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17 November 2015

Technology, Tolerance and Talent

In light of the heightened  global challenges we now face, tolerance will be key in ensuring a way forward.  In a recent Global Creativity Index (GCI) have listed Australia as the leading country in creativity - tolerance, talent and technology.  The study which was conducted by Toronto University described the three T's;
- Technology was based on the investment levels in research and development, plus the number of patent applications per capita.
- Talent was the composite of the percentage of adults with higher-education degrees and the percentage of the workforce working in the creative industries.

- Tolerance was based on  how a country treats its immigrants, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBT residents.

Rank Country Tech Talent Tolerance GCI
1 Australia 7 1 4 0.97
2 USA 4 3 11 0.95
3 New Zealand 7 8 3 0.949
4 Canada 13 14 1 0.92
5 Denmark 10 6 13 0.917

As we experience the most rapid innovation in human history,  global change and challenges will undoubtedly effect our economic future.  Read more HERE

Celebrate  the Red Fire Monkey Year 2016 with HCC

2016 is forecast to be a year of vitality, optimism and innovation for business, so join HCC as we
welcome the Red Fire Monkey Year at our banquet celebratory evening on Friday 12 February 2016.  

With special news to come about our official Guests of Honor and hosts, enjoy a delicious 10 course banquet at The Eight restaurant, prizes and wonderful and exciting performances with us. 

Limited tickets available.

Five Strategic Directions

Following an inquiry into Australia's financial system, under our new leader, the Federal Government has sought to respond with a focus on five key strategic micro-economic directions;

  • Reliance of foreign capital
  • Efficiency in the Superannuation system
  • Stimulate innovation
  • Improving the standard of financial products for customers
  • Strengthen the capabilities and accountability of the prudential and securities regulators.
Read more HERE

Zilver Launches in Bondi Westfield


HCC congratulates Jessie Xiao, HCC's Vice President for the recent launch of the Eastern suburbs prominent new Zilver restaurant in Westfields Bondi.  The launch event welcomed many state and federal politicians with hundreds of guest who enjoyed the celebration which featured Lion dancers and delicious Cantonese catering.  To book Zilver click HERE

UTS Haymarket Study 2015

HCC would like to thank UTS and the many students who conducted indepth market research and analysis  to understand Haymarket 's brand positioning,  perceptions of Chinatown and future place making for Haymarket precinct.

In coming months, we hope to share some of the key Insights and highlights drawn from the market research conducted across respondents throughout Sydney.

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    


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

Major construction schedule for the CBD and South East Light Rail project
The CBD and South East Light Rail route has been divided into 31 individual zones to minimise, as much as possible, the impacts of construction in any one area. These are listed below. ALTRAC can alter its construction schedule, but not the duration within any individual zone, if required. If changes to the construction schedule are required, ALTRAC must provide notice of 60 business days. The public will be fully advised of any changes well in advance of works taking place.

Zone 1:
Circular Quay, east of George Street Construction starts 9 January 2017 - Construction ends 9 October 2017

Zone 2:
George Street, from Grosvenor Street to Alfred Construction starts 16 February 2016 - Construction ends 27 November 2016

Zone 3:
George Street, between Bridge Street and Margaret Street Construction starts 12 April 2016 - Construction ends 21 December 2016

Friday 23 October to Tuesday 1 December
Day works:  6am to 10pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm Saturday
Night works: 8pm to 5am Sunday to Thursday (when required)
Work taking place during this period includes:  Traffic signal work to manage traffic flow.  Trenching along and across the track alignment to ensure protection and preservation of utilities.  Utility works to modify access and relocate services from the light rail track alignment.

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.

Friday 23 October to Tuesday 1 December
Day works:  6am to 10pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm Saturday
Night works: 8pm to 5am Sunday to Thursday (when required)
Work taking place during this period includes:
· Traffic signal work to manage traffic flow.
· Trenching along and across the track alignment to ensure protection and preservation of utilities.
· Utility works to modify access and relocate services from the light rail track alignment.

