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30 July 2013

Chamber & Music

Banner photo: Sydney Entertainment Centre concert arena.
As another important year begins, our Chamber continues our commitment to represent and advocate for business owners and employers in and around the Haymarket community to promote and strengthen our local area through economic and business growth. 
And following our well attended Winter AGM and Networking event last week we would like to introduce our new Haymarket Chamber of Commerce (HCC) Executive Committee 2013-14 featured below.

Left to Right; HCC Executive Members 2013-14; (Karen Soo), Richard Hughes, Grace Shen, Brad Chan, Linda McCreath, Simon Chan, George Wing Kee, Vaughn de Vocht, Luciana Ozcan, Peter Bosevski, Peter Wong, Ryan Tian, Peter Bannister, Aaron Seeto, Jonothan Wong. (Jessie Xiao and Stephen Wan not present). 

Chamber Announcements:
* Congratulations to our re-elected President Brad Chan, newly elected Vice President Simon Chan, newly elected Secretary Stephen Wan and newly elected Treasurer Peter Bannister.

* Congratulations to Brad Chan and Peter Wong for receiving the Chamber's Honorary Member Award for their exemplary commitment and leadership to the Chamber.

* Welcome to our new Chamber Executives Grace Shen from Global-Edu.Imm.Law, Peter Bannister from Sine Iactvra PL and Peter Bosevski from Flavors of Australia.

Our thanks to the long standing HCC Executive member Louisa Poon and our Executive Sasha Connie Tong who both leave the Chamber Executive this year.

Attendees provided positive feedback regarding the event's genuine networking and the great venue.  As our tribute we acknowledge  Sydney Entertainment Centre for their generous hospitality and invaluable support to the Chamber. 

On behalf of the Chamber Executive Committee, we would like to thank our many Chamber member attendees for their ongoing support; Westpac, City of Sydney, P & G Mode Realty, Radisson Hotels & Suites, SKW Property, Bullion List, Knight Frank, Window to China, O'Loghlin Communication, Abacus Visa Immigration Lawyers, Guardian Vaults, Monkey Baa Theatre and dedicated volunteers Sukey Xu and Nicole Zwaaneveld.

Thank you also to our generous event sponsors: Sydney Entertainment Centre, Novotel Haymarket, Dynasty, PublicStyle, Red Bottle Haymarket, Surfside Hotels, Metro Hotels and Sydney Kings.

Event Photography courtesy of Aaron Stathi.

From L to R: HCC President Brad Chan, Sydney Entertainment Centre (SEC) Events Manager Christina Critharis, HCC Business Manager Karen Soo, SEC TDP Performer Imogen Clark. SEC Marketing & Promotions Manager Wendy Aldridge and SEC General Manager Steve Romer 

L to R: HCC President Brad Chan, HCC Executive Committee Members (ECM) Linda McCreath, HCC Honorary Member George Wing Kee and HCC Vice President Simon Chan with City of Sydney Business Precinct Co-ordinator Natalie Yu
L to R: HCC Executive Committee: Richard Hughes, Luciana Ozcan, Peter Bosevski, Jessie Xiao, Linda McCreath, Vaughn de Vocht, Simon Chan, Peter Bannister and Grace Shen.

From L to R: HCC ECM Peter Bosevski, Aaron Seeto, Simon Chan and Linda McCreath
From L to R: HCC ECM Ryan Tian and Stephen Wan with Karen Soo

Our second Chamber Business Leader Round Table session will be held in August, facilitated by Wayne Burns, director of Acil Allen Consulting Group, The business session covers many business topics shared and broadened by the contribution and involved participation by each business leader attendee.  Limited places  available for more information please contact us HERE

The Quay Retail stores

"The Quay Retail" display suite is currently on display until 2nd August 2013 and is located at Level 5, Princes Centre, 8 Quay Street, Haymarket.  Find out more HERE

Chinese company record booking for the
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
The Perfect China company flew 3000 of its best staffers to Sydney and booked the BridgeClimb from Saturday to Tuesday.

