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2 August  2016


Firstly HCC would like to thank you for supporting and subscribing to us.  As a not for profit organisation we celebrate our landmark 10th Anniversary this month so thank you for contributing to our year to year growth.
HCC EC 2016/17
From L to R: front row: Linda McCreath, George Wing Kee, Simon Chan, Karen Soo, Richard Hughes,  
Back row from L to R: Peter Wong, Aaron Stathi, Jonathon Wong, Stephen Wan, Peter Bannister, , Vaughn de Vocht, Ryan Tian, Grace Shen and Anthony Keirann. 
Brad Chan and Jessie Xiao are absent. HCC EC profiles HERE

Last week we held our 10th Annual General Meeting dinner at East Ocean with a kind performance by talented Jaime Deakin.  Our AGM welcomed members and our new HCC Executive team for this coming year.  We are very grateful for the re-election of our President Simon Chan and Vice President Jessie Xiao with our honorary members; George Wing Kee, Peter Wong and Brad Chan as key leaders in our 10th milestone year for 2016/17.

Thank you to the ongoing support and commitment by our Pubic Officer; Jonathon Wong, Secretary; Richard Hughes, Treasurer; Peter Bannister and EC team; Vaughn de Vocht, Linda McCreath, Stephen Wan, Anthony Keirann, Ryan Tian, as welcome back Grace Shen and a very warm welcome to our new EC member Aaron Stathi.

HCC Co-Founder George Wing Kee Report

Marking our 10th year as the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce, it must be said it has been a year of significant achievements.  Our growth has been driven by the drive and passion of our committee and members with the voluntary efforts of those who work tirelessly all year round.

From our President Simon to our charismatic Executive Officer, Karen are owed our debt of thanks for their absolute dedication to the aims of the Chamber.

As our position in recruiting new HCC members, Peter and I are happy to report member numbers are increasing , with many companies continuing to join HCC.  Even so we still need to work with local business owners to support our efforts to make Chinatown more prosperous.

I am happy to report our Chinatown Historical Tours are one of the most popular tours in Sydney with tour groups from schools, probus, overseas students, and community bookings, with up to 50 each group.  A recent article in Sydney's Central News highlighted our tour attractions and created widespread comment.  

Our tours not only reveal the curious sides of our culture but bring business to the shops, restaurants but also an awareness of CHINATOWN' hidden secrets.

Our CHINATOWN SYDNEY APP, is the only App covering history, culture and traditions of the Chinese ,with impending new applications to upgrade its usage.

Finally I would commend those loyal members who always attend our networks

HCC's 10th Anniversary Event
5 Weeks to go!

Join us at this exciting event  as we celebrate this important year recognising the HCC's 10 years of growth and prosperity.


City of Sydney Elections

Photo: Luci Ozcan

The next election for the Council of the City of Sydney will be held on Saturday 10 September 2016.  Local Government elections in New South Wales are normally held every 4 years.  With many Sydney Councils amalgamated, the City of Sydney remains a strong representative body for Sydney's CBD so we encourage you to make you vote count.,

Haymarket Ranked Top 25 Liveability Suburb

The home of Sydney’s Chinatown receives top marks for its cafes and restaurants, shops, proximity to employment hubs, culture and public transport. Telecommunications coverage and education are rated average and Haymarket doesn’t perform well on measures of crime, tree cover, open space or main road congestion.  Read more HERE

Seeing harmony in the heart of Chinatown Sydney


Thomas Street in Chinatown, Sydney has received a new people-friendly central plaza with a local guide last Sunday led by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Simon Chan, HCC President and artist Lindy Lee.

The space has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly walkway and public space, with additional trees, lighting, seating and a new artwork. “Scholar’s” rocks, naturally occurring rocks traditionally appreciated by Chinese scholars, have been installed alongside unique stone seating, providing a resting space.  Read more about the Design HERE

Lord Mayor Clover Moore, said the work had created a beautiful public space and improved pedestrian features in Chinatown.

“This revamp will help secure Chinatown’s place as one of our most popular destinations for tourists and visitors,” the Lord Mayor said.

“By making it easier to explore the area on foot and creating more lively public spaces, we will attract even more people to the area and further support business in and around Haymarket.”

Award-winning artist Lindy Lee is creating a gateway of dramatic circular shade sculptures suspended above Thomas Street, with the artwork to be completed later this year.

“The heart of Chinatown is where Sussex Street, Hay Street and Thomas Street intersect,” Ms Lee said.

“I love the history of this area and the idea is to maintain the integrity of the street life to make Thomas Street a magnet for pedestrians, not just in Sydney but throughout Australia, so the space we want to create will be one of harmony, activity and excitement.”

The improvements are accompanied by traffic changes to give pedestrians priority. Thomas Street has become one-way southbound between Thomas Lane and Quay Street, and timed closures now occur between Ultimo Road and Thomas Lane.

Thoughtful “scholar” rocks and unique stone seating provide opportunities for visitors and locals to relax and enjoy the area in the heart of Haymarket’s shopping and restaurant precinct.

The plans for Chinatown were warmly received when placed on public exhibition in August and September last year.

The Haymarket Chamber of Commerce said its members strongly support improvements to public areas that have already taken place and were keen for further upgrades providing more space for pedestrians.

Extracted from Invest Australia article

Haymarket Live Work Play Guide 2016

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    


HCC's 2016 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.  
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