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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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.

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.

This year’s Arts Table dinner features a truly exclusive food line up so you best run, not walk, to snap up the last of the tickets - on sale until November 4.

As a taster of things to come, the menu for the evening can only be described as sublime. The five courses, one designed each by; Pier One Sydney, Walsh Bay Kitchen, Simmer on the Bay, View by Sydney and Sydney Dance Lounge, are as inspired and as mouth-wateringly decadent as the next. Teamed with live entertainment from the country’s preeminent a cappella ensemble and evening co-hosts, The Song Company, as well as the fact it may be the last time the Arts Table is run in its current format due to planned re-development of Pier 2, the night is gearing up to be a stand out!

Slated for completion in early 2017, Barangaroo Ferry Hub project represents a new mode of public transport for visitors to access Barangaroo and surrounding areas like Walsh Bay.

Designed to serve Barangaroo and neighboring precincts by providing increased capacity for ferry services to meet future demand, Barangaroo Ferry Hub will feature two wharves (a third planned as demand rises) and berthing space for additional ferry services from the Parramatta River along with direct commuter access to and from the Eastern Suburbs and lower North Shore.

Last month’s WBAC networking evening at The Langham Sydney treated members to sumptuous tasters the hotel’s newly launched Bistro Remy with the night being heralded as one of the most successful events yet. 

A maximum capacity crowd enjoyed a sample of Bistro Remy’s exquisite menu put together by renowned, classically French trained executive chef, Dave Whitting - previously behind the acclaimed new menu at the Subiaco Hotel in WA and head chef at Bistro Guillaume in Perth. Delicious nibbles on the night included; grass fed beef tartare encroute, a stunning bruschetta, diced cobia Kingfish, vegetarian quiche and banana brulee.

Showcasing Chippendale’s creative passion and depth, the first Saturday of each month marks Chippendale Creative Precinct’s (CCP) free, guided tours of exhibition spaces and arts destinations in the local area.

The CCP, headed up by Kensington Street’s creative director, Nicky Ginsberg, is a non-profit organisation that aims to celebrate and develop the lifestyle and culture of Chippendale. The group’s free gallery walking tours are a regular, monthly initiative that aim to help transform the precinct into a thriving cultural destination.

This month we profile one of Sydney’s foremost culinary talents based at The Langham Sydney, Bistro Remy’s Executive Chef, Dave Whitting. 

Prior to taking up his present role, Chef Whitting was responsible for the new menu at the acclaimed Subiaco Hotel in WA and was head chef at Bistro Guillaume in Perth. He also had stints at triple Michelin starred Le Bernardin in New York along with Sydney institutions Bistro Moncur and Jonah’s Whale Beach.

Pier 8 Café, Walsh Bay

Wednesday, 9 November, 2016

The Transfield Art Collection is one of the major private collections of contemporary art in Australia, not necessarily in value - although it does contain pieces of significance - more because it illustrates the journey of Transfield’s founder, Franco Belgiorno-Nettis, now continued by his sons Luca and Guido.

From the outset Franco Belgiorno-Nettis' vision for the arts in Australia was ahead of its time. After founding Transfield in 1956 he initiated the Transfield Art Prize in 1961, in its day the most valuable acquisitive contemporary art prize in Australia.

David Sidebottom is the new General Manager of The Song Company. The affable British national shares professional aspirations for the organisation comprising of the continent’s foremost vocal ensemble.

“I am responsible for the management of all aspects of The Song Company Australia from providing strategic and business support to the artistic goals, building strategic relationships, and business development for national and international performances,” David says.

Membership to the WBAC has many ‘hidden’ benefits including access and listing on the city’s leading event and venue supplier network - Business Events Sydney. 

Backed by the NSW state government, Business Events (BE) Sydney is an organisation committed to fostering close national and international collaborations to ensure Sydney and surrounds continues to lead the way when it comes to winning and delivering exceptional events.

NSW Business Chamber Workplace Updates is a free seminar series open to WBAC members providing business advice and assistance on complex workplace laws.

The next local seminar takes place in Macquarie Street on Wednesday, October 12 and is suitable for anyone responsible for the supervision of employees and wanting to better understand liabilities involved with employee behaviour outside the workplace.