27 January 2015
Welcome to 2015! As a fresh start to the new year let the planning and creativity begin. With renewed vigour and new goals, the year's success will be based on navigating and managing market change. Fire up your inspiration and motivation with HCC this year through our numerous members programs aimed at fostering business opportunities and expanding our network for a prosperous year ahead.
4 Tips for Planning a Successful 2015*
1. Find new inspiration.
According to a research report
, 94 percent of US business leaders regard travel as providing them with a competitive advantage. Travel opens the mind to different perspectives which can assist with business planning, setting bigger goals and taking your business in unexpected and more fulfilling direction.
2. Solidify your infrastructure. E
ffective infrastructure depends on reviewing and documenting your processes; ensuring your accounting process is in writing, reviewing your employee handbook and hiring practices, and addressing any other basic structural concerns, you can springboard your business into the new year.
3. Feed your culture.
Great culture attracts great people, as they are the source of your company’s success. An example is Mindvalley, a company whose cutting-edge culture is changing the way people perceive work. Its employees have bought into the company’s vision, but more revolutionary, the company itself has bought into each employee’s vision by understanding their staff's goals for growth, their experiences and contributions and finding ways to support them in these areas.
4. Flesh out your target markets.
Before the end of the year, create and execute your research plan. By generating customer surveys, requesting testimonials, and whatever it takes to generate quality data and feedback about how your company you will find out what your clients truly want.
Chinese New Year dates back over 4000 years and is said to have originated from a belief that as the solar terms changed, dictating farming activities, people would sacrifice to the deities and pray for a good harvest.
2015 welcomes in the Year of the Goat with Chinese New Year celebrations beginning from Thursday 19 February until Tuesday 3 March 2015 though Sydney celebrations begin alittle earlier from 13 February with some spectacular events (see below in our Events) and a unique first time ever Chinese art exhibition -as seen in the photo above.
As one of the most popular times for visitors throughout Chinatown's Dixon, Sussex and Hay Streets and so much to do during this festive period you can also enjoy some celebrations at home to encourage good luck and prosperity for the year ahead; organise a family reunion dinner on the eve
of the first Chinese New Year day (Thursday 19 February), exchange gifts and enjoy many special Chinese foods. Find out more about CNY HERE
Begin this exciting and creative Year of the Goat with HCC's Tuesday 3 March 2015 (last day of the official 2015 CNY Celebration period) and enjoy meeting our special guests, dynamic networking and delicious Cantonese food and drinks at the top floor of the Emperor's Garden
City of Sydney Supports CBD Childcare
With the increasing number of working families living and working in the CBD the City of Sydney is currently working hard with developers to encourage and negotiate new childcare spaces to help meet demand.
Since January last year, we have approved 12 development applications that include a potential 718 new childcare places, while 18 development applications including 1,287 places are currently being assessed. This, coupled with the City’s own development, means delivering 2,000 much needed childcare places in the inner city.
Haymarket Live Work Play Guide 2015
HCC's New Chinatown Phone App
Based on the high demand personal walking tours by HCC co-founding member George Wing Kee, HCC's latest and up to date Chinatown Walking Tour phone application for both Apple and Android phone is now available.
Experience your very own cultural and historical 'digital' walking tour of Chinatown and search the many local delights and features of the area detailed throughout the Chinatown Phone App directory. For Android click HERE or Apple click HERE
Thanks to Emperor's Garden, Chinese Ginseng and Herbs and St George for supporting HCC by promoting our Chinatown Phone App.
If you would like to join our growing membership please
Make the most of 2014/15 and JOIN /RENEW YOUR CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Thomas Street Upgrades for 2015
Improvements and traffic changes to Thomas Street between Hay Street and Quay Street are part of the second stage of transforming Chinatown. This follows the successful upgrade of Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane.
The following traffic changes are also proposed. To support the new public space on Thomas Street between Ultimo Road and Thomas Lane, traffic changes will include:
- 10 kilometre an hour shared zone
- a timed closure, where the space will be closed for certain periods of the day.
- vehicular access will be via a left turn from Ultimo Road.
The City is developing detailed design plans for the Thomas Street transformation, with construction set to begin in January 2015. Find out more HERE
CBD 7 South East Light Rail Update
Improvements to the CBD and South East Light Rail project have been announced that will result in better services with increased capacity, improved traffic flow at key intersections and less overhead wires.
The proposed modifications to the light rail project will be on public exhibition for two weeks between 3 and 17 December and are available to view on the Department of Planning and Environment's major projects portal: www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au.
The proposed design modifications include:
- amended design for the Grosvenor Street stop removal of the World Square stop reduced overhead wiring in the CBD
- realignment of the light rail and stops along Alison Road and flood mitigation changes at Centennial Park revised methodology for construction of the tunnel under Anzac Parade
- reduction or relocation of substations
- realignment of light rail at the Anzac Parade/Alison Road intersection
- minor adjustment of height of the Randwick stabling facility.
