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Banner photo:  Lion dance excitement amongst guests at HCC's CNY Fire Rooster Banquet .
21 February 2017
家和万事兴 人和百业旺 
Harmony brings wealth
Chinese New Year is an ancient and exciting 2 week cultural celebration of plenty of food, family and friends, entertainment, fireworks and lion dancing can be expected. With Sydney's strong past, present and future bi-cultural relations with China, Sydney's spectacular Chinese New Year of the Fire Rooster definitely arrived with much excitement and fire.

Photo collage includes City of Sydney CNY Celebrations at City of Sydney Launch, Westpac, Market City and HCC CNY Banquet.

The two weeks celebrating Chinese New Year is one of the busiest period for visitors in Chinatown Sydney with a reported 140,000 visitors to upward of 250,000 visitors during this festive time.  With HCC's official CNY Fire Rooster Banquet and numerous CNY events and programs, here are some highlights from this exciting and prosperous time; 
HCC CNY Fire Rooster Banquet 2017 Highlights
Official HCC CNY VIP photo and event celebrations at The Eight Restaurant.

As one of Sydney’s most exciting nights to celebrate Chinese New Year (CNY), Haymarket Chamber of Commerce’s (HCC) CNY banquet last Friday attracted over three hundred Chamber members, businesses, artists, community leaders and featured our Official Special Guests; Dr Charlie Teo AM, The Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells,The Hon. Victor Dominello, Alex Greenwich MP and Deputy Lord Mayor Kerryn Phelps. 

Following this event’s successful launch last year; featuring the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull, the HCC CNY event was a special evening embodying the CNY celebration of Chinese culture, music, food and spirit whilst also raising funds for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, founded by Dr Charlie Teo AM.

With energetic Lion Dancers, one of Sydney’s only Chinese jazz singers and traditional Chinese dance performances during the12 course banquet extravaganza, the event welcomed many VIP guests with the City of Sydney Councillor Robert Kok, Councillor Craig Chung, Councillor Jess Scully, Councillor Jess Miller, Councillor Philp Thallis, Councillor Linda Scott and Councillor Angela Vithoulkas with Edmund Capon AM, OBE.

As HCC's first ever charity raising event, our EC & HCC members kindly donating almost $2500 worth of prizes, HCC raised almost $4000 for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and we thank the generosity of our guests on the night for supporting CBCF.  

HCC thanks our the support of our event sponsors; Art Atrium, P & G Mode Realty, Umi Group, Prestige Strata, Abacus Visa Immigration, Avantro Legal, Banna Group, The Eight, Red Bottle, Surfside Hotels and PublicStyle.  We also appreciate the wonderful work of our MC Ky Chow, photography by Aaron Stathi, Ken Johnson, DJ Dumplings, Sunny Siu Videography and events team Rei Wang and Ada Gau. For more photos click HERE


Haymarket Live Work Play Guide 2017

The event also celebrated the launch of HCC’s very popular annual Haymarket Live Work Play Guide 2017 featuring the unique flavors of Haymarket’s places, people and character of this most culturally diverse precinct.  Read it online HERE.

City of Sydney CNY 2017 Official Launch 

HCC was kindly invited  to City of Sydney (CoS) harbor launch which offered 400 guests breathtaking views of the CoS Sydney CNY 2017 launch and Chinatown Sydney welcomed a dragon's tail of red lanterns and very own interactive Rooster installation along Dixon Street.  Thank you to the Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Councilor Robert Kok, City of Sydney team led by Monica Barrone and Stephen Gilby.

Sydney's Opera House and Harbour Bridge turned Red below a sky of amazing fireworks to launch the CNY Fire Rooster 2017 2 week celebrations.


Haymarket Lunar Year Celebrations
From L to R: City of Sydney Rooster installation and City of Sydney in co-operation with HCC Red Lantern installation supported by NSW transport along Dixon Street. 

Westpac CNY Celebrations
HCC was also kindly invited to attend our sponsor Westpac's beautiful CNY banquet held at the Hyatt Regency featuring amazing Chinese celebration decor and attracting over 450 guests.  Thank you to Westpac's; Bernadette Inglis, Jeff Hurdis, Jodie Laming and Kevin Chen.

2017 Forecast The 丁酉 Fire Rooster Year
by Mina Zheng
The ancient Chinese considered the rooster to have forecasting abilities. Roosters are intelligent and fast thinkers with the Fire Rooste known to be energetic, passionate and anxious. The rooster enjoys good looking things and is artistic, so the year ahead could be beautiful, romantic, creative, enjoyable, but also accompanied by frustration.
In 2017 finance will still be one of the main concerns. People will seek opportunities to make money. It will be a hard working year, however extra wealth will be hard to find. Finances will be up and down.  Read more HERE

Special Chinese Tennis Tournament with APIA International Tennis

The Chinese community, Chinese Australian media and HCC were kindly invited to attend the Apia International tennis tournament (8-14 January 2017) in Sydney) featurng famous Chinese tennis player Zhang Shuai. 

