“FESTIVALS PROMOTE DIVERSITY, THEY BRING NEIGHBOURS INTO DIALOGUE, THEY INCREASE CREATIVITY, THEY OFFER OPPORTUNITIES FOR CIVIC PRIDE, THEY IMPROVE OUR GENERAL PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING. IN SHORT, THEY MAKE CITIES BETTER PLACES TO LIVE.” David Binder, Award Winning Producer

There is so much to celebrate about doing business in the Fremantle region this week, and we celebrate all of this in this bumper issue of Chamber Weekly.

This week we take a deep dive into our Creative Industries as a key emerging industry for the region.

Hesperia continue to work towards their public-private proposal for the Film Studios at Victoria Quay. This still has a long way to go but it is the Chamber’s hope that members Hesperia can act as a catalyst to continue to promote and attract talent in this sector.

We saw much of this local talent on show over the weekend with the launch of Fremantle Biennale. The incredible Moombaki took to our skies in an interactive experience that took our breathe away. Artist Illona Macquire’s amazing work creatively told Ancient Stories using the most modern of technologies. She was supported by a team of technicians including music and sound producer Ned Beckley. Ned is one of the many local talented individuals who could have a role to play in the new film studios concept. Ned featured on our PADC collaboration on the role sound and music play in the Creative Industries sector here locally. You can listen to this podcast here.

Speaking of talented individuals Chamber tenant and Notre Dame Professor of Post Graduate Architecture SImon Pendal took out a National Architecture Award this week. The only Western Australian firm to do so.

The ideas around collaboration for extraordinary results are explored in last week’s Set the Month in Motion podcast sponsored by the City of Fremantle’s Business Building Capacity program that featured Fremantle Biennale Director Tom Mùller. Well worth a listen here.

We are very much looking forward to our bi-annual Property Leaders Forum, sponsored by CommBank, tonight. This invitation only event will gather 20 local property Directors and Leaders to explore the questions around what opportunities and barriers sit ahead of bringing Fremantle’s vision to life. We will explore heritage spaces, commercial property opportunities and the future of retail. I look forward to sharing the results with our members and stakeholders next week.

It is a bumper issue as I mentioned so I will leave my update there, with just a reminder to register for our last Business After Hours for the year at Fremantle Sailing Club on Nov 25th, and also get in early for our Christmas party before tickets sell out. Tickets are available here.

Read more in the Chamber Weekly here.