HAYMARKETER 12 January 2016
As the relaxing holiday season ends, this time for rejuvenation and invigoration prepares us for an eventful and dynamic 2016. Add with just over 3 weeks until Chinese New Year festivities begin on 8 February 2016, we can only look forward to welcoming in a most auspicious and inspiring year ahead.
Celebrate the Red Fire Monkey Year 2016 with HCC!
This coming year represents the Chinese zodiac of the Red Fire Monkey; forecast to be a year of vitality, optimism and innovation for business. So welcome this new year by joining HCC at our delicious CNY celebratory 12 course banquet event and enjoy performances, art, prizes and surprises.
Special Guests of Honors;
The Hon. Tanya Plibersek, Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Jenny Leong MP, Edmond Capon AM OBE and Joanna Capon OAM and renowned Chinese artist Ah Xian
Limited tickets available
About those born in Monkey years (1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016) are clever, sharp, mercurial, and entertaining. Monkeys are known for their sparkling energy and embody strong leadership potential just like their best friend the Dragon.
Chinese Astrology Forecast 2016
Chinese Feng Shui Master Mina Zheng introduces a 2016 Feng Shui Calendar and 2016 Chinese Horoscope eBook, and shows how to use it to choose lucky days for major events. Available at
City of Colour shines in NYE spectacular
To welcome in 2016, Sydney Harbour Bridge was lit up in a blaze of colour on NYE with more than 2,400 fireworks dazzling over a million people gathered around the harbour in one of the most spectacular firework light shows around the globe.
City of Sydney Lights up Sydney's Community
City of Sydney celebrated with the local a special local Community Christmas 2015 event in mid December. The event attracted over 800 guests with the Lord Mayor personally and generously welcomed every guest on arrival.
Deputy Lord Mayor Robyn Kemmis
It is with much sadness that we inform you that in late December,
City of Sydney's Deputy Lord Mayor Robyn Kemmis passed away. Robyn was a tremendously passionate, honest and engaging friend of the Chamber who was a committed advocate for the growth and diversity of Sydney's CBD community. Robyn will be sadly missed by us all.
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
Thanks to Emperor's Garden, Chinese Ginseng and Herbs and St George for supporting HCC by promoting our Chinatown Phone App.
BECOME A MEMBER
If you would like to join our growing membership please
Make the most of 2016 and JOIN /RENEW YOUR CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP
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.
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Light rail construction count down begins
Major construction schedule for the CBD and South East Light Rail project
The CBD and South East Light Rail route has been divided into 31 individual zones to minimise, as much as possible, the impacts of construction in any one area. These are listed below. ALTRAC can alter its construction schedule, but not the duration within any individual zone, if required. If changes to the construction schedule are required, ALTRAC must provide notice of 60 business days. The public will be fully advised of any changes well in advance of works taking place.
Light rail construction continue work over the holiday season work which will include major utility work in George Street, between King and Essex streets, and will see continuous road and lane closures from 2 to 11 January and 15 to 18 January.
Work is progressing well in the CBD with the first two construction zones now active. Work has been completed on the first underground electricity pit near the intersection of George and Market streets.
Work in the CBD will stop at midday on 23 December until 2 January 2016, providing more space for shoppers and the New Year's Eve crowds.
Upcoming works include:
George Street, between King Street and Park/Druitt streets
A second construction zone has now been established in George Street, with the closure of the block between Market Street and Park/Druitt streets from 2 December 2015.
George Street is now closed to general traffic between King and Market streets, and Market Street and Park/Druitt streets, and work in these sections will continue into 2016. East/west road connections remain open.
A southbound controlled access lane is available for emergency vehicles and those accessing driveways and loading docks within the construction zones.
George Street between King Street and Essex Street
In early January, the team will make the most of the low traffic levels in the CBD to work on utility relocations on George Street between King and Essex streets.
George Street will be closed from Essex Street to King Street:
- From 1am on Saturday 2 January to 4am on Monday 11 January 2016, during both day and night shifts
- From 10pm on Friday 15 January to 4am on Monday 18 January 2016 during both day and night shifts
In addition to the closure of George Street, other traffic changes will be in place in the city centre. Visit mysydney.com.au for all the latest information.
In preparation for these works and further work in the CBD in 2016, Dalley Street was converted to two-way operation from 14 December 2015.
George Street, between Grosvenor and Alfred streets
Work to protect underground utilities is scheduled to begin in this zone in early February 2016. During construction, only one northbound lane will be in operation between Grosvenor/Bridge streets and Alfred Street. Essex Street will be converted to two-way traffic
For further information about the CBD and South East Light Rail project:
Email SLRCommunity@acciona.com.au / infoline on 1800 684 490 or 24-hour construction Ph: 1800 775 465
Visit the TfNSW Community Information Centre, cnr George and King Street (next to Coles), CBD
Visit the project website HERE or follow on Facebook HERE
Darling Square Update
Key upcoming works:
- Demolition of the Qantas Credit Union Arena (formerly known as the Entertainment Centre) will commence
from January 2016. Site establishment works will commence from 5 January 2016 which will involve erecting
hoardings and clearing some vegetation around the site.
