One thousand sites that could be made available for short-term use for economic activities or community purposes have been found by the government, the development bureau chief said. Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor told the Legislative Council's manpower panel the information yesterday after lawmaker Ip Kwok-him asked if the administration would help organise flea markets or fairs at district level to increase employment and spur the economy. 'Government land which has not been earmarked for any long-term use can be made available for community purpose or development,' Ms Lam said. Her bureau had identified 1,000 sites in all 18 districts, she said, and the list had been sent to district social welfare officers and district officers for them to promote the scheme. She said 10 of the sites had been used so far. These included one in Tung Chung for running an organic farm, and another for a cycling park. 'Of course, some sites are of higher potential. Some sites are rather remote,' Ms Lam said. 'We have got the consent of the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau that if the sites are let out for non-profit-making organisations, the rental can be of a concessionary nature. But commercial rates will apply if commercial activities take place,' she said.