A stylish open-plan café will replace the old one in Hyde Park South as part of work to make Museum Station more accessible.
The new café’s glass frontage will help preserve the heritage look of the brick station entrance at the corner of Elizabeth and Liverpool streets.
The café will be built by the City of Sydney as part of works by Transport for NSW to improve access to the station by installing new lifts to connect the station entry, concourse and platforms.
The work required demolition of the old café by TFNSW.
“The new cafe and improved access from Museum Station will be welcome additions to Sydney’s favourite park,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“The design sits well with the heritage setting and will allow for better access to the park, Pool of Reflection and Anzac War Memorial, which will soon be upgraded to include a water feature and education centre on the western side.
“The café’s beautiful design will make it a great place to enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat.”
Unlike the former café attached to the rear of the station, the re-imagined version will be set back to allow better access and sight lines to the park and Anzac War Memorial, where a water cascade will be added by the NSW Government to realise the architect’s original design.
Designed by Andrew Burns Architects, the new café will cover a similar area to the original but provide more appealing indoor and covered seating.
The project includes:
Two unisex toilets with one accessible to park users;
Seating for around 90 people;
A lift lobby with new paving;
More accessible routes from Museum Station to the Anzac War Memorial;
New garden beds, retaining walls and stairs; and
Paving in the café and station surrounds.
After completing the café, the City will invite expressions of interest from prospective operators.
Museum Station has State Significance as Australia’s first underground station.
Hyde Park is Australia’s oldest park and a culturally significant heritage landscape. It is listed by the National Trust and as a heritage item in the City of Sydney Local Environment Plan and State Heritage Register.
City of Sydney, Lord Mayor Clover Moore today announced that Sydney’s top commercial landlords had cut 45 per cent of their emissions since 2006, saving an impressive $30 million a year.
The City of Sydney-led Better Buildings Partnership includes the major landlords and property managers of more than half of the Sydney city centre’s commercial office floor space.
The Lord Mayor announced the results at the UN Climate Conference in Paris, as part of a keynote speech on the crucial role for buildings in tackling climate change.
“We mean business when it comes to tackling climate change,” the Lord Mayor said.
“With these results, Sydney’s biggest landlords have shown it makes financial sense to cut emissions.
“They’re already more than halfway to reaching their 70 per cent emissions reduction target by 2030.
“Together we’ve shown that more ambitious targets are possible and compatible with strong economic growth.
“We’re seeing real climate leadership by companies here in Australia. The Better Buildings Partnership’s ongoing success is a model for how much progress can be made when government and the private sector work together on sensible, effective climate policies.”
Members of the Better Buildings Partnership have improved the overall sustainability performance of their buildings through measures such as building system upgrades, improved facilities management and green infrastructure including locally produced trigeneration, low carbon energy and recycled water networks.
Improving the energy efficiency of buildings has avoided more than145,000 tonnes carbon emissions in the last year alone and shaved more than $30 million a year from the bottom line. It’s reduced energy use across their92 buildings by six per cent, cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduced water consumption by more than a third on 2006 levels.
Over half of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions come from commercial office buildings, so it’s important to reduce their overall environmental impact.
BBP Chair and group general manager HSE and sustainability, Paul Edwards, praised members for their impressive savings.
“The Better Buildings Partnership has delivered exceptional results, clearly demonstrating the value of working in collaboration with peers,” Mr Edwards said.
“The BBP has again taken a major step towards 70 per cent reduction by 2030, hitting 45 per cent this year.”
“The power of working together is proving again to be the right approach – delivering outstanding value to members and introducing new standards, such as new waste guidelines, which help the whole industry.”
The BBP’s waste guidelines are one of a suite of practical tools that are raising the bar on sustainability management practice for commercial buildings.
The City has worked closely with the BBP on the development of its energy efficiency master plan and climate adaptation plan.
The City’s climate adaptation plan was adopted this year to prepare for future impacts of climate change. These include more heat waves and extreme weather, such as the storms Sydney experienced in April this year. The plan was prepared with help from major science groups and leading business and property organisations, including the BBP.