- Important infrastructure works will commence from January 2016 at the corner of Hay and Harbour Streets.
These works are to provide stormwater augmentation and flood mitigation.
Changes to Harbour Street from January 2016:
- The western footpath of Harbour Street between Hay Street and Little Pier Street will be closed to pedestrians
from 5 January 2016. Please use the eastern footpath and divert through Little Pier Street to access Darling
- The Entertainment Plaza bus stop will be relocated to a different location. Please call South East Community
Transport on 02 8241 8000 for more information on the changed routes.
First residential building:
- Site preparation, detailed excavation, delivery of infrastructure services, pile foundations and ground floor
slabs are now largely complete for all three towers.
Second stage of works start at Darling Square
The Qantas Credit Union Arena will close permanently this month to make way for the next stage of the Darling Square development. Site preparation works are planned to commence from 5 January 2016 which will involve erecting hoardings around the perimeter of the building and clearing some vegetation around the site.
Internal strip out of the building will commence from January with demolition works occurring shortly after and expected to be complete in mid-2016. As usual, suitable noise and air quality mitigation measures will be in place to minimise any impact on surrounding neighbours.
What changes to expect on Harbour Street from January 2016
To prepare for the demolition activities and ensure the safety of the community and workers, the western footpath of Harbour Street between Hay Street and Little Pier Street will be closed to pedestrians from 5 January 2016. The eastern footpath will remain available for pedestrians. The Entertainment Plaza bus stop (outside the QCUA) for the Broadway to Woolloomooloo route and Redfern to Broadway route will be relocated to a new location nearby.
For more information on the changed routes, please call South East Community Transport on 8241 8000.
Pedestrian access to Darling Harbour Access to Darling Harbour from Haymarket remains at all times while construction is underway at Darling Square. If travelling from Chinatown, pedestrians can still walk between Reflection Park and Novotel Rockford to reach Darling Harbour.
HCC MEMBER PROFILE
HCC Vice President
Director Umi Group
How long has your business been in Haymarket? Our first businesses in the area was setup in beginning of 2005, over 10 years ago.
Could you indicate what makes your business competitive in your industry and local area? I believe our going development, innovation & maintenance in the standard of our restaurant and karaoke lounges gives us our competitive edge compared to our peers within the same industry. We are constantly comparing ourselves with what other businesses are doing within the district, trying to learn from their strength and weakness, and this learning doesn't have to be restricted to restaurant or karaoke, but to similar retail businesses as we are facing the same clientele. We believe strongly in providing the experiences that our customers want, which include great customer services, their favourite food & drinks and a fantastic atmosphere, but also in providing things new that no one else is doing.
What changes have you observed in the local area and business community during this time? More & more new businesses are opening in the area to capture the business opportunities that are available with the busy foot traffic and dense population. Amongst these new establishments, new flavours & cultures are being introduced to the area, including influences from northern part of China, Korea & Thailand.
Could you describe Haymarket in three words? Alive, Vibrant & Evolving
What do you see as happening in 2016-17? With the impact of the road works relating to the new light rail system, there will be some short term impact for the businesses in the area with decreased foot traffic and less cars coming into the city to avoid congestions and uncertainty of car parking arrangements. Some small businesses may be severely impacted forcing closure, but I hear new restaurants are opening up in the area which will contribute to the evolving new face lift to the area.
How do you see the plans in and surrounding Haymarket for the future? In the long run once the light rail system is in place, and the new convention centre is up & running, with the new residential & student accommodations are fully occupied, Haymarket will be thriving again, with upgrades to certain areas and hopefully this will kick off another wave of small business development so to continue the interesting flavour & characters of the district.
Favourite place in Chinatown? Late night Korean & Thai supper restaurants
Any advice to other businesses?
Hang in there for the less rosy days, don't lose vision of what you are trying to achieve, don't stop moving forward, and hard work will payoff.
What is one of your favourite quote?
"Work Hard, Play Hard & Never Stop Learning!"
HCC Ambassador 2016
HCC acknowledges outstanding members to become HCC Ambassador in acknowledging their high level of professionalism, their commitment to the Chamber and contribution to Haymarket. This year we welcome HCC member Jack Lee as one of our key Ambassadors in 2016.
Read more HERE
Monkey Baa Theatre
Sticks Stones Broken Bones
20 - 22 Jan 2016
From Singapore, Spain, Japan, China and Hong Kong, Sticks Stones Broken Bones has enthralled audiences of all ages with it’s enchanting re-imagining of the ancient craft of shadow puppetry. Let Bunk Puppets serve up a visual feast for the imagination these school holidays! Find out more HERE
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