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15 Jan 2020

Challenging Times 

Despite the hottest and driest year on record and destructive effects of the bushfires, as we move into 2020 there is one positive aspect that has emerged - the strong sense and spirit of community that has been harnessed locally, nationally and globally. This has resulted in the substantial donations collected to support the victims effected by the bushfires, their communities, fire services and thousands of wildlife that been destroyed. To add our support, HCC will donate parts of the funds raised from our HCC CNY Banquet to the NSW Rural Fire Services and as there is little reprieve in sight, we will also look for future support and aid from our community during these unprecedented times.

Forecast - CNY of the Metal Rat 25 Jan 2020 - 4 Feb 2021
Forecast to be a powerful and impactful year,  many people will be travelling to make money, study and other reasons in 2020. The main concerns for this year will be wealth, power and pragmatism in focusing on repair, rejuvenation and improvements with a most significant forecast being that natural disasters will continue to occur for decades to come, so leadership and collective power will be very important for our future.

The elements of the year are favorable for IT, banking, shipping, and transportation industries as high technology will continue to move into a new phase with robots continuing to replace more jobs. The share market will fluctuate, however, the wealth element will be strong for share investors in the middle of the year.  Property development will be conservative with mid and low price properties remaining stable. Industries relating to shipping, networking, and delivery will flourish.

Rat is one of the four Peach Blossoms. It will be a romantic year for most people and it is  a good year to deepen your love with your loved one and family. This year is good for travel, music, entertainment, romance related business. Education, publishing, and cultural development will be slow in the first half of the year, and will pick up in the second half of the year.  

Courtesy of and to read more go HERE 

HCC wishes you all a very safe, steady and endearing / enduring Chinese New Year of the Rat.
Sydney's Exciting Lunar New Year Festivities
City of Sydney
This year Haymarket and Chinatown welcomes for the first time the City of Sydney's Lunar Lanes Festival for the Chinese New Year (CNY) of the Rat 2020 on Saturday 25 January that will bring life, music, stalls, entertainment and the wonderful traditional Lion dancers throughout Sussex, Dixon, Little Hay Streets right through to Darling Square from 2pm - 10pm.  This will be an event not to be missed so we hope to see you there.

It is hard to believe that this time last year that HCC with NSW Transport launched Haymarket Heartbeat to celebrate the CNY of the Pig 2019. The huge popularity of the event reflected the community and Sydney's joy and desire to celebrate CNY in Chinatown and Haymarket. HCC is very thankful that the City of Sydney's launch of the annual Lunar Lanes festival will bring for the first time Darling Square, Chinatown and Haymarket together with amazing and exciting festivities to harness the diversity, creativity richness and joy this culturally auspicious period represents.   

LUNAR LANES Saturday 25 January 2020 @ Haymarket 

The party starts at 2pm at the Darling Square stage with an exciting line up of contemporary music including Malaysian drumming, Vietnamese pop and Asian-Australian musicians, producers and DJ’s.

As the sun goes down, the festivities will get underway in Haymarket with the Lunar Spectacular Show at the Sussex Street stage. The concert will feature over 300 community performers ready to share their culture with traditional and contemporary dance, Korean percussion, Japanese hip hop and fashion shows with international performers including the Shaanxi Performing Arts Troupe from China, and Seoul’s top b-boy crew, MB Crew. From 9pm, the streets will be filled with the sounds of Filipino-Australian band, Erween.

Street vendors and craft stalls will pop-up all across the district as visitors weave their way through art installations including the Chinatown Lantern Curtain and two 2.8 metre tall, golden robotic rats designed by Claudia Chan Shaw in Dixon Street Mall

With amusement rides, carnival games, face painting and Vietnamese woodblock craft workshops there’s something for the whole family. There will be roving performers throughout Chinatown and of course the popular and traditional lion and dragon dancers, with more than a dozen performances bringing good luck to the Year of the Rat through the evening.

Claudia Chan Shaw's magnificent tower of gold metallic rats
for the official CNY of the Rat 2020
This globally auspicious cultural celebration for 2020 will include;
* 12 Chinese Zodiacs from Chinatown to Circular Quay
* Belmore Park LNY Festival on 8 February 2020
* Dragon Boat racing

* Exclusive LNY Cocktails @ Bancho Bar Haymarket
* Lion Dancing throughout Chinatown & Haymarket

For more information go to the City of Sydney's official LNY site HERE and tag #sydneylunarfestival.

