HAYMARKETER 17 February 2016
'The more open to possibilities, the more possibilities open'
Neil Somerville (Chinese Astrologer)
HCC CNY Red Fire Monkey Year 2016 Photo Highlights
HCC welcomed in a prosperous Chinese New Year with our largest event ever at our CNY Red Fire Monkey Banquet last Friday. The night was filled with good fortune; attracting many dignitaries, cultural performances with Lion Dancers, Chinese performers and our 480 guests also enjoyed exotic fruit, magic and over 100 prizes during the 12 course banquet.
HCC would like to thank The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull Prime Minister of Australia and Lucy Turnbull AO, The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Phil Coffey, Alex Greenwich MP, Jenny Leong MP, Edmund Capon AM OBE & Joanna Capon OAM & Ah Xian, Councillor Linda Scott and Councillor Jenny Green for joining HCC and our many wonderful guests to celebrate this legendary Chinese cultural celebration for 2016.
Special thanks to our Events sponsors: The Eight, Art Atrium, M Dynasty, Artist Andrew Lo, Public Style, Bunda, HMX Engneering, P & G Mode Realty, Red Bottle Market City, David Jones, Cardistry, Umi Group, Achacha, Events Cinema George Street, Avantro, Westpac, Sunny Siu Videography, Quentin Jones Photography and Aaron Stathi.
For more Event Photos click HERE or if you are interested in HCC membership click HERE
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.
First Asian Australian TV Comedy
The Laws might be Asian-Australian, but the problems they face in The Family Law – such as marriage breakdown – are universal.
No matter how it is received by critics and audiences, The Family Law is guaranteed to join a select group of Australian television programs when it debuts on SBS this week: the six-part comedy-drama is one of the very first sitcoms on our screens with Asian-Australian leads – and for many, that is reason enough to celebrate.
"We've made a show that's roughly 90 per cent Asian-Australian characters and cast members; that hasn't really been done at all," says Benjamin Law, the writer (and Fairfax columnist) upon whose memoir the series is based. "As much as we're not positioning it as an 'Asian' show, the sight of seeing so many Asian faces on screen doesn't escape me," he says. "I certainly didn't see that growing up."
Read more HERE
Multicultural NSW has developed a Settlement Portal to help connect migrants with the information they need to successfully settle in NSW.
The Settlement Portal links users directly with practical resources, and aims to help all migrants living in NSW including refugees and humanitarian entrants, skilled and family stream migrants, and temporary visa holders such as international students and seasonal workers.
Accessible via a New Arrivals to NSW icon on the Multicultural NSW homepage (www.multicultural.nsw.gov.au/home), the Settlement Portal offers links to useful organisations, websites and resources, to help with a range of issues.
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
New developer to build 152 room boutique hotel in Chinatown
Newcomer developer Wisdom Fortune has lodged plans to convert a five-storey warehouse in the Sydney central business district into a 152-room boutique hotel for $13.75 million.
The private company, headed by Stanley Fang and Fung Wa Wong, will also build a three-storey rooftop extension to "Buckle Chambers" at the corner of Sussex and Liverpool streets, which will serve as a new cafe or rooftop bar.
Wisdom Fortune will reconstruct the building's Liverpool Street frontage, restore the original triple-arched openings to Douglass Street, and its original timber windows and external brickwork. Once completed, the three-star hotel will have seven floors of hotel rooms, a ground-floor lobby with a Douglass Street entry flanked by retail space and a cafe.
The developer will also create a new pathway connecting the hotel entrance to the separate Douglass Lane. Hotel rooms will include eight family rooms with extra single beds.
The irregular-shaped 795-square-metre site at 53-55 Liverpool Street is home to commercial units and a basement nightclub, which will continue. Read more HERE
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.
George Street, between Essex and King streets
ALTRAC Light Rail has been carrying out utility relocation works in the northern section of George Street in the CBD, taking advantage of the summer holiday period to work over January weekends.
Works have involved utility investigations, modification of Ausgrid electrical pits and associated utility works, investigation of new stormwater drainage, road pavement works and investigative potholing. Some pits are a similar size to a studio apartment and so require substantial work.
This work is continuing over the weekend of the 29 January - 1 February 2016. Local Access Plans have been developed with affected stakeholders to ensure access is maintained and there is minimal disruption to daily and business activities.
