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FREMANTLE CHAMBER REJECTS WEST AUSTRALIAN CLAIMS

 

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce has hit back at The West Australians article that casts doubt on Fremantle’s economic growth potential and position.

In a media release the FCOC wrote:

Unlike many urban centres in Australia, Fremantle is currently experiencing unprecedented investment and renewal underway, with the combined value of private and public investment in the pipeline totaling more than $1.3 billion.

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce is actively connecting, uniting and assisting in the growth of a successful and vibrant business community that builds on Fremantle’s unique advantage, its heritage and its maritime focus.

Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer, Danicia Quinlan said: “Fremantle, like most urban centres, is affected by the current wave of societal change in the way people gather, shop, dine, interact commercially and manage environmental challenges. Learning from other Councils, or even other cities locally,mand internationally, is an important way to navigate our way through these changes. We need Fremantle Councillors and the Mayor to be an active part of trying to find ways to manage all of these complex challenges.”

And more feedback from Fremantle traders:

The damage The West Australian is doing to Fremantle and its businesses far surpasses any perceived damage by council. Fremantle Markets is running at full occupancy with over 56,000 visitors last weekend for the 3 days period. Feedback from traders was “sales were excellent”.

Councils everywhere are going through a difficult time, however, the City of Fremantle Economic Development team and the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce regularly engage with businesses and continue to make many great improvements to the city” .

Natasha Atkinson – Chief Executive Officer Fremantle Markets and Winner Business News 2019 40 Under 40

Our focus is on Fremantle with our affordable and green residential developments. Our projects generally achieve an equity internal rate between 15-30% and we don’t see this slowing. Fremantle business has a great future as we focus on building on our competitive advantage of heritage, environmental consciousness and community spirit”.

Tao Bourton, Fremantle’s Yolk Property Group Director

It is exciting to see so many new businesses have decided to invest their potential in Fremantle not only for today, but for many years to come. We look forward to working together to build a unique and vibrant business community.”

Ivan Dezba, Fremantle Chamber of Commerce President and Managing Director, Benny’s

People more cynical than I am might well suggest the constant attacks on shopping in local councils are a PR exercise to promote urban shopping centres, from where more advertising dollars can be obtained than from the traditional High Street shopping destinations.

One week we read and see that all is wrong and violent in Cockburn, then it is Rockingham, Fremantle, Subiaco, Mount Lawley, Leederville, Perth, etc.

Is it PR, is it political to give less power to local councils, or is it just lazy journalism during slow news cycles?

A West End cafe owner told me that last Friday, Saturday and Sunday had been some of the busiest days they have experienced. Maybe it is time for the West and its sister TV and radio stations to be more balanced and allow Freo’s positive stories to come out in the open instead of always focusing on the negative aspects.

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ALL THE FREMANTLE BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS

Posted in business, city of fremantle, fremantle chamber of commerce, Uncategorized by freoview on June 8, 2019

 

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce emailed me all the winners of Friday night’s business awards ceremony at the Esplanade Hotel so here they are:

CITY OF FREMANTLE LEADERSHIP AWARD SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE: THE RAW KITCHEN-ZERO STORE

CITY OF FREMANTLE LEADERSHIP AWARD DESTINATION MARKETING CAMPAIGN:
Fremantle Ports Quay to Summer Campaign

TAMS EXCELLENCE AWARD MARINE, ENGINEERING & DEFENCE INDUSTRY: IKAD Engineering

EXCELLENCE AWARD PROFESSIONAL SERVICE: Centre for Accessibility

NOTRE DAME EXCELLENCE AWARD INNOVATION: WA Maritime Museum

AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING EVENT: City of Fremantle – Street Arts Festival 2019

TELSTRA AWARD FOR BEST RETAIL: Glen Cowans Fine Art Photography Gallery

AFA AWARD FOR BEST ATTRACTION: WA Maritime Museum-The Antarctica VR Experience

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD: PERCY FLINT

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: WA MARITIME MUSEUM

BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: THE RAW KITCHEN – ZERO STORE

GLEN COWANS WINS EXCELLENCE IN RETAIL AWARD

 

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I am over the moon that the Glen Cowans Photo Gallery at the Roundhouse last night was awarded the winner of the Excellence in Retail category at the annual Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

The Ocean On Your Wall gallery is one of Freo’s great experiences that is owned by the very creative and professional husband and wife team Glen and Louise. It shows all the beauty and magic of the colourful underwater world of our planet’s oceans.

Glen takes all the photos when the couple go diving all over the world and recently added a drone to his equipment, while Louise takes and edits all the video footage.

