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City of Sydney Business Support Grants 2017

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.  

Sydney Writers’ Festival '17: Walsh Bay at capacity

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 2017

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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Hotel Palisade: WBAC networking with Vivid Light

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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Help Bangarra make a difference

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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WBAC 2017 Survey: Your Help

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.

TAKE THE SURVEY

Walsh Bay Redevelopment: $210 million plan suffers a blow

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

Tips to maximise festival season

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

Member Profile: Hylton Mowday

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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Members Profile: WBAC's Dennis Tritaris

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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Out of Chamber: Bathurst Winter Festival

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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Out Of Chamber. SouthXSouth

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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Sydney Writers’ Festival

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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Penalty Rates Update

Last month WBAC reported on the Fair Work Commission’s decision to reduce Sunday penalty rates and the NSW Business Chamber’s support of the move. The Federal Opposition recently made an announcement that could have a major impact on this.

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Member Profile. Gina Demetriou

This month we introduce Pier One’s Gina Demetriou. Gina joined the hotel in January as Director of Sales and Marketing from Double Bay’s InterContinental Sydney. Here she shares insight into her new role, what’s coming up and working in Walsh Bay.

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Out of Chamber: Newtown Business Precinct

Demonstrating the strength of strategic advocacy, Newtown Precinct Business Association (NPBA) worked with the local community to halt clearways along King Street - an anticipated impact of the Westconnex Road Project that could have devastated businesses in the iconic commercial strip.

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NSW Business Awards

The NSW Business Awards are calling for 2017 entries and WBAC members, operating for two or more years, are eligible to enter through the program’s regional (City CBD) level from 18 April. 

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Penalty rates reduced

After an extensive four-yearly review, the Fair Work Commission has recommended Sunday penalty rates be reduced.

Awards set to experience a reduction under the decision include:

full-time and part-time employee penalties - from 200% to 150%,

casual employees from 200% to 175%, and public holiday penalties from 250% to 225%.

Supporting the news, the NSW Business Chamber says the decision of the Commission’s full bench is the first step in addressing a major issue in workplace relations.

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Member Profile. Gabrielle Keen

This month Sydney Theatre Company’s Marketing Manger, Campaigns and new WBAC Committee member (Retail/Arts Chair), Gabrielle Keen, talks about her role, what’s coming up at STC and what she loves about Walsh Bay.

“I have been with Sydney Theatre Company as Marketing Manager, Campaigns since May of 2015. In this position I look after all the single ticket campaigns for all STC shows. This involves advertising, print, design, distribution, partnerships and promotions and direct mail,” Gabrielle says.

“What I love most about what I do is seeing work get off the ground- from its initial conception as a draft script, right through to seeing it on stage in its full glory. The workings of a theatre company are truly amazing and it’s so special to be able to go on this journey with the creative team as they finesse their works.

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Out of Chamber. Manly makes a splash

In a bid to encourage an organic yet active style of networking, Manly Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a unique kayaking, SUP Board/Yoga event to bring chamber members and the business community together.

Attracting 50 participants the event, dubbed ‘Escape on the Water,' saw Chamber members and friends paddle from Manly Wharf to historic Store Beach on a double Kayak, courtesy of Manly Kayak Centre. The group then participated in a SUP Board (Stand Up Paddle Board) and SUP Yoga (Stand Up Yoga) session instructed by fellow member, Flow mOcean.

Hosting the event twice - before and after hours on Thursday 23 February, Manly Chamber of Commerce executive officer, Chantelle Hoare, says the goal was to create a unique experience showcasing fellow member businesses while enabling the local community to get together in a non-traditional networking environment.

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