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3 December 2013

(Main banner pic: HCC Xmas Event 2013)

Transition and Transformation

President's Address for 2013

As we approach the end of 2013, I believe it is important to reflect on the goals that you have set for yourself, your family, your business and other aspects of your life. Being a little lazy in my younger years, these days I tend to set goals in order to push myself out of my comfort zone and focus on things I want to achieve in the coming year.

In terms of business, now is the time to start setting smart goals to take advantage of the opportunities that will present themselves in 2014 and beyond. Haymarket is going through a period of transition and transformation not seen in decades. These changes include the redevelopment of the Entertainment Centre; the light rail along George Street; further public domain improvements in Thomas Street; new mixed use developments such as the Quay and Hoong Ling; multimillion dollar restaurant fit outs such as Dynasty, China Republic and Wai Tan; and of course the growing interest from investors from China. So hopefully you are preparing to take advantage of all these unique opportunities. Like the saying goes “You have to be in it to win it”.

I am pleased to report that it has been another successful and productive year for the Chamber with a number of well attended networking functions, the popular launch and distribution of the Live Work & Play Guide, several Roundtable CEO meetings; numerous consultation meetings amongst key stakeholders and very importantly our ever-growing membership base.

None of the Chamber’s accomplishments would have been possible without the dedicated volunteers who make up the Chamber’s Executive Committee. I thank each of them for their willingness to give up some of their valuable time to improving the Chamber. The Executive Committee is fortunate to have its one and only staff member Karen Soo, who seems to do the job of many. From Marketing & PR, gaining memberships, managing projects, organising functions – you name it, she does it. Thanks Karen – your drive and dedication is amazing.

I also thank our partners and sponsors, firstly the City of Sydney for their continued and consistent support over the years. The Chamber has a close relationship with the City and has collaborated together on many successful projects to date. It has been a joy and pleasure to work with individuals such as Robyn Simon, Natalie Yu and more recently Alice Chatwood.

Thanks to the Lord Mayor and Councillors for their unwavering support in assisting the Chamber to develop and grow.

We also thank the Westpac Bank for their continued support and assistance. Westpac representatives such as Jeff Hurdis, Wade Benson and Jodie Laming have recognised the importance of local community support, and this has been exemplified in what they provide to the Chamber.

Finally, to each of you who make up the Chamber’s membership. The Chamber is only ever as strong as the people or businesses it represents. Thank you for your faith in the Chamber and what it stands for.

Have a happy and safe festive season.

 Brad Chan

Chamber Christmas Celebrations

Thanks to the many guests who attended our annual Christmas event 2013 at the Radisson Hotel & Suites last week.  The Radisson team were exceptional with their gifts, generosity and hospitality.

Our thanks to our event sponsors; Bullion List, Events Cinema, Bridge Climb, and Red Bottle, who all contributed to a very enjoyable evening with our singer Pierre Leung beginning the night by singing Christmas carols,  our active business networking and the ongoing support of our key partners Westpac and City of Sydney's support and attendance of Deputy Lord Mayor Kemmis, Councillor Linda Scott, Suzie Matthew, Robyn Simon, Alice Chatwood and Kristina Kainins.



Lord Mayor Clover Moore
City of Sydney 

How long have you been involved with Haymarket?
Haymarket has been a favourite destination for all of my adult life, and especially since the area came under my duty of care, first as a Member of Parliament and then as the Lord Mayor of Sydney.

Could you indicate how the City of Sydney endeavours to ensure market competitiveness and economic growth in the local area?
The City’s street improvements and business support programs are helping to create an even livelier atmosphere in the Haymarket area.
Our Chinatown Public Domain Plan has already seen the upgrade of three key laneways, along with the transformation of a disused pagoda into a bright and welcoming tourism information kiosk. Our next project, the upgrade of Thomas Street and creation of a major new pedestrian plaza filled with public artworks, will soon get underway.
This year’s Asia On Your Doorstep festival was our most successful yet, with thousands of Sydneysiders and visitors enjoying meal deals at more than 65 local food businesses, and attending the Little Eat Street markets and cooking demonstrations at Market City.
Our Village Business Partnership grant of $80,000 to the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce has provided funding for the Live, Work & Play Guide, as well as a Haymarket walking tour app and more than 60 new wayfinding banners along George Street.
We’ve also installed new signage in Koreatown and Thaitown to promote these two emerging cultural hubs.

