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Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce
 PUCC News May 2011

Member News: Pyrmont Festival Triumph

 Flying start.....

The 2011 Pyrmont Festival of Food, Wine and Art (PFFWA) launched with a flourish on May 3 at Star City’s smart new Bistro 8. The festival, which ran till May 15, marked the start of a partnership initiated by PUCC and Mudgee Wine Grape Grower’s association, (MWGGA), and designed to showcase Pyrmont’s dynamic restaurant and artistic scene allied with the excellent wines and food products of the fast-developing Mudgee more rer R   rre 

Gastronomic roll out

 Pyrmont Uncorks Mudgee” was the theme that set the agenda for the twelve day festival. It featured a series of gourmet food-and-wine matched lunches and dinners at 13 of Pyrmont's leading restaurants, starting with Savichees on May 3, followed by TAFE’s The Apprentice, the award-winning Flying Fish, the Signorelli Gastronomia, the new Blue Eye Dragon, Ripples at Sydney Wharf, the Sugaroom Restaurant and others.                                                
Wine-tastings at participating wine and bottle shops introduced Sydneysiders to top Mudgee wines: read more
Sensational finale

The Pyrmont Art Prize 2011 exhibition with the theme “Small is Beautiful” was the Festival’s centrepiece.An all-day wine and food fest combined with the fifth Pyrmont Art Prize marked the Festival’s climax on 15 May. Thousands of residents and visitors gathered in Pyrmont’s waterfront Pirrama Park to picnic on the grass under a cloudless autumn sky. Entertained by local musicians, they sampled their choice from over 120 standard and organic wines from 30 Mudgee winemakers and tempting displays of regional food products from olives and creamy goat cheeses to beef, smoked meats and chilli chutney. 

The Pyrmont Art Prize 2011 exhibition with the theme “Small is Beautiful” was the Festival’s more rere 
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 Culture at Work

Culture at Work is an artist-led, not- for- profit organisation directed by Sherryl Ryan, visual artist, arts administrator and museum educator. Sherryl is a volunteer CEO and is committed to supporting the nfp financially until it is able to fund itself through grants and sponsorship.

The organisation operates at the intersection of art and science, working with a desire for change, and a dedication to research-based projects linking multi-disciplinary fields. It works closely with partners, artists, scientists and creative practitioners to develop and integrate the latest research into artistic learning programs read more read 

Ultimo farewells dynamic community leader 

Ultimo Pyrmont residents were shocked to learn in April of the sudden dismissal of Lorraine Findlay, who has managed the Harris Centre, Quarry Green, for over ten years. A dedicated and immensely popular leader, she devoted herself completely to the diverse needs of local people of all ages, incomes and ethnic backgrounds and was especially loved and respected by the large Chinese population. Her energy and ‘can-do’ attitude both inspired her staff and attracted an intensely loyal volunteer workforce. read more 
Brothel proposal for Union Square withdrawn, but....

Pyrmont-Ultimo residents were relieved to hear on May 26 that, following vigorous protests, Chris Ji, owner of 1 Bank Street on historic Union Square, opposite the war memorial, has withdrawn his application to develop the property into a brothel -“The Bank”.
Residents and business owners had petitioned fiercely against the proposal on the grounds that under Local Environmental Plan (LEP) regulations, the brothel would be “too close to childcare facilities, a community facility and the casino.” The LEP states that a brothel must be at least 100 metres from a “school”, and from a “community facility”, which could have could have covered the war memorial. If so, the brothel would not have been permitted in Union Square. Finally, the DA showed that the property is the required 200m from the Star City Casino, , but with measurements taken from the Casino’s Pyrmont street entrance, guidelines were not met. read more
Barangaroo Review promised