Chinese fans flocked to Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre to meet the No.1 player Zhang Shuai  and enjoyed some Chinese-themed celebrations during this special cutlrual sporting event.  Read more HERE

Jobs NSW and Haymarket HQ Supports Asian Market 

Jobs NSW held an exciting event with Haymarket HQ aimed at supporting business in the Asian market with featured key speakers and connecting industry leaders and government.

The event was attended by Minister John Barilaro (Deputy Premier), David Thodey (Chair of Jobs NSW) and Karen Borg (CEO of Jobs NSW).

Sydney Metro West Plans

In Novermber 2016, the NSW Govt announced a new underground metro railway line to be built between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD.  The four key precincts identified is Paramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, Bays Precinct and Sydney's CBD.  The planning process has started for the next stage of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project, with a State Significant Infrastructure Application Report lodged last week for the Sydenham to Bankstown upgrade.
This Sydney Metro initiative aims to cut travel times between Sydenham and Macquarie Park by at least 16 minutes, as well as cutting up to 11 minutes on the trip between Bankstown and Martin Place.   The Bankstown line will have new and direct access to major CBD metro stations and beyond, including Martin Place, Pitt Street, Barangaroo, Victoria Cross in North Sydney, Chatswood and Macquarie Park.  New-generation, fully air-conditioned metro trains are also to be part of this major transport upgrade.
Further consultation will take place later this year when the Environmental Impact Statement for the Sydenham to Bankstown upgrade is placed on public exhibition.  

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Make the most of 2016/17 and

Sydney Light Rail Construction 

As George Street transforms, HCC has been working closely with the NSW Transport Light Rail Stakeholder team in developing activation programs for local businesses and the community.

CBD and South East Light Rail UPDATE
February until April 2017:

* There will be no northbound general traffic access on George Street between Grosvenor and Alfred Streets

* Access to Four Seasons and Blue Anchor Lane will be via Alfred Street for the first stage. Throughout these changes traffic management will assist motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to move safely around the work as required. Access to buildings, driveways and pedestrian footpaths will generally be maintained. Any interruption to property access will be discussed with impacted stakeholders ahead of time. Access to The Rocks will be via Loftus Street, Alfred Street and George Street, or via Harrington Street, Argyle Street, Dalgety Street, Towns Place and Hickson Road.

* Vehicles exiting The Rocks should travel via George Street, Alfred Street and Pitt Street. Parking, access and waste collection

* Access to buildings, driveways, pedestrian footpaths will be maintained. Noise and dust You may experience some noise and vibration during this work. Efforts will be made to schedule the noisiest work during the daytime and evening.

For more information: Visit or Facebook HERE  For the latest on CBD traffic and transport changes, and support initiatives for businesses, visit HERE 
The NSW Transport Haymarket Video VIEW IT HERE.  

Darling Quarter Update

Construction Summary
Infrastructure works:

 City of Sydney has approved the use of one lane of Harbour Street as a construction zone during
work hours. This is expected to come into effect from March*
 Approximately 2 weeks of night works planned in February to install a sewer line across Harbour
Street (near Little Hay Street)*
 Works will involve some saw-cutting and trenching
 Noisiest activities will be completed before 11pm
 Traffic will be maintained at all times
*Notifications will be distributed prior to any key construction activities.
Residential buildings:
 Two of the three towers on the first residential building located on the south-west of the site has
topped out with façade works and internal fit-out activities ongoing.
 The first slab on ground has been poured on the second residential building located on the northeast
of the site. The third tower crane is planned to be erected in mid-February.
 The third residential building located on the south-east of the site is planned to commence
construction in mid-February with piling works the first activity on site.
Commercial building:
 Concrete structural works are now complete with façade works including the car park cladding
progressing and expected to be complete over the next quarter.
 The last tower crane for this building is expected to be dismantled in late February.


Aaron Stathi
Digital Producer
HCC Executive Member

What is you background?  I'm fifth generation Australian, my heritage is Macedonian.

What are you working on with the Haymarket Chamber? My role at the HCC is within the digital and tech field. I'm currently working on a mobile app based on George Wing Kee's famous walking tours of Haymarket.  Visitors to Haymarket will be able to start at a certain point using the GPS on their phone and take an audio version of George's tour.  This will be released mid 2017.  

Read more Aaron's profile in the HCC Live Work Play Guide 2017 HERE


'Open Cut Exhibition' @ Art Atrium
21 February - 11 March 2017

The Forest and The Lily Pond

Andrew Tomkins’s work captures an appreciation of the global environment, and with hope, stimulates concern for the future of the natural world.  The title "Open Cut" refers not only to the technique of construction with the artwork, but also refers to the mining industry in the process of mining coal.  Find out more HERE

City of Sydney Business Events

'Rise of an empire: the foodie business phenomenon'
Wednesday 22 February    
The food industry has hit an unprecedented pace in Sydney. Who are the people behind this driving force and what’s the secret ingredient?

Elevated state: customer experience is everything 
Wednesday 29 March

In our tech-driven society, even some of the biggest stores flounder. Some businesses thrive by focusing on their true values and creating a unique customer experience. How do they do it? 
Find out more about these events HERE

HKBA Autumn Cocktails
3 March 2017 @ Chinese Garden of Friendship

HCC Members are welcome to join at HKBA Member rate $60.  To book click HERE

Magnificent 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

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