What changes have you observed in the local area and business community during this time?
Over the past decade we have really seen Haymarket flourish as one of Sydney’s most important economic, cultural and tourist centres. The area is now not only home to a lively Chinese community, but also growing and dynamic Korean, Thai and Vietnamese communities and businesses.
Our street works in Chinatown are also helping make the area a more enjoyable place to live, work and relax, with widened footpaths, more street trees, new public artworks, street furniture and more street lighting to encourage pedestrian activity.

Why do you think the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce is so unique?
The Haymarket Chamber of Commerce is a strong representative body for the local business community, championing continual improvements to enhance Haymarket as a unique historical centre and attractive place to do business.
The City is pleased to have an active working relationship with the Chamber and we look forward to continuing this partnership in 2014 and beyond.

Could you describe Haymarket/Chinatown in three words?  Multicultural, dynamic, history-rich.

What do you see happening in 2014?
Chinatown is one of Sydney’s jewels, and in 2014 it will continue to be a big part of our city’s cultural life.
The first highlight of the year will be the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival in January and February, when we celebrate the Year of the Horse with more than 80 family-friendly events. This celebration always brings Chinatown to life and puts the international spotlight on our city.
The City’s ongoing support throughout the year, including our plans for Thomas Street and the return of Asia On Your Doorstep later in the year, will ensure the area continues to prosper.

How do you see the plans in and surrounding Haymarket for the future?
The Chinatown Public Domain Plan outlines our long-term vision for the area, and we have committed to a range of major projects over the next 10 years to ensure the area reaches its full potential as one of Sydney’s most important destinations.

Favourite place in Chinatown?
One of the first projects in the Chinatown Public Domain Plan was the transformation of Kimber Lane from a dark and dingy thoroughfare into a colourful attraction in its own right.
Jason Wing’s stunning artwork, In Between Two Worlds, runs the full length of the laneway and is one of my favourite places to visit before or after having a meal in one of the area’s world-class restaurants.

Any advice to other businesses?
Local businesses in Haymarket are becoming more aware of the fast-growing Asian tourist market and are looking to make their shops more China-friendly.
The City holds free ChinaConnect cultural awareness workshops throughout the year to help businesses make the most of this boom, and we encourage retailers in Haymarket and beyond to consider taking part in our next series in 2014.

What is one of your favourite quotes?
“One of the greatest prizes in life is to work hard at worthwhile work” – Theodore Roosevelt.



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 For more information about Haymarket or the Chamber go to:

  • Haymarket Chamber of Commerce new website; www.haymarketchamber.org.au
  • Haymarket Live Work Play Guide 2013 click HERE 
  • Chamber Chinatown Walking Tour Phone Application on iTunes HERE or Google HERE  


Make the most of 2014 and

- Darling Harbour Plans
- CBD & Sth Sydney Light Rail

Darling Harbour LIVE Construction Work

Work is about to start on Sydney’s new international convention, exhibition and entertainment hub.

From 9 December, once the existing convention and exhibition centre closes, site preparation works for the Darling Harbour Live project will begin inside the existing buildings and on Darling Drive and Exhibition Place. Approved hours of work are between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday and between 7am and 5pm on Saturdays.

Work inside the existing convention and exhibition centre -  Work will be conducted inside the existing buildings to remove sections of the interior fittings and disconnect services. These activities won’t be noticeable from the outside, except for some light trucks and workers entering and leaving the site via the existing access points.

Work on Darling Drive and Exhibition Place  - In Darling Drive and Exhibition Place, there will be the  installiation of temporary hoardings and starting initial infrastructure works. Traffic control will be in place as needed and there will be two-way vehicle access at all times.

Key activities will include investigating underground services and removing the Monorail concrete pedestals, median strips and some street lighting. We will also be installing new temporary street lighting and building two new temporary pedestrian crossings located south of the Pier Street roundabout and north of the existing Convention light rail station.

