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 28 June  2016

Entrepreneurs and Innovation in Haymarket

Entrepreneurship is the 21st century mega trend that has driven a record $900m in new venture funds in Australia this last year.  Adding to this the emerging market growth  opportunities with our Asian neighbors, Sydney has the capacity to be part of the innovation wave to reshape economies and industries throughout the world.  

Sydney's entrepreneurial drive may well become the lifeblood to expand our economy with many exciting initiatives underway as highlighted by YPO's Innovation week in Sydney recently which set unprecendented global innovation discussions amongst its 24,000 Chief Execs and Business Leaders across 130 countires .  Only this last month, two HCC members have recently announced exciting new business initiatives;

HCC Executive Member Brad Chan will launch Haymarket HQ in September and HCC Member Vincent Lim's recently launched Start Mesh.  

Sydney will soon become home to another startup coworking space, with Haymarket HQ set to open in Chinatown over the next few months. As the location might suggest, the space will be focused on helping startups connect with and grow into Asia.​

Set up as a social enterprise by private family investment company Banna Property Group, Haymarket HQ will have space for around 70 desks as well as meeting, workshop, and function spaces;  even a karaoke restaurant in the building.  Find out more at http://www.haymarkethq.org/  

StartMesh aims to empower startups to successfully navigate the stage where most others fail: the time between validated idea and sustainable profitability.  The StartMesh Innovation Fund will invest in early stage investments to form a diverse and balanced portfolio of venture capital opportunities. Find out more http://startmesh.com/

HCC's 10th Anniversary Event

2016 marks HCC's 10th Anniversary a landmark year for HCC and Haymarket's 3000 businesses and 16,000 residents.  HCC continues to grow year by year thanks to the tremendous volunteer leadership of our HCC Executive team, HCC Members, HCC sponsors; City of Sydney, Westpac, Events Cinema George Street, Chinatown Friday Night Markets and Market City.

A decade ago a few local Chinatown business owners gathered regularly and realised the benefits in working together and creating a network to support each others businesses which eventually became the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce.  Today one of HCC's original co-founders, George Wing Kee remains a key leader on HCC's Executive team with second generation Peter Wong, led by HCC President Simon Chan, Jessie Xiao, Brad Chan and Executive team; Jonathan Wong, Linda McCreath, Richard Hughes, Anthony Keirann, Peter Bannister, Stephan Wan, Eva Law, Ryan Tian.

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 Lead 100 Delegation to China to Celebrate
 30th anniversary of Sydney's Sister City relationship with Guangzhou

City of Sydney's Lord Mayor and Sydney delegation made their first official stop in Guangzhou to meet with Mayor Wen Guohui at the Guangzhou Government City Hall. Mayor Wen extended formal thanks for our support for Guangzhou week in Sydney earlier this month and spoke at length about how fruitful our two cities’ robust relationship has been.

There was keen interest in the work City of Sydney are doing on environmental sustainability and urban planning and grateful for our support of Australian businesses in China. He was also pleased to see representatives from our Sydney universities, remarking on the strength of our higher education sector.

On top of Guangzhou’s generosity through our Chinese New Year celebrations (they sent a delegation of performers and the magnificent goat lantern was located in the heart of Chinatown this year), to celebrate our 30th anniversary Guangzhou presented Sydney with an extensive encyclopedia collection on the history of their city. Mayor Wen also gave the Lord Mayor a picture of 2016 Guangzhou city, saying the encyclopedia was a celebration of their past and the new image a celebration of the present.

Sydney studies help shape successful careers in China

More than 200 Chinese students who studied at Australian universities gathered in Guangzhou this week for the first ever Australian university alumni event in southern China.

Australian Catholic University, Macquarie University, University of Technology Sydney, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and Western Sydney Universityjoined forces to host the alumni event as part of a City of Sydney-led program celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Sydney-Guangzhou sister-city relationship.

Speaking at the event, Lord Mayor Clover Moore said that over the past 10 years, NSW has attracted one-third of Australia’s 500,000 international students, with the majority of them based in Sydney.  Read more HERE

New HCC Program Sponsor 2016/17   


Haymarket Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Transport for NSW as our new Sponsor Partner for 2016-17. This exciting sponsorship will support key programs focused on informing and supporting Haymarket's local businesses and residents during the construction of the Sydney Light Rail along George Street.

HCC is very excited to welcome and work with Transport for NSW in developing key activation programs and events to support Haymarket's George Street businesses during this important period.

CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said “It’s an exciting time as the light rail project progresses through George Street.  Haymarket is such a key cultural area of Sydney and we are thrilled to be working with the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce.” 

Major construction is now well underway and by mid-July, construction will stretch continuously from Circular Quay to Liverpool Street in Haymarket.  Find out more below in Planning and Developments.


