““Every problem is a gift – without problems we would not grow.” Anthony Robbins

We are in that annual mad time of year – that time when budgets loom, and the realisation that we are almost half way through a year that felt it just started hits with a bang.

It has been a challenging fortnight for business, and forecasting the year ahead is uncertain at best. For those budgeting it might be worth a listen to last year’s podcast on budgeting in the eye of the storm. It seems the storms will keep coming and there are some great tips from our panel on how to forecast through uncertainty.

This week’s Set the Month in Motion Podcast discussed another challenge on the horizon with the likely introduction of the new Work, Health & Safety (WHS) Act mid year. The conversation highlighted how important understanding the provisions of the new act will apply to your organisation, and particularly around the due diligence required to assess potential risks and have appropriate controls in place. Who is responsible for this has now been broadened considerably and all Directors, Owners and Managers will need to understand the implications for them.

We also unfortunately see the return of some significant infrastructure works on Phillimore St across the winter period. In the blink of an eye a year has passed and the drainage component of the Water Corporation’s works that were delayed last year are now upon us. For more information please visit the drainage works site at https://www.watercorporation.com.au/Outages-and-works/Ongoing-Works/Fremantle-drainage-work. This work differs from the completed Pipes for Fremantle project, and is primarily focused on the Cliff St and Market St connections through to the harbour.

On a more positive note, if you missed last week’s update, there is a new and full of Chamber events up on the website including a local procurement day, our marine and engineering think tank for 2021, our Corporate Partners Thank You event, the launch of our #doingbusinesseventsinFremantle campaign and most excitingly our 2021 Leaders Lunch in conversation with The Honourable Rita  Saffioti MLA Minister for Transport, Planning & Ports .

We have also launched an initiative, in partnership with Chamber Members Fremantle Minds, to help our businesses manage some of the challenges of anti-social behaviour and other challenges in our community a more proactive way. This training session is open to all businesses and their employees and will conclude with a networking session with the Minister, WA Police, the City’s Community Safety Team and other Community Service Leader. Registration from the website is essential.

Finally, I wanted to wish all of our mother’s a Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. The City of Fremantle’s Economic Development Team have done some great work scouting out some local treats for mum. See the final thoughts on their top local tips.

Read more in the Chamber Weekly here.