The adapting for climate change strategy contains 39 different actions to help deal with issues ranging from changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels to more severe heat waves.
The award-winning BBP is one of many City of Sydney programs working with Australian businesses and communities to reduce emissions while making a significant contribution to their bottom line.
For more information, visit sydneybetterbuildings.com.au
Shoppers will be treated to the sounds of the festive season with carolling choirs performing in the city’s late-night retails hot spots in the lead up to Christmas.
Through December, carols will fill the air in Pitt Street Mall every Thursday night from 6pm–8pm, and beside the Martin Place Christmas tree every night of the week from 6pm–8pm.
Choirs who will serenade shoppers include Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Café of the Gate of Salvation and Endeavour Harmony as well as children’s choirs from Darlington Public School and the Australian Girls Choir.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was working closely with retailers to make the Sydney Christmas shopping experience as festive and fun as possible.
“The City’s Christmas choir program will help everyone get into the Christmas spirit and give retailers a boost by drawing shoppers into the city centre,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Combined with our projections and Christmas lights, these choirs help create an exciting, festive atmosphere in key retail precincts like Pitt Street Mall and Martin Place.
“Christmas is a wonderful time to be in Sydney and the city is the place to be.”
The renowned Christmas at Sydney Town Hall concert on 15 December also guarantees a memorable night for the whole family. Held in the spectacular Centennial Hall from 8pm–9.30pm, the event is a very traditional affair of carol singing, festive music and readings complemented, by the magnificent Grand Organ.
Pitt Street Mall choir program
Thursday 3 December
North Pitt Street – from 6.25pm: Leichhardt Espresso Chorus
South Pitt Street – from 6.05pm: Endeavour Harmony
Thursday 10 December
North Pitt Street – from 6.25pm: Sydney Philharmonia
South Pitt Street – from 6.05pm: Cafe of the Gate of Salvation
Thursday 17 December
North Pitt Street – from 6.25pm: Sydney Philharmonia
South Pitt Street – from 6.05pm: Australian Girls Choir
Thursday 24 December
From 6.05pm: Endeavour Harmony
Martin Place choir program (each night from 6pm)
Wednesday 2 December – Darlington Public School
Thursday 3 December – Sydney Sings (With One Voice)
Friday 4 December – Northern Beaches Choir
Saturday 5 December – SISTA! Quartet
Sunday 6 December – Australian Girls Choir
Monday 7 December – Leichhardt Espresso Chorus
Tuesday 8 December – Honeybees
Wednesday 9 December – Sydney Philharmonia
Thursday 10 December – Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir
Friday 11 December – Australian Girls Choir
Saturday 12 December – Cafe of the Gate of Salvation
Sunday 13 December – Australian Girls Choir
Monday 14 December – Honeybees
Wednesday 16 December – Sydney Sings (With One Voice)
Thursday 17 December – Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir
Friday 18 December – Leichhardt Espresso Chorus
Saturday 19 December – Endeavour Harmony
Sunday 20 December – Salvation Army Band & Choir
Monday 21 December – SISTA! Quartet
Tuesday 22 December – Salvation Army Band (featuring Colin Buchanan)
Wednesday 23 December – Salvation Army Band
Thursday 24 December – Salvation Army Band
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Art & About Sydney and Golden Age Cinema are hosting a night-time screening of Steven Spielberg’s classic shark-horror, Jaws, at the Andrew (Boy) Charlton pool.
Forty years after the film first unleashed fear among cinemagoers around the world, this unique outdoor experience will allow viewers to enjoy the movie while lounging poolside.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said people had better be quick to snap up tickets for JAWS: The Deep End, which go on sale on Thursday 3 December.
“Spielberg’s 1975 film – and the music that helped set its tone – is a classic and the opportunity to watch it so close to the water is not to be missed,” the Lord Mayor said.
“This is one of many exciting creative city events we have planned for 2016, I encourage you to get outdoors and make the most of our year-round Art & About program.”
