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1 October 2013

Spring Harvest

Haymarket Live Work Play Guide 2013-14
Online version (click) and printed guide available throughout Haymarket

Celebrating Autumn Moon Festivities, the Chamber has launched our first ever Haymarket Live Work Play Guide 2013-14 and our new HCC website (main header picture) featuring all you need to know to about Business, Living & Culture throughout Haymarket / Chinatown.  Visit us @ www.haymarketchamber.org.au

HCC Christmas Networking Event
Thursday 21 November 2013
Limited tickets!

Join us for delicious canapés & drinks with exciting prize giveaways to celebrate the festive season!  BOOK NOW! 

Official Launch Event for Haymarket Live Work Play Guide 2013

Our official  launch for the Haymarket Live Work Play Guide Launch event at Dynasty last week saw guests enjoy great networking, generous prize giveaways, karaoke and a touch of dancing. 

Please see below are some event photo highlights.  Thanks to our event sponsors Bullion List, PublicStyle, Art Atrium, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Radisson Hotel & Suites Sydney for their support.  Thank you to all our members, guests and supporters for joining us on the night.  Find more photos on our website and HCC Facebook HERE

Photography: Aaron Stathi  


  Chinatown Car Park Sells for $8.05 million
A CAR park in the heart of Sydney's Chinatown has sold to a Singapore buyer for $8.05 million. The Dixon One Shopping Centre car park, houses 100 car spaces and eight storage cages. With four interested parties; two local car parking operators and two from Asia. the sale price of $8,050,000 was above the vendors expectations, and the highest price per car space achieved in this market in the last year. .PRICE: $8.05m BUYER: Private investor SELLER: Hyperion Property AREA: 3,524 sq m AGENT: Steam Leung and Jordan Lee, Colliers International.  Read more HERE


Novotel Sydney Central Refurbish

Novotel Sydney Central has completed a multi-million dollar refurbishment and includes hotel rooms, bathrooms, pool and the lobby of the property.

The hotel is accredited by Accor’s Chinese Optimum Standards which means Chinese guests receive translated information, Chinese menus, newspapers, maps and guides.

“We’re an even more attractive hotel for Chinese guests which sets us apart from our competitors in the area,”Bamji said.

Bamji conceded that Haymarket has been seen as a transient suburb, overshadowed by neighbouring Darling Harbour and Chinatown.

“Haymarket is going to become one of the city’s most exciting precincts, surrounded by cutting edge architecture, exciting new restaurant and retail areas,” he said.


Tim McGarry
Creative Producer & Director

How long has your business been in Haymarket? 
Monkey Baa moved into the Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre (LLDQT) in 2012 - its been 18 months of settling in and finding our feet. Previously the company had a small office at the Seymour Centre so it wasn't such a big move in terms of distance, but it has been a colossal shift in our business focus, creative growth and audience development opportunities.

Could you indicate what makes your business competitive in your industry and local area? 
Our core business is to create theatre from Australian stories. Our target audience is young people, their families, teachers and schools. Theatre companies tend to shy away from the word 'competitive' but the truth is we are the only NSW Company funded to create work by professional artists for young audiences. We feel incredibly lucky to have won the tender to operate and create work from the new LLDQT - a state of the art facility and the only purpose built theatre for young audiences in Australia. Monkey Baa is one of Australia's largest touring theatre companies. In October we will welcome our one millionth visitor. The move into the Chinatown/Darling Quarter area gives us an opportunity to create more diverse theatre experiences for the local community.

What changes have you observed in the local area and business community during this time? 
It is a little difficult to comment on the changes noticed in the area in terms of business and the local community. We have had our 'head in the sand' setting up shop at the LLDQT, but I guess the biggest change has been the ever growing influx of tourists and the increase traffic created by the large volume of CTB staff that work above us!

Why do you think the Haymarket Chamber attracts so many members?  Its a sensational opportunity to profile our company, to network, and to learn about other businesses in our locale. We made a brilliant contact at our first meeting with another member, and our business synergy provided excellent and immediate results in increased ticket sales for our next production! What will the next meeting hold?!

