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10 March 2015

Haymarket Transforms

"Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things."

                                                                                — Theodore Levitt


Haymarket's unique and diverse community attracts high level investment, visitation and residents creating a dynamic unique Asian destination.  Based on the area's heritage in China business and trade, as our area transforms so will our local culture and business precinct. 

Through the City of Sydney's (CoS) ongoing cultural and creative support for both the heritage and flourishing local community in Haymarket,  this coming year will see the Chinatown Public Domain plans progress onwards with the Thomas Street plaza and at the same time, HCC's expanded network will encompass the diverse local community through cross-cultural programs and watch this space. 

Chinese New Year 2015
Event Photo Highlights

Following one of Sydney's most spectacular Chinese New Year celebratory periods, below are some photo highlights from the last 3 weeks of this annual festival of Chinese culture, traditions and  customs.

City of Sydney's Spectacular CNY Launch
City of Sydney's spectacular annual Chinese New Year launch again took Sydney's breath away with celebrations taking place down at Millers Points with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House as the backdrop.
4A Cenre for Contemporary Asian Art CNY event 
4A's Twilight Party at the Chinese Friendship Garden & VisAsia
VisAsia Chinese New Year Banquet 2015

Simon Chan, Philip Cox (Architect), Michael Johnson (Artist), Michael Brand (Director of Art Gallery of NSW)

HCC CNY Networking Event
HCC's 2015 CNY Networking Event highlights featured the young and talented magicians from Cardistry, international Feng Shui expert Ming Zheng, acclaimed Chinese artist Andrew Lo and our very own HCC Sheng player Peter Bannister.  Thank you to our kind event sponsors: Radisson Hotels, Emperor's Garden, Ampac Debt Recovery, Events Cinema and Westpac.
Photography: Jeff Tan

Westpac CNY Event welcoming new CEO Brian Hartzer
George Wink Gee's Chinatown Walking Tour and Monkey Baa CNY Workshop

Ningbo Performance & Arts Group in Sydney 3 & 4 March 2015

THE RED DRESS by China Ningbo Performance & Arts Group sold out in their recent Sydney visit featuring only two special performances at the State Theatre.  The touching love story of a young man and woman from two rich families who live in an ancient town in southern China production showcased the unique Chinese folk dance and culture, as well as the dream and pursuit of the Chinese for peace and happiness. Guests of honour included the Chinese Consulat Generall Li Huaxin.

Chinatown Transforms
City of Sydney Thomas Street Plans

As Chinatown's transformation continues with a soon to be new plaza on Thomas Street, local living and visiting this historically cultural area will be even more appealing with the City of Sydney's plan for open spaces, creative landscapes and modern art. Find out more HERE

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

    ANDROID                                                APPLE

      HCC Chinatown Phona App for Android                  HCC Chinatown Phona App for Android
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


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.
Traffic changes;

- 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

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,

reliable public transport service from Circular Quay, through the CBD, to Kingsford and Randwick via Surry Hills, Moore Park and

Kensington. The light rail project is part of an integrated transport solution that will improve public transport in the south east,

manage future growth, boost urban renewal and reduce congestion in the CBD.

Ongoing utility works in the CBD – 1 March to 22 March 2015 (Night time works)

Laing O’Rourke will continue to carry out utility survey and investigation works in the CBD to verify the location of existing buried

utilities. Ongoing consultation will take place throughout the works to ensure the community are kept informed and up to date.

Construction begins in 2015 until 2019/20.  More details HERE or find out more HERE

Darling LIVE Update

Darling Square construction update

All hoardings are now installed around the car park.

Pedestrian diversions continue in the area until The Goods Line opens (not part of the Darling Square development).

Demolition of the car park is on track to be complete in May 2015. Approximately 360 tonnes of scrap steel and 210 tonnes

of concrete have been removed to date.

Darling Drive scheduled to reopen from 16 February. Realignment and infrastructure renewal activities progressing well.

Stormwater culvert works and the setup of the student accommodation site for Urbanest to commence soon.

Construction of new buildings planned to start in mid-2015.

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

Mina Zheng
Feng Shui Australia


Q: How would you describe your experience with the Haymarket and Chinatown area?
Chinatown is important for overseas Chinese like myself. It reflects Chinese culture and community. It was the first place I visited when I first came to Australia in 1990.

I'm proud to say that I was the feng shui consultant for the Chinatown Thomas St and Hay St upgrading project. I have worked closely with artist Lindy Lee and Jila landscape architects for this project. It will be one of the landmarks in Sydney.

Other feng shui works in this area including CBA Chinatown Branch, Market City Branch; Suncorp George St Branch; St George Bank and Lend Lease Darling Harbour.

Q:What would your advice be for businesses for the Year of the Goat?
2015 is a year of Goat or Sheep. compared to last year, this year will be more stable. the property market will not soar like 2014, but demand will remain high. Mining and gold are weakened and will struggle to keep up the supply or achieve prices.

This is a good year to focus on peace and developing inner potential for the organization or individuals. Sheep year is creative and artistic. New ideas or creative strategies can bring good benefit to the business.

Q: Are there any key points that should be noted for the next coming year?
Next year will be Fire Monkey year. It will be cunning, exciting year. With Yang Fire crash the Yang Metal, It will have more drama than this year.

Q:Would you have any Chinese sayings that will reflect the feeling of the new energy entering this Lunar year?
The Sheep is the number eighth signs in Chinese Zodiac.It is a lucky symbol in Chinese.
At the beginning of the new lunar year, we say

Conversations through the Asian collections

In a major refresh of our Asian galleries, this exhibition brings old and new together in a series of dynamic conversations. Leading off those conversations are 24 renowned contemporary artists, among them Anish Kapoor, Ai Weiwei, Suda Yoshihiro, Shahzia Sikander and Ah Xian.
Until 4 October Open daily 10am-5pm (Wednesdays until 10pm) Art Gallery of NSW 1 Art Gallery Rd, The Domain Upper and Lower Asian Galleries Cost: Free

Celebrate our cultural, religious and ethnic diversity
Children’s Festival 2015


Celebrate a multicultural society with our children. There will be lots of activities, live performances including dancing and singing, outdoor activities and a children’s costume parade. Don’t miss out on the children’s poster competition with the theme "I am a Proud Australian". Sunday 15 March , 11am-5pm First Fleet Park, The Rocks, Sydney (close to Circular Quay Railway Station) Cost: Free

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