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HCC's Asia Panel 2015 

From L to R: Simon Chan HCC President, Moderator; Ky Chow Australian Financial Review Multi Media Editor, Brad Chan CEO Banna Property, Tarsha Finney Senior Lecturer in Architecture UTS, Seamus McCartney, GM for Urban Regeneration & Retail Lend Lease and Johanna Pitman Deputy CEO Committee for Sydney.

Our annual Asia Panel proved eventful on the day, with panel speaker Lucy Turnbull and Malcolm Turnbull announcing their success as the new Prime Ministership.  Congratulations to our new leading couple, as we welcome Prime Minister Turnbull's new leadership and direction towards a more innovative and 'agile' econony for Australian businesses succeeding towards the 21st Century.. 

With almost 80 attendees our panel sought a diverse range of discussion points that explored the changing nature of Haymarket’s buildings, design, culture and streets.  We hope to continue this public discussion about the collective vision and future for Haymarket.

Thank you to Deputy Lord Mayor Kemmis, Ky Chow, our wonderful panel of speakers, HCC Executive team, Novotel Sydney Central, Sui Videography, photographer Milo Yang, HCC events team Rei Wang, Natasia and Alicia Rozali and to our many guests and members who attended our event - as we look forward to planning our Asia Panel 2016!
Event highlights


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Artist approached to Envision Public Space

Sydney’s Central Park lit up for Vivid last May.
As pubic and private spaces transform, the way we engage, connect and experience our cities evolve.  Culture and emerging 'urban' culture can take many forms such as sustainable buildings, diverse use of space and community interaction.  Haymarket's business and residential community continues to grow and with this we are inspired by initiatives that invest in flourishing the local culture through design, arts and with innovative ways of weaving diverse groups of the community together.  Read more HERE
Photo: Sydney’s Central Park lit up for Vivid last May
Worlds's Best Cities for Events 
NSW has again been recognised as one of the world’s best event cities. Sydney, Newcastle and Coffs Harbour have each been bestowed the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) World Festival and Event City Award, and Destination NSW has also received seven awards including three Gold, in the 2015 IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards for Vivid Sydney.  Read more HERE

World Square Number 1 Mall in Australia

World Square Shopping Centre, once a big hole in the southern end of Sydney's central business district, has seen off the competition by being named the number-one mall in the Shopping Centre News CBD Guns survey.

It comes as that end of town continues its restructuring from a large traffic thoroughfare linking people, cars and buses from the harbour in the north to Central Station in the south and beyond.

Agents say it is also a reflection of the revitalisation of CBD retail markets, with new apartment blocks in an around the city and the nearby Haymarket and Darling Harbour districts.


CBRE attributed World Square Shopping Centre's strong performance to its diversity as a mixed-use asset and position in one of the country's most densely populated areas.  Read more HERE

New York's Chinatown Acknowledges Chinese Architect
CHINATOWN New York — Not many people know the man behind some of the most recognizable structures in Chinatown, but a new museum retrospective aims to change that.

Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923-1968,” now on view at the Museum of Chinese in America, follows the architect’s long, complex career through more than 80 artifacts including photographs, blueprints and architectural drawings.

The show is the first major study of Lee’s work in the United States, according to the museum, which includes the Kimlau War Memorial in Chatham Square and the former Pagoda Theater on East Broadway, which was torn down in 1992.
Lee, who was born on Mott Street in 1900, was also a major influence on the distinctive On Leong Tong building on Mott and Canal streets as well as the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association located on 62 Mott St., said Kerri Culhane, who guest curated the show for MOCA.  Read more HERE 

Haymarket Live Work Play Guide 2015


Find out all you need to know about Haymarket - food, fashion, people and promotions!
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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

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.  

Light rail construction count down begins

The start of construction of the light rail is underway as the ALTRAC Light Rail team are busy preparing for the start of construction on George Street in the CBD on 23 October, buses will roll out of George Street in the CBD for the final time on 4 October 2015,

Sydneysiders will be faced with a number of challenges throughout the construction period, but by early 2019 the construction sites will be replaced with a fully operational light rail service. One light rail vehicle can carry up to 450 people, the same amount as nine standard buses or 90 cars.

ALTRAC crews will continue geotechnical investigations and potholing works in preparation for the start of construction work in October on George Street between King and Market Streets. From 4 October, a new bus network will operate in Sydney CBD. Buses in the city will operate predominantly along new priority routes on Elizabeth Street, Castlereagh Street, Park Street, Druitt Street, Clarence Street and York Street and will no longer operate along George Street. 

October 23 – December 1: Scope of work increases
From October 23 the work in this zone increases and the main construction begins. George Street will be permanently closed to general traffic between King Street and Market Street. During these works a lane will be provided for emergency services and for access to the loading docks and driveways in this closed section. Pedestrian access will also be maintained.

For further information about the CBD and South East Light Rail project:
Email SLRCommunity@acciona.com.au
Call the project infoline on 1800 684 490
Visit the TfNSW Community Information Centre, cnr George and King Street (next to Coles), CBD
Call the 24-hour construction response line on 1800 775 465
Visit the project website HERE  
Follow us on Facebook  HERE 

Darling Square Update

Stormwater amplification works on Hay Street are complete
– Construction update First residential building (South West plot)

− Piling is complete with concrete pours continuing for the cores of the building.

− The first ground slab pour occurred recently and work will commence to build the jump form (a specialised piece of formwork used to construct building cores) for the first residential tower.
Commercial building (North West plot) − Piling is complete and concrete pours continue for the cores of the building.