In mid-May, the O’Farrell Government ordered a review of the contentious Barangaroo development . It is expected to be completed in two months, and will be conducted by an independent chairman appointed by Planning Minister Brad Hazzard. 
Earlier, Sydney Lord Mayor and independent MP Clover Moore presented a petition to State Parliament signed by 11,000 Sydney residents who are against current development plans, particularly the hotel in the harbour, the removal of decision-making from City of Sydney, contamination of the site, the bulk of the buildings and the overshadowing of public space... read more
UTS MasterPlan forges ahead

Building UTS’s Gehry icon

UTS Sydney has appointed Australian builder A W Edwards to provide pre-construction services for world-renowned architect Frank Gehry’s first Australian building – the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building - destined to become “an architectural icon for Sydney and for Australia” according to UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne. A W Edwards will work with the university, architects and consultants to translate the building’s striking design into tender documentation and also identify best-practice construction methods. Subject to UTS’ acceptance of its offer, the company will enter into a contract for the construction of the building, which is expected to start in early 2012, with the building complete by December 2013. read now
Broadway Building, “gateway to the CBD”

UTS has engaged project management and construction group Lend Lease to deliver pre-construction services for its futuristic Broadway Building. Located on the corner of Wattle St and Broadway in Ultimo, it will serve as a gateway not only to the campus, but also to Sydney’s CBD from the west, and will house 4,000 students and 1,000 staff of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.
Lend Lease will work closely with the university, architects and a multi-disciplinary team to provide cost-effective solutions to design, engineering and sustainability challenges. The 44,000²m building’s design will include unique aluminium “binary” screens as the key feature of the façade, a targeted five-star Green rating, and a large, light-filled more
Landmark sports hub opens

 In mid-April, UTS celebrated the opening of its Multi-Purpose Sports Hall, the first project to be completed in its forward-looking City Campus Master Plan. Built under Alumni Green at the heart of the City Campus in Ultimo, the sports hall is an academic facility designed for students undertaking study in fields such as human movement and sport and exercise. It will also become a key venue for UTS's sporting community.
Designed by award-winning Australian architects, it is a multi-use indoor court space, overlooked by seminar rooms and dance/gym studios. The design concept makes use of the site's natural sandstone texture and colour
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Green Makeover For Ultimo Pedestrian Network 

A public art installation along the Ultimo Pedestrian Network (UPN), “Concrete Jungle” marks the start of a new look for UTS construction sites. The 110m long canvas artwork, featuring green wall sections with living plants, runs the length of the Student Housing Tower construction hoardings along the UPN (at the back of Building 6 and the ABC building), with the green wall just outside the ABC exit. Concrete Jungle was created by a team of local artists led by UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures research student Tania Leimbach. The team worked in collaboration with green wall company Junglefy and lead architects De Manincor Russell Architectural Workshop (DRAW
).  read more
Open for ideas - late night Sydney

In order to develop a long-term night economy policy for Sydney, City of Sydney aims to find out what kind of night life people in Sydney really want.
Consultation for the policy was launched at the end of April with a roundtable meeting with industry leaders from liquor and gaming, restaurants, retail, transport, tourism, entertainment, arts, special events and a representative from a local resident group.
The Night City Policy public consultation is now open to everyone more
Retail Loss Prevention Seminar

 When Professor Lorraine Gamman, Director of London’s  Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, visited Sydney recently, the City’s Safe City Unit seized this opportunity to coordinate a Retail Loss Prevention Seminar. This event was supported by Surry Hills Police and the University of Technology’s Designing Out Crime Research Centre. All participants who completed an evaluation form stated that the event was “very useful” and that it would make a difference to their business. read more
 New taxi zones for Ultimo

Eleven new dedicated taxi pick-up and drop-off spots in the CBD will include six in Ultimo, making a total of 31 one-minute no-stopping exemption zones, plus more than 50 full-time taxi ranks and a further 30 that operate on a part-time basis. This means that more than 430 taxis can now be accommodated at ranks and drop-off zones throughout the city centre during peak demand periods. Starting this month, one-minute no-stopping exemptions for taxis will be introduced in Ultimo more