The booking is the largest in the BridgeClimb's 15-year history and is expected to inject millions of tourism dollars into the economy.

Climb leader Alex Cheng said the operation was running at "full capacity."

Tourism Research Australia estimates that more than 383,000 Chinese people have visited New South Wales in the past year and spent more than $1.3 billion.


China Expos
Window to China will be holding the 2013 Chinese Property Expo and 2013 Chinese Students Fair in late November.  If you are interested in exhibiting please contact HERE


Peter Bannister, Sine Iactvra PL
HCC Treasurer

How long has your business been in Haymarket? As a Haymarket resident, I have been a public servant for nearly 50 years, foreign advisor for the Ministry of Finance in Peking, China and I have since established a small company advising government and its agencies on government economics and public finance.

Could you indicate what makes your business competitive in your industry and local area?    I can work from almost anywhere and I provide a niche offering based on my concentrated experience and specialties.  My recent client was the Western Australian Treasury in Perth.
What changes have you observed in the local area and business community during this time? Yes, big and small.  As an example, I watched the emergence of the A4 Art Gallery and the contributions of businesses like those which have definitely enriched our district relevantly in new directions, beyond the traditional areas.  Some large firms have successfully established themselves here too so I hope they join HCC too.

It’s not just your direct suppliers and customers that count but the whole setting makes a contribution, too.  For example the links between the three big engines of economic growth here are the Entertainment Centre, the entire disaggregated food, entertainment and cultural services. which all work complimentary AND also  reinforce the myriad of other important businesses, such as mine   It is a complete little world.

Why do you think the Haymarket Chamber attracts so many members? It offers a good network base, and it’s relevant (as I said before) to the need of every business to connect to all the others in a network of mutual support.    
Could you describe Haymarket in three words? Now, that’s a real test of succinctness.  I’d say – exotic, businesslike, and … respectful.
What do you see as happening in 2013-14? OK !  Mu views are that the big picture outlook is still gloomy and genuine recovery may be some time off globally and also for Australia to whom, because we are a trading nation, the difficulties of other countries are eventually and inevitably transmitted.  That doesn’t mean we should be fearful, but our plans need to be that much more refined than they needed to be when times were buoyant. 
I think the current private developer and government local plans also need to be reviewed and in fact the plans for Darling Harbour South are being reviewed right now by the Department of Planning. 
The current big scale redevelopment plans in our district are not meticulous and don’t favour us at all.  Apart from the high additional costs of an unmanageable future transport and traffic environment, there are serious distributional effects and a social dimension unique to the district that’s not assessed in the current Environmental Impact Statements at all.
As I mentioned, the main local economic engines in the Haymarket district are the highly successful Entertainment Centre (which current plans will replace with a residential over development) and the Central Chinatown Precinct, both of which mutually attract the majority of trade into the area’s local economy, and each of which is reliant on the other, like no other “couple” (in the sense of the word as a pair of coordinated, parallel forces cooperatively reinforcing one another) about which local economic success turns.
At worst, the proposed plans could economically effect Chinatown through the.prolonged staged construction period which can essentially effect Chinese businesses with the disruption from construction which will cut off Chinatown from Darling Harbour and after the residential over development is completed there will be a a far off Theatre which is to replace our current far more versatile Entertainment Centre.  
The area could become like an abandoned QVB site as seen years ago.   Such an effect would be even worse if the current economic and fiscal difficulties continue and the Darling Harbour Live project were to be completed much later than expected and an abandoned site (like the Anthony Horden Site in the 1990s in George Street) lingered, incomplete. 
Nor were risk analyses of these sorts of scenarios presented in the Environmental Impact Statement but are normally routine in the preparation of government projects to be offered for Public Private Partnership delivery where a private sector party bids to assume certain risks that he manages better than government. 
The construction plans which ironically, I expect, may be financed by investors tapping foreign Chinese savings could isolate an existing, prosperous local Chinese business community, that Sydney can ill afford to lose, behind an elite private residential development barrier on public land otherwise intended (but by then, no longer used) for recreational and public purposes.  It could build an insurmountable social wall, and not create a bridge of any kind.
So, yes.  Incomplete plans in the Haymarket district and areas surrounding it are both a challenge and an opportunity for us.  How we’ll go, depends on how we respond.

