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24 August 2015

Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how.
(Edward T. McMahon)

Haymarket precinct alone is one of the fastest-growing parts of the City of Sydney's economy, with jobs increasing by nearly 25 per cent and residents up 28 per cent in the Haymarket area in the five years to 2012.  

Our upcoming Asia Panel aims to encourage debate and public discussion as to how we may need to rethink, innovate or develop ideas towards our city's urban, economic and social expansion to adapt to high demands on amenities, infrastructure and cohesiveness as a society of urban citizens. Read more HERE

Note:  The City of Sydney's Draft Chinatown and City South Sydney Public Domain Review is currently on exhibition so if you want to have your say  read more HERE (Item 9)

Please join us at our annual Asia Panel Event on Tuesday15 September 2015.  
Featuring some of Sydney's most innovative urban property thought leaders who will address the future of Sydney's CBD property market and growth as we bceome one of Asia's emerging metropolis - this event is not to be missed.  
Limited tickets available.
                                     Moderator:      Ky Chow  Multi-media Editor, Australian Financial Review
                                     PANELISTS:   Lucy Turnbull, AO  and Business Leader
                                                            Brad Chan, CEO, Banna Property
                                                            Seamus McCartney, Urban Regeneration Director, Lend Lease
                                                            Tarsha Finney, Senior Architectural Urbanist, University of Techology


Retail Life in  Haymarket
HCC launches the first ever 'Retail Life' promotion throughout Haymarket encouraging  the most creative shopfront starting on August / Sept 2015 with the winner receiving a cash prize.  To find out more please contact us HERE

Chinese New Year Parade Divides Community

The future of the immensely popular Chinese New Year Parade remains a hot topic as to how it may or may not continue in the future due to the numerous urban developments and infrastructure changes to Sydney's CBD.  

With the community divided as to the loss of such a nationally significant  cultural event versus the realistic viability of conducting such a large scale event in smaller surrounding streets. below are some discussions being had:
-  smaller CNY events to be held in key public places to act as a minor tribute to the major CNY parade event
- the CNY parade emerges again post
- completely cancel the CNY parade?

Let us know what you think 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

    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.  


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.  

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.
Traffic changes;
- 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

Find out more HERE

CBD & 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,

KEEPING GEORGE STREET OPEN FOR CHRISTMAS: LIGHT RAIL PREPARATORY WORK TO START EARLY Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance has announced that critical investigative works on George Street will be brought forward to create more space for shoppers and retailers in the lead up to Christmas. Consultation with impacted businesses means that some isolated closures of existing bus lanes in George Street (between Market and King Streets) will commence on October 5 to ensure construction is minimised in the peak shopping season near Myer and Westfield. 

“With new routes taking buses off George Street on October 4, we’ve heard the concerns and are doing work as early as possible to reduce disruption when shoppers are ramping up for the festive season,” Mr Constance said.

“This allows the project to undertake selected low impact works prior to Christmas while still staying on schedule to deliver a pedestrian precinct in the area before next Christmas.” Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said the closure of George Street to motorists between Market and King Streets from October 23, and from Market to Park Street on December 3, is going to make Christmas shopping a whole lot easier.

“The work we’re starting on October 5 is complex so we’re getting it out of the way first,” Mr Gay said. “We’re making access to the shops easier, improving pedestrian safety and ensuring the Christmas boom for businesses, all while the work on each section, which is expected to take about nine months, is underway. “George Street remains open to normal traffic outside of the construction areas with drivers advised to take note of traffic diversions.” The announcement coincides with phase two of the Tomorrow’s Sydney campaign which launches on Sunday.

Trip planning capabilities will be added to MySydney.nsw.gov.au to prepare all CBD users on the best way to navigate the city during construction. The website will offer trip planning for public transport customers, cyclists, pedestrians, commercial drivers and tradespeople. Drivers will also be encouraged to re-time journeys outside the peak, detour around the city or instead use public transport. Also today, the first clear look has been released of what George Street will look like during the light rail construction period. Tightly controlled work zones, increased pedestrian access, lower impact hoardings and mid-block pedestrian crossings are being planned to reduce the impact between King and Park Streets.“George Street will be a different place – but still be very much open for business,” Mr Constance said.

