a container

Extending these habits to the kitchen, which accounts for 16% of our daily water usage, will save you another 33 litres of water every day. Simply use a container to rinse fruits and vegetables instead of washing them under running water.

If you have plants at home, you can also reuse the water used for washing and rinsing rice, fruits and vegetables to water your plants.

And by washing dishes in a filled sink instead of letting the tap run, you save a further 28 litres! This translates into 15.5 kettles of water.  

Every little drop counts. By taking the above small steps, you not only save precious water but save big on water bills too!  

Sources:

https://www.pub.gov.sg/watersupply/singaporewaterstory

https://makeeverydropcount.pub.gov.sg/water-saving-tips/

https://www.pub.gov.sg/savewater/athome

Recycle Today & Save More for Tomorrow

Have you collected your Bloobox, the free home recycling bin, given by the National Environment Agency (NEA)?

Recycling begins at home. It doesn’t take much to embark on a greener lifestyle.

Did you know that recycling helps to reduce prices of raw materials for manufacturing, which in turn helps keep prices low for consumers?

For example, making soft drink cans using recycling aluminium saves 95% more energy compared to making them from virgin metal ore.

Simply set up your own home recycling corner with the free NEA-issued Bloobox & you are on your way to helping Singapore achieve our national target of 70% overall recycling rate by 2030!

Choose a convenient location in your home for your Bloobox. For most people, that sweet spot tends to be next to the trash bin (see above).

The Bloobox can hold up to about 5kg of recyclables. Once it is full, place the items collected into the blue recycling bin downstairs or toss them into the recycling chute in your estate.

Here are 5 green tips on how to maximise the Bloobox:

  1. Your Bloobox does not need to be “fed”. Food or food-stained wrappers/containers are a strict no-no.
  2. Instead, feed Bloobox paper, plastic, glass and metal. Just make sure you rinse & dry them before tossing them in.
  3. Separate your e-waste. Those need to be placed into the standalone e-waste bin in your estate.
  4. Always flatten cardboard boxes so you can fit more items into your bin.
  5. Bloobox can be washed & reused. When it cannot be used anymore, simply fold it up & drop it off into the blue recycling bin.

See here for more tips on what can and cannot be recycled.

Follow these tips and you won’t go wrong!

Our Top Cleaners in CCK Town

Thank you, cleaners, for your Hard Work!

Kudos to all residents who supported the Appreciate Our Cleaners 2023 awards with your outpouring of accolades and recognition of our cleaners’ efforts.

Congratulations to our 13 well-deserving estate cleaners who have won the 2023 Top 10 Cleaners of CCK award, as well as the 3 new categories for the Most Hardworking Cleaner, the Most Caring Cleaner and My Favourite Cleaner.

Residents who nominated the cleaners share why they deserve to win:

Our Top 10 Cleaners of CCK Town

Robin Mohammad (Bukit Gombak)

Resident Marianne Pereira said: “Mr Robin takes pride in his work and has been exemplary in giving us his immediate attention whenever the need arose.

“One incident stood out for me. Some workers from the undertakers had broken a large carpark stone slab accidentally when setting up the awning at Block 507. They did not do anything about the damage, oblivious that it might cause a fractured leg or two if any resident tripped over it. 

“Realising the danger, I called Mr Robin for help. He turned up in a matter of minutes even though he was in another area. He knew where to find another stone slab and was able to use it to close the gaping hole neatly.

“Nobody noticed or thanked him for his effort. I am grateful to Mr Robin for fixing this problem even though it was not his job to do so.”

Peh Cheng Swee (Keat Hong)

Resident Chui Shoong Hee said: “Mr Peh Cheng Swee is friendly and so hardworking that he is already hard at work when I head out for my daily morning walk at 6.45am. I think he works 7 days a week (including on public holidays!) because even on the Chinese New Year and Hari Raya public holidays, he can be spotted clearing away the bulky items that had been discarded around the blue recycling bin on the eve of these festive occasions.

“He once saw me trying to move a big old sofa from my home for bulky disposal pick-up and volunteered to help.“ 

Ali Md Eman (Keat Hong)

Mr Ali Md Eman (in red and grey uniform) with Aisha’s husband, Sufi (left), and their children Sara, Sofia and Umar (right).

Resident Aisha said: “Mr Ali never fails to greet my family whenever we bump into him, and no matter what assistance we need, from moving heavy furniture to disposing of big items, he will always be there to assist too.

“Rain or shine, Ali can be found carrying out his duties at our block whenever we see him. This really strikes a chord with my children as they can see that he works very hard to earn a living in Singapore. They really love him and respect him a lot.

“We hope he can win this and be rewarded. Even if he doesn’t, we would like to present him with a small token of our appreciation too!”

Bepari Rejaul (Hong Kah North)

Resident Ong Chee Eng said: “Mr Bepari Rejaul is very hardworking and he keeps my block super clean. I remember that once, my neighbour spilt plant soil on the corridor floor at night. And the next morning when I left my home, I saw that the mess was gone and cleaned up by Mr Bepari.

