All Walsh Bay cafes, restaurants and licensed establishments should be aware that from 6 July, changes to the NSW Smoking Legislation prohibit smoking in outdoor dining areas.

The key changes include:

  • Commercial outdoor dining areas in licensed venues, restaurants and cafés must be smoke-free
  • Areas within 4 metres of a pedestrian entrance to, or exit from, a licensed venue, restaurant or café must be smoke-free.

Mandatory prescribed ‘No Smoking’ signage must be displayed within a commercial outdoor dining area.

For more information on the legislation see NSW Health’s update: www.health.nsw.gov.au

This month we gain out of area inspiration from the Orange Chamber of Commerce as they open the voting in their Banjo Business Awards - the winners of whom are announced as part of the many activities in one of the area’s largest annual events also named in honour its most famous resident: the Banjo Patterson Festival of Poetry.

This month we profile Mandi Ford, director at Essential Solutions Project Management and Essential Solutions Lifestyle Concierge Services – a project management and lifestyle concierge business servicing the Walsh Bay area since 2000.

Mandi says having the self-belief to set the business up and then see it thrive is one of the most rewarding achievements she has ever made.

“Having the confidence to believe in myself and start a business has been one of my greatest achievements and to see it blossom into a well-respected entity has been rewarding beyond words,” she says.

The Chamber has been particularly busy over the past month hosting a number of member events, running a Concierge Famil as well as entering and being shortlisted in the Sydney-City Regional Business Awards.

In June the WBAC partnered with Vivid Sydney to host close to 80 people at a unique, joint networking event. Starting at Simmer on the Bay the group of WBAC members and friends enjoyed mulled wine and a delicious grazing table of nibbles followed up by Curator of the Light Walk - Anthony Bastic, taking guests on a tour of the fabulous Walsh Bay instillations. The evening was a huge success and the Chamber plan to partner with Vivid to offer the event again in 2016.

Having just completed another successful Sydney Children’s Choir (SCC) Winter Concert series in Sydney over the weekend of July 4-5, WBAC member Gondwana Choir’s children and youth contingents are backing up with performances across Asia and Tasmania.

Until July 19 the SCC are on tour in China and Hong Kong, under the leadership of Artistic Director and Founder, Lyn Williams - OAM. The group kicked off their Asian odyssey with a performance at the impressive Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre the morning after arriving - ensuring the young vocalists quickly got into their tour schedule.

This month Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce will host more than 20 of Sydney’s most influential advisors in its annual Concierges Famil.

The unique chamber initiative on Tuesday 23 June, is about informing and updating concierges from Sydney’s top five star hotels on the latest Walsh Bay; events, venues, restaurants as well as the broad range of arts company activities of interest to guests at Sydney’s best hotels.

As part of the City Centre Public Art Plan’s ‘City Art’ program Cloud Arch, Pavilion and The Distance of your Heart are the first three artworks selected for construction by a COS independent, expert advisory panel.

Underpinned by the City’s Public Art Strategy and Policy, ‘City Art’ is about supporting local and international artists to contribute to the creative and cultural heartbeat of Sydney.

The construction of the winning artworks is due to begin from 2017 and the winners include preeminent English artist, Tracey Emin, Toyko-based artist Junya Ishigami and Egyptian-born, Sydney-based Hany Armaniaous.

Hot on the heels of the 2012 Inner West Light Rail Extension, works to the CBD and South East Light Rail (CSELR) project has begun.

The Walsh Bay area will be affected by the major infrastructure project but Transport for NSW hopes, by scheduling current works after hours and on Sundays, to minimise any disruption.

The anticipated new light rail promises to deliver fast, reliable public transport from Circular Quay through the CBD to Kingsford and Randwick via Surry Hills, Moore Park and Kensington.

In May, project partner, Laing O’Rourke, began Sunday and late night utility works in George Street to relocate existing buried services. The activity involves excavating the road surface and noise, dust as well as temporary traffic changes are expected.