21 July 2015
Chamber Leadership Team 2015/16
From L to R: front row: Richard Hiughes, Peter Bannister, Simon Chan, Jessie Xiao, George Wing Kee, Karen Soo, Stephen Wan, Eva Wong, Anthony Keirann, Linda Mc Creath, Vaughn de Vocht, Peter Wong, Ryan Tian with Brad Chan and Jonothan Wong absent.
Thank you to our many members, supporters and to CBA with our event sponsors for joining us at our HCC's recent AGM and Winter Networking event on 14 July. With almost 80 attendees we all enjoyed a active evening. am insightful guided tour at our host venue; the innovative Commonwealth Bank (CBA) building at Darling Quarter.
We very much appreciate our event sponsors; Events Cinema, Umi Group, Travel Maps and Public Style and our invaluable key sponsors and partners; City of Sydney, Wesptac and new sponsor Novotel Sydney Central.
Congratulations to the Chamber's incoming Executive team for 2015/16;
President Simon Chan, Director Art Atrium and SCA Associates
Vice President George Wing Kee, Director, P & G Mode Realty
Vice President: Jessie Xiao, Director, Umi Group
Treasurer: Peter Bannister, Director, Sine Iactvra PL
Public Officer: Jonothan Wong, Director, Avantro
Secretary: Richard Hughes, Director Richard Hughes & Associates
Committee: Peter Wong, Director P & G Mode Realty
Brad Chan, CEO, Banna Property
Vaughn de Vocht, Director, Prestige Strata Services
Eva Law, Director, Eva Law & Associates
Linda McCreath, Principal, Abacus Visa Immigration Lawyers
Ryan Tian, Corporate Relationship Manager, Bankwest
Anthony Keirann, General Manager, Events Cinema
Stephen Wan, Director, SKW Property
CBA Building Achieves 6 Star Green Rating
Congratulation to Lend Lease and Commonwealth Bank for their recent 6 star green rating which has seen the CBA's 58,000 m2 of commercial office space said to emit 50% less greenhouse gas emissions and consume 80% less drinking water than the average Australian office building. This is equivalent to taking 680 cars off the road and saving 13 Olympic swimming pools of water per year. Find out more HERE
Retail Investment High
Investment activity in the retail sector have been very strong with more than $1.6 billion of retail assets in three months to June a rise of almost 26 per cent on year, according to Cushman & Wakefield with the recent inner city Surry Hills Shopping Village which sold for $96 million with a yeild of 2.69 %.
HAYMARKET RETAIL LIFE PROMOTION
HCC launches the first ever 'Retail Life' promotion throughout Haymarket encouraging the most creative shopfront starting on 24 August 2015 with the winner receiving a cash prize. To find out more please contact us HERE
Chinese New Year 2016 ART Focus
The City of Sydney has appointed a specialist curator for its Chinese New Year Festival for the first time in the festival’s 20-year history as well as a new advisory panel to strengthen relations between the City and Asian communities.
New Rules for Significant Investor Visa (SIV)
The new rules which give a foreigner residency in exchange for $5 million in investments have been refined to exclude bonds as an investment type. They also force part of the $5 million into venture capital and small-cap equities funds.
So far more than 750 foreign applicants, of which more than 90 per cent are Chinese, have been given the right to live and work in Australia in return for more than $3.7 billion worth of investment.
Find out more HERE
HCC Welcome to Haymarket Guide
FREE Member Listing
Not the final cover.
Our HCC LWP Guides success saw thousands distributed throughout Sydney and an endless demand by retailers and businesses for more guides.
Our next version of this valuable Guide will be a comprehensive and informative first ever ‘Welcome to Haymarket’ Guide 2015/16. This guide will be much a larger version of the popular HCC Live*Work*Play Guide 2015 and ensure we offer even more valuable and practical information about living, working and visiting Haymarket.
Exclusive to Members Listed Only
Most popular and widely accepted local area guide for;
Businesses - Key local and state government, professional services contacts
Community - Key local area contacts and local services
Visitors - Food, Shopping, Entertainment, Art & CNY
Printed guides distributed throughout Sydney CBD and Haymarket Chinatown from November 2015. To join us or find out more email us HERE
2015 Wellbeing Survey
For thriving communities and liveable spaces!
The City of Sydney invites residents to participate in their 2015 Wellbeing Survey. The survey is in a few languages.
The survey is a broad-ranging health check of the city’s residents and will help the City of Sydney understand the community more personally so that we can represent it effectively and shape suitable services, programs and spaces for the future.
The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and responses are entirely anonymous. To participate, please complete or you can download and print the survey or fill it out online 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
Thanks to Emperor's Garden, Chinese Ginseng and Herbs and St George for supporting HCC by promoting our Chinatown Phone App.
BECOME A MEMBER
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.
LOCAL AREA NEWS
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
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,
Investigation works in the CBD – 17 July to 17 September 2015 (Day and night time work) ALTRAC will be carrying out surveys, geotechnical investigations and potholing in preparation for main construction work, which is set to begin later this year.
Work at any one location will not be continuous and further information will be provided to potentially affected properties throughout the works. Works will involve localised traffic and pedestrian changes including lane closures.
Further notification regarding other works at specific intersections in August.
Friday 17 July to Thursday 17 September 2015 (approx. 10 nights work per activity at each location)
Where possible, work will occur during standard day time hours to minimise impacts.
Night time works will take place between 8pm and 5am.
No works will be conducted on Friday and Saturday nights.
Potholing work George Street (between Alfred Street and Market Street)
George Street (between Market Street and Rawson Place)
Rawson Place (between George Street and Pitt Street)
Eddy Avenue (between Pitt Street and Chalmers Street)
Work on the 12-kilometre route will be staged across 31 construction zones with no one zone affected for the entire period.