“I really appreciate his effort and whenever I meet him during the monthly block washing, I would treat him to some biscuits and drink as a token of my appreciation.”

Hamsah bin Talib (CCK estate)

Resident Nurul Aizat Binte Zainuddin said: “Mr Hamsah makes my day by greeting me whenever I see him. One day, when I was gardening at the community garden and he gave me some tips and advice on gardening.”

Lee Chee Wai (Brickland)

Resident Lim Wei Qiang, Nicholas said: “Thank you, Uncle Lee, for always being there to clean our neighbourhood in the wee hours of the morning. We appreciate all the efforts that you put in to keep our block clean.”

Miah Alamin (CCK estate)

Resident Sim Li Li said: “Mr Miah is a very hardworking and friendly cleaner. Anytime you ask him for help, he will be sure to help.

“There was once I sought his help to move a spoilt washing machine from my home. He just said ‘okay’ and followed me to give me a hand. “I always see him driving his truck around the estate till very late, moving the bulky items that had been improperly thrown downstairs.”

Ng Teng Siak (Brickland)

Resident Hong Chang Bin said: “Uncle Ng will always greet us ‘good morning’. Once, he offered to help me fix the brakes of my children’s bicycle. He is so warm and kind.”

Tan Kin Chiok (CCK estate)

Resident Hani Ng Binte Yusof Abdullah said: “Uncle Tan is a very friendly and hardworking person. He will start work as early as 5am by sweeping our estate, level by level. He makes sure all the corridors are clean.”

Uddin Main (Hong Kah North)

Mr Uddin Main (in grey polo tee) with Azfar Ijaz, Azmina and Arunkumar Tulasi (from left to right) .

Resident Dhivya Chockalingam said: “Mr Uddin always has a smile on his face and does his job well in a quiet manner.

“During the monthly block cleaning, he even takes care of our plants by ensuring that they are protected from the cleaning jet spray and puts our shoes into the shoe racks before washing the floor… He has become my daughter’s favourite cleaner.”

To honour cleaners who go the extra mile, above and beyond their regular cleaning duties, three new award categories have been introduced his year. Here are the winners:

The Most Caring Cleaner

Husain Arif (Hong Kah North)

Resident Vanessa Kong said: “Mr Husain is always hard at work, yet he has a cheerful attitude and always takes time to greet residents with a smile. My son is especially happy to spot him and say hello in the mornings!

“A few months ago, there was a fire in one of the units in our block. It was already late in the evening when we returned home, but we saw him heading up to that unit with cleaning equipment. When I asked him if he was tired, he merely replied that it was important to clean up the place quickly so that the affected residents could return to their home again soon.

“Thank you so much for keeping our neighbourhood so clean, Mr Husain. We see and appreciate all your hard work!”

The Most Hardworking Cleaner

Hossain Mohammad Ismail (Keat Hong)

Nominator J. Sutarsan said: “Mr Hossain, you are a dedicated estate cleaner. I give my heartfelt appreciation for the exceptional work you do in maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of our estate. Your dedication and hard work have not gone unnoticed, and I am truly grateful for all that you do.

“Your tireless efforts in keeping our estate clean and tidy are evident in every corner of our neighbourhood. Your attention to detail, meticulousness and professionalism have made a significant impact on the overall look and feel of our community.

“Every time I call you for help, be it rain or shine, day or night, or public holiday, your humble answer would be, ‘Sir, I will be there in 10 minutes.’ And you would arrive on your bicycle with a smiling face.

“You always take pride in your work and ensure that every nook and cranny in our estate is spotless, creating an environment that we are proud to call our home. Your commitment to excellence is an inspiration to other estate cleaners. We are incredibly fortunate to have you as our estate worker.

“Thank you for all that you do. Your work is integral to the success of our community, and we are incredibly grateful for your contributions.”

My Favourite Cleaner

Hossen Anwar (Hong Kah North)

Resident Geetha Subramanim said: “Since the day I moved into the estate, I have found Mr Anwar to be dedicated to his job. Whenever I approach him for help to discard things, he would acknowledge my request with a smile, no matter how tired he is.

“Even at 10pm, I can see him clearing the rubbish near the lift lobby. He makes sure the area is clean before he retires for the day. Rain or shine, I can see him working. He doesn’t find excuses to not work.

“I really appreciate his service and take my hat off to his dedication. Thank you, Mr Anwar! Good job.”

All our 13 winning cleaners will receive a $60 NTUC FairPrice voucher each, and their resident nominators will get a $20 NTUC FairPrice voucher each.

Thank you, residents, for your nominations, and for putting up your Ribbon of Thanks.

Here’s a round-up of some ribbons that went up in May.

CCK Town’s PCF Sparkletot preschoolers showed their gratitude & appreciation for the cleaners with their colourful & personal Ribbons of Thanks display. 

 

 

New Sports Facilitates for Brickland Residents

Artist’s impression of the new fitness corner.