George Street between King and Market, and Market and Park / Druitt streets
Additional space was made available in this area for shoppers over the Christmas period, and the work sites were removed for New Year celebrations. These sites have now been re-established, and construction work in these zones is ongoing.
You will notice an increase in the activity in this area as construction ramps up in 2016, with extensive work around pit accesses, trenching, non-destructive digging and utility relocations.
In particular, work will start on trenching the road surface over the length of the future slab which will hold the light rail tracks. This will involve sawing, rock breaking, excavation and removal of the road where the track slab is to be constructed, installing drainage works, forming and pouring pits and conduits for the light rail.
Throughout this process a southbound controlled access lane will be maintained for local traffic using driveways and loading docks within the construction zones, and for emergency services
Survey work, geotechnical investigations and potholing will continue in the city centre in preparation for future construction work as we move into more zones along George Street in 2016.
Further work will be carried out for electricity, gas, water and telecommunications utilities. There may be some interruptions to these services as part of these works. The project team will work closely with businesses and residents when scheduling these works, and ensure they are notified in advance of any planned service interruptions. These works will be scheduled to take place overnight to minimise disruption.
For further information about the CBD and South East Light Rail project:
Email HERE / 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
For more information on the changed routes, please call South East Community Transport on 8241 8000.
Darling Square Update
Demolition of the Qantas Credit Union Arena is underway. Hoarding erection is now complete and scaffolding is currently being erected. - Internal strip out of the building continues. The next main activity will be to remove the structural steel roof.
First residential building - Site preparation, detailed excavation, infrastructure services, pile foundations and ground floor slabs are all complete. - The first pre-cast panels have been installed on the first tower on the site. - Concrete pour for level 5 is now underway.
Commercial building - It was announced in late 2015 that Commonwealth Bank has been signed as the sole tenant for the commercial building. This will be for their IT department. The building has been acquired by investors Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial (APPF Commercial) and First State Super (FSS). - Ground floor slabs are complete and the concrete pour for level 1 has commenced. - All four jump forms have been established.
HCC MEMBER PROFILE
As a key representative for local businesses in Haymarket how do you see the business community supporting each other?
Through activities organised by HCC, local businesses meet each other regularly, build relationship over time, exchange ideas, share business opportunities and challenges, supporting and helping each other. In short, it is a group of business communities who are serious and care about their businesses and understanding the value of long term relationship, working together to achieve win-win outcome.
What do you think makes for a successful business in these ever changing times?
3 things - It is like marriages, focus on having long term relationship and trust,
Understand clients need and help to solve their problems and finally provide quality service and consistency in delivering.
What are three important factors that make for strong leadership?
Stay positive and keep our energy high, there is always many angles and perspective to look at things, chose the right ones; Keep our own promise, be the business person who we want to do business with, be the leader who we want to follow.
Chinatown Cultural Walking Tours 2016
30th April 2016 and 15th May 2016
Start time 10.30 a.m. and ends by 12p.m.
Tour group to meet at Capitol Theatre Campbell St. Haymarket.
George Wing Kee conducts personalised Chinatown 1.5 hour walking tours throughout Haymarket. which feature key historical and cultural sites throughout Chinatown. George has shared his tours with hundreds of tour groups with a single walking tour attracting up to 70 people. If you would like to know more please contact us.
Bookings essential mobile 0416166380. George Wing Kee (Haymarket Chamber of Commerce) or email HERE
Cult Classics at Events Cinema George Street
Some of cinemas most celebrated films are set to return to our screens in the 2016 season of ‘In The House’!
Every Friday until 20 May 2016
Friday 4th March- The Breafast Club (M)
Friday 18th March - Reservoir Dogs (R18+)
Find out more HERE
Monkey Baa Magic Theatre
20 - 21 February 2016
Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Monkey with a magical theatrical adventure around the Chinese Garden of Friendship! Follow the naughty monkey in a twilight search for the missing ball of friendship. What happens when he encounters the dragons, the lion and the fearsome wizard?
This interactive performance for ages 8+ is an imaginative journey of friendship, fun and forgiveness written and presented by the award-winning Monkey Baa Theatre Company. Find out more HERE
Sound of Music at the Capitol Theatre
Playing Now unitil 28 Feb 2016
Following its record-breaking run at the London Palladium, the world’s best-loved musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is now playing in Sydney and coming soon to Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide! This lavish and critically acclaimed production tells the uplifting true story of the von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains and works its magic, for young and old alike. Find out more HERE
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