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 18 October  2016

Will SMEs Own the Future?

"In the next 20 to 30 years, small is beautiful and powerful. We should give small businesses, developing nations and young people more opportunities."  Jack Ma, Founder Alibaba
Drawing from Jack Ma's comments at the recent 2nd Asian Co-operation in Thailand,  our many HCC SME members pave the way for the future. Mr Ma used the event platform to rallyl against the trend of anti-globalisation commentary, and called upon the 34 nations present to focus on small businesses of less than 30.

"In the past 30 years, globalisation featured 60,000 big companies,” Mr Ma said. “What if we can make hundreds and thousands of small businesses get involved? If we can make small businesses get involved in e-commerce [and] global trade, that would help a lot.”

Formerly a teacher, Jack Ma is the founder and chairman of the Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba – a company that is rapidly morphing into a media and finance conglomerate.  
"The internet was invented in America, but I'm sure Asia can make full use of it."  Mr Ma reaffirmed the need for an "e-road", akin to the Silk Road, to help small businesses flourish.

Austrade has recently entered into a 'strategic partnership' with Alibaba which has just opened an office in Australia this year and Westpac reports that 29 per cent of Westpac’s SME customers believe their level of business activity has been stronger than experienced in the period between 2011 and 2015, 31% reported it was weaker. 40% reported it as being the same.(Source HERE)

Read more HERE

Australia’s first Asian co-working space launches in Chinatown

Australia's first Asian co-working space at 63 Dixon Street, Haymarket

Sydney's first Chinatown co-working space launched earlier this month offering Australia's first co-working space for Asian focused startups.  With 650sq m space, this unique social enterprise is supported by NSW forJobs, City of Sydney council and Greater Sydney Commission chief commissioner Lucy Turnbull,

Haymarket HQ mainly accepts startups with an "Asian growth ambition", founder and developer Banna Property Group's Brad Chan said. 

HCC congratulates Brad and warmly welcomes this exciting initiative with the many networks and opportunities this endeavor will offer.  Find out more HERE 


George Wing Kee;s Chinatown Culture and History Tour attracts a Record Group

Last week, George Wing Kee's  famous and unique Chinatown Culture and Walking tours achieved a new record with over 70 participants from Epping West Primary School.  Thank you to Amanda Dippenaar for organising this excited and animated group of teachers to attend George's personal tour and our thanks to HCC's Peter Bannister and volunteers.  

Look out for George's Chinese New Year Tours in early 2017.  To find out more click HERE

Thai Community Update

Thai Sydneysiders paying tribute to their deceased monarch at the Wat Buddharangsee Temple in Annandale.
PHOTO: Thai Sydneysiders payed tribute to their deceased monarch. (ABC News: Ursula Malone)

From Sydney to San Francisco to London, the pain of thousands of Thais living across the globe was clearly felt after King Bhumibol Adulyade's death was announced on Thursday.   Australia's largest Thai community was left devastated.   Source: Bangkok Post

For more information about Haymarket or the Chamber go to:

  • Haymarket Chamber of Commerce new website;
  • Haymarket Live Work Play Guide 2016 click HERE
  • Chamber Chinatown Walking Tour Phone Application on iTunes HERE or Google HERE
  • Facebook Haymarket Sydney Community
  • Instagram: #haymarketlove


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Sydney Light Rail Construction 

George Street, Haymarket, in 1900 (The Powerhouse Museum Collection)

SINCE the first motor vehicle was imported into Sydney 115 years ago, cars have been able to travel the full length of George St.

Now, for the first time since 1900, thanks to the NSW Government’s decision to build tram lines through the CBD, cars will no longer travel the entire route from Central to Circular Quay using our main thoroughfare.

Major construction work on the Sydney light rail, scheduled to begin at 8pm today, means a whole city block will be shut down on the street that normally carries 25 per cent of all north-south traffic through the city centre.

The light rail construction entered the southern end of Haymarket with closures around Hay and George Street.

CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast today urged motorists to avoid the CBD.

“If you don’t need to drive to the city, please don’t  Try public transport,” Ms Prendergast said.

“The most important thing, avoid that city centre. Use the routes that we have set up on the edges, the Cahill Expressway, Macquarie St, College St, Wentworth Ave, or Harris St, Goulburn St, the Western Distributor and then come in from that way.

Ms Prendergast said the real test of the closure of George St will occur during the AM peak this week.

“We are really nervous about Monday morning because we have moved the buses to all the parallel north-south routes, Elizabeth, Clarence, York and if all the traffic that uses George St now, uses those routes, they’ll slow down and delay our buses.”

Ms Prendergast said traffic going down George St to Market or King streets will experience delays “because we be diverting everyone. “Better off not to drive to that area.”

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Darling Square Update

Construction is well underway on Darling Square – view of the commercial building and first residential building from the north
 Demolition of the former Qantas Credit Union Arena is now complete
 Work on the southern portion of The Boulevard is now underway and this is scheduled to open in late December First residential building:
 Concrete structural works are now complete on the low rise and mid rise towers
 Concrete pours continue on the high rise tower with Level 19 currently being poured
 A tower crane is planned to be dismantled in mid-October Commercial building:
 Concrete structural works are now complete with Level 13 poured in September
 Façade and internal works are the main activities over the next quarter
 A tower crane is planned to be dismantled in early October Second residential building:
 Piling works commenced on site in September
 The first tower crane is planned to be delivered to site in November

For any questions or information, please contact the Darling Square Community Engagement team on 1300 699 785 or email


Free community fitness camps coming soon!

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Lendlease is partnering with social enterprise, Live Life Get Active to provide free fitness camps to the surrounding communities of Darling Square.  
The camps will be held at The Goods Line and run by qualified trainers who can cater to all different fitness levels. Running from Monday to Friday, there will be boxing, cross training and yoga sessions available with equipment provided.
Sign up now. For more information go to

4A Birthday Party - Saturday October 22

With a limited number of tickets remaining celebrate 4A's  20th Birthday Party, taking place right after theJogja Calling opening. Join 4A staff (past and present), exhibiting artists and supporters for a birthday party you wont forget - hosted at the fantastic Ching Yip Coffee Lounge with a curated set of classics from Rainbow Chan.  6PM - 8.30PM, Saturday October 22, 2016 @ Ching Yip Coffee Lounge, Level 2, 413-415 Sussex St, Sydney.  Book HERE

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation 
12th Anniversary Dinner & Art Auction
Thursday 17 November 2016

Can you hear me by Jason Benjamin

HCC President Simon Chan, Art Atrium Director & Chair of Aboriginal Benefits Foundation launches this special event at The Eight Restaurant Ticket : $108 per person,  $1080 for table of 10. Enjoy art viewing and drinks followed by a Chinese banquet, entertainment (including didgeridoo performance by Blak Douglas) and art auction.  Special Guests & Patrons include: Linda Burney MP, Djon Mundine OAM, Imants Tillers and Ah Xian.  To book email

Magnificient Performance

Aladdin is the must-see show of the year and “Broadway’s biggest new hit!” –Entertainment Weekly .  The New York Times says it’s “Fabulous!” and “Extravagant!” and USA Today calls it “Pure Genie-us!”  With exhilarating choreography, show-stopping production numbers and astonishing visual effects, Disney’s Aladdin is, as NBC-TV declares, “Exactly what you wished for!” Capitol Theatre on now.  Find out more HERE

Charity Corner
The Big Lift Youth Initiative 

The Big Lift

The Big Lift aims to: inspire and show people how easy, fun and rewarding it is to give back to others, provide an opportunity to develop a sense of civic duty and leadership; connect city and international students with other parts of Australia to discover and learn more about the country and its people; allow students to meet new, diverse and yet like-minded people; and allow students to challenge and personally develop themselves.

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