Image Credit : @harrietharcourt for Kate Flower Food

April 1st: This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.” Mark Twain

In addition to being April Fools Day today, it is the eve of the Easter Holiday break today, which I must say is bringing a foolish smile of enthusiasm to my face. The idea of a short break this weekend that includes the traditional Easter egg hunt, some gatherings of great food and good company, and some reflective time to consider the craziest start to the year following craziest of years seems very welcome.

At the opening of our Creative Industries Think Tank 2021 on Tuesday, Kathryn Taylor (Manager Arts and Culture City of Fremantle) brought to the workshop’s attention Nick Allbrook’s quote from his essay “Creative Darwinism: Pretty Flowers Grow in Shit” about creating space for things to happen, and the importance of leaving some grit in order for things to grow.

I wonder if some pretty flowers may grow out of the madness that is our Parliament at the moment, or at least some positive change for the women who put their hands up to lead us, our current female leaders and the next generation who I suspect won’t tread quite so softly around bad behaviour.

Back to the think tank though, it did set a great tone for a strong discussion around our members vision for the Creative Industries in Fremantle, the barriers and the opportunities two years on from our last gathering. We will share the summary of the Think Tank for further comment in next week’s edition of Chamber Weekly. We were particularly pleased with the attendance of the policy makers from our Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and the opportunity to share the opportunities first hand with these important decision makers. A big thanks to Tina and Derek for their attendance and participation.

The end of JobKeeper and the Rental Moratorium is also upon this week, and we know this will significantly impact our market place and our workplaces – and depending on where you sit will bring opportunities or hardship. There are some good resources on both of these issues in the links attached.

In this edition of Chamber Weekly, we highlight the social services and food relief programsavailable over the Easter Weekend. Please feel free to share this information with your teams and those working over the weekend to ensure the information is to hand for those in need.

We also share a link to the deliciousness of our new Chamber Member Kate from Kate Flower Food’s Easter Food lineup – featuring incredible local produce and styling.

Read more in the Chamber Weekly here (including an exclusive member offer for Spare Parts Theatre’s last school holiday show).

I hope to see you all around Fremantle on the weekend and into the school holidays – the carnival atmosphere of FUNMANTLE, the opportunity to dance with a crocodile at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s latest show and dine and gather at the many new and old establishments around the City is too good to be true.

Next week I promise we will be returning to industry updates, the latest in export and details on a JOB fair and our local procurement open day initiative. In the meantime, enjoy the absolute overload of colour and festivity in this edition of Chamber Weekly !!