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19 April 2013


Historic Agreement with China 

Last week's historic agreement between Australia and China included a host of landmark initiatives; direct $A and Renminbi (yuán -元) currency conversion, annual official senior leader meetings and easing the entrance for Chinese visitors through a trial use of e-passports, which is currently only available to Australian, New Zealand and US passport holders. 

As the number one destination for Chinese tourists*, People Daily reports that over 620,000 Chinese nationals visited Australia last year while 380,000 Australian tourists travelled to China and approximately 150,000 Chinese students are studying in Australia today.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard told the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Beijing that the continuing growth and change in the Australia-China relationship demanded new measures," while Premier Li stated that the agreement would "raise the Australia-China relationship to a new height".  Read more HERE

Congratulations to our Chamber sponsor, Westpac, who will become one of the first Australian banks to help businesses directly trade Australian dollars for the Chinese yuan. 

This recent commitment to improve the relationship between Australia and China will only bring more economic, social and cultural growth for the Haymarket Chamber, whose members past and present have a strong association with China.

Our first official Chamber Business Leader Round Table session proved successful with 8 key business members attending the 2 hour session last week.  Facilitated by Wayne Burns, director of Allen Consulting Group, the discussion covered many business topics shared and broadened by the contribution and involved participation by each attendee. "These sessions have helped me make some key decisions and improvements to my business," stated by one of the business leader attendees. For more information please contact us HERE

George Street is the centrepiece of the NSW Govt's mass transport light rail network in Central Sydney with a major connection between Central Station and Circular Quay.

The City of Sydney's proposal to re-design George Street by reclaiming the main road space aims to transform George's traffic corridor into Sydney's premier street and destination.  A free public exhibition at Custom House is open until 4 May.  Find out more HERE and City of Sydney's Transformation plans HERE

Chamber members who renew their membership this June and who also refer a NEW member (sign up) to the Chamber will receive FREE membership for 1 year. 

With the launch of our first ever published 50,000 'Haymarket Live, Work and Play Guide' in September, new and renewed Chamber members will be invited to be listed for FREE.  If you wish to renew early or JOIN please contact us HERE 

* Tourism Australia


Haymarket Square. Image Source: Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct
A consortium led by Lend Lease has secured the contract to transform the 20-hectare precinct at Darling Harbour in Sydney following the signing of agreements with the New South Wales government.

The plan includes Australia’s largest fully integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment facilities; a new hotel of up to 900 rooms; and the development of Haymarket into a cosmopolitan neighbourhood with a mix of shops, cafes and high-tech industry and start-up businesses.

The event facilities and hotel are expected to be complete end of 2016, while the redevelopment of the residential and mixed-use development in the Haymarket will be based on market forces and staged into the early 2020s.

Read more HERE

How long has your business been in Haymarket? The Sydney Kings have been playing at the Sydney Entertainment Centre since 1990.
Could you indicate what makes your business competitive in your industry and local area? The Sydney Kings are Sydney’s only National Basketball League (NBL) side. As the second most popular sport globally with 213 countries playing and 450 million players worldwide, basketball is the 2nd highest participation sport in Australia with over 1 million participants. The Sydney Kings play in the NBL season from October to March. The games are played at family friendly times on either Friday nights, Saturdays, or Sundays with all games broadcast on NBL.tv and ONE HD. Sydney Kings games provide Sydney’s best VIP sporting experience with unrivalled corporate hospitality including pre and post-game functions. Entertainment is the name of the game and Sydney Kings games are always a fun family friendly spectacle held in a superb indoor arena close to the all forms of public transport within a short walk from Darling Harbour and the CBD.          

