The Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP) Project
The Chamber receives regular local area updates regarding the major changes in and surrounding Haymarket. Through our meetings with key stakeholders, Chamber members and the community we aim to reflect the varying feedback regarding the current developments for the SICEEP plans. in this issue we present another perpective and response from our committee member Simon Chan.
Re: 'Save Sydney Exhibition Centre' Petition
The announcement by the NSW Government of the proposed demolition of the Sydney Exhibition Centre is a great tragedy for architecture in NSW. Designed by renowned architect Philip Cox and built as part of the great tradition of exhibition buildings, this internationally acclaimed building was a cornerstone for the redevelopment of Darling Harbour and the Nation’s Bi-Centennial celebrations.
Opened just 25 years ago, the building was considered to be an outstanding example of modern architecture and was awarded the 1989 Sir John Sulman Medal by the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Throughout its operations, the Centre has been a key facility in the South East Asia and Pacific region for the MICE industry, helping to generate an estimated $450 - 500 million a year for the NSW economy.
It has played a major part in the life and culture of Sydney by hosting a wide variety of significant events, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
The award winning expressed structure of the Sydney Exhibition Centre is also a very significant work of structural engineering by ARUP.
Listed by the National Trust and the Australian Institute of Architects, it is also being considered for the State Significance list by the Heritage Office.
Philip Cox has stated: “The removal of the Sulman Award winning Sydney Exhibition Centre is an act of vandalism and in fact is quite unnecessary. Early examination of the proposal suggests the building can be retained”.
Significant Sydney architecture of the late 20th Century deserves our respect.
Please support our campaign and sign our petition to save Sydney Exhibition Centre HERE
For Community engagement on SICEEP go to:
Chinese Sydney Property Expo 2013
Property developers have urged Window to China to organise another property expo targeting the Chinese investors market soon after the success of the 2012 (Spring) Chinese Sydney Property Expo held in October last year. Event sponsors include China Eastern Airlines and Chinese Sydney Property Weekly Magazine. The 2013 (Autumn) Chinese Sydney Property Expo will be held in March at Level 2, 1 Dixon Street, Sydney NSW 2000.
Find out more HERE
CHINATOWN WALKING TOUR FREE PHONE APPLICATION
The Haymarket Chamber of Commerce launched a new self-guided historical walking tour app of the area last week. The app highlights historical locations and culture dating back to the late 1800s. The app is expected to prove popular with the growing number of Chinese tourists interested in exploring the area. The app is based on George Wing Kee’s historical walking tours that are hosted by the Chamber each year as part of Chinese New Year and August Moon Festivals.
Download the Chamber's Chinatown Walking Tour Phone Apps: iTunes HERE or Google HERE
Haymarket Streets Closed
The inaugral Twilight Parade for Chinese New Year on 17 February will have areas in Haymarket closed from 4pm-11:30pm. Police street block offs will occur on Ultimo Road, Thomas, Hay and Little Hay streets as part of the celebrations.
CHINESE NEW YEAR CUSTOMS
Chinese New Year customs can bring a welcome sense of renewal. Enjoy some of these customs listed below.
1. Clean Your House
The superstitious Chinese sweep every corner of a room to rid their homes of ghosts and bad luck associated with the old year. If negative spirits don’t lurk in your living room, chances are a layer of dust and dirt.
2. New clothes and Haircut
It is customary to get a haircut and new clothes for the new year. The idea is that with a new look, bad spirits won’t recognize a person and follow them into the new year.
3. Make Amends
According to Chinese tradition release or resolve any grudges or differences with family, friends, and associates before New Year’s Eve.
4. Pay Off Your Debts
Like grudges, old debts are a bad omen for a new year.
5. Spend Time With Your Family
Chinese new year is an important time to reconnect with family, feast, and to simply enjoy the company of their loved ones.