Come 2025, Brickland residents will have more places to get fit and healthy.

A new covered basketball court with spectator seats, 2 new fitness corners and an adventure-themed playground will be built opposite Blk 810A, Choa Chu Kang Ave 7 & Keat Hong Garden. This is located at the intersection of Choa Chu Kang Ave 7 and Keat Hong Link.

The new facility, estimated to cost up to $2.5 million, is funded by Sports SG, under its Sport-in-Precinct (SIP) initiative to bring sporting spaces and facilities closer to Singaporeans.

Artist’s impression of the sheltered basketball court and children’s adventure playground.

The SIP is a part of SportSG’s Sports Facilities Master Plan under Vision 2030 to encourage Singaporeans to adopt sports as a way of life.

The development was announced in April 2023 by National Development Minister Desmond Lim during his visit to Brickland. Chua Chu Kang Town Council will be calling a tender for the sporting facility’s construction, which will be built as an inclusive space that caters to residents of all ages and abilities.

For a young estate, Brickland MP Don Wee said facilities like these can play an important role in giving residents a chance to meet and bond over sports, thereby fostering a deeper sense of community. 

No More Mess! Special Recycling Bins for Junk Mail

Conveniently located near letterboxes, these new recycling bins make it easy for you to get rid of junk mail neatly while being green at the same time.

70 such bins are now deployed at HDB blocks in CCK Town.

Brainchild of Keat Hong resident

Keat Hong resident Sutarsan (left) taking Mr Zhulkarnain through how he came up with such an idea for a flyer recycling bin.

This initiative is Keat Hong resident Mr Sutarsan’s green idea. Tired of the daily mess and eyesore of unwanted ads littering the floor, he came up with the suggestion of having a dedicated bin next to letterboxes for residents to dispose of junk mail which could then be recycled.

This not only helps to keep his block litter-free but also educates neighbours about recycling.

With this idea in mind, he approached CCK Town Council and his estate’s Residents’ Network. His flyer recycling bin idea was then piloted in 2 blocks in Keat Hong — with great success. 

Green resident initiative supports eco-town 

Subsequently, the Town Council rolled out the flyer recycling bins to other parts of the town as part of its eco-town drive.

The bins were launched by MPs Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahman (Keat Hong) and Don Wee (Brickland) at Block 483B, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5 on 12 March 2023 (see picture below). Kids from PCK Sparkletots and Greenery Childcare Centre joined in the fun by decorating the bins with stickers printed with compliments by HP and labels contributed by Avery Dennison.

Keat Hong MP, Mr Zhulkarnain, said he was very proud of how this resident-led initiative has grown and that many more residents are now benefitting from this simple, yet brilliant idea.

Mr Wee, who is also CCK Town’s Sustainability Champion, said: “The 3Rs’ of reuse, reduce and recycle form key thrusts of Singapore’s zero waste and recycling efforts.

“This successful effort shows that residents can make a sustainable difference with their ideas for our green town!”

 

Tie a Ribbon of Thanks & Nominate Your Cleaner!

 

PCF schooler, Arushie,  was among the residents who put up a Ribbon of Thanks to show their appreciation of our estate cleaners’ work.

A Simple Ribbon to Say Thank You

Little Kelly Lee Zhi Shan’s ribbon is sweetly accompanied by a hand-written note too!

This year, as part of Appreciate Our Cleaners 2023, CCK Town Council is encouraging all residents to tie a ribbon on their main door/gate to express their appreciation to our estate cleaners from now till 1 May 2023.

Unleash your creativity! The ribbon can be made of any material or be in any colour. To make it sufficiently visible from a short distance, the tied ribbon should be at least 15cm in width.

 A pretty ribbon at CCK Town Council’s office’s main door.

For some families, such as Chloe’s,  putting up the ribbon is a parent-child learning and bonding opportunity.

Snap a photo of your Ribbon of Thanks and send it to corpcomms@ccktc.org.sg to make it part of the first-ever digital wall of appreciation for CCK cleaners! Remember to include your name, contact details and estate.

Nominate Your Cleaner Now!

In addition, we’ve extended the chance to nominate your favourite cleaner or the most deserving cleaner in your estate to 1 May 2023.

For those of you who missed out earlier, grab this opportunity to show your estate cleaners you appreciate their work and service!

Besides the annual Top 10 Cleaners of CCK Town awards, we have introduced 3 new awards this year. They are:

  • The Most Caring Cleaner,
  • The Most Hardworking Cleaner, and
  • My Favourite Cleaner

This means 13 cleaners (and residents) will get rewarded this year!

Win a $60 NTUC FairPrice voucher for your nominated cleaner(s) and a $20 NTUC FairPrice voucher for yourself.

Simply pen your words of appreciation for the cleaner or share a heart-warming encounter with him/her. Tell us why he/she should win. (Psst, there is no word limit!)

The names of your estate cleaners are displayed on the notice boards at your blocks. 

Send in your entries via:

See Terms & Conditions here.

Tie a ribbon of thanks & nominate your cleaner now!