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16 June 2015

Future City Living

With the advent and impact of fast paced technology, the way we work, live and interact with our city and community is transforming. Convenience and community will be necessities to enable the emergence of  freelancing and flexible mobile working arrangements where working where you live and living where you work will be the future economy.

With the many new businesses, residents and students that Haymarket welcomes each year, we foresee an exciting place rich with opportunities, transformation and innovative right at our doorstep and look forward to the future of work and the emerging new economy.

Look out for our soon to be released details about our next annual Asia Panel event which will discuss property and future living.

to Go!

Join HCC at our active networking Winter Wonder Event on 14 July 2015 hosted for the first time at the award winning and inspiring Commonwealth Bank Building.  With delicious seafood catering and drinks this wondrous event is not to be missed!  We look forward to enjoying the evening with you. 

 Commonwealth Bank Building, Darling Quarter


The winter season is a low retail period of traffic and visitation in Haymarket though with the recent Vivid Festival surrounding our precinct this has to be on the key events during this slow season that drives the night economy.  With over 50,000 visitors during the 2 week period walking throughout Sydney's CBD we thank the City of Sydney for a very successful event for CBD businesses.

Fit For The Future
Deputy Lord Mayor Robyn Kemmis

City of Sydney

The NSW Government is pushing for Councils across the state to amalgamate. The Government has proposed that the City of Sydney become part of a ‘mega-council’ with Botany, Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra - a local government area the size of the entire state of Tasmania.
This mega-Council would have more than 500,000 residents, but no increased responsibility or authority to get important work done. Larger councils don’t necessarily result in better management or lower costs, and the NSW Parliamentary Budget Office’s analysis shows the cost of amalgamating NSW councils would be over $445 million and “significantly higher” if forced.
The City of Sydney believes an amalgamation would not be good for the community. It delivers excellent services for residents and businesses, runs debt-free budgets, and has a plan to invest nearly $2 billion in new infrastructure over the next 10 years.  82% residents and 72% businesses want the City of Sydney to stay the same.
The City, and all other Councils, will put forward a proposal about their future at the end of June. You’ll be able to have your say by contacting the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) who are assessing the proposals on the Government’s behalf.

 CHINA Investment
 NSW attracted 72% of China direct investment in Australia in 2014.
* Chinese direct investment in Australia in 2014 was mainly focused on commercial real estate, infrastructure and for the first time, a material investment in the tourism and leisure sectors.
* What started as Chinese sovereign funds making exploratory investments in Australia has now proliferated into investment sprees by Chinese developers, banks, ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWI’s) and institutional investors such as insurance companies.  Source

HCC Sponsors

HCC would like to thank our generous Sponsors Westpac and Events Cinema and we are also very pleased to welcome Novotel Sydney Central as a new Sponsor this year.  With the support of our Sponsors, HCC is able to grow and develop our programs and initiatives to support our members and the precinct.



Anthony Kierann
Area General Manger
 Events Cinemas
George Street & Bondi

How long has your business been in Haymarket? 38yrs
Could you indicate what makes your business competitive in your industry and local area? Location, pricing, membership offers, and successful marketing campaigns.
What changes have you observed in the local area and business community during this time? A huge push for more events and occasion to bring people back to the CBD as such business that would never of communicated to each other are now in constant conversation about ways to bring people into the city. The Council opening the city to more foot traffic, more shoppers etc  engaging in forums and engagements to continually genberate ideas for people of Sydney to flock to the CBD. Harbour Foreshore activities have increased enormously.
Why do you think the Haymarket Chamber attracts so many members? Diversity,  and the open channels of communication that existing members have that promotes the engagements and activities that HCC are involved in. HCC businesses keen to explore ways in which local business can flourish the reciprocal benefit being more people in area. The more members with voice then more acceleration a community group has with instigated movement that benefits the area. HCC has a very broad mix of members that allows for wider interest and growth within the membership. I also belive there is an intrinsic love of the cultural importance of the area and the ever increasing promise of strong business opportunities.
Could you describe Haymarket in three words?  Diverse , Vibrant ,  Dynamic.
What do you see as happening in 2015-16?  Essentially I would like to see more engagement with governing bodies such as Destination NSW, City of Sydney Council to have a stronger marketing collateral promoting Haymarket to draw more visitors. I’d like to see Vivid flourishing in Haymarket .
How do you see the plans in and surrounding Haymarket for the future? The light rail project whilst there will be significant disruption to areas of the CBD is a prime example of a great opportunity opening the corridors of travel for people that will bring in more people on a regular basis into Haymarket. The re – build of convention ctr is an exciting  project also creating a new and wonderful arean to draw more people in from around the world.
Favourite place in Chinatown? Paddys Markets ,  My family used to shop there from 6am on Saturdays when I was a very young child. It is an iconic institution.
Any advice to other businesses? Talk to each other constantly
What is one of your favourite quote? Live, Love and learn as much as one can so the potential that sits in the cusp of one’s hand had the ability to flourish and grow.