− The tower crane to support the construction of this building has been successfully commissioned. Upcoming Infrastructure work

− Works are required at the corner of Hay and Harbour streets to provide stormwater augmentation and flood mitigation.

− A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) is currently being prepared for determination by Sydney Water and will also require approval from relevant authorities.

− There will be about 6-8 months of work in total, currently planned to commence from November 2015, pending approvals.

Thomas Street between Hay and Quay street
Upgrades 2015-16

As the City of Sydney continues transforming Chinatown, with ongoing making traffic changes and other improvements in Thomas Street between Hay and Quay streets, the Chamber welcomes this exciting new public space that will engage the local community, attract new visitors and encourage greater pedestrian use. This upgrade follows the successful upgrade of nearby Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane.

Thomas Street between Hay Street and Ultimo Road:
- decorative paving with concentric circles

- boulders that are part of an integrated artwork

- granite footpaths with trachyte kerbs

- a signalised intersection at Thomas Street and Ultimo Road
- smartpoles for traffic signals and lights.

Now there is work on these features in the shared zone between Ultimo Road and Thomas Lane:
- more smartpoles
- more granite pavers
- pits for new trees
- more decorative paving and boulders as part of the integrated artwork.

The City of Sydney expect the project to be completed in February 2016.  

Happy Autumn Moon Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Chinese Moon Festival, brings families together to celebrate the harvest under a full moon. The holiday is all about giving thanks, for nature’s abundance and for joyful reunions with loved ones.

Mark your calendars: Mid-Autumn Festival 2015 is September 27, 2015. The holiday takes place every year on the night of the full moon that falls between September 8 and October 7 on the 15th day of the 8th month on the lunar calendar.



Chinatown Cultural & Historic Tours

George Wing Kee's personal Chinatown tours continue to be popular with a recent group of students from a US education group joining his tour last week.  Digital Chinatown tour phone app For Android click HERE  or Apple click HERE

2016 Timetable Announced

2016 sees a full range of Applied Buddhist Studies and Health and Social Wellbeing subjects available for postgraduate programs, professional development and one-off personal interest studies.
Semester 1 will commence with core subjects Introduction to Buddhism (15-19 Feb), Mindfulness: Theory and Practice (14-18 Mar) and Mind-Body Wellness(19-21 Mar).

Knight Frank Taps into High End Asian Property Market

 Knight Frank expects to open a new prestige property ­division by early next year, with the group hoping to use its extensive database of rich Chinese to sell homes, according to ­Dominic Ong, Knight Frank head of Asian markets. Read more HERE

New Year Eve Event

For the first time in Sydney’s history, the entire Tarpeian Precinct of The Domain is being offered for an exclusive NYE Above The Harbour event. Tickets include an unlimited five star food & beverage package presented by the Shangri-La Hotel, DJ, pamper station, hampers, VIP seating and much more.  Date: 31/12/15 Location: Tarpeian Precinct The Domain  located above the Opera House, next to Royal Botanic Gardens, SYDNEY HARBOUR.  Book  HERE

URBAN TOUR The City - What Next?
Sunday, 4 October, 10am – 1pm 

Follow a route from Circular Quay to Haymarket concentrating on recently completed &  upcoming contemporary architectural gems redefining Sydney. Look at how Sydney connects projects with an urban narrative that turns attention to processes of city and state governance as this tour discusses the drivers of the city ‐ politically, economically, culturally and environmentally. Book HERE


Andrea Moro
Sales and Marketing Manager
Novotel Sydney Central

How long has your business been in Haymarket?   Novotel Sydney Central’s location, façade and foundation is steeped in Australian history and has been offering its owners, lodgers and residents restful accommodation and a gateway to Sydney’s premium produce for over 120 years. Newly branded as an Accor property in 2013, we are proud to continue the tradition of providing our guests premium accommodation.

Could you indicate what makes your business competitive in your industry and local area?  We feature 255 spacious guestrooms, including 4 suites. Positioned in a quiet Cul-de-sac, the comfortable, well-appointed rooms and facilities are perfect families or the business or leisure traveller. 

What changes have you observed in the local area and business community during this time?  Many great changes in Thomas Street include the transformation of the space across the road from Novotel Sydney Central with the development of the car park being built into office space, the Frank Gehry building, UTS and more recently the upgrades to the Thomas Street Footpaths area a great addition to the local area.

Why do you think the Haymarket Chamber attracts so many members?  There is a real community spirit within Haymarket and although located in the heart of the CBD, it still has a local feeling.

Could you describe Haymarket in three words?  Diverse, vibrant and unique

What do you see as happening in 2016?  The new Goods Line urban project is a great initiative by the SHFA which creates a greater link to the Darling Harbour Precinct. by connecting many local businesses to the area and increasel “foot traffic” to the area along with bringing in new activity and pop up events.

How do you see the plans in and surrounding Haymarket for the future?  In terms of the future, possibly further development of the link to the Darling Harbour Precinct and the development of more local events.

Favourite place in Chinatown?  Thomas Street eateries

Any advice to other businesses?  Look at the core of your business and what can you do differently from your competitors

What is one of your favourite quote?  “Whether serving customers or tennis aces, keep your eye on the ball. I’ve never once seen a player win a match by looking at the scoreboard’. Catherine DeVrye, Australian Executive Woman of the Year, author and global speaker.

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