Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment” Napoleon Bonaparte

It takes so much courage to start and drive a business, and here in our region we have so many incredible businesses started by families, by new immigrants, or even by a group of mates that have become household names, and have grown over the decades to employ hundreds of people.

Many of these stories were told at our Greater Fremantle Food and Beverage Producers Think Tank this week. From D’Orsogna‘s 70 years in the region, to Gage Roads Brewing’s 15 years on the hill in Palmyra and right down to Owen & Nina’s Natural Vanilla Company10 years in O’Connor, or even Fremantle Octopus transformation from a long standing family owned business to a process technology leader in their trademarked Trigger Trap and their state of art of the processing facility down the road, these businesses have taken courage and commitment to bring incredible local produce to our plates and our glasses. We will be working with these businesses and partners Department of Primary Industries and Resource Development, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Austrade to look at how we can better and collectively promote this almost hidden side of our regional economy to the world.

Speaking of promotion nominations are flooding in for our Fremantle Business Awards 2022, which close on MONDAY! Now we just need your two page form and some images in to get to our judges by the end of the week. This is such a positive opportunity to share our stories and attract further regional investment through our partnership with Business News and other media outlets. We need you to put your hands up and share your stories so we can help promote them further. The diversity of our Winner’s Circle is the reason our sponsors and partners keep coming back and we can’t wait to put the spotlight on our region again this year. The future does indeed look bright, it nourishes us and gives us hope.

Finally a BIG congratulations to long standing Chamber Member TAMS Group for their significant $160 million contract award in the Kimberley region this week. An impressive acknowledge of the talent we have here locally and the ability to deliver cutting edge marine projects all over the state from a HQ base here.

Next week we will focus on developing two Chamber position papers on Fishing Boat Harbour’s newly announced Masterplan and the review of the Commercial Tenancies Act. If you have any thoughts on either of these proposed changes please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Read more in the Chamber Weekly here.