Sixteen organisations, including professional bodies, university research centres and green groups, yesterday forged a new alliance for the protection of the harbour. Citizen Envisioning @ Harbour will organise a workshop on harbour development on Sunday, November 30, and hold a public hearing on reclamation early next month to gather people's opinions on the controversial works. A spokesman for the alliance, Alvin Kwok Ngai-kuen, said: 'We would like to encourage public participation and rational discussion on the future of Victoria Harbour. 'We believe the harbour will have a new look if the government encourages and respects people's creativity.' The Central reclamation project has already faced stiff opposition from environmentalists. Last month, the government won the latest round of its court battle with the Society for the Protection of the Harbour. Last Sunday had been designated Harbour Day to allow the public to again demonstrate their objections to reclamation, but Greenpeace was the only group to stage an event. The Society for the Protection of the Harbour said the campaign had entered a new stage and they intended to focus on public education. The Action Group on Protection of the Harbour said district council elections prevented it from taking part in harbour-protection activities. 'We would like to demonstrate to the government the importance of public participation in harbour planning. They should involve the people of Hong Kong when they plan the future of the harbour,' it said. Members of the new alliance include the Hong Kong Council of Social Services and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.