What changes have you observed in the local area and business community during this time? Over the last 23 years the Haymarket precinct has become one of Sydney’s premier business, dining and shopping precincts. Being in such close proximity to the Darling Harbour and World Square developments has created many new business opportunities for Haymarket based businesses. The Sydney Kings have worked closely with business owners and managers in the Haymarket precinct to create many beneficial opportunities and will continue to do so now that the Sydney Entertainment Centre has again been confirmed as the Kings home venue for the 2013/14 season. Business owners in the Haymarket precinct have embraced the many opportunities that having a world-class sporting team on their door step has provided. With the advent of social media as well as mobile and wireless technology the Haymarket business community has more opportunities than ever before. Thanks to the great work of the Haymarket Chamber we can all work together to take advantage of all of the opportunities that change can bring.
Why do you think the Haymarket Chamber attracts so many members? Being relatively new Haymarket Chamber members the Sydney Kings have been extremely pleased to be so warmly embraced by the Haymarket Chamber family. It has become apparent that one of the reasons that the membership numbers are so high is because of the genuine sense of community that the Haymarket Chamber provides. We were delighted to find that there was such a diverse array of companies in attendance at the recent Chamber Networking event held at Mamak Village and the event had a real family feel to it which was fantastic. Everyone warmly welcomed us during the evening and if that experience is representative of the Haymarket Chamber as a whole then we look forward to meeting with and working with you all !     
Could you describe Haymarket in three words? Vibrant. Active. Progressive.
What do you see as happening in 2013-14? I see the Kings winning the NBL title for the first time since 2005 and celebrating with a ticker tape parade down Dixon St !
Any advice to other businesses? Embrace mobile technology as 60% of Australians have smart phones/tablets - and this number is growing fast. Maximise your use of social media to keep your customers engaged.  Use online video to market your business – we are all Youtube stars waiting to happen !  
What is one of your favourite quotes? “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” MICHAEL JORDAN.

P.S. Sydney Kings Early Bird Corporate Box Offer. Want to go into the draw win A TRIP FOR 2 TO LOS ANGELES OR LONDON? For more info see:  www.sydneykings.com


Umi Group would like to offer Haymarket Chamber members an exclusive 10% off the total bill across their three restaurants. Valid until 30 November 2013. Please present your membership card to redeem this offer.
- UMI Kaiten-Zushi 
- UMI Sushi + Udon 
- Mizuya Japanese Restaurant & Karaoke 

City Let's Talk Business Program 2013
People & Performance in the New Workforce
21 May 2013
Exclusive 30% discount to HCC Members
(Note: Please use the promotional code MEMBERS at checkout to redeem the discount)


City of Sydney's Innovation & Creativity
Last week City of Sydney again produced a world class event with their free public initiative City Talk panel discussion about how Sydney can inspire, support, encourage Sydney's cultural life.

With more than 32,000 people* working in creative fields in inner city Sydney, creative industries are the fastest growing sector in the city, contributing an estimated $8.2 billion economically to the city in 2012and up to $14.9 billion by 2030.  With the city already investing $34 million each year

The panel discussion explored how Sydney can transform our community through arts, culture and creativity.


HCC Secretary, Simon Chan and Sydney Kings Coach, Shane Heal

Thanks to Sydney Kings for inviting the Chamber to attend their inaugural presentation Kings event last week.  Our executives Simon Chan and Richard Hughes met with the Sydney Kings team members and management.


Patrick Shirvington Exhibition untiil 20 April 2013 at Art Atrium
Best described by Rhonda Davis - 'Arboreal' Macquarie University Art Gallery as, 'responding to seasonal changes in the landscape, Patrick studies of the local environs, with intensified frenzy, pushes the markings, scribbles and scratches of the trees to the surface ground that emulates the feel and smell of the bush.

Elly Kent, Diverge (2012-13)

19 April - 8 June 2013 In Possible Worlds at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
This exhibition is a selection of recent works by Australian artists Elly Kent, Claudia Nicholson, and Tianli Zu. This exhibition will be launched at 4A by Anna Davis, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art on Thursday 18 April 2013, 6.00-8.00PM. Touching on themes of intimacy, dislocation, violence and the pleasures of ordinary life, In Possible More…

Friday 19 April, Frontier Touring Co is delighted to announce the return of multi0grammy award winner Bryan Adams as part of his first arena rock tour since 2005.  Book HERE

Addams Family Musical from 10 March
Enjoy the Australian premiere of the smash hit comedy musical Addams Family at the Capitol Theatre from 10 March! Book HERE

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