“Everybody talks about finding your own voice, do your homework and your voice will find you”. Brandford Marsalis, Saxophonist

There seems to be a lot of noise at the moment, and many voices trying to speak at once. There is election noise, COVID-19 noise, noise around what is best for Fremantle and noise around what our world is going to look like across the year ahead.

As a Chamber, our role is to be there for our members through all of these events and represent their views to government and other stakeholders. We have had a seat at the table at a local, state and national level since 1873. This history gives our voice depth.

By signing up to be an active part of the Chamber, you help us provide a strong voice when needed in challenging times. As a group our strength lies in our ability to understand the diversity and complexity of issues facing a range of sectors of our local economy, to look out for each other, to provide advice and to use our network of members to keep our businesses strong.

Our role as a Chamber is to listen to the perspectives of all local stakeholders, to do our homework to find balance in all the loud voices around us. The Chamber Board, and our Committees, considers all of these perspectives as we carefully develop formal positions that best represent the interests of our members and Fremantle.

We have been fortunate to have a seat for a number of important conversations this week.

  • We welcome a stronger alignment with SuperYachts Australia to look at how we can accommodate infrastructure locally to help bring significant benefit to our community from this emerging marine industry,
  • We worked with a number of stakeholders, alongside the Water Corporation and DM Civil, to find a solution to complete the last stage of works to re-instate the bitumen at High St
  • Our seat at Imagined Futures has helped drive better understanding of what resources we have to help those facing mental health, alcohol and drug dependency, homelessness and health issues in our community, and develop a common point of reference for our businesses to refer people in need to the right place.
  • We are working with Notre Dame and other stakeholders to bring a State Election Debate to Fremantle so we can hear the perspectives of all the candidates.
  • We are part of the conversation that has seen the announcement by the Transport Minister Rita Saffioti that the newly appointed Alliance for the Fremantle Bridge proposal will now further investigate the options to build between the existing and rail bridge before a final determination is determined.
  • Finally, we have been working with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Canberra to see how we can better direct export market support grants to those smaller and medium size industries looking to find new markets.

Our megaphone is definitely out, and we are doing our homework to integrate a wide range of perspectives on these issues. You can read more on these issues below.

On another note, it was wonderful to see Chamber Member Fremantle Animal Hospital vet Garnett Hall leading a group of volunteers to care and re-unite animals affected by last week’s bushfires with their owners.

A busy but very productive week across all of areas of operation here at the Chamber this week. Read more of this week’s Chamber Weekly here.