“I put together letters,
I formed words,
I spoke.” Jasna Horvat, Croatian Poet

I had a great conversation last week about Chamber membership and about just how important a single conversation or connection can be to the long term success of a business idea getting legs, a new project or a new contact.

2021 has been a muddled, tiring and endless lesson in change and adaptability. However for me the one thing that has stood out shining in the mire is the solid nature of our local stakeholder relationships, the new connections we are making as a group of business leaders, and the impressive local activations that we are creating through nothing more than a willingness to work together, come together, form words and share them.

There is no better example than our Shine the Light windows campaign. I love the fact that our businesses and local university in Notre Dame have embraced the brief to offer something whimsical, creative and truly unique. There are no flashing light giant Santas in our line up of windows this year – simply beautiful, considered creations by business owners and teams with passion and care that invite you to take a good look to see all the detail inside. We have already received over 1000 votes for the public’s favourites which is amazing. This weekend is your last chance to vote for your favourite window here .

I so hope you can then join us for some carols with the incredible Notre Dame Choir, the City of Fremantle’s Mayor and the Notre Dame team as we announce and award the winning window on Monday night. A big thank you to the City of Fremantle and Notre Dame for their support in this initiative. I’m coming back from leave for it and I hope you will join me and register for carols, mulled wine and cake here!

If you have some time over the break I’d love to also share with you my three favourite Chamber podcast conversations of 2021 on this theme of connections, which you can tune into under Set the Month in Motion on any podcast station:

  • Leveraging stakeholder relationships here.
  • Riding the wave of emerging industries here.
  • The Winner’s Circle and Jay from Old Bridge Cellars’ awesome advice about knowing their script here

I am planning a short bit of downtime over the next couple of weeks but the Chamber office will be open and servicing our exporters across the break. Next Chamber Weekly will be out the week of January 10th – keep your eyes peeled for a sneak preview into the incredible line up of events across 2022!

Borders will be open, visitors will be back and wellness will be on the agenda.

I wish you, your families and all those dear to you a wonderful festive season and productive 2022.

Jingle jingle.


Read more in the Chamber Weekly here.