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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.