HCC Participation

Already 6 months into 2015 and it has been an active first half of the year with HCC participating and attending many events and activities across our network.  Here are some highlights.

  • Nan Tien Institute launch of landmark campus with the Prime Minister
  • St George & Westpac CNY events
  • 4A's farewell to Aaron Seeto
  • City of Sydney Chamber sessions
  • Light Rail Business Events
  • Fishburner business event
  • Dept of Fair Trading local event
  • Lend Lease consultations
  • Australian Young China Professional Initiative @ Lowy Institute
  • China Millennial Launch
  • Guangzhou Chamber luncheon with the City of Sydney
  • UWS Chinatown Research Project 
  • China Cultural Centre Jewish Shanghai Exhibition

If you would like to join our growing membership please    

Make the most of 2015/16 and JOIN /RENEW YOUR CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP HERE 



17 Valentine Street, Haymarket SOLD

The Lutheran Church of Australia has sold its Chinatown warehouse to a private investor for $6.38 million.  The deal was brokered by Colliers International’s Paul Fernandes before the expressions of interest campaign closed. 
The property was sold with vacant possession, for a price equating to $13,292 per sq m of gross building area.  


Toyota Australia is set to change gears after revealing plans to convert most of its Elizabeth Street retail site into four residential towers with 1000 apartments.

The company has lodged a Development Application to build four towers between 47-68 metres in height on its 7,051sqm Melbourne City Toyota site at 611-681 Elizabeth Street.  Read 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. 

In preparation for the new CBD and South East Light Rail, early works on roadways will be continuing to take place over the coming months by both the project’s Managing Contractor (Laing O’Rourke) and PPP Contractor (ALTRAC Light Rail). delivering Sydney’s transport system of the future after releasing a detailed construction schedule for the CBD and South East Light Rail project.
Work on the 12-kilometre route will be staged across 31 construction zones with no one zone affected for the entire period.
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 The project is on schedule to be delivered ahead time 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.

Investigation works in the CBD
17 May to 16 July 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 to potentially affected properties will be provided throughout the works. Where possible, survey work will occur during standard day time hours to minimise impacts. 

Works will involve localised traffic and pedestrian changes including lane closures.

