“We live in strange times. We also live in strange places: each in a universe of our own. The people with whom we populate our universes are the shadows of whole other universes intersecting with our own” Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Trying to process who has COVID and who doesn’t, budget and plan for next year and get through the raft of events, announcements and activities in the region this week is proving quite the juggle. Most business leaders I speak to this week seem caught between action and thought, and a sense of spinning the heels.

There is a lot going on though and this Chamber Weekly tries to bring you as much as we can around opportunities and thoughts for the year ahead. We have a summary of the State Budget handed down this time last week and what it means for Fremantle, an update on new opportunities in India following the recent new economic partnership agreement and announce our own Set the Month in Motion looking at budgeting and planning.

As promised last week we unveil the Annual Leaders Lunch keynote speaker for this year – the impressive Rebecca Brown, Director General Jobs, Tourism, Infrastructure, Science and Innovation in conversation with a raft of our industry leaders in the marine, creative, innovation, education and emerging industry space. As we plan for Fremantle’s future this conversation around our emerging industries couldn’t come at a better time. Gather your clients and colleagues and join us for this highlight of our annual calendar. Tickets are available here.

Yesterday was the Inaugural International Women in Maritime Day. We were really pleased to attend this event with WA Women in Trade and Shipping (WISTA), PIANC and the Department of Transport (Maritime) to hear the stories of Nicole Lockwood, Chair of the Future Fremantle Committee, Carole Shannon, CEO Leeuwin Ocean Adventures and other female leaders in the industry. A pertinent conversation as we consider pathways into this sector as a priority project for our Marine & Engineering Committee.

We also hosted our own Inaugural event yesterday with the our Tourism and Attraction businesses as we set up a mini expo day for the Perth CIty Concierges, regional visitor centres and Business Events Perth. A big thanks to Michelle Taylor – our Membership and COmmittee Officer for her tireless work to bring this event together – in-spite of the rolling COVID club cancellations in the lead up to the day.

Have a great week and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our Business After Hours event kicking off at the Old Courthouse at 5pm this evening.


Read more in the Chamber Weekly here.