Over the past year retail turnover rose 3.2%
with food retailing the best performer with a stable trend of figures up 0.5 per cent.
Westpac's economists say some of the price falls may be due to retailers finally passing on the benefits of the high Australian dollar, which has made imported goods cheaper.
On a final note, the rise in retail sales volumes should be good for the official economic growth figures for the March quarter. More
UTS Signs SYSU China Deal
The Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Julia Gillard, last week witnessed the signing of the Key Technology Partnership agreement by UTS and Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU). SYSU is located in Guangzhou and is UTS’s fourth Key Technology Partner in mainland China.
Natalie Yu, City of Sydney
Business Precinct Co-ordinator
How long has your business been in Haymarket?
I started working for the City Of Sydney back in 2010 and have been working in the role of Business Precincts Coordinator since September 2012
What changes have you observed in the local area and business community during this time? Haymarket is attracting more and more food and drink businesses. It is now a real hub and destination for Asian food lovers.
Why do you think the Haymarket Chamber attracts so many members?
Haymarket is a vibrant precinct. It is one of the smallest geographical areas compared to other village precincts, but it has the 2nd highest number of workers within its boundaries and is the City’s most multicultural precinct. The Chamber has a leading role to play in helping to guide the development of the business community, and actively engages in government policy making.
Could you describe Haymarket in three words?
Vibrant, multicultural, sleepless
Favourite place in Haymarket? Tourism Kiosk
What do you see as happening in 2013-14?
Food and drink business become more dominant with Chinatown attracting more tourists, both locally and internationally.
Any advice to other businesses?
Learn as much as you can about your proposed business. Use networks like business associations and ask questions.
What is one of your favourite quotes? Man proposes, God disposes
City of Sydney Parking Policy Draft on Exhbition
The City of Sydney's draft Neighbourhood Parking Policy will be on public exhibition from Monday 6 May. The City apologises for the delay as it was previously stated that public exhibition would open on 29 April. The City of Sydney’s draft Neighbourhood Parking Policy is on public exhibition until 5 July 2013. Find out more HERE Comment here
Haymarket Library is currently closed due to the installation of a new elevator and meeting room. upgrades to the computer area and display space and new paint and carpet. Added extra services are available at Ultimo Library, Customs House Library, Waterloo Library and Town Hall Library Link.
Chinatown Flags in July
The City of Sydney in consultation with the Chamber will present Chinatown banners along George Street from World Square to Central Station during July for 4 weeks. The vibrant banners will be add a significant boost to the identity of Chinatown's precinct and is a great step towards increasing Chinatown as a key destination.
Pic: Sample of the Los Angeles Chinatown Flag 2002