25 May 2015
As we reach mid year and tie up the financial year, (whilst considering instant asset write-offs offered recently by the Federal Government's small business economic stimulus) please join HCC at our active networking Winter Wonder Event on 14 July 2015 hosted for the first time at the award winning and inspiring Commonwealth Bank Building. We look forward to enjoying the evening with you.
Commonwealth Bank Building, Darling Quarter
Photo source: www.tyronebranigan.com
UTS recently launched their youth travel e zine Globetrottermag.net
and invited HCC to discuss the unique Chinese experience Chinatown Haymarket offers visitors and young travellers. To watch this and find out more click HERE
* Haymarket's forecast population growth for 2016 will reach 18.617 by 2016 with a 30% increase in professional residents. Source: ABS
* Haymarketer's has a growing readership from China, Singapore and the US.
ATO and Small Businesses
ATO recently unveiled their “Be honest … is this fair” video on Facebook last week as part of its work to “protect honest businesses”. The 30-second clip shows a wrecking ball hitting a café, with one of the café’s employees gesturing to another nearby café and saying “she’s ripping us off again”.
The clip then shows the other café, called “Cooking-the-books café”, where a woman is processing a transaction and has the option to choose either “fair transaction” or “dodge tax”. She chooses the “dodge tax” button. Watch HERE or read more HERE
457 Visa Programme Changes
The changes made to the 457 visa programme last April was a big shakeup in the immigration law arena. In a move welcomed by businesses and skilled visa applicants alike, a range of sponsorship and visa requirements were simplified or relaxed. Whether it was in the form of longer sponsorship approval periods, more lenient English tests or extended notification periods, businesses will find recruiting workers under the 457 scheme to be less onerous under the new laws.
However, employers must still remain vigilant about their obligations under the scheme. The government has made it very clear that the changes are aimed at strengthening the integrity of the programme and ensuring Australian workers are given priority. Increased frequency of checks and compliance enforcement activities confirm their commitment to this.
Award Winning Chef Secret: Chinatown Asian Grocers
Award-winning chef Brent Savage who run the Sydney restaurant group Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Monopole and Yellow and recently moved from Surry Hills into the Radisson Blu Hotel in the CBD was recently interviewed. See thebentley.com.au.
WHAT IS SYDNEY CBD'S BEST-KEPT FOOD SECRET? For me personally, the best food secrets are always found in the small Asian grocers in Chinatown. I often find new ingredients that aren't available in other supermarkets. Not only do they have great dry goods, but often you will find the freshest greens and interesting vegetables.
Chinese Art & Fashion Shine in New York
Chinese fashion and art featured at the annual international fashion Met Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art which drew the biggest names in fashion and entertainment in strewn in contemporary traditional Chinese designs.
Often dubbed the "fashion Oscars", the Met Gala is themed according to the organisation's annual exhibit in the museum, which this year was a collaboration between the Costume Institute and the Metropolitan Museum's Department of Asian Art.
The exhibit was originally titled Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion, although the name was later changed to China: Through the Looking Glass.
Haymarket Live Work Play Guide 2015
Find out all you need to know about Haymarket - food, fashion, people and promotions!
grab a copy at any local retailer or download it HERE
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.
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If you would like to join our growing membership please
Make the most of 2014/15 and JOIN /RENEW YOUR CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP
HCC's 2015 plans reflect our commitment to the changing face and unique vibrancy the local area offers, with our soon to be launched 'Retail Life Competition', multi-lingual local communication and our next engaging Asia Panel event.
To participate or just to keep up to date with HCC visit our website, facebook, phone app, twitter, E news and or join us at our next event.
LOCAL AREA NEWS
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Demand for Sydney Hotels
Westend Hotel in Haymarket Sold
Rising demand for hotels with big and small properties changing hands, as investors anticipate future growth in tourism. Recent sales include the Westend Hotel at 412 Pitt Street, which sold to a private investor for $19 million.
New Smoking Bans
The NSW Government has also announced that smoking in outdoor dining areas will be prohibited from July 2015, and will include smoking bans within 4 metres
of a pedestrian entrance
to or exit from a public
building on footpaths outside licensed cafés and pubs. Read more HERE
High Demand for Strata Retail in Chinatown
Photo: Fiona Morris
recently reported that Retail Strata is the latest property trend in Sydney's CBD commercial real estate market. with the three highest demand areas were Martin Place, Pitt Street and Chinatown, Chinatown recently achieved a high sale price of $70,000 per square metre.
