Fremantle is a maritime city at its very heart. Over time the Port and industry have expanded out of Fremantle down the southern corridor. Here, our local Maritime industry has positioned itself as world leaders in naval architecture, remote communications, defence and marine construction.

The maritime industry has also left its legacy on our physical landscape – our impressive giraffe cranes at sunset, our fishing boat harbour, our tunnels, our old pubs and alleys that welcomed visitors from all over the world, and off any number of vessels, and the chambers and historic offices of agents, merchants and support industries.

This is part of our unique story, and for many of us the reason we do business in Fremantle.

This week we reflect on how we turn this history and physical landscapes into better attractions, unique events and welcome visitors who find themselves unexpectedly on our shores.

We invite you to join us to learn more about the incredible diversity of our local marine and engineering industry at our next business after hours event. Join us as we tour the Australian Marine Complex Common User Facility in a unique opportunity to learn more, network and watch the sun set on this incredible facility on our doorstep. REGISTER today (priority given to Fremantle Chamber Members due to the very limited capacity at this event).

Since opening in 2003 the Facility – a collaboration of government and industry – has set the standard in how to lobby for local procurement, showcase our naval and maritime talents and become a strong economic driver for our State.

Speaking of economic drivers, we have witnessed the devasting impact of the coronavirus on our local fresh seafood industry, particularly our cray-fishing exporters over the last fortnight. However it is pleasing to see a small upside in the unexpected extra visit of the Queen Mary 2.  Cunard’s decision to send their legendary 1,132 FT of ship, her 2,691 guests and 1,292 crew straight to Fremantle will mean increased visitation across two full days. An extraordinary opportunity for our businesses to show the best our Port City has to offer.

If you haven’t already picked up some “Experience Fremantle” maps to share with your staff, clients and visitors and be ready to share your enthusiasm and knowledge for this City in which we do business with these visitors. If you haven’t got your maps to the ready please email Luke in the office.

As a reminder, it is also worth registering for our “Creating Attractions and Events” Set the Month in Motion, supported by the City of Fremantle’s Business Capacity Building Program. Scheduled for 8am on Wednesday 4 Marchour expert panel will be ready and willing to help us get the creative juices on how we attract and make the most of our local opportunities to create incredible attractions and events. Register here.

We also only have a few limited guest places left at our exclusive Corporate Partners event on board the Duyfken next Thursday night, please email Kellie in if you would like to join our Corporate Partners as a guest at this event.

Finally last week’s podcast is now live on all stations, if you find yourself on a beach watching sculptures and sunsets this weekend – download and have a listen at AppleGoogle or Spotify.

Enjoy the sun and the sunsets where ever you find yourself this weekend.