Walsh Bay turns it up: NYE ‘16       

As a city New Year’s Eve hotspot, Walsh Bay shines bright. WBAC rounds up some of the best local events that took place to welcome in 2017.

Pier One Sydney held two New Years Eve events. Firstly its 7-course degustation dinner at The Gantry Restaurant featured matched wine and a menu crafted by Executive Chef, Joel Bickford. The 90 diners at this exclusive event were also able to access the infamous NYE @ Pier One Party.

This second event attracted more than 900 guests who enjoyed uninterrupted views of the Harbour and the evenings fireworks displaying. A ticketed event, entry included delicious food from a range of live, serving stations dotted along the Pier as well as beverages - served from pop-up bars. But the biggest attraction was the big-name DJs playing on the night - Yolanda Be Cool, Nacho Pop and Zannon.

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NSW Business Chamber webinars

Membership to the WBAC delivers a host of benefits including access to The NSW Business Chambers wide range of resources, training, expert advice and events including its regular series of hour-long webinars – an easy, cost effective way to learn new business skills from the comfort of your own office!

Developed by industry leaders, the NSW Business Chambers’ webinars cover all matter of topics from superannuation, workplace relations, tax, marketing, legal and HR issues.

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Member Profile: Candaice O’Brien

Candaice O’Brien is Head of Marketing and Communications at Trippas White Group and new WBAC Committee member, taking up the role of Retail Chair in 2017.

Launching new venues, rebranding and developing new and exciting events and campaigns for Trippas White for more than two years Candaice was promoted to head up the group’s marketing and communication efforts six months ago.

“I have always been a creative person at heart and loved writing and being a ‘people person’. I had some family members in marketing who always used to say I should be in marketing or PR so that’s what I did! In the early days of my career, I joined a Government Affairs and Public Relations agency, working on some wildly different clients, every day was different and I loved it! After having worked with Trippas White Group for some time as a client I was offered a position in the marketing team and couldn’t resist and here I am today,” Candaice says.

Read more: Member Profile: Candaice O’Brien

Out of Chamber. Moss Vale Rural Chamber of Commerce.

The Southern Highlands is set to host the annual Moss Vale Rural Chamber of Commerce and the Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Moss Vale Buskers’ Battle over the weekend of 11 and 12 March with a headline act from 2016 event winner, Angus Murray.

Guests can expect to enjoy great food and wine, arts and crafts along with the main event – lots of free, live entertainment! This year the Busker’ Battle, sponsored by McDonald’s Moss Vale, has expanded to include a two-day line-up and more than $7,000 in prize money - including a new People’s Choice Award along with Judged and Encouragement Awards.

"The event is all about bringing community together, showcasing the best of the best in the busking world and showing off our incredible offering of retailers, businesses and some of the finest food and wine products in the country," says Brigid Kennedy, President of Moss Vale and Rural Chamber of Commerce.

Read more: Out of Chamber. Moss Vale Rural Chamber of Commerce.

WBAC Christmas Drinks 2016

A good turn out of WBAC members ensured our final event of the year, Christmas drinks at Pier One’s new pop up eatery, The Kerrigan, was celebrated in festive style. And along with the celebratory atmosphere, at least one guest came away with a new business lead.

On Monday 28 November, chamber members together with several food journalists enjoyed Pier One’s stunning waterside location while sampling choice items off The Kerrigan’s ‘smokin’ hot’ menu including Aussie fried chicken wings and gourmet burgers, fittingly accompanied by a glass of wine or bubbles.

Read more: WBAC Christmas Drinks 2016

Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce AGM Notice

All WBAC members are encouraged to attend Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce’s Annual General Meeting at Simmer on the Bay on Monday, 5 December from 3pm.

The objective of this important, annual meeting is to elect all committee members for 2017 and to discuss how best the local business and arts community can work together as the redevelopment plans for Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 go ahead.

The rejuvenation of the Walsh Bay arts precinct is a project that will affect most members – one way or another. Working together to discuss solutions as well as to continue to map out viable ways to promote Walsh Bay as an inspirational and unique destination for visitors is vital to success going forward.

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Walsh Bay Arts Table with the Song Company

Last month’s Arts Table resulted in a huge $24,000 raised for co-hosts, The Song Company while an exceptional 5 course degustation dinner, served with stunning matched wines and enjoyed with sublime, vocal entertainment was thoroughly enjoyed by all guests in attendance. But despite such success, the event’s immediate future is unclear.

Owing to the redevelopment works at Pier 2/3, the Arts Table may not be able to go ahead in its current format in 2017. The WBAC is awaiting a copy of the schedule of building works to help assist in the planning process, along with confirming the next co-hosts – currently slated to be Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

Read more: Walsh Bay Arts Table with the Song Company

Members News: NSW Business Chamber

New legislation has passed to help protect small businesses from unfair terms in standard form contracts. The NSW Business Chamber is urging small business members to check new agreements reflect these changes and investigate if older versions require updating.

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Members Profile: Cathy Buykx

New WBAC member, Cathy Buykx, is the office manager at professional services firm 10,000 Hours. The company is dedicated to assisting clients with high-stakes group facilitation, executive education, and content for big room events.

“My role is to keep the promises we make to our clients. I ensure the vital detail is not missed, and that our clients and colleagues have everything where and when they need it to do the privileged work we are invited to do,” she says.

Joining the six-person team in July, Cathy already vows she’ll never leave! 

Read more: Members Profile: Cathy Buykx

Out of Chamber. Bondi & Districts

This month we take inspiration from Bondi & Districts Chamber of Commerce’s new initiative to engage young business owners in the area - a concept credited, in part, for bolstering the eastern suburb’s chamber membership by 30% over the past year.

Ignore the energy and success of youthful entrepreneurs at your own peril is the message the Bondi Chamber’s President, Mary Anne Cronin, (inadvertently) gives after launching a Chamber-run scheme targeting the group.

 ‘#BondiDisruptors’ was a name chosen through a Facebook competition run by the chamber to launch a new, youth-lead member concept.

Read more: Out of Chamber. Bondi & Districts

WBAC Christmas Drinks: Save the Date

WBAC member Christmas drinks and nibbles hosted by Pier One Sydney is set to take place on Monday, 28 November.

The WBAC extends a warm invite to all members and friends to attend a relaxed evening to celebrate another fantastic year here at Walsh Bay and to catch up on what is being planned in the local arts and business community for 2017.

Read more: WBAC Christmas Drinks: Save the Date

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