The City teamed up with Surry Hills’ Golden Age Cinema & Bar to create the memorable experience for film-lovers and mark the film’s recent 40th anniversary.
Tickets are limited for this poolside screening, which will also feature fresh seafood and ocean-inspired drinks.
The two screenings in late January next year are part of Art & About Sydney’s new year-round program of art in unusual places.
Jaws won Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Sound. John William’s memorable score also won the Grammy Award, Golden Globe Award and the BAFTA Award.
It is frequently cited as one of the greatest films of all time and in 2001 was selected to be preserved in the United States National Film Registry for its cultural, historical and aesthetic significance.
The new Moto 360 was a definite step up over the original model, but we found it wasn’t particularly well-suited to workouts. Motorola appeared to know that right off the bat, as the company announced it was working on a “sport” model specifically for the athletically-minded. Now, the company’s finally telling us when it’ll be available. The Moto 360 Sport will go on sale in the UK and France on December 18th and will follow in the US on January 7th. The $299 watch will also be available in Best Buy stores all around the US on January 10th.
The biggest difference between the standard Moto 360 and the new Sport model probably comes down to the materials its made of — Motorola says the new watch’s silicone construction will resist stains and fading and won’t absorb sweat. It also features “side ventilation channels” to keep your wrist feeling cooler. There’s also a new display that the company calls AnyLight. It’s a hybrid screen that works like an LCD is lower light but also features a front-lit reflective mode that should work better in bright sunlight. There’s also a built-in GPS, the better for tracking your runs, particularly if you go without a phone.
It sounds like a decent package for Android Wear fans who also want a good fitness tracking device, but there are a few downsides over the standard model. Most notably is the fact that you can’t swap out the band: what you choose is what you’re stuck with. Motorola is offering black, white and orange models for starters, and it wouldn’t surprise us to see more colors come later, but there’s no Moto Maker customization to be found here.
The Moto 360 Sport defnitely seems like a better option than the standard model when you’re working out, but the jury’s out on whether you’ll want to wear this watch all day, every day. If you do, it features the standard Android Wear features you’ll find on all other such smartwatches out there. If you’re an Android Wear fan who likes to exercise, this is probably one of the best options out there for you — and it doesn’t cost any more than the standard Moto 360. Just make sure you’re OK not being able to swap bands before you make your purchase.
The City of Sydney congratulates all the Sydney businesses that shone at the NSW Business Chamber Business Awards 2015 on Friday night.
Leading Sydney businesses from Glebe, Newtown, Walsh Bay and the city centre were celebrated alongside businesses from across the state at the gala awards dinner.
“These annual awards recognise success in business leadership, ethics, innovation, sustainability, employment and export, and they’ve been an excellent showcase for our small business sector,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“It was good to see Sydney businesses holding their own among the finest in the state, and I congratulate them for being recognised at a state level.”
The businesses were shortlisted from across the local government area, having competed in the new Sydney City regional awards program in July, run by the NSW Business Chamber and sponsored by the City.
Judges for the Sydney City Regional Awards and the NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards are selected from subject matter experts or practitioners in the area relating to the award category, academics in the field, award category sponsors and NSW Business Chamber representatives.
The City was a proud sponsor of the Excellence in Small Business award segment of the NSW Awards, and will continue to support the awards next year. The award was this year won by The Perfect Wave Travel Company, from Brookvale in Sydney’s north.
The City will again be conducting the business awards across its local government area next year, as part of the NSW Business Chamber awards program.
The City of Sydney businesses shortlisted for the 2015 NSW Business Chamber’s Business Awards included:
Simmer on the Bay
Business Leader – Simmer on the Bay, Walsh Bay
Brigid Kennedy has been Managing Director of Simmer on the Bay, a renowned catering and events space in the Walsh Bay arts precinct, since 2005. She is also a published author and expert chef.
Brigid mentors her staff, helps them work towards their chosen career paths, not just during their time at Simmer on the Bay, but also after they have outgrown the business and are ready to strike out on their own.
