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Locals invited to shape the future of Haymarket

Published 10 August 2022

The City of Sydney is inviting local residents and businesses across Haymarket and Chinatown to share their ideas on the future of the area.

The City will work closely with the community to create a shared vision and long-term objectives for the unique precinct.

Residents and businesses are invited to attend a Haymarket community forum on Wednesday 24 August to take part in an open discussion on future ideas and learn more about the City’s plans and support for business.

“The past two years have been incredibly challenging for all of us and especially for Chinatown, which was among the first areas in the city to be impacted by the pandemic,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Businesses in Haymarket suffered greatly with venues capped or closed, people working from home and travel halted.

“As well as recovering from the significant impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, Haymarket is going through significant change, so now is the perfect time to be part of the area’s recovery and future prospects.

“I encourage everyone in the community to come along to the forum or provide their feedback online to have their say on the future of this wonderful part of Sydney.”

In recent years, the City has worked hard to reinvigorate and support Chinatown with:

  • significant upgrades to local streets and the pedestrianisation of George Street around Haymarket
  • new night markets and other events including the annual Sydney Lunar Festival celebrations
  • public artworks and support for new cultural attractions such as the newly opened Museum of Chinese in Australia
  • an unprecedented program of grant funding for Chinatown as well as precinct activation grants
  • a further $5 million commitment for public domain improvements along Dixon Street.

Haymarket’s unique and distinctive urban character is lively, diverse and ever changing, characterised by dining and shopping, and it’s a popular destination for locals and tourists. The growing influence of other Asian cultures and communities adds to an increasing diversity of businesses throughout the area.

However, the area is going through extraordinary change and major NSW Government developments are also underway.

The City has begun the process of detailed research, scoping, design and feasibility studies for a range of ideas for the short, medium and long term.

The Haymarket community forum is part of this process, as well as an online survey and pop-up stalls throughout Haymarket, to capture the community’s ideas and suggestions.

The forum will run from 6pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday 24 August at Sydney Town Hall. Register for the event at:

To have your say on the future vision for Haymarket visit:

For more details on the City of Sydney’s projects and events in Haymarket and support for business, go to:

For media enquiries or images, contact Elaine Kelly. Phone 0477 362 550 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore contact Paul Mackay. Phone 0436 816 604 or email