“The nature of creativity is to make space for things to happen” Iain McGilchrist, Psychiatrist

Like many of us, I have spent most of my career working in a high rise tower in the City of Perth, overseas and in my case on many a mine site around Australia. I remember my first day at the Chamber and heading into our beautiful heritage building to an office with a window that opens, natural light and high ceilings. I just thought how lucky am I – that space has proved even more fortutious as we moved into COVID times and can now step outside into a beautiful environment, sit on a park bench or breathe in the ocean air from the Port.

The University of Queensland Research into Creative hot spots showed one of Fremantle’s core assets are our heritage and eclectic spaces, our marine and industries think tank showed that there is a need to be able to find quality office space to keep our marine headquarters in Fremantle and we know from the success of Silverleaf’s transformation of the Manning Buildings that there is strong demand for modern office suites in heritage spaces. It attracts the medium sized professional consultancies and design businesses that are perfect companions for Fremantle’s brand and industry profile.

Managing our heritage spaces and transforming takes courage, persistence and a drive to make a change. We are grateful to developers like Silverleaf, Yolk, Hanny Projects and others who are taking this risk locally.

We will continue to ‘socialise’ the idea of moving to Fremantle to the industry leaders we know live around Fremantle, and we encourage each of our members to do the same. Increasing the numbers of those who live and work in the region only has positive flow ons across all of our industries – and who wouldn’t want to bring a team to great coffee, a beach at lunchtime, a heritage space and windows that open. It seems to be a no brainer.

This edition of Chamber Weekly is dedicated to having the courage to develop our commercial spaces, and attracting small start ups, medium size consultancies and maybe one or two more larger enterprises to set up shop down at this end of the train line.


Read more in the Chamber Weekly here.