She belongs to two business chambers and has the chance to inspire and work first-hand with the younger members of those chambers, sharing advice and advocating for their businesses.
Employer of Choice – The Shepherd Centre, Newtown
The Shepherd Centre offers a variety of family-centred critical services under one roof at their head office in Newtown, continuously expands its range of programs and invests in research, technology and innovation. The centre maintains focus on staff retention through flexible working conditions, team building and training.
Excellence in Business – The Shepherd Centre, Newtown
Not-for-profit The Shepherd Centre is an organisation teaching children with hearing loss in NSW, ACT and Tasmania to listen and speak. It offers a variety of family-centred critical services under one roof, with the office based in Newtown.
The centre credits clear leadership and vision from the board and executive team for allowing the organisation to expand without losing its focus on staff and the families who need them.
The Shepherd Centre is recognised as a leader in its field, providing world-class services to families.
Sustainable growth in fundraising is key to the organisation, which strives to satisfy the growing demand from families.
Excellence in Business Ethics – D&M Research, city centre
D&M Research is a boutique, full service research agency, passionate about research, clients and successful organisations. The company constantly reviews the ethics of its business practices and any relevance implications to projects and clients. D&M Research is also a carbon neutral company that cares about the impact of its activities on the environment.
Excellence in Export – Australian Institute of Professional Education, city centre
Isil Sam is the Chief Finance Officer at the Australian Institute of Professional Education (AIPE), an innovative vocational education provider based in Sydney CBD, offering both on-site and online e-learning.
Ms Sam says she is focused on quality, productivity and standards in the organisation and encourages the next generation of upcoming leaders at AIPE with simple advice: “break down large tasks into simple manageable projects and always keep in mind the objectives of those projects to keep your focus”.
Although she has a wealth of experience in her field, she says she keeps learning and growing her knowledge.
Excellence in Innovation – Glebe Family Medical Practice, Glebe
Glebe Family Medical Practice has delivered medical care to the local community for over 30 years. Its experienced team of doctors offer fully-accredited patient-centred care, including travel vaccination clinic, complex and chronic disease management and women and children’s health care.
The practice also supports the Closing the Gap Indigenous Reform Agenda and works to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and early childhood development in the local community.
The practice has recently introduced a free screening tool for atrial fibrillation (abnormal rhythm of the heart that is associated with a high risk for stroke) for patients aged 65 and over when they attend for their annual flu vaccination. This screening tool allows their doctors to offer preventive treatment to those who need it and it can decreases their risk of stroke.
Excellence in Small Business (City of Sydney sponsored) – FIRESOFT Consulting, city centre
FIRESOFT Consulting is a specialist IT recruitment and executive consulting firm based in central Sydney and serving clients Australia-wide. FIRESOFT credits its growth in the last year to “big plans tightly underpinned by a strong vision, mission and set of values that the whole team is passionate about”.
The company purposely works more closely with a restricted number of clients, emphasising strong relationships and winning repeat business.
Excellence in Sustainability – SMC Conference and Function Centre, city centre
Central Sydney venue, SMC Conference and Function Centre offers a 100 per cent accessible, purpose-built centre which gives its clients a complete conference solution with modern and stylish facilities.
The venue is committed to sustainability and has had a green policy in place since its construction 35 years ago. It orders only fresh, seasonal local produce for their events catering, closely monitors its carbon emissions and uses low-energy, electronic posters to promote the venue.
Local Chamber of Commerce – Glebe Chamber of Commerce, Glebe
Glebe Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the revitalisation of Glebe and to helping their members access opportunities for their businesses throughout Sydney and NSW. It organises the annual Glebe Street Fair and other initiatives to engage local businesses with their community.
The Glebe Chamber is trialling a number of innovative programs with local businesses. It has recently launched glebe.com.au providing local businesses with an affordable and easy-to-use platform to find everything they ever wanted to know about Glebe, supporting them to become more productive, connected and sustainable.
