“You have to be willing to put yourself in position for good things to happen ” Robin Roberts – Broadcaster

 

Standing on the top deck of the floating dock down at the Australian Marine Complex Common User Facility  (AMC CUF) last Thursday night as the sun went down over the outer and our inner harbour,  provided for a very good position to think about the incredible importance of marine activity and infrastructure to the future of Fremantle.

At its heart, our region is based on the commerce and trade that results from a historic Port City. We have grown and evolved, and continue to do so, but keeping our links to our marine heritage is crucial into the future.

Our initial Marine & Engineering Think Tank in 2019 highlighted that this link can only continue with appropriate infrastructure :

  • transport infrastructure that links skilled/professional workers choosing to live in a desirable and amenable residential location like Fremantle to the boat lifting, maintenance and working operations in our harbours, and immediately down the coast,
  • berths that can accommodate the vessels being built, or serviced, at the AMC and
  • appropriate commercial spaces for head offices that can offer clients and a visitors a unique destination experience.

We have met with a number of stakeholders on this issue over the last 18 months, and slowly slowly progress is being made.

Our conversation yesterday with leaders of Infrastructure WA put the Southern Transport Corridor on their long term strategic planning radar for the first time. You can read more about the Chamber’s position and our Development and Infrastructure (D&Is) push for change here. You can also see ideas for a proposed rail loop corridor connect Fremantle to the south here. When you look at the proximity and existing transport corridors in the satellite map here having this conversation on the radar just makes so much sense.

Movement of people is crucial to the success of Fremantle – whether that be via a CAT Bus, creative and social industries participation, definitions of retail mixes into the future or support of our local Retail, Tourism and Hospitality businesses. When people are moving, living and working in and around Fremantle we all benefit and our businesses have a chance to thrive.

I really look forward to hearing more from our members leading two of our most important industries to achieving our long term vision for Fremantle – Marine & Engineering and the Creative Industries at Round 2 of our Leadership Think Tanks now 2 Years On. Details on these events are listed under the events page here, with personal invitations to participate to follow next week.

Speaking our marine focus, our Viking event at the Maritime Museum WA is now at capacity and completely SOLD OUT! I am so looking forward to this event, in one of our most incredible spaces to celebrate our links to our maritime history. We have 80 members and guests attending so it is bound to be great fun, as well as informative!

There are a few spaces left for our early morning Set the Month in Motion next Wednesday morning where we chat retail, hospitality and creating connections in Fremantle with three of our Fremantle Business Awards category award winners.

See you there.

 

 

 

 

 

Read more in the Chamber Weekly here.