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

Darling LIVE Update
Upcoming Darling Drive road closures and Harris Street lift works Work is progressing with the new convention, exhibition and entertainment venues and public space upgrades. 
Upcoming Darling Drive road closures
To allow us to continue to safely progress the complex activities associated with the construction of the new loading dock, the following temporary changes to Darling Drive (between the Convention Station and Pier Street roundabouts) have been approved by the relevant authorities:
During school terms: Temporary closures (Between 15 June and 28 September)
- Darling Drive southbound – full closure all day and night
- Darling Drive northbound – full closure between midnight Friday and 2pm Monday. Northbound will re-open for the afternoon weekday peak between 2pm and 8pm Monday to Thursday and between 2pm and midnight on Fridays.
- No stopping zones will be extended on Harris Street between 6am and 10am at the following locations to assist with traffic movements in the area:
- Northbound (between Quarry and Allen streets)
- Southbound (50m south of Quarry Street) June/ July school holidays: Temporary closure
- Darling Drive northbound and southbound – full closure all day and night between Saturday 27 June and Sunday 12 July. General construction hours of work
- Hours of work on weekdays are between 7am and 7pm
- Hours of work on weekends are between 7am and 5pm Saturday and between 8am and 5pm on Sunday.
- It is important to note that Darling Drive will remain open between the Pier Street roundabout and Ultimo Road. Harris Street/ Fig Street lift upgrade Work is progressing on the construction of the new lift that will connect Darling Harbour with Pyrmont and Ultimo via the existing Western Distributor walkway from Harris Street and Fig Street.
During the construction period, lift access (either via the existing or new lift) is planned to be maintained at all times however temporary changes to access at this location are required. As previously notified, there will be a period of time where the new lift will need to be accessed via a small number of temporary stairs while a new permanent accessible ramp is built.
This temporary change to access is now scheduled to occur between early July and mid-September 2015.
Advanced warning signage will be installed to inform pedestrians of alternate routes without stairs in the area. 
For more information, please contact the DHL Community Engagement Team on 1300 799 026 or


Crown Group

Urban Living Landmark Development

Chamber Member Crown Group leads a landmark development within the new Green Square Town Centre.  These luxury apartments designed by award-winning architect Koichi Takada and approx. 2,800 square metres of retail and restaurant space, Crown’s Green Square will set the benchmark for urban living and become the landmark gateway to Sydney’s newest precinct.  Find out more HERE

Westpac's Social Responsibility Award

Westpac Group has been named Socially Responsible Bank of the Year in the 2015 Money Consumer Finance Awards, recognising the bank's social and environmental leadership for the third consecutive year.

This marks the fifth win of this annual award by Westpac Group since Money launched the category in 2008 to recognise financial institutions that are delivering significant sustainable outcomes for individuals and the wider community through their lending practices and commitment to social responsibility.  Read more HERE

Family Fun Holiday at Novotel Sydney Central

Family on an fun holiday at Novotel Sydney Central with a 2 night package promotion.
Package Includes
- Family ticket to a Sydney attraction of your choice*
- Full buffet breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children 
- Car parking for 2 nights 
- 30% discount on IMAX theatre passes 

**Choose from numerous Sydney attractions including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye, Madame Tassauds, Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary and more...Find out more HERE

by Roald Dahl

30 June - 04 July

Monkey Baa Theatre brings this exciting performance where one little boy unwittingly stumbles into the annual meeting of witches, he hears their nasty plan to get rid of all the children in the world – by turning them into mice! It’s Griffin Theatre Company at its most mischievous, just in time for the school holidays.  RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 6 AND OVER  Find out more HERE

Sydney Kings Holiday Camps

Sydney Kings legend Ben Knight is back with TWO Holiday camps! Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity for boys and girls between the ages of 8-17 years old to develop skills that will help take their game to the next level!  Canberra Camp (Jul 6-8) Sydney Camp (Jul 9-10) Find out more HERE

 4A New Director Announcement

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art  recently announced the appointment of Mikala Tai as the incoming Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Mikala will relocate from Melbourne to Sydney and commence in September 2015. With a strong background in the Asian arts field, she brings to the role a wealth of knowledge as well as extensive on ground experience and networks within the Asia region, as well as locally.

4A Chair, Edmund Capon says, “Mikala brings the ideal combination of skills, knowledge and vision, and above all a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the role and the organisation. We look forward to her directorship of this vital institution, as we continue our leading role in presenting contemporary Asian art and supporting the Asian Australian cultural dialogue.” Read more HERE

Business 101:
Food Business and Outdoor Dining
1 July 2015

This Business 101 Seminar will introduce you to the basics of online marketing, including good content, measurement and analytics – and that’s just a start. We’ll talk about the best way to ensure what you do online complements your ‘traditional’ advertising and show you why online marketing is much more than a bunch of Facebook likes!  Find out more HERE

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