“Still around the corner there may wait, a new road, a secret gate” J.R.R. Tolkien


My son’s local primary school have spent the last fortnight drawing and capturing Fremantle’s buildings, spaces and places. The exhibition through a child’s eyes of the colours, feel and magic of Fremantle is a wonderful way to see our Port city through different eyes.

Speaking of seeing things through different eyes, we launch our #doingbusinessinFremantle” Campaign this week in our socials and in our Chamber Weekly. We already love the first five incredible images, taken by local photographer Georgina Barker, and our members take on just why they do business here in Fremantle. We can’t wait to share with you, each one of our members over the year ahead and celebrate the connection that we have from simply doing business in this amazing part of the world.

To complement this exploration and strong connections to our local business, we are also really excited to see the next, new look, edition of our “Experience Fremantle from Inside” Map – a great collaboration between the Chamber and Chamber Member Hello Perth. To see another 40,000 of these maps about to hit the stands, visitors centres and businesses around Perth and Fremantle is very exciting! In looking through the print proof with Sarah yesterday I was struck by just how many amazing nooks, crannies and incredible experiences Fremantle offers.

The Heritage Space Business After Hours Event next Thursday, hosted by Chamber members RSM and Frichot Lawyers, with a guest speaker developer Gerard O’Brien from Silverleaf, will showcase what can be achieved with strong collaboration and a passion for restoring our incredible local spaces. There are only a few tickets left for this event so jump online and rsvp quickly if you haven’t already.

Our Perth Advertising and Design Club collaboration to bring a COMMUNE event to Fremantle is pressing along and all set for Thursday 23 September. The incredible line up of speakers, including the irreverent and irrepressible Lucy Peach, is designed to spark conversation as we gather our local creative industry at Freo.Social. Tickets are available online here.

Another great local event that reminds us how incredible our Port city and community is – The Long Table Dinner– was launched this week in a new location at Kings Square for 27 November 2020. Exactly one week after the Fremantle Business Awards. I will definitely miss the sun setting over the historic High St but look forward to a more sheltered environment in Kings Square and seeing another space from a different perspective.

There are lots of other spaces coming to fruition in Fremantle as the long-planned developments continue to unfold around us. In Chamber conversations this week, we have discussed Yolk Property’s Little Lane and their impressive efforts to improve what has been a historically challenging and anti-social alley for Fremantle, the final submission of the West End Heritage Policy Draft, the Fremantle traffic bridge consultation with Main Roads, the Prindiville Group’s plans for the Warder’s Cottages, the visitors centre proposal at FOMO and new proposals being floated for a film hub in Fremantle. I almost wish we could time travel a few years into the future to explore our streets once all this work in complete.

Finally stay tuned for the City of Fremantle’s secret mission announcement on Monday – I’m getting my cape to the ready.