To allow this important infrastructure work to start, we will also be removing some trees and vegetation from Darling Drive and Exhibition Place. The Darling Harbour Live project will create more public space and for every tree removed; at least one tree will be planted. The detailed plans for the public space are currently being developed by Darling Harbour Live with Infrastructure NSW and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.

Pedestrian access  - During this stage of work, there will be no change to pedestrian access to Darling Harbour.

Site closure during the holidays  - During the holidays, no Darling Harbour Live construction work will occur from 21 December. We will return to work on 6 January.

What’s next?   Darling Harbour is a buzz of activity around this time of the year, with exciting events such as Santa Fest, New Year’s Eve and Australia Day celebrations. Because of this, we won’t start installing hoarding around the existing convention and exhibition centre until after the Australia Day public holiday on Monday 27 January, after which time demolition works will begin. We will provide more information about our activities in the New Year.

For more information, please contact the Darling Harbour Live Community Engagement team on 1300 799 026 or info@darlingharbourlive.com.au. Find out more HERE

The CBD and South East Light Rail project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been submitted to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure and is on public exhibition from 14 November until 16 December 2013

The EIS outlines the key features of the project, assesses its potential environmental impacts during construction and operation and outlines recommended measures to minimise and manage potential impacts. 
As part of the EIS process, you are encouraged to make a submission to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure

To view the full EIS and make a submission please visit www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au.  All submissions must be received by Department of Planning and Infrastructure by close of business Monday 16 December 2013.
If you would like to find out more about the CBD and South East Light Rail project and the Environmental Impact Statement, the project team and technical experts will be available to discuss the EIS and answer questions at the following drop in community information sessions:

Sydney Boys High School
Gate 9, Anzac Parade, Moore Park
Thursday 5 December, 4pm – 8pm
Surry Hills Library
405 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Tuesday 10 December, 4pm – 8pm
You can also visit the project website www.sydneylightrail.transport.nsw.gov.au, phone 1800 684 490 or email projects@transport.nsw.gov.au or find out more HERE
Monkey baa Theatre company located at Darling Quarter launches into the new year with an exciting range of performances during the school holidays.  Find out more HERE

Nella's Wings 16-18 January
The Race for the Chinese Zodiac 21 - 22 January
Curious Jack - 23 - 25 January

East Ocean Santa Offer

Santa Ocean's exquisite Christmas mash-up banquet menu at East Ocean Restaurant with a special FB 20% promotion.  Find out more HERE

World Square Shopping Centre offers exciting shopping for Christmas during December and has launched an online gift guide with plenty of gift inspiration! Click to view and enter HERE

UMI SUSHI Special offer $2 Sushi on Tuesdays.  Find out more HERE

Mandarin Bridge Climb

As one of Australia's most loved icons, Sydney Harbour's Bridge Climb offers local Mandarin-speaking Climb Leaders to guide you to the top of the Bridge. Find out more HERE


Haymarket Retail Promotions

Local businesses in Haymarket are invited to engage with a special Christmas promotions featuring in store events and specials for Chinatown Haymarket on Friday 13 Dec. Find out more HERE

With many development plans in 2015 don't miss one of the last Chinese New Year Parades next year!

Chinese New Year Markets – 24-26 January 2014
Twilight Parade – 2 February 2014\
Dragon Ball – 8 February 2014
Dragon Boat Races – 8-9 February 2014

HCC Chinatown Tours 2014

HCC's famous personal Chinatown Tours run by Chamber honorary member George Wing Kee now includes Capitol Theatre.  Meeting at 10.30 a.m. the Tour costs $6 per person or with yum cha @ 18 per head. Bookings essential PERCY  mobile 0403302578 or 0416166380 and email percy.wk@gmail.com.

Tour Dates: Tues 28th Jan, Thurs.30th Jan, Sun 2nd Feb and Wed 5th Feb.

Note: As holidays on 26th January and 31st January [Chinese New Year]  there will be no extra bookings. Special tours can be arranged.

Haymarket Chamber of Commerce is proudly supported by:


For any comments and or enquiries please contact Karen Soo HERE
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