'In the midst of chaos there is also opportunity'
Welcome to the auspicious and much celebrated Autumn / Lantern Moon Festival* this month that is celebrated throughout China and many Chinese communities in Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan and across many Chinatowns globally.
- Sun Tzu
Aside from rich cultural and harmonious Chinese celebrations, the last few weeks has seen a degree of cultural chaos in Australian politics and the bi-cultural relations between Australia and China. We hope that over time due processes and clarity on these matters are resolved and harmony can resume to achieve positive co-operation and relations locally and in the region.
Despite the disaccord and unease across communities,, a great initiative by ANU, Asialink and PWC was the recent launch of the first Asian-Australian Leadership Summit at Melbourne University last week. The summit brought together corporate, public sector and community leaders of both Asian and non-Asian background to highlight again potential ways forward for Australian Asians to achieve greater participation in Australian leadership. The summit's highlight recognised the top 40 under 40 Australian Asians (AA) which is a wonderful acknowledgment of these great AA's contributions to Australia. Read more HERE
Building Better Cities
Monocle Sydney Map illustration
Many cities are emerging, transforming and experimenting in ways they can harness future growth and plurality and at the same time cleverly re-design and breath new life as well as retain the character, culture and personality of diverse ranging communities
The Monocle Guide To Building Better Cities 2018 outlines Tokyo as the leading city for street life due to its walkable neighborhoods and being a liveable and vibrant mega city with precincts such as Togashi which features carefully designed traditional yet innovative tiny shopfronts becoming mainstays as the vertical growth of the city forges ahead.
Monocle’s Manifesto for building better cities;
Note: The global focus for major cities for greater infrastructure and transport can be seen with Tokyo's 14 year makeover of Shibuya Station as with Sydney's Central Station plans that are in progress.. Monocle Quality of Life survey of 25 cities video
- Be wise, not smart
- Buy a pot, some soil and a seed
- Branch out – trees and canopies
- Fix up, look sharp – retire the bulldozer and replace with fixer uppers – embrace what we have – today’s ugly is often tomorrow’s beautiful - unreformed spaces for work and play
- Fight for diversity – Cities are the shelters and promoters of difference
Shibuya Station design Central Station designs
The relocation of Haymarket Library to Darling Square later this year will present a significant and a once in 30 years opportunity to creatively adapt and utilise this historic landmark.
Haymarket Library building to transforms.
City of Sydney's Expressions of Interest has closed with the following process and timeline:
1. Applications may be shortlisted and interviewed August – October 2019
2. Assessment Panel’s recommendation submitted to Council for approval and applicants notified October – November 2019
3. Council approval and all applicants officially notified of the outcome October – November 2019
4. Tenancy lease agreement commences Subject to the vacation of the premises by the City of Sydney (to be confirmed during EOI period.
Walking though not Jaywalking
"Jaywalking" became illegal here five years ago. Regulation 231 of the NSW Road Rules 2014. This rule states people can only start crossing at pedestrian lights if the light is green. Pedestrians can be fined if they cross the road against a flashing red signal or if they cross within 20 metres of a marked crossing. With the Sydney Light Rail tests preceding the launch of Dec/ Jan please we advise that you be careful walking through Haymarket and throughout the CBD both for safety and legal reasons. Read more HERE
Sydney Light Rail Testing
Haymarket is transforming rapidly and as one of the only locations in all of Sydney where the two Sydney Light Rail lines cross at the corner of George and Hay Street, we expect greater accessibility for visitors from all over Sydney.
Tram testing on George Street is now underway at night on George Street, between Central and Town Hall, and during night and day in Surry Hills. Testing is expected to take place from Town Hall to Circular Quay in August, with the tram fully operational between Circular Quay and Randwick in December 2019.
As this major transport infrastructure is being built we do advise that you are careful in following traffic signals and use designated crossings.
CHOW LEE FUT Kung Fu & Lohan Qigong
Chan Family Head Quarters
1/15 Goulburn Street, Chinatown
Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu is an effective fighting method and martial art from the Shaolin tradition and is a Chinese martial art and wushu style, founded in 1836 by Chan Heung (陳享)
It is well known for its speed and power, its smooth circular body movements and flexible footwork, Choy Lee Fut combines the powerful hand techniques characteristic of southern styles with the versatile kicks of the northern systems and includes fist forms, weapons and Shaolin wooden dummies. Find out more HERE
Top Chef's Favourite Place is in Chinatown Food Court, Sydney
Top chef Shannon Martinez has revealed her favourite restaurant in Australia. The restaurateur said she loves to dine at a ramen eatery in a Sydney food court . She said she always visits Gumshara Ramen in Chinatown when she's in Sydney Gumshara Ramen offers a delicious menu of its signature ramen noodles Read more HERE
Monkey Baa Theatre Company
Monkey Baa Theatre Company is Australia's widest-reaching touring company. We make great theatre for young audiences.
As a Not For Profit, Monkey Baa relies on the wonderful support of the community and our philanthropic partners. Just 10% of our operational and creative development funding comes from government support.
By supporting Monkey Baa, you are helping to inspire and delight young people for years to come: inviting them to question and challenge their values, expectations and understanding of the world, and their place within it. Support Money Baa's work by donating HERE
Tank Hotel Stream wins Tourism Award
The Tank Stream Hotel’s brasserie-style restaurant, Le Petit Flot, has been named ‘Brasserie/Cafe of the Year’ in the 2019 Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW Awards of Excellence.
Against strong competition from high-profile hotel restaurants in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, the Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW Awards for Excellence are recognised as the hospitality and tourism sector’s most prestigious awards, honouring the achievement of excellence in a wide range of categories.
Le Petit Flot, meaning the ‘little stream’, is named after the Tank Stream, which continues to flow directly under the hotel. The Tank Stream’s fresh water source was the reason for Sydney to be located where it is.
Market City Tavern's Outdoor Bar
Nestled above Sydney’s famous Paddy’s Markets, Market City Tavern offers 3 levels of entertainment at the heart of Chinatown. Happy Hour runs every day from 4 pm to 6 pm. $5 SELECTED HOUSE WINE & SPIRITS. Find out more HERE
Win 1 of 3 $500 dining vouchers!
To celebrate Golden Week at Market City we are giving 3 lucky winners the chance to experience our 1909 Dining Precinct with a $500 dining voucher! This competition ends Thursday 31 October 2019 at 7pm. Find out more HERE
Digital 101 - Generate Business Through LinkedIn
Learn how to generate business through the LinkedIn platform at this free event on Wednesday 25 September. Register online to reserve a seat.
Writer: Karen Soo
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