City grants boost Haymarket and Potts Point business

December 8th, 2011



A new iPhone app featuring self-guided walking tours of Chinatown and a campaign encouraging people to shop at Potts Point will commence shortly, after the City of Sydney approved more than $150,000 for local business partnership grants.

Council has approved $72,000 from the new Village Business Partnership Grant Program for the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce and $80,000 for the Potts Point Partnership.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said the grants would support the growth of local businesses in Haymarket and Potts Point, two of Sydney’s most dynamic villages.

The Haymarket Chamber of Commerce represents the growing business community in Haymarket and Chinatown and plans to use the funding across four key projects:

  • Working with the City on major developments throughout the precinct, including activating laneways with public art, transforming public spaces like Belmore Park and Dixon Street, and contributing to the Chinese New Year Festival and Sydney China Business Forum;
  • Developing an iPhone app featuring self-guided walking tours of Chinatown’s historical features, in order to preserve the rich history and cultural heritage of the precinct;
  • Producing new materials for member businesses, including a newsletter, membership cards and banners, as well as offering website maintenance support; and
  • Engaging a new project coordinator to work closely with local businesses on a wide variety of projects.

The Potts Point Partnership represents a group of businesses in the Potts Point and Kings Cross precinct and will use the City grant for a number of important projects:

  • Delivering networking events and workshops for local business members throughout 2012, based on the success of this year’s “Appreciate the Point, Shop Local” campaign;
  • Further developing the Partnership’s website in order to offer an online discussion forum and online payment facility for members;
  • Developing a Standard Operating Manual to ensure good governance and promote succession planning; and
  • Engaging a project coordinator to work closely with local businesses to deliver a wide variety of projects.

The City’s Village Business Partnership Program was launched in December 2010 and awarded its first grant, to the South Sydney Business Chamber, in August this year.

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