NEWS BULLETIN: DECEMBER '13
'WHERE THE LOCALS GO' GUIDE OUT NOW!
A wonderful new guide to local businesses and tourist attractions in the Pyrmont/Ultimo precinct was launched at the Chamber's final networking event for 2013, held at the Sydney Fish Market on Tuesday, 19 November.
Staged at the prestigious Sydney Seafood School, and attended by one hundred people, the event was an invaluable opportunity for local business people to connect with their peers, savour the quality refreshments of Mudgee winemakers Short Sheep, and indulge with the mouth-watering canapé creations of SydneyTAFE's celebrated final year apprentice chefs. The Chamber congratulates and thanks chefs Sam Shetty, Thitipol Ekmuang, Cecilia Tibbertsma, Addel Ammouri, Eiris Yap, Wan Jun Liu, James Brady, Ida Ayu Mayuni, and Ngoc Tina Nguyen as well as Head Chef Patrick Southon and Fiona McLean, Head Teacher Hospitality.
In his welcome address, Chamber President Lawrence Gibbons spoke about the Chamber's latest initiative, which combines its two key annual business initiatives, the Shop Local and Tourism campaigns.
The visitation and shopping guide, Where the Locals Go, was produced by the Chamber in collaboration with the City of Sydney and Alternative Media Group of Australia, to support and promote local businesses.
Mr Gibbons told attendees that Where the Locals Go is an invitation for local residents and workers as well as visitors to spend time and money in the area.
'[W]hen you spend your hard-earned money here, it stays here, supporting locally owned businesses, city neighborhoods and services, and enhancing the quality of life,' he said.
'Not only is this good for the local economy, it is good for the planet. Items that are produced locally don't need to be transported from far-away lands, reducing fossil fuel emissions while supporting Australian merchants, producers, farmers and fisheries all of whom keep money here in Australia.'
Mr Gibbons added that precincts like Pyrmont and Ultimo offer visitor experiences 'safely off the beaten path'.
'[V]isitors to our global city seek authentic local experiences beyond cookie cutter malls, chain stores and homogenised downtown corporate culture,' he said.
The Where the Locals Go guide is available at key venues throughout Pyrmont, Ultimo, Darling Harbour and the CBD including UTS and the SydneyTAFE campus in Ultimo, as well as hotels, retailers, pubs, bottle shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries and tourist destinations. It has also been distributed to residents in Pyrmont and Ultimo.
TO DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE, CLICK HERE
DARLING HARBOUR REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
The NSW Government's project to redevelop the Sydney's Exhibition and Convention Centre gets underway on Monday, December 9 with Lend Lease commencing Stage 1 site preparation works.
Stage 1 work will continue until after the Australia Day 2014 Public Holiday and will not involve any external demolition work. This initial work will be limited to:
Traffic controls will be in place as needed on Darling Drive with two-way traffic being maintained at all times. The existing Exhibition Station pedestrian crossing will close and be relocated south of the Pier Street roundabout after the Australia Day public holiday.
Stage 2 works will commence after January 27, 2014 and will embrace:
The approved hours of work for the project are 7 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday and 7 am to 5 pm on Saturdays.
LOCALS BRAVE RAIN FOR POP-UP MARKET DAY
Despite the rain, locals and workers came out to enjoy the Pop-up Market Day in Union Square on Friday, 29 November. The City of Sydney event, designed to boost trade in the area, featured input from Friends of Pyrmont Community Centre as well as local businesses including Jades Fashion, Urban Oasis, St Frock, The Secret Attic, Bendigo Bank, Jane Bennett's Art and Star Cosmetic Medicine. Thank you to everyone who supported the message to Shop Local!
XMAS IN PYRMONT: 'SENSATIONAL SUCCESS'
The Christmas in Pyrmont street fair on Sunday, 1 December drew 7000 attendees and was a 'sensational success' said the event's co-convenor, Mary Mortimer.
She continued, 'So many local businesses supported the event, so many volunteers worked hard to achieve the outcomes of the day, so many people (including lots of families with young children) had a fantastic day of shopping, eating, patting animals, sliding and bouncing on jumping castles, listening to local bands and choirs, creating craft, talking to Santa, the police and fire officers, meeting old friends and making new ones. The Pyrmont community grew closer together, and made over $55,000 for charities that support people less fortunate than ourselves.'
FREE 15-MINUTE PARKING ON HARRIST ST
The City of Sydney's year long trial of free 15-minute ticket parking in the retail area along Pyrmont's Harris Street is now underway.
Parking metres on Harris St, between Bowman Street and Pyrmont Bridge Road, will feature clear signage outlining the free 15-minute ticket option, which you can take advantage of by pressing a button marked '1/4P free with ticket' and placing the ticket on your dashboard.
NEWS BULLETIN: NOVEMBER '13
PITCH PERFECT: STUDENTS WIN UTS COMP
A trio of university students has won the inaugural UTS Project Pitch, an entrepreneurial business competition held over the weekend of 27 to 29 September.
The weekend itself consisted of a series of networking events and mentoring workshops with successful businesspeople, with the overall aim being to promote entrepreneurial spirit, and constribute to the development of the university's budding entrepreneurs.
The event culminated with pitches from thirteen teams of students to a judging panel of business experts for the chance to earn the $10,000 prize and the chance to make their business a reality. The victors were Christopher Michaelides, Sadra Boutorabi and Armin Adeli, who beat competition from over 90 other students .