Favourite place in Chinatown? The peace of my own home – in the very heart of Chinatown. the exquisite beauty of the Garden of Friendship, which sadly the adjoining high rise development so close by, will diminish.  The Chinese Garden of Friendship, a condensed compendium of bonsai plant art (which also figuratively “weighs” the value its specimens) is an extraordinary little gem in a generally mundane, public tourist park.  It is actually comparable with often far larger, exquisite Chinese parks from Peking to East Lake in Wuhan.
Any advice to other businesses? Since I’ve been a bit heavy today, let me show you a charming photo I took in Wu Chang during a Golden Week break from an assignment for the Ministry of Finance in Peking a few years ago.  It expresses the genuine commercial spirit of business in China today (and I guess always) and I feel our fair trading government regulators with their hundreds of pages of laws, can do no better than take this hint.

The sign says “This is a fair market.  Do not cheat children or old people”.  And so, I say :  Long live common sense – trade fairly and give value.

What is one of your favourite quotes? 

Yes it’s a general one, but in light of what I said before about the uncertainty of what the immediate future holds for us all in the Haymarket, almost a warning – “Without preparation, there can be no initiative”.


ABACUS Visa - Immigration Lawyers
HCC Members receive 1 hour free legal consultation (immigration and related issues) per year.
East Ocean Restaurant would like to offer Chamber members an exclusive 10% off the total bill. Ph: 9212 4198
Global-Edu.Imm.Law would like to offer all members of Haymarket Chamber of Commerce will receive 10% off of all our service fees. Ph: 9281 6299


China Connect Workshop Series
Tuesday 27 August: China-Connect Workshops
Designed to assist Sydney businesses in retail, hospitality and tourism sectors understand Chinese  visitors and the local Chinese community. Find out more HERE

Haymarket Library Mandarin Rhyme Time
Every Friday from 11am-11.45am
(program will continue weekly, except during school or public holidays)

Bilingual storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft activities for pre-schoolers, with stories read in English and Mandarin to support language and literacy development, as well as providing a wonderful cultural exchange. For toddlers aged three and up. Free; no bookings necessary.

The George Street library recently received  a $270,000 makeover and boasts the largest Chinese language book collection of any public library in Australia.

“Explore one of the most extensive Asia language book collections in Australia – right in the heart of Chinatown,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said  Find out more HERE. 

Tony Curran

Art Atrium will feature the Artist in Conversation on 3 August 2013
with Andrew Frost, Art Critic, Writer, Broadcaster & Lecturer in dialogue with Tony Curran.  Find out more HERE

Courtesy of ruangrupa and Keg de Souza, Geographic plan for collaboration, Haymarket, Sydney (2013)

4a Centre for Contemporary Asian Art presents Vertical Villages is an artist-led project by Indonesian artist collective ruangrupa and Australian artist Keg de Souza, known and admired internationally for their socially-driven art practices.

Vertical Villages investigates the experience of international students living in Sydney’s CBD and the relationship between a community’s daily lives and their urban and spatial environments.  Find out more HERE

P!NK Australian Tour 30 July - 7 August 2012.  Regarded as one of the hottest tours of the year – The Truth About Love Tour 2013, P!NK is renowned around the world as one of the most dynamic live performers of her generation – and by far the most successful female touring and recording artist ever in the Australian market  Find out more HERE

Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries features a brand new American cast of world-class musical theatre professionals, clever staging and heaps of spooky special effects in a super-sized live show that has fans howling for more. Scooby Doo arrives in Sydney on 2 October at Capitol Theatre.  from Find out more HERE

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