You know we are continuing to head for some surreal times when the Premier takes to officially announce a “special eggs-emption” for the Easter Bunny to travel in and out of the state to deliver chocolate goodies to WA homes!

It has been the perfect time to gather our some incredible partners to launch our “Doorstep Dinners” project which gives reason to keep the doors open and the kitchen fires burning in a few of our most iconic venues that define our Port City – in particular Benny’s, La Sosta, Strange Company and the National Hotel.

Featured on 7 NEWS in an exclusive this evening, Michael Piu, St Pats CEO noted: “We are grateful to Minderoo, and the McCusker Foundation, who quickly saw the incredible opportunity in this pilot. We hope that we can lay the foundation in this trial to see it grow as the need in the community grows over coming weeks. The Fremantle hospitality sector are long standing supporters of St Pats through the Long Table Dinner and other initiatives. This was a chance to give something back and create a true win-win”

Here at the Chamber we were so pleased to be involved. The project means 200 meals a day, produced by the venues at cost. It has significant economic flow through to the local economy as these venues that employ and procure locally, will be able to keep a chef on their books and perhaps a kitchen hand to assist in meal preparation. It means they can continue to support the local producers, the local butcher, the bakery, the local artisan charcuterie suppliers and local fresh food producers.

This project trial was perfect timing as the venues reached crunch time as to whether they decided to close up completely, and for how long they could remain open ride out the storm.

It was so sad to read yesterday of the Chart and Map Shop closing their iconic blue doors on Collins St – a treasure trove and a unique business that will be such a loss to Fremantle.

It is our hope that our Doorstep Dinner’s project may keep just a couple of our business doors open, and with more funding we can grow the project to help more local businesses and more socially isolated individuals”.

In working with the incredible project partners of St Pats, United Way, Rise, Minderoo and the McCusker Foundation in record time to launch this project from inception to live in under a week, it has meant throwing ourselves into the wonderful world of ZOOM and Team Meetings Technology.

I have been amazed about how much can get done when we take out travel time, waiting to order coffee or everyone to arrive in the room! It does come with a whole set of new rules and etiquette though! I loved Chamber Members Detail Communications wonderful take on the new rules of Zoom Etiquette – well worth a read if you haven’t already.

If you are downloading a variety of useful video conferencing and new meeting tools and apps at the moment, It might also be worth a quick review of your cyber security! Well worth a re-listen to our Set the Month in Motion Podcast on Cyber Security from earlier in the year, or contact Chamber Members and Experts Entire Tech or G2IT to check in before you download.

Further in these week’s Chamber Weekly we look at the new Commercial Tenancy Code and JobKeeper Payments as well as announcing some wonderful news for our exporters desperate for freight space.

Finally, in preparing for a very unusual Easter long weekend at home, we have a great new Set the Month in Motion, supported by the City of Fremantle’s Business Capacity Building Program, live on our Podcast station The topic and panel is very relevant in a world that is requiring more and more remote engagement with our customers – “Marketing in a Visually Sophisticated World”. Join the wonderful Claire Davies, from Scotter Projects and ex-Editor of Sunday Times Magazine and Leah Dent, graphic design and visual mastermind for what was a practical and fun conversation.

Stay safe and please help us social distance to keep our beautiful beaches open!

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