Official Chinatown CNY Banquet Friday 7 February 2020
With just less than 4 weeks to go please make sure to book your tickets to our exciting official Chinatown CNY Banquet on Friday 7 February 2020.  Book HERE

Lock Out Laws End Today

Effective as of today, Sydney’s controversial 2014 lockout laws will be scrapped in the CBD and Oxford Street. The restrictive laws will remain in place throughout Kings Cross though, because the Joint Select Committee Parliamentary inquiry into Sydney’s Night Time Economy found that the lockout laws had not had a sufficient impact on alcohol-related violence in the area to repeal them

Venues will no longer be obliged to refuse entry to customers after 1.30am, and last drinks will be extended by 30 minutes (to 3.30am) for venues with good compliance records. NSW bottle shops will be open until midnight or 11pm on Sundays with small-bar capacity is also being raised from 100 to 120 patrons.

Despite all the lockout law controversy we are united in supporting a strong, safe and responsible Sydney night economy.

2020 City of Sydney Election

The next City of Sydney local government election will be on Saturday 12 September 2020. 

Residents in the City of Sydney area can check their enrolment details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission . The City does not hold electoral information for local residents.

Important dates

6 July 2020 – final date when new non-resident applications, nominations and updates need to be received by the City to ensure voting eligibility in the 2020 election.

12 September 2020 – local government election day. 

To find out more about each City of Sydney Councilors go 

HCC's Decade 2010 - 2020
Since 2010 we have seen a tremendous decade of growth for HCC and before we begin this new decade in 2020 we thought we would briefly reflect on some of our achievements that have been our small steps towards a long lasting future for HCC. 

Below is a visual summary there is collage of HCC 2010 - 2020 highlight photos further below.   We look forward to 2020 - 2030!


Sydney's Light Rail SAFETY 

14th December 2019 Sydney Light Rail Launch
Featuring 19 stops, 12 km long and over 30 years since Sydney had a central light rail - Sydney's CBD light rail was launched over the weekend. 

Transport for NSW has launched a safety campaign to educate people on the best practices to stay safe around Sydney’s new light rail.

The campaign features an array of Sydneysiders explaining how to best cycle, drive and walk the streets. Tips include riding bikes straight across the tracks to avoid getting wheels caught, queuing across intersections, and checking both ways before crossing the street for oncoming trams.

To ensure the transition for pedestrians, cars and cyclists this campaign is essential for the Sydney Light Rail safe integration throughout the city.

NSW Transport's Safety Video
Find out more HERE

Year of the Rat Insta Competition 鼠年摄影大赛
$2,000 in vouchers to be won!

Dates: 20th January – 8th February 2020
Snap and share a photo using the Market City Year of the Rat photo wall and share on WeChat, or Instagram for your chance to win! There will be 10 prize packs consisting of $50 worth of Fashion Retail Vouchers and $50 worth of Foodcourt Dining Vouchers for the most creative posts.  The Year of the Rat photo wall will be located at the front of the 1909 Dining Precinct Level 3. The social competition opens Monday 20th January 2020 and close 8pm Saturday 8th February 2020.
Umi would like to present 花開富貴, one of our CNY dish for this Year of Rat. This beautiful snapper, lychee & pomegranate cerviche is just super refreshing for summer!!

MOD Interactive Entertainment & Immersive Experiences

HCC member offer: 10% off the cost of our digital product scoping workshop HERE
Suite 25 Lv 2, 647 George St Haymarket Ph: +61 2 8003 4811 / E: 

Market City Tavern
Happy hour daily between 4 - 6pm and enjoy responsibly!

HCC New Sponsors
HCC are very pleased to announce our new sponsors for 2020 with Novotel Sydney Central Hotel, Surfside Hotels and Sydney Chinatown Markets.   Our three new sponsors are invaluable destinations in Haymarket that draw thousands of residents and visitors.
Welcome to our new sponsors!



Welcome to new HCC Members:

HCC would like to thank our long standing members.



Chinese Ginseng and Herbs

Writer & Producer: Karen Soo
Sub Editor: Vivienne Scott

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

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