Young Business Executive – Daniel Moss, Vertical Financial Solutions, city centre
Daniel Moss is co-founder and managing director of Vertical Financial Solutions (VFS), an independent advisory firm specialising in wealth management.
Daniel has hands-on experience in establishing and managing financial services businesses and is passionate about investment markets. He says teamwork and partnerships are key to the company’s success as well as hard work and commitment to its strategy.
Young Entrepreneur – Kris Spann, The Works, Glebe
Building and projects manager Kris Spann runs The Works, a multi-level warehouse space in Glebe offering co-working, studio, accommodation, classroom and retail space for creative practitioners to design, make and exhibit their works.
To build the business, Kris started out thinking about what creative businesses and practitioners would need under the one roof. The spaces he has created, which took three years to realise, are helping and inspiring dynamic, innovative people to produce great work.
LG Electronics (LG) will commence the global rollout of its slim metal smartphone, LG Zero¹, starting this week in Taiwan followed by other key markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America. First introduced to Korean customers in September, the LG Zero inherits the advanced camera technology and exclusive UX features of the LG G Series and introduces a full metal body for a more advanced and modern experience.
The exceptional build quality of the LG Zero is highlighted by its solid aluminum body which gives the LG Zero a premium look and feel. This newest smartphone’s smooth metal body is enhanced by the “Arc Glass” design of the edges which create a slimmer profile. Complementing the solid aluminum exterior is a 5.0-inch In-Cell Touch IPS display which delivers faster recognition, better outdoor visibility and crisper images.
LG Zero offers best-in-class camera features adopted from the highly acclaimed G4, resulting in maximum photo resolution, shutter speed and sharpness. The 8MP front camera allows for brighter and clearer selfies while the 13MP rear camera delivers many of the same attributes of a standalone camera. Fans of popular G Series features such as Gesture Shot, Gesture View and Gesture Interval Shot will be delighted to find these options in the LG Zero as well.
“At LG, we do not believe in limiting our best technology to just our flagship devices,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG Zero exhibits innovation not only in its design but in its ability to offer premium features at a competitive price point.”
Prices and participating carriers will be announced locally at the time of availability.
Display: 5.0-inch HD In-cell Touch (1280 x 720, 294ppi)
Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Camera: Rear 13MP / Front 8MP
Memory: 1.5GB LPDDR3 RAM / 16GB eMMC ROM / MicroSD
Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Size: 142 x 8 x 7.4mm
Network: LTE / HSPA+ / GSM
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.1 / USB 0
Colors: Silver / Gold
¹ LG Class in Germany, Korea, Russia and Singapore. ² Specifications may vary depending on the market.
Sydney’s much-loved Christmas projections are, for the first time, lighting-up some of Martin Place’s most striking historic buildings, creating a colourful, festive experience in the month leading up to 25 December.
The GPO Clock Tower, Burberry, Westpac Bank and Challis House have joined Sydney landmarks St Mary’s Cathedral and Sydney Town Hall in being illuminated with festive colours.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the annual projections and illuminations attract people to the city centre and created a joyful mood.
“It’s really worth visiting the city centre after sunset to soak up the magical atmosphere and take in the colourful moving projections on these buildings,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Bring your loved ones – and a camera – and take a walk from Sydney Town Hall to Martin Place and St Mary’s Cathedral to celebrate the season of peace, joy and goodwill.”
Martin Place is Sydney’s home of Christmas this year with a 21-metre-tall interactive Christmas tree, sparkling disco-style banners and roving choirs complementing the projections.
Sydney’s most-loved Christmas tree is dressed with 60,000 lights, 120 interactive stars, 200 shiny baubles and topped with a 1.5-metre wide star.
The Boulevard of Light in Pitt Street Mall features more than 100 living, potted Christmas trees and an overhead canopy of 62,000 lights, creating a festive wonderland. The trees will be auctioned during the week of Christmas with all proceeds going to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.
Sydney Town Hall’s renowned sandstone facade is this year illuminated with festive colours starting from the steps all the way up the 55-metre tall clocktower.