Market of Lights 2016 First Year a Success
Dixon Street
Proudly brought to you by HCC and City of Sydney

Fiery Red Monkey Lights 
Photography: Aaron Stathi

HCC and the City of Sydney's Market of Lights earlier this month saw the arrival of more than 38 Red-Fire Monkey Light Sculptures along the 8 trees of Dixon Street and were warmly welcomed by hundreds of local businesses and thousands of visitors and locals.  With over 90% of local businesses surveyed supporting the Market of Lights and requesting longer term activation events, we look forward to developing more frequent activation events in 2016.  

Thank you to our sponsors, supporters and team:  City of Sydney, Westpac, Laboratory of Visionary Architecture (LAVA), Chinatown Markets,  Peter Wong, Michael Day from UTS,  Finesse Trees and Aaron Stathi. 


Architects design ‘sympathetic’ hotel next to Haymarket Heritage Building

A rendered image of the proposed George Street boutique hotel by PBD Architects.
A rendered image of the proposed George Street boutique hotel by PBD Architects. Image: PBD Architects

A recent proposal for a boutique hotel development at a challenging location on George Street in Haymarket, Sydney was submitted by PBD Architects.

The proposed hotel is situated next to the three-storey heritage-listed Venetian Gothic Haymarket Library, built in 1875. Heritage restrictions also in placed at the development site.

The architects’ design concept for the northern facade came from the idea of using alternative textured concrete and metal panels inspired by the pattern of the state library bookshelves.

The blank wall on the Haymarket Library side of the building will be cantilevered by 1.5 metres, and has also become important in the design due to the unlikeliness of the library site ever being redeveloped.

The Haymarket Libary will be relocated to the proposed Kengo Kuma-designed civic building in Darling Square.  Read more HERE

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.  


Thomas Street Chinatown's Art + Transformation

City of Sydney's Chinatown Public Domain plan includes providing increased public space for the growing community and market place in Chinatown.  The most recent transformation has transpired along Thomas Street.

Experience Thomas Street's new art and transformation designed and created by artist Lindy Lee for City of Sydney HERE

Light rail construction count down begins
Major construction schedule for the CBD and South East Light Rail project.

From mid July 2016, work will start on George Street between Bathurst and Liverpool Streets (zone 8). This will soon be followed by work between Liverpool and Goulburn Streets (zone 9) in August, and between Goulburn and Hay streets (zone 10) in October.

Light rail construction set to expand through nine blocks of George Street 

The CBD and South East Light Rail construction is in full swing with CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast announced recently that by mid-July George Street, from Circular Quay to Liverpool Street, will be occupied with construction sites as the transformational project unfolds.   Three more construction zones set to start on George Street by mid-July, with work ramping up to get this project built.

Building light rail down one of the oldest streets in Australia’s biggest city isn’t without challenges. With construction well underway in four sections along George Street already,  progress continues given this challenging environment,.

Major construction of light rail commenced in October 2015 and involved the progressive closure of George Street from King to Park streets to develop a pedestrian zone as part of the project. 

Construction has continued to expand since then to Circular Quay and will now expand towards Chinatown next month. This is an important milestone for our project with George Street being one of the most complex and important sections of construction. 

Construction is expanding from King Street to Hunter Street on 1 July, Park Street to Bathurst Street and from Bathurst to Liverpool Street on 15 July, forecast to put an additional strain on Sydney.  Disruption is expected and NSW Transport  hank Sydneysiders for continuing to work with us by avoiding the peak travel periods and leaving the car at home. 

As construction of light rail extends towards Central and Surry Hills, the impact on our roads is increasing. Driving may not be the best option. 

George Street construction expansion will include: 
 1 July: a work site will be established on George Street between King and Hunter streets (zone 4) closing the road to general traffic 
 15 July: a work site will be established on George Street, between Park and Bathurst streets (zone 7) with the road closed to general traffic
 15 July: a work site will be established on George Street, between Bathurst and Liverpool streets (zone 8) with the road closed to southbound traffic. A single northbound lane will be maintained for general traffic. 
 East-west corridors, including Bridge and Grosvenor streets, King Street, Market Street and Park Street will predominately remain open during construction. 

Night time and weekend closures will be required to complete intersection work. George Street remains closed to general traffic, between King and Park streets (zone 5 and 6) and to southbound traffic between Grosvenor and Alfred streets (zone 2) and Bridge and Margaret streets (zone 3) in the north of the CBD. 

Further construction along George Street into Chinatown and towards Central Station is expected to commence by the end of 2016

Major construction on the 12-kilometre light rail route from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kingsford is expected to be completed and operating by 2019. For more information about the light rail project or travelling around the CBD visit www.mysydney.com.au 

For More Travel information
Speak to one of the Travel Choices advisors for further information or set up a workshop, call 1800 632 500, email travelchoices@transport.nsw.gov.au or visit mysydney.nsw.gov.au/travelchoices

Key points of support services available to help during the construction include:
* A 24 hour construction response line (1800 775 465) is available for urgent enquiries or complaints relating to construction work taking place. For any other information requests please call our project information line on 1800 684 490 or email projects@transport.nsw.gov.au.

