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29 October 2019


Main Photo:  Vibe Hotel Darling Quarter 


'The three greatest treasures we can teach are; simplicity, patience and compassion.'
- Lao Tzu

HCC's leadership continues to strengthen as we steadily move into 2020.  We are verly pleased to welcome our re-elected President Simon Chan, Vice President Jessie Xiao, Treasurer Jonathan Wong, Public Officer Richard Hughes and Secretary Arthur Chao with our executive team members Linda McCreath, Vaughn de Vocht and Vincent Lim.  HCC also warmly welcomes back our honorary member and previous President Brad Chan, new executive member Jack Lee and are very excited about our HCC Sub Committee Young Leaders; Serena Tran, Jeffrey Tran, James Cui and Kerena Tran progressing into our EC leadership team this year.

2020 will see the
Chamber continue and focus our commitment to represent, support, promote and advocate Haymarket's economic development and cultural integrity by harnessing our members, local stakeholders and community to continue the precinct's prosperity and transfomation.

We would now like to introduce you to our new Haymarket Chamber of Commerce (HCC) Executive Committee for 2019 - 2020. Please see the team below.  Over the next few months we will introduce and profile each of our Executive members so you can gain an insight each of our HCC leaders' passions, inspirations and leadership drive.


HCC Executive Team 2019 - 2020

From L to R front row: Jonathan Wong, George Wing Kee, Simon Chan, Jessie Xiao. Arthur Chao & Richard Hughes
L to R second row: Jack Lee, Vincent Lim, James Cui, Jeffrey Tran, Kerena Tran, Vaughn de Vocht,
Linda McCreath and Serena Tran.
  Apologies: Brad Chan and Karen Soo

Chinese Garden of Friendship 40th Anniversary with Guangzhou Province

Official MC: Simon Chan
Last week the Chinese Garden of Friends celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Sister State-Province Relationship between New South Wales and Guangdong Province. This wonderful afternoon of official tree planting and positive diplomatic relations featured the Hon. Dr. Geoffrey Lee, NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education and His Excellency , Mr. Zhang Hu, Vice Governor of Guangdong Province, China, NSW Property CEO Sam Romaniuk, Karen Soo, Jessie Xiao, Vincent Lim, Jack Lee, Richard Hughes and Arthur Chao.  

From L to R: Arthur Chao, Simon Chan, The Hon. Dr Geoffrey Lee,
Karen Soo, Jessie Xiao and Vincent Lim

Chinese New Year of the Rat 2020
2020 the Metal Rat  year is coming soon, it is a good time to review and update Feng Shui for your working and living spaces for the New Year.  For the  2020 Feng Shui Almanac eBook and print version, which includes the 2020 horoscope, flying star analysis, and a calendar of lucky days for 2020, go to:

City of Sydney Launches Lunar New Year of the Rat 2020 with


Date and time: Saturday 25 January 2020, 5pm-10pm
Location: Sussex St, Hay St, Harbour St, Little Hay St and Dixon St Mall


Following the success of HCC's Haymarket Heartbeat last year, City of Sydney are launching very exciting celebrations on Lunar New Years Day by transforming Haymarket laneways into a street party with real community spirit with Lunar Lanes Year of the Rat 2020/

From 5pm, Chinatown will be buzzing with plenty of entertainment including roving street performers, face painting, kids craft activities, classic carnival games, live music and a spectacular fireworks display at 8.30pm. There will be over 2 hours of cultural performances from our Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Taiwanese and Japanese communities.
Catch one of the lion dancing performances at Lunar Lanes. With 13 performances lined up, you won’t miss the thunderous drumming and the sight of lions weaving in and out of the crowds. From 8.30pm, the brightly illuminated LED lions and a 10m LED dragon will sweep and twist their way through the bustling lanes.

Visit one of the many famed restaurants in Chinatown for a celebratory feast or grab a festival friendly snack from one of the vendors.

On Dixon St Mall, a pair of 2.8m high golden Robot Rat lanterns have been designed by Claudia Chan Shaw to delight and amuse you with their animated features. The Robot Rats will be in Chinatown for one night only, before joining a larger display of 9 rats at the Lunar Lanterns exhibition on 31 January at Circular Quay

Christmas Celebrations
Special Launch of Vibe Hotel Darling Harbour Rooftop

Join HCC’s Christmas celebrations for 2019 whilst launching one of
Haymarket’s latest and exciting new venues; Vibe Hotel Darling Harbour on Sussex Street.
Enjoy delicious canapes, drinks, special guests and prizes.
We look forward to enjoying this celebratory evening with you.
Limited places available,
Book early and don't miss out on this great night!


Darling Square Library Open
City of Sydney's Darling Square Library has just opened on L1 & 2 at The Exchange building at Darling Square.  Focused on learning, innovation and creativity, this library offer free membership for NSW residents, free Wifi and is open 7 days.

Cultural Assets
Haymarket Library building need to transform.The relocation of Haymarket Library to Darling Square later this year will present a significant and a once in 30 years opportunity to creatively adapt and utilise this historic landmark. 

