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.

Last month WBAC attended the NSW Business Chambers’ annual Chamber Day. As an alliance member of the NSW Business Chamber Walsh Bay’s attendance at the event was to meet like-minded chamber of commerce representatives around the state to exchange ideas as well as share best practice.

The Hunter Valley is one of the country’s preeminent wine growing areas but the picturesque region, 120 km north of the CBD, is also home to a broad range of other industries including; coal mining, agriculture, tourism, horse breeding, electricity production as well as dairy and beef cattle farming.

Championing the needs of such a diverse group may not be easy but if the quality of the business workshops organised by the Hunter Business Chamber is anything to go by, this group up to the task.

Kate Munnelly, business development manager at SDC, is our June member profile.

Kate joined the iconic arts company in January this year. The move into the arts from a career in the corporate world is an accomplishment she lists as one of her biggest achievements yet.

“I come from a corporate background so being offered a role within the Arts that values and utilises my previous experience but gives me exposure to a world of creativity is a big deal,” Kate says.

Kate’s role at SDC is about helping facilitate the company’s aim for as many people as possible to see, enjoy, engage and participate in exceptional quality contemporary dance.

As part of the Walsh Bay Community Pier One Sydney Harbour would like to reach out to  let you know this week they are focused on raising money for the Nepal Earthquake victims (Red Cross) and the Hunter and Northern NSW Flood victims (Salvation Army) and their families.

Wednesday 6 May we are opening the Pier to cook a delicious lamb spit (all proceeds from sale goes to support Nepal) and Beef Burgers (all proceeds from sales goes to NSW).  

Lunch is $10 per meal and includes a lamb spit roast or beef burger plus a can of soft drink and is served from 1130am to 2pm. 

Thank you for your support in sharing this with our Walsh Bay residents and businesses, we do hope we can make a small difference in the lives of these families that have been effected so tragically.

This month the WBAC profile an inspirational member - founder and artistic director of Gondwana Choirs, Lyn Williams, OAM. Gondwana Choirs is an organisation that began as Sydney Children’s Choir in 1989 and has grown to include 23 ensembles of the Sydney Children’s Choir; five National Choirs, Composer School and Conducting Academy; and, the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir, with regional hubs in Cairns and Campbelltown. Lyn’s contribution to the organisation and the arts is recognised internationally. She was awarded a prestigious OAM for her work in 2004.

The date for WBAC’s renowned Arts Table fundraising initiative has been set for Tuesday November 10 and Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce are pleased to announce that Gondwana Choirs will be our next host and recipient of all proceeds.

“When the opportunity was presented for Gondwana Choirs to host this year’s Walsh Bay Arts Table, we were absolutely thrilled,” Bernie Heard, general manager, Gondwana Choirs says.