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:
· Sept  2015 - construction access for Moore Park West Corridor
· Oct 2015 - CBD works start
· Jan 2016 - start of Randwick branch
· Feb 2016 - start of Kingsford branch
· Aug 20016 - start of work in Surry Hills
· Sept 2016 - release of the first pedestrianized zone in George St
· May 17 - completion of final pedestrian zone block in George St
· Sept 2017 - start of the final work zone along the route (Elizabeth St to Chalmers St)
· Sept 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
First residential building
− Construction is well underway on the first residential building with approximately 20 workers on site. More than 80% of piling is complete with concrete structural works underway
− The first crane to support the construction of this building is planned to arrive on site from 7 August and will be commissioned shortly after.
− Rainwater tank that will be used for the irrigation of the podium has been installed (photo below). This will have a capacity of 80,000L and is one of the Green Star initiatives for the project Commercial building − Site establishment is complete and piling has commenced with one piling rig on site. Nearly 90% of piling is complete and vibration monitoring is also in place
− Detailed excavation works to the southern car park core including pile trimming is complete and pouring of the lift pit is to commence shortly − The first tower crane for this building is planned to arrive on site late August
− Approximately 20 workers are currently on the north west plot in Darling Square, working on the commercial building The jump form on the hotel site Formwork on the hotel mezzanine 80,000L rainwater tank recently installed Concrete structural works begin The north west plot at Darling Square Student Accommodation
– Urbanest and Buildcorp − Excavation and piling works are complete with a total of 72 piles bored and the concrete pour to the lift base and crane base also complete. The tower crane was erected late July − Formwork, reinforcement and concrete pours are to continue to the footings and ground floor slab over the next month − Works are to commence on the erection of the jump form for the building in the coming weeks

For any questions about the Student Accommodation plots, please contact:
Ned Sardelic, Construction Manager, Buildcorp – ned_sardelic@buildcorp.com.au
Tom Bitmead, Project Manager, Johnstaff Projects – tom.bitmead@johnstaff.com.au

For more information please email communityupdates@darlingsq.com or call 1300 699 785.



'Cult Film Classics In The House' runs throughout Sept until Dec every Friday night. Book HERE

Frid 4th Sept - Highlander (M) - VMAX Screening
Frid 18th Sept - Grease (PG)
Frid 2nd Oct - Predator (M) - VMAX Screening

Exit Strategies Exhibition
4 Sept - 10 Oct

Commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art,  Exit Strategies is a new exhibition by Vietnamese-Australian artist James Nguyen that reflects upon the artist’s experience of living in a factory in south-west Sydney with his family during the 1990s in a effort to save a failing textiles business.  Find out more HERE

Les Miserables at Capitol Theatre

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production is now playing at the Capitol Theatre. Completely reimagined with incredible new designs and an astonishing cast. This is Les Mis like you’ve never seen it before.  Book HERE

World Square Silent Cinema

Over the next four weeks we will be screening French inspired films. You will be provided with headphones and deck chairs for you to enjoy movies in the Square. All sessions are free.  Starts Wed 26 August with the opening night screening of The Pink Panther (1963) at 7pm. Find out more HERE


On 12 September the City of Sydney will host Fashion Saturday  – the ultimate day out for Sydney shoppers. There’s still time for fashion, beauty and design retailers to get involved.

Fashion Saturday will bring together like-minded retailers for a series of creative in-store events, special offers, designer talks, street entertainment, food trucks, competitions and other promotions. Supporting events and partnerships include a Collette Dinnigan exhibition at Powerhouse Museum, cycling tours, an upcycling workshop and more. Find out more HERE

Novotel Family Fun Offer
Family Fun Offer

Novotel is offering to take your family on a holiday filled with fun activities! Find out more HERE

Package starting from $469* and includes:

  • 2 night’s accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children
  • Full buffet breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children 
  • 2 family tickets to a Sydney attraction of your choice (if you book prior to November 30)**
  • Car parking for 2 nights 
  • 30% discount on IMAX theatre passes 


Ryan Tian 
HCC Executive
Corporate Relationship Manager, Bankwest

How long has your business been in Haymarket?  I am currently working at Wynyard. But I had been working at Haymarket for 8 years until early last year. I have always been working for commercial banks as an employee.  

Could you indicate what makes your business competitive in your industry and local area?  At Bankwest we believe your banking partner should be your perfect business partner. We pay lots of attention to our clients, spend time to understand their business not just banking, which make clients feel that they are important to us, and actually they are the important asset to us.

How do you see the financial industry/ personal banking changing over the next few years?  Many functions of personal bankings became available online. I am guessing online P2P lending platform will prosper in the next few years following US and China, which will create competition and opportunity for traditional banks. Banks are investing more on Asian banking.   

What changes have you observed in the local area and business community during this time?  More corporate entities have presence in Haymarket area than ever before.    

Why do you think the Haymarket Chamber attracts so many members?  Haymarket Chamber is well established with members covering broad range of industries, it is a key to Asian market.  

Could you describe Haymarket in three words?  Key to Asia 

What do you see as happening in 2015-16?  Sydney is getting modern and stylish. Hope housing price is not going too crazy.  

How do you see the plans in and surrounding Haymarket for the future?  A number of new residential towers will be built within the next 3-5 years. New entertainment centre and darling square will give the area a modern and bright look.  

Favourite place in Chinatown?  I love a number of good Asian restaurants in Chinatown. 20 of them, I just can't list them all.   

Any advice to other businesses?  Talk to each other, you may find untapped opportunities.  

What is one of your favourite quote?  When life gives you lemons, grab tequila & salt.

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