* Freight and servicing support for management of deliveries and servicing of businesses. For more information, contact CBDFreight@transport.nsw.gov.au

* The Office of the Small Business Commission is providing free Small Business Advisors to help plan ahead for the changes occurring across the CBD.  Dedicated advisors are available to assist developing practical solutions. Contact Natalie from the Office of the Small Business Commissioner via 8866 3225 or emailing natalie@clearlybusiness.com.au
For more information:
For project information visit www.sydneylightrail.com.au or Facebook HERE
For the latest on CBD traffic and transport changes, and support initiatives for businesses, visit www.mysydney.nsw.gov.au

Darling Square Update

Construction update:  Demolition activities and infrastructure works
 Demolition of the former entertainment centre is progressing and expected to be completed in mid-2016.
 The Review of Environmental Factors is being prepared on behalf of City of Sydney for the eastern stormwater amplification works have begun along Hay Street. The REF will be on public exhibition for 2 weeks and subject to Council approval, works are expected to be undertaken in mid-2016. First residential building  Concrete structural works progressing well with the podium now on Level 5.
 Façade works underway on SW1 tower as well as high level services. Commercial building
 Concrete structural works progressing with car park levels complete. Concrete pours occurring on Level 8.  First tower crane for the site was dismantled in May

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the eastern stormwater amplification works along Hay Street is now on public exhibition at the City of Sydney until 5 July 2016. To view the documents or provide feedback, please visit the website: sydneyyoursay.com.au  
These works is part of the Darling Harbour redevelopment project and Lendlease is delivering this on behalf of the City of Sydney.

HCC welcomes our new members.

Advanced Pioneer Group


The team at RAW Architects shares over twenty years experience in public, commercial, housing, interior design and domestic projects Many of our projects have been recognised as outstanding works of architecture. Find out more HERE

Located in the heart of Sydney's Chinatown, Dynasty Karaoke is regarded one of th city's most prestigious function venues, combining the best of restaurant, karaoke, darts games, wine bar and lounge, all in one amazing space. Dynasty offers 13 private VIP rooms, equipped with touchscreen karaoke, and one-of-a-kind, spacious, open lounge.  Find out more HERE

A leading boutique commercial and retail property agency offering professional; and results focused experts who understand the changing market and opportunities throughout Sydney.  Find out more HERE


Westpac Invests in SME Platform
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Westpac Banking Corp's venture capital fund Reinventure has invested in Valiant Finance, a broking platform for small businesses that matches borrowers to the growing number of online lenders seeking to steal volume from incumbent banks.

Valiant's platform is set to introduce competitive tension into the nascent SME online lending market, as new players struggle with recognition and customer acquisition.

It could also provide a disruptive force for big banks that have traditionally insisted that small businesses pledge their house as security to be able to borrow.  
Read more HERE  

Breakfast @ VIBE HOTELS 
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Monkey Baa Presents The Little Prince 
05 July - 09 July
Times: 10.30, 12.30

One of the most widely read books in history – 140 million copies sold worldwide and printed in more than 250 languages and dialects including braille – Saint-Exupéry’s exquisite tale tells the story of a curious prince who leaves his tiny home planet and journeys across the universe, discovering that adults have very strange ideas about the things that really matter.  Book HERE

Absolutely Fabulous Events Advance Screening!

Be the first to see Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie at our Exclusive Cinebuzz Advance Screening!  Find out more HERE

Members Tickets: $22*  Treat yourself and watch in style by upgrading to our special Absolutely Fabulous High Tea with Bubbles Gold Class Package.

DATE: Sunday 31 July
TIMES: 7:00pm

Celebrate Umi's 10th Birthday iin July

All the special offers are different every week! ONLY AVAILABLE AT OUR HAYMARKET STORE IN JULY! Check them out below:
Week 1, 4/7-10/7: Dine in for $1/pc salmon sushi+
Week 2, 11/7-17/7: Free Hot Sake with any hotpot purchase+
Week 3, 18/7-24/7: 50%off all sushi on train+ (terms & conditions apply, offer only available for dine-in after 5pm excluding sashimi & handroll)
Week 4, 25/7-31/7: Lucky Draw Spinning Wheel+
Fnd out more HERE

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 in August..  Find out more HERE

3 Hours Free Parking.

Spend over $88* at any Market City retailer or combination of retailers this weekend to get your first three hours of parking for free.

Validate your ticket at the Level 1 Info Desk or Basement Level 1 Car Park Office. Offer is for weekend parking for a limited time only.  *Terms and conditions apply. Click here for more details.

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