From 10 December, the St Mary’s Cathedral projections will acknowledge the United Nation’s International Year of Light with themes and imagery based on the power of light. The City is waiving venue hire fees worth around $70,000 each year for the next three years to help the projections proceed.
Their annual Lights of Christmas projections illuminate the 75-metre tall façade of the cathedral with vivid 3D imagery complemented by sound and choirs.
City lights and projections:
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street: 7pm–midnight, until 25 December Boulevard of Light: 8.30pm–1am, until 25 December Pitt Street Mall with more than 100 Christmas trees Martin Place: 8.30pm–1am, until 25 December Westpac Bank, 341 George Street
Burberry, 343 George Street
GPO Clock Tower, 1 Martin Place
Challis House, 4 Martin Place St Mary’s Cathedral, College Street: 7.30am–midnight, 10–25 December.
Black Friday is finally here and T-Mobile has a really nice offer on the latest Samsung devices. You’ll find the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and the Galaxy S6 edge+ all available for $100 cheaper until the 29th of November and this works without any promo code whatsoever. The discount also applies regardless of your form of purchase, be it in monthly installments or all at once – the discount stands. T-Mobile is also hosting a trade-in promotion where, if you trade an eligible device you can get a Galaxy S6 for $0 down and $0 monthly fees so you only pay the sales tax. There’s a catch to this offer though: only high-tier models can be traded in, like the iPhone 6, the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note Edge. The other catch is that you only get to keep that Galaxy s6 for 18 months after which you’ll need to return it.
As a plus to the trade-in offer above, you can also get other handsets besides the Galaxy S6 like the Galaxy S6 edge for $4/month, or the Galaxy S6 edge+ for $8/month and even theGalaxy Note 5 for $5/month.
What are you waiting for? Check out T-Mobile’s massive Black Friday deal and let us know if you’ll take advantage of this promotion.
As OnePlus is about to celebrate its second anniversary, we want to make sure we are also taking the right steps to make positive change in the world. We’re back with a new eBay Giving Works auction, but this time we’re upping the ante. To kick off global sales of our limited-edition OnePlus X Ceramic version, we are auctioning off 5 actual ceramic devices – not just invites! – and all proceeds will go to charity: water.
“It’s great to see companies like OnePlus not only focus on building a premier product for their customers, but also make giving a part of their model,” says Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water. “We’re really excited to join forces with them to bring clean water to people in need around the world.”
Visit our eBay collection and put in your bids to get your hands on one of the very first OnePlus X Ceramic phones. More importantly, help us to support the amazing work that charity: water does around the world.
What is charity: water?
charity: water is a non-profit organization working to bring clean and safe water to more than 663 million people (that’s 1 in every 11 people in the world) without access to something that many of us take for granted every day. They focus on solutions that help people right here and right now: wells, filters, rainwater catchments, health education and more.
Why auction the OnePlus X Ceramic?
The OnePlus X Ceramic is a very limited edition of our most recently launched device. Zirconia ceramic is a difficult material to work with, but that’s why we decided to take on the challenge. About 20% of the ceramic backs we produce pass our rigorous quality tests, and only 10,000 units of this smartphone will be in existence. Therefore, we hope we can do our part to help others by kicking off our global sales of this limited edition phone in partnership with charity: water.
How does the auction work?
It’s as simple as bidding on any eBay listing – simply visit one of our OnePlus X Ceramic auctions, log in to your eBay account, and place your bid. The auctions will last five days, and bidding starts at $0.99.
What will I receive if I win?
All auction winners will receive their OnePlus X Ceramic, as well as a physical OnePlus X Ceramic invite to share. The highest bidder of the five auctions also wins a very special surprise.
Everyone deserves access to safe, drinkable water, and we’re very excited to work together with charity: water (and you!) to help them in their goal. Your donation will do wonders. Bid now!
Please note that the OnePlus X Ceramic will only be available in Europe, India, and Hong Kong. If a winner from the auction is not located in one of these regions, they will receive the European version of the OnePlus X Ceramic.