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NO. 7]Friday, April 29 [1988

The following Act was passed by Parliament on 30th March 1988 and assented to by the President on 18th April 1988:—
Nature Reserves (Amendment) Act 1988

(No. 7 of 1988)

I assent.

18th April 1988.
Date of Commencement: 13th May 1988
An Act to amend the Nature Reserves Act (Chapter 205 of the Revised Edition).
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows:
Short title and commencement
1.  This Act may be cited as the Nature Reserves (Amendment) Act 1988 and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.
Repeal and re-enactment of section 4
2.  Section 4 of the Nature Reserves Act (referred to in this Act as the principal Act) is repealed and the following section substituted therefor:
Minister may amend nature reserve boundary
4.  The Minister may, after consultation with the Board, by order amend the Schedule.”.
New section 7A
3.  The principal Act is amended by inserting, immediately after section 7, the following section:
Nature Reserves Fund
7A.—(1)  There shall be established and maintained by the Board a fund to be called the Nature Reserves Fund (referred to in this section as the Fund) into which shall be paid all grants and donations to the Fund.
(2)  The Minister may from time to time make grants to the Fund of such sums as he may determine out of moneys to be provided by Parliament.
(3)  The Fund shall be vested in the Board which shall have power to manage and to expend the moneys in the Fund for the purposes of —
(a)administering and maintaining the nature reserves;
(b)providing facilities and services, and instruction and information to the public in relation to the nature reserves; and
(c)encouraging the study of and research into matters relating to the fauna and flora of Singapore.
(4)  The Board may from time to time invest any money in the Fund in any of the securities in which trust funds may be invested under section 4 of the Trustees Act (Cap. 337).
(5)  All moneys in the Fund shall be deposited in a bank by the Board and all cheques drawn upon that bank account shall be signed by any two trustees of the Board.”.
Amendment of section 14
4.  Section 14 (2) (d) of the principal Act is amended by deleting “$500” and substituting “$1,000”.
Amendment of section 15
5.  Section 15 of the principal Act is amended by deleting the words “fine of not less than $200 and of not more than $1,000” and substituting the words “fine not exceeding $2,000”.
New sections 15A and 15B
6.  The principal Act is amended by inserting, immediately after section 15, the following sections:
Power to compound
15A.  The Board may compound any offence under this Act or any rules made thereunder by accepting a sum not exceeding $400 from the person who is reasonably suspected of having committed the offence; and on payment of such sum of money, no further proceedings shall be taken against that person in respect of that offence.
Enforcement by authorised persons
15B.—(1)  The Board may authorise any person, not being an officer or servant of the Board, to exercise any power or perform any duty vested in its officers and servants under sections 10, 12 and 13.
(2)  Any authorisation made under subsection (1) may be subject to such conditions as the Board thinks fit and may at any time be revoked or varied by the Board.”.