The EOI is still progressing with a shortlist selected though the outcome has yet to be decided,

The City of Sydney An Inclusive Workplace and Employer

The 2019 Australian HR Award for Best Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Program recognised City of Sydney's ongoing efforts to build an inclusive workplace by providing opportunities and equity for women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTIQ communities, people with disability and refugees.

City of Sydney were the first local government organisation in Australia to monitor and publicly report on gender pay equity in 2015. And last year began paying superannuation for up to 52 weeks for staff on parental leave, helping to close the long-term wealth gap between men and women.

Women make up over 40% of the City of Sydney workforce and occupy 49.7% of leadership positions. This includes several leadership roles in traditionally male-dominated sectors such as rangers and cleansing and waste.

Other award finalists included Virgin Australia, SBS, Griffith University, International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney) and National Rugby League.
Read more HERE


Heritage Buildings Chinatown
Dixon Street

Preserving one of Chinatown’s rarest buildings with early 20th century building that embodies the history of Sydney’s Chinatown has been recommended for heritage listing.

A 3-storey brick Edwardian-style building in the heart of Chinatown is in the spotlight as one of the earliest buildings owned and operated by Chinese people in Sydney.

An independent heritage assessment has found the building, and its interiors and contents, have rare historic, aesthetic and social value. City of Sydney historian Dr Lisa Murray said the shop was important for distributing goods, supporting the migrant community, and providing dormitories and meeting places for market gardeners.

Dr Murray said the shop showed how the location of Chinatown had shifted as Sydney grew and developed.

“They say the Chinese dragon of Sydney has its feet in the Rocks, its body in Haymarket and its head in Dixon Street,” Dr Murray said.

“Dixon Street is the heart of today’s Chinatown, but in the 1850s the Chinese community’s commercial and cultural centre was in The Rocks.  We have proposed the building be heritage listed and it will go to the NSW Government.  If approved, the proposal will go on exhibition for public comment.

Heritage buildings throughout Chinatown would be welcomed by the community and generations of families that hold many memories and stories that are reflected in these century old buildings. 

Read more HERE and or provide your perspectives to the City of Sydney.

Australia's New Million Dollar Suburbs  

The Peak, Haymarket

Sixty-eight Australian suburbs have surged past the million-dollar mark in the past three months after buyer confidence returned following the Coalition's federal election victory and the RBA began cutting interest rates in June.

NSW took the lion’s share of these newly minted million dollar suburbs with units in Sydney's Haymarket, Northbridge and Redfern reaching beyond the million-dollar median price during the past three months propelled by the strong pent-up demand and tight supply of quality units.  Prices increased in the year from September in 17 of 147 suburbs that recorded a median unit price new Domain data shows. Haymarket had the highest increase at 18.9 per cent.

The rise in million-dollar localities represents a 0.80 per cent increase in the number of suburbs selling above the million-dollar price point from a year ago.  Read more HERE

Best Chinese Bakeries in Australia

The famous Emperor's Puffs

Chinese bakeries have been around for a while in Australia, though it wasn’t until the rise of bigger chain stores like Breadtop during the mid 2000's that greater notice was taken. There’s a distinct focus on Chinese and Asian cuisine when it comes to the pastries they serve, though each bakery tends to pay homage to the local favourites and blends them into their menu.

Chinatown's Emperor's Garden Cake & Bakery at 75 Dixon Street leads the way as one of the country's best Chinese bakeries with their famous Emperor's puffs that draw customers from far and near with queues all along Dixon Street. Not to be missed.


Umi Nabe has just recently opened and is now offering hotpot buffet, large variety of hotpot ingredients + hot food + sushi for $39.80 including a glass of wine/sake/beer @uminabeaus

Sydney Light Rail Testing 

Haymarket is transforming rapidly and as one of the only locations in all of Sydney where the two Sydney Light Rail lines cross.  The Light Rail will be live very soon.

Below is an update on planned tram testing and driver training occurring.

Please note this is subject to change and some additional tram movements may occur outside of these times where necessary to perform additional rail systems testing.

Noise may be generated by new wheels on new tracks. Testing the trams will assist with wearing in the tracks and wheels.

With cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and trams interacting together, it’s important to stay safe around the light rail so we do please ask that you be aware of your surroundings.

For more information about tram testing and driver training please visit the Sydney Light Rail website.

Editor: Karen Soo

For more information about Haymarket or the Chamber go to:

  • Haymarket Chamber of Commerce new website;
  • Haymarket Live Work Play Guide 2018 click HERE
  • Chinatown Izi Audio Travel HERE
  • Chamber Chinatown Walking Tour Phone Application on iTunes HERE or Google HERE
  • Facebook  Haymarket Sydney Community
  • Instagram: #haymarketlove
  • LinkedIn:   Haymarket Chamber of Commerce

Make the most of 2019/2020 and

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For any comments and or enquiries please contact Karen Soo HERE
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