2018 is Down for the Count

CEO Update
2018 was not an easy year but it was the year where talk finally turned into action.

Infrastructure projects, private sector or Government, take time but the cranes and building munchers finally moved in and the walls came tumbling down in Kings Square.  New developments were approved for the Old Police Station site and the Manning Buildings. Even the Passenger Terminal got a lick of paint.  New investors have also joined the frae. Sadly, The Wool Stores proposal got stuck in the interpretation vortex of exceptional design. The Chamber and Fremantle businesses got together with the City to create the much needed Destination Marketing Strategy – people, more people. The Chamber got a new strategic plan, constitution and launched the Greater Fremantle Action Plan.  Our triage of committees – Development & Infrastructure, Tourism and Small Business Retail all informed the Chamber’s positions across the year. On the election front, it was just the local South Ward bi-election but we already know the 2019 Federal election will fill the headlines until May only to be followed by another round of local government elections in October. As 2018 draws to a close we have a glimmer on the horizon of a State Budget in surplus and shades of increasing confidence. The Transport Minister, Hon Rita Saffiotti, MLA has appointed the Victoria Quay Waterfront Steering Group to be chaired by the Member for Fremantle, Hon Simone McGurk MLA and the Fremantle Chamber is pleased to be part of that group. Our greatest thanks go to all of our committee members, members and partners. It would not be possible without you all. 
 
Our next Chamber Weekly will be in the New Year with interesting things to come. Until then, if you are open for business may your festive season be bountiful. If you are on holiday, enjoy and be safe!

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