This week has seen major political injections into all three of these complex issues, and all three a major focus on advocacy work here at the Chamber.
Today marks the release of Westport Taskforce’s five shortlisted future state port configurations, confirming a new Kwinana Outer Harbour (floated by both governments since the 1950s) will be built - only two of the five options put forward will maintain operations at Fremantle.
This heralds a new era for our Port city, as well as earmarking upcoming changes and opportunities for our multitude of marine and engineering support businesses based here in Fremantle.
We are hosting the Westport Chair and the leaders of these businesses in a think tank discussion around what Fremantle currently offers as a place to do business and identifying the challenges that this new future may bring on August 29th. We will prepare a summary of these ideas to take forward into future stakeholder discussions.
Further information on the Westport options is available here.
Crime Prevention Plan
The City of Fremantle’s draft Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan 2019-2024 is also open for public comment. Since the Community Safety briefing with the Minister, WA Police, Social Services departmental representatives and local businesses in March, we have lobbied for clearer education on incident reporting pathways, a willingness for active participation in Community Circle Apps, a greater focus on drug, alcohol and mental health issues, better environmental design (including lighting and maintenance) and a greater presence in the Fremantle CBD of not only police, but also social services and outreach programs. It is pleasing to see a focus on all of these areas in the draft Plan.
Our FCC Small Business and Retail Committee note that since the end of the higher police presence trial, petty crime and anti-social behaviour (particularly around Kings Square and Queen St) is returning to pre-trial levels, which is disappointing. After such a positive result during the trial, all efforts to continue to increase the profile of local Police and the City of Fremantle Community Safety teams out on the street must continue. We really appreciate the efforts being made by both State and our City to find solutions to this complex issue.
To have your say on the prevention plan click here.
We are working with the City of Fremantle and the Water Corporations Pipes for Fremantle, to look at the immediate parking issues for deliveries, customers and contractors across the Pipes project. The City of Fremantle are considering discounts to parking as a way to remediate issues, and the Water Corporation has committed to our suggested laydown area and contractor parking at Beach St. This decision keeps inner city parking available during the works.
Project parking feeds into a larger conversation that our Development and Infrastructure Committee have initiated with the City, under our Greater Fremantle Action Plan. The plan calls for a city-wide Parking Strategy that takes into account understanding current parking needs, public perceptions around parking and entitlement to park, allowances for loading zones and clearer options for retail deliveries. This links to a broader state based strategy around transport links to the East and South West corridors that are currently not serviced by public transport into Fremantle.
We met with the City of Fremantle’s Economic Development and Parking team this week to look at next steps in detailed data gathering and strategy development over the next 12 months.
Join the Conversation
As our AGM approaches, I encourage you to think about your Fremantle Chamber membership, what voice you would like to have in decisions relating to Fremantle and to put yourself forward for our Committees and Think Tanks.
Please continue to email me directly to register your interest in these discussions, or if you would like to join up as members to nominate for our Small Business and Retail, Tourism or Development and Infrastructure Committees at the AGM.
Our growing list of new members will be showcased at a speed after hours networking event at the Tradewinds Hotel on Thursday 29 August at 530pm. I so hope you can join us at this fun event, while we very quickly get some personal insight into both our newest members, and our old hands. Book here, members are free & guests $15.
Our Set the Month in Motion Cyber-Security Podcast Forum, supported by the City of Fremantle, is now live and ready for your listening pleasure at our Podcast Station available on any podcast app from Apple Podcast to Spotify.
Speaking of listening, we are really pleased to partner with our Chamber members Pirate Radio 88 Fremantle to bring you a weekly discussion on Doing Business in Fremantle. You can tune in tomorrow at 10am, or Monday at 4pm to hear my interview.
As always we can only continue to do this work with your support. Email Luke here to sign up today.