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.

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!

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.

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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’:

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.

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.

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.

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.