My week started at Innovation Australia’s Submit on the Future of Transport this week which raised fascinating themes around the way we will mobilise and move into the future.

I have also been discussing and sharing the challenges and commercial realties with a variety of stakeholders around a shift in the way as a community we are changing the way we shop, celebrate and entertain ourselves.

In what appears to be an increasing trend, we are choosing the comfortable option of our homes, the local take away, Netflicks and UberEats. This is despite the growing multitude of incredible options to find quirky retail concepts on a high street, to gather with friends in a cool local bar or to just wander around a gallery or exhibition like we would anywhere else in the world.

Our cities and communities can’t survive if we don’t make an effort to get out of the house and proudly find the spirit, soul and quirkiness of our maritime city.

School holidays are upon us, Easter is around the corner and Anzac Day just a fortnight away. Fremantle streets and buildings are about to come alive with Choral Fest on Saturday for a four-day festival of delightful young voices and this will be immediately followed by the City’s Street Art Festival over Easter.

I encourage you to take a “staycation” – set an itinerary that one of the choral events, at least three street art performances, two new places to eat some great food, a short bar hop through our new bars or set a task with family to buy the coolest reflection of life that you can for your family and friends that isn’t chocolate for Easter off our high street.

For the retailers and hospitality sector members I encourage you to download your #thisisfremantle collateral and to start to share iconic images via your platforms that reflect Fremantle’s spirit and soul. I also encourage you to attend our first ever “Set the Wheels in Motion” Monthly breakfast Q&A on navigating tight cash flow. This is being run in partnership with the City of Fremantle as part of the building capacity program and will be podcast via a new Building Business Capacity in Fremantle channel.

And once you have recovered from the fun and festivities fill in your own Business Awards nomination or entry form. Only two weeks to go til entries close. Enter here!

I look forward to seeing you out and about over this week.