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Earlier this year, planning approval for the proposed Walsh Bay Arts Precinct $210 million redevelopment was found invalid in the Court of Appeals on the grounds that the state did not adequately consider the impact on nearby businesses of Walsh Bay during the construction phase. You can read more about the case here.

The decision came at a time where the Walsh Bay Precinct Association (PMA) began asking their own questions about not only the impact of the construction stage but also that of the operational phase, on residents and businesses in Walsh Bay and surrounding areas. Whilst the PMA were in favour of an improved Arts Precinct, of key concern were the potential affects of noise, traffic, and people management - all issues which the Precinct Association felt were not adequately addressed in the Stage 2 application which has now been reviewed by Create NSW and Infrastructure NSW. 

Yesterday, a new State Significant Development Application for the project went on exhibition. You can find all available information relating to this exhibition below.

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The Council of the City of Sydney was established in 1842. This major exhibition presents the civic and social histories, events, people and places of the inner city from 1842 to 2017. It demonstrates the impact of Council as the administrator of the city over 175 years.

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The Commission, in conjunction with Transport for NSW's Future Transport, will be holding a series of three-hour workshops.

In these ‘What We Heard’ workshops you will hear from the Greater Sydney Commission about their work and the feedback they have been receiving from community members and other stakeholders.

You can RSVP to the events below.

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The Langham, Sydney specialises in sophisticated, small to medium meetings and events with a focus on elegant room design, bespoke planning, gastronomical menus and intuitive service. The Drawing Room encapsulates all this and more. We are delighted to offer you three gorgeous tailored package options for you to enjoy this year.

 

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The business support grant program fosters strong and sustainable local economies by supporting proposals that stimulate business and economic activity.

It provides matched support for businesses, property owners and not-for-profit organisations to increase business offerings and programming at night. The program also aims to increase the quantity and quality of live music and performance venues and programming.

Business support info session
The info session will be held at Customs House on Wednesday 27 September at 5.30pm

Booking:  
registrations can be made online  
 
Application  
We encourage potential applicants to have a conversation with staff before applying.
 
More info:
The website and factsheets are now live
 
NOTE: the closing date is Monday 13 November.  

Running over 22-28 May 2017, the 20th annual Sydney Writers’ Festival attracted more than 100,000 attendances across 60 venues in Walsh Bay, Greater Sydney, regional NSW and community theatres and libraries around Australia.

Some 59, 322 tickets were sold in the city venues collecting over $1.3 million dollars in revenue. And free events, which made up 40 per cent of the SWF program proved popular with all free of charge Walsh Bay events filled to capacity.

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Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to Walsh Bay from May 22-28 and as always there is much to do, see and get amongst in the precinct. Below is a taster of just a few local highlights.

Marking the Festival’s opening night (May 22) guests will be treated to a special event hosted by literary giants; Brit Bennet, Anne Enright and George Saunders - each delivering an address on the Festival’s theme of ‘refuge’ at the Roslyn Packer Theatre. If escapism is high on the list why not try to catch a performance (May 22 and 23rd) of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography at Wharf 2? Or for a more casual vibe, on May 25, join the Sydney Morning Herald editors and journalists, along with special guest Norman Ohler, at the Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf to hear what’s making headlines and learn about what stories to follow.

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A exceptional WBAC networking event took place at The Hotel Palisade on Tuesday June 6 with several VIPs including The Daily Telegraph’s Jen Jagielski (Eat Street) and VIVID’s light curator, Anthony Bastic in attendande while Newcastle’s Inner City Winemakers provided fine, hand crafted wines.

Generously hosted by Dom Bienke and The Hotel Palisade team, WBAC took over stunning function rooms on level four - complete with a private balcony to take in the venue’s spectacular Sydney vista. Guests on the night enjoyed a delicious cocktail on arrival and were then treated to the luxe ‘Henry Deane, Graze Away’ menu – a teaser of the delicious food available at the hotel’s upstairs bar.

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While Bangarra’s talented dancers and creative artists focus this month on the world-premiere of Bennelong, the company’s dedication to changing lives in communities across Australia through outreach programs is ongoing and members of WBAC can also play a part in this process.

Illustrating just one way the company has impacted an individual, Bangarra shared a testimonial from Rosa, a Meriam, Ugar and Erub teenager who participated in recent youth outreach program ‘Rekindling’:

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It is time again for our regular survey. We would like to hear from new and old members and friends. Please take a few minutes to complete the below survey and let us know what we are doing right, areas we can work on as well as ways to better to support you and benefit our growing precinct.

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The proposed $210 million redevelopment of Sydney's Walsh Bay has suffered a major blow after planning approval for the project was declared invalid because the state failed to consider the construction impact on nearby businesses. After a two-year legal battle, the NSW Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the owner of the Simmer on the Bay restaurant at Walsh Bay, who challenged the project on the ground that it had not been lawfully approved.

Read SMH’s Jacob Saulwich article HERE

Photo: Ryan Stuart

With Sydney Writers’ Festival, Vivid Sydney and Sydney Film Festival almost upon us, The City of Sydney has issued some hot tips for business owners on how to make the most of the harbour city’s renowned Festival season… Click Here for more information

Hylton Mowday is the Creative Director and Head Composer at We Love Jam Studios - a dynamic WBAC member and a successful Walsh Bay arts company. Here he shares some personal inspirations, what a ‘typical’ working day looks like and what’s new in 2017.

“I grew up in a very musical family. Music was around for as long as I can remember. I am extremely privileged to go to work everyday and not only make music, but get paid to do so. I’m inspired by all sorts of things; listening to people’s stories, going to concerts, checking out gigs its all part of the bucket from which you draw inspiration. The challenge is of course to convert inspiration into creation. Sometimes it happens successfully, sometimes sadly not!

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This month we introduce Dennis Tritaris as the new WBAC coordinator. Working with the Chamber for a number of years in various roles, including as website developer, Dennis brings with him a wealth of experience including founding his own successful web and business consultancy, Orama Communications.

“As WBAC coordinator I’ll be responsible for the smooth running of the organisation, keeping an eye on stakeholders, member relations and the successful running of our events. I see the Chamber as a living and vibrant organism with a very diverse membership base,” Dennis says.

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The Bathurst Winter Festival is an innovative newcomer on the NSW festival calendar. Run by Bathurst Regional Council the event aims to attract visitors from across the state to bolster local business by creating a carnival atmosphere embracing the town’s iconic buildings, cooler climate, food and wine.

Established in 2015 as part of Bathurst's bicentenary celebrations, the Festival runs from July 1-16 this year. The event has evolved over the last two years into one of the region's most popular attractions with some 20,000 visitors participating during major weekend activations.

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This issue we take a look at South Sydney Business Chamber’s new magazine - SouthXSouth (SouthbySouth). An initiative that “goes back to the future” to deliver effective communications within the community.

Designed to showcase the attributes of South Sydney – both from a business and community perspective, SouthXSouth’s initial print run is a bullish 40,000 copies -distributed direct to local residents and over 250 outlets throughout the region. 

“We are planning on the magazine being monthly.  It’s a business lifestyle magazine that talks about work-life-balance.  Covering community leaders, business people, local heroes and entertaining and educational editorial to celebrate our region,” Karen Levin, Treasurer and Executive Manager, South Sydney Business Chamber says.

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Less than two months out from the 2017 Sydney Writers’ Festival (22-28 May), we’ve summarised some key dates and all the latest so you don’t miss anything. But event communications should be two-way and we ask members to update WBAC now on anything planned during SWF.

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