HAS FREO’S BID MADE A REAL DIFFERENCE?
Fremantle Council will soon have to decide if it wants to continue with the BID-Business Improvement District concept that started in 2012.
BID was set up to support and promote local businesses, but has it made enough impact or should the Economic Development Department of the CoF take back that area of marketing?
BID was successful in getting families to the CBD and linger longer with its school holiday Treasure Hunt events and also played a role in the attractive Winter Festival on the Esplanade.
BID is run by business owners for Fremantle inner city businesses and should organise events that create more footfall in the CBD. What BID should not be doing in my opinion is buy public art, as it did with the Tony Jones sculpture installed at Bathers Beach, as that is well outside its scope and should be left to the City of Fremantle and the percentage for the arts scheme we have in Freo.
I don’t believe that BID has excelled and made a big tangible difference for retailers in our city, but am happy to be corrected.
What is YOUR opinion about BID?