Construction begins in 2015 until 2019/20. Find out more HERE
Darling LIVE Update
The first key stages of work will be the demolition of the Entertainment Car park and infrastructure renewal activities primarily on Darling Drive. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times between the Convention Light Rail Station, Harbourside Shopping Centre and Darling Harbour.
Temporary changes to pedestrian access in the area
Along the eastern side of Darling Drive between the roundabouts near Convention Station and Exhibition Station
- Pedestrian access has been temporarily removed along Darling Drive in this area
- Please walk through Darling Harbour
|Pedestrian walkway near the intersection of Harris Street and Fig Street
- The stairs to Darling Harbour have been temporarily removed
- Lift access to Darling Harbour remains
|From Exhibition Station
- Please use the new temporary pedestrian crossing located south of the Pier Street roundabout to reach Darling Harbour
|From Convention Station and the car park
- Please use the new temporary pedestrian crossing located closer to the roundabout near Harbourside Shopping Centre
- Please follow the directional signage to reach Darling Harbour
|On Darling Drive between the Pier Street roundabout and Hay Street
- Pedestrian access has been temporarily removed along Darling Drive in this area
- Please divert around the Qantas Credit Union Arena
- Access from Exhibition Station to Darling Harbour remains
Hours of work are 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 5pm on Saturdays. During the holidays, no construction work will occur.
For more information on the Darling Harbour Revitalisation Infrastructure NSW 8016 0100 or The Goods Line Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority 9240 8500. Find out more HERE
ACTIONS FOR TOMORROW
Photo sourced from 4A
17 January – 7 March 2015
Actions for Tomorrow is the first solo exhibition of Yangjiang Group, the Chinese artist collective that use the medium of calligraphy as a conceptual springboard into a diverse range of installations and performances. Find out more HERE
4A’s Twilight Garden Party
at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with 4A and Chinese artist collective Yangjiang Group as they take over Sydney’s Chinese Garden of Friendship! A one-night-only special event will feature live art performances led by Yangjiang Group, DJs as well as food and bar. Bookings essential. Date: Saturday 14 February 2015, 7pm – 11pm / Venue: Chinese Garden of Friendship, Pier St Darling Harbour NSW / Price: $45 per person More HERE
VisAsia Chinese New Year Banquet 2015
Art Gallery NSW
Join Michael Brand, Art Gallery of NSW director, and Warwick Johnson, Chair of VisAsia, for a banquet at one of Sydney’s most renowned Chinese restaurants to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
The evening is hosted by VisAsia, the Australian Institute of Asian Culture and Visual Arts and is a City of Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Associated Event with guests of Honour Edmund Capon AM OBE & Joanna Capon OAM
Date : Friday 20 Feb 2015 at Marigold Restaurant / Ticket : $88 per person or $880 per table of 10 includes food, drinks, entertainment & lion dance. Book HERE
Andrew Lo Exhibition at Art Atrium
Photo courtesy of Art Atrium
Until 7 February, Art Atrium features the unique artwork of Andrew Lo, the Chinese Australian artist. Born in HK and educated in Australia, and previously an environmental economist, Andrew's artistic pursuits are themed on nature conservation across Australian landscapes. Through his Chinese upbringing and Taoist perspective, his art reflects the oneness of human beings with nature through the use of traditional Chinese ink and brush. Find out more HERE
City of Sydney CNY Events
Friday 12 Feb - Sun 1 March 2015
Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition
Frid 13 - Sun 22 Feb 2015
Sat 14 Feb 2015
Chinese New Year Twilight Parade
Sun 22 Feb 2015
Dragon Boat Races
Sat 28 Feb - Sun 1 March 2015
Chinatown Lion Dances
Sat 7 - Sun 22 Feb 2015
George Wing Kee HCC Chinatown Tours
for CHINESE NEW YEAR 2015
Don't miss George Wing Kee's popular Chinatown personal tours during Chinese New Year 2015. There will be 3 tours and a special tour for students (12 yrs.and over) which will include a short tour of Chinatown then a show at Monkey Baa Theatre with an optional yum cha. Book for 26th Feb 2015 (early bookings).
Shen Yun at Capitol Theatre
New York-based Shen Yun has become a global sensation, reviving China's 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture, once almost lost. Millions of people have seen Shen Yun. Standing ovations at the world's top venues, royalty attending in Europe, sold-out shows throughout North America and packed houses across Asia have made Shen Yun an international phenomenon. From 6 - 15 February 2015 at Capitol Theatre. Book HERE
Corporate Designs in 7 Days
Elitist Code launches 2015 with a special corporate fashion night on Wed 28th Jan from 7pm at Cafe Del Mar early bookings $20 or $35 on the night. Book HERE
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