Cyclists will need to dismount prior to entering this zone 5 area. Cyclists not having a destination within this section will be redirected to other routes. For more detailed maps on block closures and how to move around the CBD visit

For further information about the CBD and South East Light Rail project:
Email / infoline on 1800 684 490 or 24-hour construction Ph: 1800 775 465
Visit the TfNSW Community Information Centre, cnr George and King Street (next to Coles), CBD
 Visit the project website HERE  or follow  on Facebook  HERE

Darling Square Update

Stormwater amplification works on Hay Street are complete
Construction of Darling Square is progressing with the first residential building and commercial building underway. Piling for both buildings is complete and concrete structural works are underway. Over the next few weeks, there will be two tower cranes erected and commissioned to support the construction of the new buildings. Traffic control will be in place as required and traffic and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Due to road authority restrictions with oversized loads, some deliveries for the crane must be off the road by 5am. Construction work will not begin until 7am in accordance with our standard hours of work.

Qantas Credit Union Demolition Begins from Jan 2016 for approximately 6 months.  Work will be conducted 6 days a week.  More details follows.
Stage 1 – Soft Strip out and removal of all assets
Stage 2 – Roof and superstructure removed.
Stage 3 – Upper and lower seating bowls demolished.
Stage 4 – Demolition of perimeter concrete structure.
Stage 5 – Clearing the site and preparing it for construction.

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.


Completered features along 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.

Current work across 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.  


Hilton's Glass Brasserie
Breakfast for 2 for the price of 1
 17th November- December 22nd

The Hilton's breakfast at the Glass Brasserie is one of Sydney's most delicious breakfasts. Enjoy a special promotion for 2 guest and pay for only 1.  Reservations required. To book click HERE 

East Ocean 30th Anniversary
Celebrate 30 years with one of Chinatown's established Cantonese restaurants at East Ocean. Enjoy a very special 30th anniversary $60 FEAST BANQUET!
Not to be missed!  Book Now.

CATS at the Capitol Theatre to 29 November 2015
Following its triumphant return on the West End, the acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary musical CATS is set to have audiences purring with pleasure when it comes to the Capitol Theatre starring.DELTA GOODREM as Grizabella.   Not to be missed.  Book HERE

Qantas Credit Arena

Don’t miss out on the last shows at Qantas Credit Union Arena! 

The Qantas Credit Union Arena will be closing at the end of 2015 to make way for Darling Square, the new city neighbourhood. The last shows at the arena 

have been announced and the line-up is one that’s not to be missed:

• Sam Smith – Friday 4 and Saturday 5 December

• The Amity Affliction and A Day to Remember - Saturday 12 December

• John Farnham - Wednesday 16 December

• Cold Chisel - Tuesday 15, Thursday 17 and Friday 18 December

• Elton John - Saturday 19 December

Find out more HERE 

Business Links with Asia Survey
UWS are seeking to identify the challenges that Australia’s Chinese and Indian business community face in developing and maintaining trade and business links, and explore how policy settings and knowledge systems could be strengthened to enhance the potential they have to maximise links between Australia and Asia.
access the online survey here in English or 中文


Mothership Events

Could you indicate what makes your business competitive in your industry and local area?
We specialise our skill base to the outdoor event market and within our industry, events and entertainment, which is unique. Our business has innovative systems of operation that integrate the stakeholders, clients and creative process with high level outcomes. Coupled with our reputation, the Mothership Events brand has a cut through message of excellence in delivery outcomes within the event market space.

What changes have you observed in the local area and business community during this time?
Certainly, generational change is noticeable. There is a new breed of business in the area whether via a revamp of longstanding business, or, new faces entering the community. I personally have noticed a resurgence of smaller and more boutique business operators in and around the inner city precincts.

Why do you think the Haymarket Chamber attracts so many members?
Haymarket is the home of Chinatown and the vibrancy its attracts and creates as a magnet for all sectors of the Sydneysider and tourist. Surrounding that you have cultural layers such as entertainment and markets precincts. It's a perfect storm of visitation, business and cultural inclusion.

Could you describe Haymarket in three words? Bustling, diverse, cultural

How do you see the plans in and surrounding Haymarket for the future?  Disruptive for now, but will enable greater access into and out of the precinct. It will provide a large business and community precinct allowing visitors to spread across a wider area to experience the area with greater ease..

Favourite place in Chinatown?   I can't name one....The whole Chinatown is one of my favourite places.

Any advice to other businesses?   Focus in on your strengths and perfect your artform, whatever it may be.

What is one of your favourite quote?  "The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist" by Charles Baudelaire

NYE Event 


Exclusive front row seat to Sydney’s Fireworks spectacular, elevated on the water’s edge, in the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. 

Enjoy a relaxed, stress free NYE in beautiful surrounds, with the best view that Sydney has to offer complimented by a five star food experience.  To book click HERE
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