“The river needs to take the risk of entering the ocean. The river cannot go back. Nobody can go back” Kahlil Gibran

I’ve had a couple of conversations this week around the constitution of risk and those willing to venture out and take risks to grow their businesses, their communities or work against the tide to make a difference. It isn’t easy and sometimes from the outside we look at our leaders and think why have they made it when we haven’t. Behind each success story though there are moments of facing an ocean of uncertainty and not knowing whether it is wiser to stay in the safety of the river that is familiar or to throw ourselves out there.

In reading through the incredible nominations for this year’s business awards, I am so impressed by the risks taken by our local business leaders, those that have opened during a pandemic, those who continue to challenge our definitions of retail and offer something truly unique, those who export to far flung markets and those who are developing new residential and commercial developments that will help our urban centre grow and thrive. Yes, there is personal benefit to be had, but so much hard work and willingness to wear the inherent pressure of taking a risk that goes into creating each one of these businesses, ventures or projects. Their success is definitely something worth celebrating.

We have already had over 1,900 members of the community vote for their favourite Fremantle Experience, or Local Product, shortlisted in the People’s Choice Award. It is neck and neck with currently only 9 votes separating the top scores. Don’t forget to cast your vote before voting closes on Friday.

There are only 40 tickets left to this year’s Business Awards and a number of nominees yet to secure their tickets. We will sell out in the coming days, so if you haven’t secured your ticket yet, please hop to it as we would hate for a nominee to miss out on a seat.

A number of our accommodation Chamber Members have created offers for those attending the awards to make a night of it. See the offers for the night of the awards below, but also check their Member Directory Listings on our website for other member offers available to you, as a Chamber Member within our network.

For bookings – call each Hotel direct and mention the Fremantle Chamber Business Awards – all rooms are subject to availability.

In other news it is wonderful to see the Dockers store back open and in our heartland, the signage going up on Kate and Abel’s new retail store on Market St and the amount of activity going on in our region at the moment. There is positive progress in getting traction around our push for the Southern Transport Corridor, the call for registrations to start to plan the design of the new bridge and gateway to Fremantle and the circulation of a community services map by the City of Fremantle to assist in knowing who to refer those in need in our community.

Lets keep that river of connections flowing to help build our region and grow our businesses!
Read more on this week’s Chamber Weekly here.