The business proposition responsible for the trio's success was 'HowMuchToPay.com', a proposal for an online platform to provide accurate market valuations of specialty second-hand items, based on data analytics. The website will launch on Thursday, 7 November.
The three students have also earned the opportunity to take their business idea to the USA and represent UTS at the Virginia Tech Knowledge Works Global Challenge in 2014.
Two additional teams – OPSpace (an initiative to offer internet access for space satellites) and Pitchhi.com (creating animated video resumes) joined the winners in receiving three months full access to StartNest co-working space.
UTS Union Social Clubs and Programs Manager Laura Earl said: "All the teams worked extremely hard and the success of these guys is a real testament to the business and entrepreneurial talent we're developing at UTS. I'm extremely proud of all the entrants and look forward to seeing what our students can produce at Project Pitch events in the future."
For more information, visit utsprojectpitch.com.au.
PUCC WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVES
New members were elected to the Chamber's executive committee at the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday evening, 16 October at Dolton House, Darling Island Wharf.
Lawrence Gibbons, publisher of the Alternative Media Group of Australia, and Rob McCourt of McCourts Solicitors were reappointed as President and Secretary, respectively.
Meanwhile, Ross Muir, general manager of Sydney Heritage Fleet replaced Sherryl Ryan as Vice President, and Deborah Colebrook of Morton & Morton was elected to replace Costa Karas as treasurer.
Margaret McCue, barrister, and Erica Reynolds, change manager, will continue as members of the Chamber's executive committee.
PYRMONT BRIDGE NOW BEING RESTORED
Work by Transport for NSW to remove the monorail infrastructure from Pyrmont Bridge, as well as to repair and restore the bridge's heritage features, is now underway and is expected to conclude in late November.
This means the bridge swing span is now closed and will not re-open until Friday, 22 November. There is also reduced space on the bridge due to construction hoardings. For this reason, pedestrians and cyclists are being advised to need to take extra care and follow signs and directions.
For more info, visit transport.nsw.gov.au/projects-monorail-removal-project.
POWERHOUSE WELCOMES NEW EXECS
Two key senior appointments to the Powerhouse Museum's executive team have been announced by Museum Director Rose Hiscock.
In January 2014, Dolla Merrillees and Michael Parry will commence as Director Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions and Director Public Engagement, respectively.
Currently, Merrillees is Associate Director, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, and Parry is Deputy Director at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
"The Powerhouse is in a period of transformation and I am delighted to attract two such dynamic and credentialed individuals," Hiscock said.
"Dolla and Michael will bring a progressive and innovative approach to the Museum. We share a commitment and vision to revitalise and reshape the Powerhouse Museum, its collections, audiences and profile.'
From next year, the Museum's executive team will comprise Rose Hiscock, Director (commenced July 2013), Elizabeth Stratford, Director Corporate Resources (commenced Aug 2013), Dolla Merrillees, Director Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions (commencing Jan 2014) and Michael Parry, Director Public Engagement (commencing Jan 2014).
For more information on the announcement, see the Museum's press release.
NEWS BULLETIN: OCTOBER '13
THE BEST IN JAZZ: FOUNDRY616
The vibrant entertainment precinct of Ultimo is home to Sydney newest jazz club. Foundry616, which opened its door last month, offers jazz aficionados the very best in contemporary jazz and jazz-oriented music across other genres, courtesy of local, national and international talents.
The exciting venue, which marries excellent programming with a very cool bar and a hip menu, is the brainchild of Peter Rechniewski, the former artistic director and co-founder of the Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA). Dedicated to keeping Australian jazz centre stage, and jazz generally on the arts radar, Rechniewski and his team of specialists promise music lovers 'some seriously good jazz in the many seasons to come'.
QUALIFY FOR SUCCESS NOW!
Aspiring managers who enrol in summer workshops with the BCA National Training Group in Pyrmont could be qualified in the New Year.
The BCA National's Diploma of Management is ideal for existing workers looking to move into management roles, as well as entrepreneurs wanting to start their own business or manage their existing business more effectively.
The Course will involve weekly evening classes between 4 November and 17 March at the BCA National's local Pyrmont training venue: the heritage-listed Tablet House on Bowman Street in Pyrmont.
LOCAL PIZZA MAKER CROWNED
Local business owner, Jim Albanakis has won the Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar' Toe The Line' award, proving he has a recipe for success.
The award is given to the store that sets the best example in the country of excelling in all areas of product quality, customer service and all franchise systems and procedures.
Jim opened Crust Pyrmont in February 2009 after making the brave decision to change careers and become a small business owner.
Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar Managing Director Michael Rose said Jim was selected to receive the award because of his 'commitment to serving superior quality products of the highest standard'.
To order pizzas from Crust Pyrmont, visit crust.com.au or head to the store at 208 Harris Street.
LIGHT RAIL DISRUPTIONS
Transport for NSW and Transdev Sydney are continuing to undertake essential upgrades and maintenance of the light rail track that links Central Station and Lilyfield in Sydney's Inner West via Haymarket, Pyrmont, Glebe and Rozelle. This is to prepare for an extension of the Light Rail Network to include Dulwich Hill from early next year. At the same time, work is also being done to dismantle the Sydney Monorail infrastructure.
As a consequence of these activities, the network will be shut down between midnight on Friday, 1 November and 6am on Monday, 4 November. Over this period, there will be replacement buses at all light rail stops. In addition, motorists should expect delays along Darling Drive due to partial lane closures.
For more info, call 131500 or visit: 131500.com.au
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