Could you describe Haymarket in three words?  Gastronomic, Bustling, Alive

What do you see as happening in 2013-14? 
2014 will be a huge year for Monkey Baa. We are creating three to four new works, undertaking our largest national tour ever with Jackie French's Pete the Sheep traveling to 54 theatres Australia wide. I am Jack, a one man show I perform in, tours the USA for 8 weeks. We are also hoping to established an Arts Education hub offering students and teachers an array of workshop and PD opportunities . We will also be hosting five or six companies presenting theatre for young audiences. The theatre also has a busy time in corporate hires - so 2014 looks action packed!

How do you see the plans in and surrounding Haymarket for the future?  Making Chinatown and the Haymarket an important city locale would be an ideal objective - change the name of the light rail stop from Paddy's Markets to Chinatown. Give the area importance! It is time for Haymarket to be a focus for the City of Sydney. The rest of the central business district is looking great, particularly the areas hugging the harbour. The City of Sydney's rejuvenation of the Bourke Street and Crown Street precinct in Surry Hills is terrific. It is a 'friendlier' place to wander and take in the ambiance. It feels like Chinatown would really benefit from this type of renewal. We live and work in a great area, diverse, colourful, exciting - but it needs attention. I want it to be a place of destination, rather than a thoroughfare to pass through. More trees please...

Do you have any advice for local businesses?  The rhythm of a community can be influenced by the people in it. Chinatown has a very fast paced 'feel'. At times a little overwhelming. Sometimes a person can feel rushed, to sit, to eat, to get out. Play against the need for speed. Not everyone is in a hurry. Not everyone is a tourist here for a day. Been genuine in customer exchange, take time, smile...

Favourite place in Chinatown?  I love the open market in Dixon Street, reminds me a little of Shanghai - the markets in the old town section. I am also a sucker for a pork bun so any store that sells pork buns is a place I will frequent! There is a small bakery at the bottom end of Dixon St towards the light rail which I sneak into way too often!

What is one of your favourite quotes?
"This above all, to thine own self be true
and it must follow, as the day the night,
Thou canst not then be false to any man"
Hamlet Act 1, Scene 3

StreetFest Belmore Park
Frid 4 Oct 2013 from 4-10pm

Belmore Park will be transformed into a vibrant stage for exotic food, art, music, sub-cultural showcases and entertainment over the long weekend.  Enjoy being under the stars, and sample delectable and tantalising seasonal dishes from participating Food Trucks while having a few drinks at the bar and enjoying the entertainment! Find out more HERE

Radisson Hotel & Suite Holiday Deal

To celebrate School Holidays Radisson Hotel & Suites are offering an amazing Family Feast Deal for only $40!  Find out more HERE

Events Cinema Family Pass Offer

Events Cinema are a LEGO® Legends of Chimaâ„¢  Speedorz special offer if you book a family pass to the movie.  Find out more HERE

World Square offer FREE WIFI

World Square offer FREE WIFI thanks to Skyfii.  Find out more HERE

Sydney Kings 10% Offer

Sydney Kings offer Haymarket Chamber members 15% discount on full season memberships purchased via the Sydney Kings office (02) 9746 0828 or by emailing membership@sydneykings.com and quoting Haymarket Chamber.  This year we also have a special offer called the $99 slam dunk. This includes 10 great games of basketball at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. 

Vertical Villages 4A’s exhibition
Photo: Zan Wimberley

Vertical Villages 4A’s exhibition in Sydney (6 September – 26 October 2013), 4A has begun hosing a series of Vertical Villages House Parties whereby various international student participants are invited to host nights including a Chinese hot pot dinner party, contemporary Thai performance nights and more..  Find out MORE


29 October 2013 the Sydney China Business Forum 2013 organised by the China Studies Centre and City of Sydney will be held at Sydney Town Hall.   Find out more HERE

Sydney Kings Home Games 2013-14

See Sydney's very own NBL team in action at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. They Sydney Kings first home game of the 2013/14 season is Sunday 13th October 2013.  Book HERE

Starlight Stories

Starlight Stories 23 October - 2 November 2013 tells the inspirational stories, word for word, of the Starlight families whose lives have been turned upside by their child’s serious illness and of the transformational experience of hospitalization and treatment by The Starlight Children’s Foundation.  Book HERE\

How to Start Your Own Business Seminar on 24 October 2013 18:30 to 20:30 by the City of Sydney presents a seminar for businesses considering holding live music in your pub, bar, restaurant of your new venue.  Find out more HERE
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