Project Work Schedule
The key major construction dates include:
· September 2015 - construction access for Moore Park West Corridor
· October 2015 - CBD works start
· January 2016 - start of Randwick branch
· February 2016 - start of Kingsford branch
· August 20016 - start of work in Surry Hills
· September 2016 - release of the first pedestrianized zone in George St
· May 17 - completion of final pedestrian zone block in George St
· September 2017 - start of the final work zone along the route (Elizabeth St to Chalmers St)
· September 2017 - arrival of Light Rail Vehicles
· April 2018 - completion of major civil construction; ongoing works continue to finalise the installation of electronic systems and construction of platforms
· June 2018 - testing commences
The full construction program is available here www.sydneylightrail.com.au. The project is on schedule to be delivered ahead of its original forecast and will be up and running in early 2019.
For any urgent concerns or complaints while the works are being undertaken, contact the Transport for NSW 24-hour Construction Response line on 1800 775 465.
Darling LIVE Update
Public Realm Update
Work is progressing outside the Chinese Garden of Friendship and is scheduled to be complete around late August.
Some trees will begin to be planted in this area shortly.
− Excavation is underway in Tumbalong Park for the new stage and piling works have been completed
− The stockpiles of soil have been sifted and will be reused on the eastern side of the park
− The work in Tumbalong Park is scheduled to be complete in December
Darling Square – Construction update
Infrastructure renewal activities are progressing.
Harbour Street night works to upgrade/divert existing services will be complete W/E 17 July
Stormwater amplification works to Hay Street is progressing well and on track to be complete by August − Piling for the south west plot is well underway with approximately 220 of 265 piles bored.
Concrete pour is complete on the SW1 lift pit and excavation works have commenced on the SW3 lift pit − The first tower crane is planned to arrive on site in early August
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 699 785.
Thomas Street Upgrades for 2015
After several months of civil works the first sections of the combined street upgrade and public artwork are being installed at the Thomas & Hay Street project in Haymarket. The design is being realised with installation of the first sawn bluestone boulders and paving setts. The arrival of the cup floating rock and bronze scholar rocks will fully realise the scheme.
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.
- 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
New Westpac Senior Team
New Westpac chief Brian Hartzer has appointed Walt Disney executive Tom Boyle to the newly created role of chief customer officer in finetuning his new new senior team. Mr Boyle's background includes strategy marketing for National City Corporation one of the top 10 US banks.
Publicstyle Bronte fashion shoot with Jennifer Hawkins. last week.
Join Event Cinemas George Street on the 31st of July at 7pm for a very special ‘In The House’ Anime Screening of Akira, the extraordinary 1988 epic anime science fiction thriller by Katsuhiro Otomo, a landmark film for all anime films. Dress as your favourite anime character and have the chance to win awesome prizes such as double passes to see The Fantastic Four at an exclusive advanced screening in Gold Class!
Tickets available now from here or join the ‘In The House’ Facebook page to keep up-to-date with all things HERE
City of Sydney Business 101 Workshops
A Small Business Guide to Social Media
Mon 27 July 2015 from 8.30 - 10am Find out more HERE
Creative Industry frpom arts to business
Wed 29 July 2015 from 6.30 - 8.30pm Find out more HERE
Strata Skills 101 High Rise Compatability
Tues 4 August 2015 from 6 - 8pm Find out more HERE
Enterprise Resilience Workshop
Thurs 13 August 2015 from 9.30am - 12.45pm Find out more HERE
Umi Group Announce Zilver to launch at Bondi Westfield
Sharpen your chopsticks, Zilver is moving into theformer Kam Fook site in Westfield Bondi Junction.
The Cantonese restaurant aims to launch in September-October, offering both a daily yum cha service and an la carte menu and the location's expansive views. Co-owner Jessie Xiao says the menu will be similar to the current Zilver's in Chinatown, with some new items as well. "We're also going to incorporate northern flavours, which are more spicy and pungent," she says. The new site will also include a bar and lounge area with Asian-influenced cocktails.
HAYMAKRKET MAP by Travel Maps
Look out for the FREE map being circulated throughout Haymarket by our member The Word or also known as Travel Maps who provide expert free travel information about Australia.
HCC President Profile
Director SCA Architects and Art Atrium
How would you describe our first year as HCC's President? Extremely interesting considering the area's transformation with the developments of Darling Square and the Light rail. I am very happy to be working with our HCC Executive team who are very dedicated to supporting and promoting Haymarket businesses and the local community.
What have been the highlights and challenges the many stakeholders in the area for you? My highlights include HCC’s networking functions, last year's launch of our Asia panel, our first ever HCC Live Work Play Guide 2015 and the success of our Chinatown Cultural and Historical Walking Tour Phone application. A key challenge has been ensuring we co-ordinate, represent and liaise with local business and community for and with the many stakeholders involved with the area’s transformation such as NSW Transport, City of Sydney and Lend Lease.
Could you outline 3 unique aspects of HCC? HCC is unique in representing Chinatown, Thai Town and Korea Town which reflects the diverse growing business community throughout the area. The range of local businesses th area reflects includes everything from entertainment with Events Cinema and Capitol Theatre to small sole traders such as restaurants and retailers to large corporations. We also have quite a diverse cultural community which includes; large local groups of Chinese, Indonesia,Thai and Korean residents as well as visitors and investors.
Favourite sayings: “Life is a roller coaster journey with lots of peaks and valleys along the way. When you think you’re at the bottom you should also think that you can only move up again.”
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For any comments and or enquiries please contact Karen Soo HERE