CBD 7 South East Light Rail Update
The CBD and South East Light Rail (CSELR) is a major infrastructure project that will transform Sydney. It will provide a fast,
The CBD and South East Light Rail will transform Sydney by offering fast, reliable journeys from Circular Quay through the CBD to South East Sydney’s sporting precincts, medical facilities, education and business precincts, every four minutes during the peak.
In preparation for the new CBD and South East Light Rail, early works on roadways will be continuing to take place over the coming months by both the project’s Managing Contractor (Laing O’Rourke) and PPP Contractor (ALTRAC Light Rail).
The upcoming roadway works and those currently taking place along the alignment are as follows:
Managing Contractor Works – Laing O’Rourke
CBD - 31 May to 26 June 2015 (Sunday 24 hour works and mid-week night time works)
Similar to Laing O’Rourke, all roads will remain open during mid week night works with limited localised traffic management in place to assist motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Access to buildings, driveways and pedestrian footpaths will be maintained.
For any questions regarding the works or traffic changes please contact the principal contractor for these works, ALTRAC Light Rail, on 0426 825 401 or email SLRCommunity@acciona.com.au.
For the latest information on traffic changes, construction dates and locations, visit www.livetraffic.com
All current works notifications can also be viewed on the Sydney Light Rail website at the following link - www.sydneylightrail.transport.nsw.gov.au/latest/current-works
For any urgent concerns or complaints while the works are being undertaken, contact the Transport for NSW 24-hour Construction Response line on 1800 775 465.
Investigation works in the CBD
17 May to 16 July 2015 (Day and night time work)
ALTRAC will be carrying out surveys, geotechnical investigations and potholing in preparation for main construction
work, which is set to begin later this year.
Work at any one location will not be continuous and further information to potentially affected properties will be provided throughout the works. Where possible, survey work will occur during standard day time hours to minimise impacts.
Works will involve localised traffic and pedestrian changes
including lane closures.
Construction begins in 2015 until 2019/20. More details HERE
or find out more HERE
Darling LIVE Update
Darling Square Community Information Sessions rescheduled to Wednesday 27 May
Have your say on the next development plots at Darling Square at our upcoming drop-in information sessions
Members of the Lend Lease project team will be at Novotel Rockford
(Darling Harbour room, Little Pier Street, Darling Harbour) on Wednesday 27 May between the following times:
· Session 1: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
· Session 2: 6pm – 8pm
View the next development plots at Darling Square and provide your feedback. These include:
· A mixed use residential development located at the south east of the site
· A proposed community and lifestyle hub located at the north of the site and key public spaces including The Square
· Minor updates to the commercial development plot located at the north west of the site and the Darling Square Concept Proposal
These designs will then go on public exhibition at the DP&E for formal comment. RSVP by Tuesday 26 May via email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 1300 699 785.
Darling Square Apartment Launch Sells Out
Artist's impressions of the second stage of Darling Square, Darling Harbour
Over the weekend all 581 Darling Square's apartments sold within five hours at the launch of a new development in Darling Harbour on Saturday.
Buyers queued from 8am and forked out more than $600 million to secure a slice of the Darling Square project. Even the two penthouses found buyers who paid more than $10 million each to nab the top spots in the development. Read more HERE
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.
- Two travel lanes on Thomas Street between Hay Street and Ultimo Road, with the additional left turn lane into Ultimo Road being retained. From Ultimo Road, there will be no traffic permitted southbound into the proposed Thomas Street shared zone.
- One-way southbound traffic on Thomas Street between Thomas Lane and Quay Street.
- Adding 2 loading zones in the area, and removing 18 parking spaces on the western side of Thomas Street to allow for widened footpaths
The City is developing detailed design plans for the Thomas Street transformation, with construction set to begin in January 2015. Find out more HERE
Committee Member Profile
Linda McCreath (伦桂玲律师)
Principal Lawyer of
Abacus Visa Immigration Lawyers
How long has your business been in Haymarket? I’ve worked in Sydney for over twenty years and have always had a close affiliation with the Chinese community. My immigration law firm is based in Surry Hills, just ten minutes’ walk away from Haymarket.
