Do more than belong, participate. Do more than care, help. Do more than dream, work“. William Arthur Ward, Author

We are putting a big call out for participation this week in our Chamber Weekly as we release the 2021 People’s Choice Voting shortlist for voting for the best Fremantle experience today, and start to get excited about South Fremantle and East Fremantle’s local derby weekend.

It is time to show your colours, put your weight behind your favourites and get out of about.

The call for nominations is now closed for the Fremantle Business Awards 2021. This year we had a record 82 nominations received, and 45 nomination forms completed. These nomination forms were all submitted for the judges consideration this morning! If these nominations are anything to go by, it is going to be a tightly contested field and an incredible showcase again this year. The diversity of line up of Fremantle businesses going forward to the judges are as diverse as our region.

You can see a sneak peak of the shortlisted business for the People’s Choice categories below as we need your help to vote for your favourite Fremantle product, experience or event.

The People’s Choice Fremantle Experience category includes the shortlisted nominees across the merit categories of Best Hospitality Experience (sponsored by Notre Dame University), Best Local Product (sponsored by Fremantle Markets), Best Retail (work.shop.dine) and Best Attraction (including events) (sponsored by AFA Insurance Brokers). All other finalists in the Leadership and Excellence Categories will be announced on the night of 16 September 2021!!

In addition to getting our colours on for the annual Fremantle derby this weekend, we also have three great events of our own coming up the Chamber – our annual Leaders Lunch on Friday, our Winter Warmers event in North Fremantle next Thursday and our Meet the New Members Speed Networking night the following Thursday. The Leaders Lunch tomorrow is now at capacity but make sure you login and book for next two Business After Hours before they sell out.

The link to our latest Set the Month in Motion podcast, sponsored by the City of Fremantle’s Building Business Capacity program, is below. This colourful conversation about Film in Freo was an entertaining look at what a film friendly city really looks like, but also covered some great general business advice in terms of creating relationships, sourcing funding, thinking ahead and being prepared. It also noted just how important it is for our decision makers to look not just at physical infrastructure, but also around the social capital and structural support required to maximise on the economic gains that this important creative industry brings to the region. Well worth a listen.

Speaking of Infrastructure, The State Government has released their Infrastructure WA Strategy for Public Comment. It is open until 15th September 2021.The full strategy is available here.

It is fairly lengthy with over 80 recommendations. Our key areas of interest southern corridor transport, marine and infrastructure linking the harbours down to AMC in planning for the move for the container port and Fremantle regional planning as an urban centre are notably absent. We will publish more on this and our submission next week, with a rap up of the Leaders Lunch on Fremantle Connections in next week’s Chamber Weekly but if you have any initial feedback that you would like included in our submission please don’t hesitate to send it through to Helena or I.

Finally fingers and toes crossed, we will continue to skip the lockdown bullet today and will be able to maximise the first bit of sunshine on our Port shores for awhile this weekend.

Reach more of the Chamber Weekly here.