” A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way” John C Maxwell, Author

Fremantle Chamber Board member and Director of Fremantle Octopus, Glenn Wheeler, engaged the room at our Annual Leaders Lunch last Thursday as he controversially challenged the notion that government needs to do more than fund other levels of government, it needs to fund those who are making things happen. I personally was very relieved he put the Chamber in that category!

We have achieved so much across the last financial year, and all on what feels like less than the smell of an oily rag. Finishing the financial year with the calibre of the room last Thursday is a solid reminder of what we can achieve we come together, promote our shared stories and have such smart leaders in our fold paving the way into our future.

In spite of the challenges of COVID and the tightest budget I am sure the world has ever seen, I am proud to say the Chamber has achieved all of our key performance targets and stretch targets across the last financial year.

A few takeouts as we reflect on the last financial year include:

  • The re-establishment of our Marine & Engineering Committee, and a seat at the table of the State Government’s first Superyacht Strategy Development after a two year advocacy campaign,
  • Participation as the only non government agency in the Minister’s Future Fremantle Committee,
  • The introduction of five new industry sector projects including the inaugural Wellness Festival, Halloween Fremantle, the Perth Concierge Open Day, Commonwealth Bank Property Leaders Forum, Shine the Light Christmas Lights Campaign, and the Notre Dame Student Discount Card and student life partnership.
  • An 11% increase in direct membership revenue
  • A 7.5% net increase in direct member numbers
  • A 21% increase in our social media following on Instagram, 16% on Linkedin, and 14% on Facebook.
  • 2,100 downloads of our Set the Month in Motion podcasts,
  • 1,196 members and guests in attendance our Business After Hours and learning events across the financial year (even with 3 cancelled or postponed due to COVID)
  • 2,984 members of the public logging on to lodge votes in our People’s Choice Awards as part of the successful Fremantle Business Awards 2022 and a Winner’s Circle that featured a calibre of what the judged described as their hardest ever to judge.
  • A 21% increase in campaign and project participation fees
  • An increase of 20 new exporters added to our registered database, and achievement of consistent figures in documentation certification despite the disruptions to supply chains across the globe.

These achievements are a testament to our incredible membership base and team who are so willing to come together – whether in our Board and Committees, attending our events, sharing their stories or just continuing to pay their membership fees through such a tough year in business. A big thank you for helping us get things done.

Here’s to a fresh, new financial year starting tomorrow. I so look forward to what we can achieve together in the next financial year.


Read more in the Chamber Weekly here.