Could you indicate what makes your business competitive in your industry and local area? It’s essential to differentiate yourself from your competitors. Our business to give timely and accurate advice tailored to each client’s individual needs with a dedicated team of legal immigration professionals is passionate about securing positive results for our clients. Acting honesty and with integrity are extremely important to us.
What changes have you observed in the local area and business community during this time? Two things immediately come to mind. Firstly, I am always amazed by how busy China Town is – and it is becoming increasingly so. It’s developing quite a reputation as a hotspot for some of the best food and entertainment in Sydney. Secondly, it strikes me that the composition of businesses is evolving and becoming more diverse. Many different ethnic groups are establishing businesses in this area, from Korean and Thai to Chinese and Spanish.
Why do you think the Haymarket Chamber attracts so many members? The Haymarket Chambers of Commerce is fortunate to have a proactive committee and dedicated members who boast a broad skill base. It’s one of the most active chambers in Sydney and provides useful information and services to its members. It has also established strong working relationships with other chambers of commerce and within the general businesses community. It is a wonderful ambassador for the area and is committed to improving the Haymarket area and promoting business opportunities.
Could you describe Haymarket in three words? Enriching, diverse, and dynamic.
What do you see as happening in 2015-16? Another challenging year ahead due to development around the Darling Harbour and Haymarket areas. With a lower Australian dollar I am cautiously optimistic that this will attract more overseas tourists to the China Town. Businesses must however continue to diversify into new professional areas or products rather than relying solely on the traditional mainstays of the retail and restaurant trades.
Favourite place in Chinatown? The Chinese Garden.
What is one of your favourite quotes?
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit " - Aristotle
Teacher: Ross Mackay
Goulburn High School
How long has your business been in Haymarket? I am a teacher at Goulburn High School and I bring students excursions to Chinatown to experience a culture quite different from what they see each day at home. The children undertake a walking tour with George Kee, explore the Chinese Gardens and have Yum Cha at the Emperors Garden.
The children learn about the history of Chinatown and get to visit Chinese butchers shops, craft shops and chemist shops.They have a great time and enjoy themselves immensely
What changes have you observed in the local area and business community during this time? Monorail gone.
Could you describe Haymarket in three words? Vibrant diverse exotic (for my students).
How do you see the plans in and surrounding Haymarket for the future? As long as it does not change the nature of Chinatown they are good.
Over the next few months the Umi Group will be offering special hot pots, $1 Sushi and celebrate their Town Hall location's 2nd Anniversary with specials. Check out all the Umi Group's offers HERE
Early Release Tickets at Events Cinema
4A Multi Stage Program of Exhibitions
MASS GROUP INCIDENT is a major five-month project curated and produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Between 17 January – 31 May 2015, a multi-stage program of exhibitions, site-specific projects, performances, film screenings and public programs will be presented at 4A’s galleries in Sydney’s Chinatown district and a number of off-site locations. Find out more HERE
This Business 101 Seminar will introduce you to the basics of online marketing, including good content, measurement and analytics – and that’s just a start. We’ll talk about the best way to ensure what you do online complements your ‘traditional’ advertising and show you why online marketing is much more than a bunch of Facebook likes!
22 May - 8 June
Vivid Sydney is now the largest event of its kind in Australia and in 2015 it’s growing again with a world-class line-up of concert and music performances, public ideas programs, creative industry workshops and conferences. Find exciting new locations to explore this year as Vivid Sydney grows its footprint. Find out more HERE
Small Business and Fair Trading Seminar
The Dept of Fair Trading in partnership with City of Sydney, Kogarah City Council, NSW Small Business Commissioner, ASIC and the Australian Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) will be holding local business seminars in June. These events aim to inform, educate and raise awareness of fair trading issues and services to local retailers from 1-30 June 2015. Chinese small business seminar Tuesday, 2 June from 5-8.30pm at Novotel Hotel, Haymarket
For further information please call the Dept to Fair Trading on 9619 8705.
Screenings take place on Thursday evenings at the Arirang Hall of the Korean Cultural Office. Doors open from 6:00PM at the Korean Cultural Office, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney 2000.
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