“Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth. So let’s go exploring!” Edith Widder – Oceangrapher

As an avid sailor, I was so enthused to hear from Fremantle Chamber member and Leeuwin Ocean Adventures CEO this week to chat through ideas on how we can work together to remind people of this amazing attraction on our doorsteps.

It reminded me how important it is to continue to explore our own surroundings – to find an adventure and in doing so, maybe help us all find new and innovative ways to drive economic growth.

I for one look forward to you joining me to head out to explore this tall ship and the ocean on our doorstep. They say a good dose of sea air clears the lungs, the heart and the mind. It is called the ‘Fremantle Doctor’ for good reason!

Our next Business After Hours will also feature the Leeuwin and a number of Port vessels as we celebrate Fremantle Port’s major sponsorship of the Fremantle Biennale. Get ready to pop your RED on and explore this fascinating ‘roving tableau’. Diarise Thursday, 14 November.

This week we launched our new partnership with small business member Hello Perth to bring you a unique Chamber initiative called Fremantle from the Inside. This project will include development of a stand-alone Hello Perth – Fremantle Map, which will highlight and showcase our best retail, hospitality and attraction-based offerings. Hello Perth will produce around 40,000 of this first map addition. It will feature the unique artwork of local artist Ken Rasmussen and his take on Fremantle as a Village by the Shore.

I know this map will delight locals and visitors alike. The project will culminate in a fantastic day out on Sunday, 1 December where we get to explore and look at our Port city in a whole new light. We are taking expressions of interest to feature in the map and program so if you have a favourite place, own a uniquely Fremantle public facing business or would like to be listed or advertise in the map, please contact me directly.

Local innovation and exploration will also be on display at Shacks’ celebration of WA’s oldest new car dealer Claude Deane and the release of his biography penned by local legend Graeme Cocks on 20 November. I can’t wait to see our trustee Doug Kerr’s 1903 Curved Dash Oldsmobile up close and hear more stories about this entrepreneur and local character.

I am so looking forward to further refining thoughts about how we continue to explore and innovate to grow our local economy into the future at our Leaders Lunch event tomorrow. The event is only a few seats off full capacity but I think we can probably squeeze in one to two more local leaders! If you haven’t already got a ticket, please check in on ticket availability here.

Next week we will be sharing the conversation of our most progressive thought leaders at this lunch. I can’t wait to hear their thoughts and responses to your questions.

So let’s get exploring.

Image Credit: Leeuwin Ocean Adventures