The prints are done in house by Glen and the jewellery is created by Louise.

The delightful gallery is next to the Roundhouse on top of Arthur’s Head/Manjaree, so go and visit them. They are open Thursday-Sunday from 10.30am till 4pm.

Congratulations Louise and Glen! You really deserve this award. You work hard and excel at what you are doing!

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BUSINESS OF NEW FREMANTLE CHAMBER CEO IN LIQUIDATION

 

What a strange coincidence that the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday last week announced that its new CEO will be Danicia Quinlan, but in today’s West Australian it is reported that Quinlan and co-owner Michael Taylor have closed their Fromage Artisans in the Perth CBD and called in the liquidators because the business is not financially viable.

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FREO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LOOKING FOR NEW CEO

 

olwyn willams

 

The position for a new CEO for the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce is advertised on SEEK, so that means that the vivacious Olwyn Williams will be leaving the Freo Chamber.

Williams took over from Tim Milsom three or four years ago and was a very strong voice for Fremantle’s traders.

From the Seek.com website:

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce (FCC) is focused on economic development across the Fremantle region and its purpose is to build, support and sustain strong business activity and growth. As an advocate for business, FCC has been part of the fabric of Fremantle for well over a century and is committed to its future.

Fremantle has an eclectic mix of economic sectors including one of the Western Australia’s major tourism destinations, main street retail and commercial centre, a key hub for port, marine, trade and logistics, a university town, an innovative industrial zone and a centre of creative economies.

A strong and robust business sector is a conduit to develop Fremantle’s economy and workforce and grow its community

About the role

The Chief Executive Officer is to promote the Chamber as a recognised voice and forum for business opinion on matters affecting the retail, tourism, commercial and industrial base of the City of Fremantle.

Key Responsibilities include but not limited to:

Leadership:

Making Fremantle the place for business and include representing the business community to influential stakeholders.

Leading the region’s business community by promoting a robust environment and enhancing economic activity throughout the Fremantle region.

Identify new avenues for future economic growth.

Prepare a strategy on how to deliver the Greater Fremantle Action Plan (GFAP) with key stakeholders.

Sustainability & business growth:

Strengthen FCC’s three business revenue streams, namely membership, building management and export documentation.

Prepare a comprehensive business development strategy which connects all three revenue streams.

Business operations & finance:

Responsible for the finance performance of the organisation.

Prepare annual budgets, monitor and control expenditure.

In association with the FCC Book Keeper and Treasurer ensure that accurate financial reports are submitted, on time, monthly to the FCC Board.

 

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THE GREATER FREMANTLE ACTION PLAN

 

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Future Freo chairman Adrian Fini launched the Greater Fremantle Action Plan by the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce in the Australia II gallery of the Maritime Museum on Thursday evening, in front of Minister Simone McGurk, Mayor Brad Pettitt and several councillors and CoF staff, as well as representatives from Notre Dame University, Fremantle Port, Silverleaf Investments and business leaders.

The 28-page Action Plan is well worth reading and I assume the Chamber will put it on line, as it is too substantial to address every item in it here on the blog.

FCOC chair Ivan Dzeba said that Fremantle is already a great place but it can be better, while Adrian Fini said that we do need change and will fall apart if we don’t move forward.

We need to ask ourselves what is Fremantle’s strength and cultural identity, and we have great opportunities which need great leadership, but growth in technology will take shoppers away, but Fremantle has unique offerings that other shopping precincts do not have.

There is a deep journey ahead that demand teamwork with council, businesses and the community working together, Fini said.

The Greater Fremantle Action Plan records Freo’s strengths as having:

  • Dynamic economy particularly in transport and related industries, the arts and receational services, accommodation, food and health care
  • A unique profile consisting of heritage strength and character
  • Fremantle Port remains Fremantle’s most important industry
  • Fremantle has a unique combination of the knowledge economy and creative industries
  • Health services and related sectors continue to play an important role despite the downsizing of Fremantle Hospital
  • Fremantle has a global reputation as a tourist destination

 

So what are the plans for action?

 

Create the Conditions

  • Business attraction plan
  • Destination marketing campaign
  • Develop financial incentives
  • Policy and regulation review
  • Complete structure plan
  • Develop infrastructure to support a cultural plan

Connecting People, Places & Markets

  • Planning for affordable housing
  • Improvements to urban realm in commercial areas
  • Improvements to public transport
  • Sophisticated city centre parking plan
  • Connected cycle path network
  • Improvements to regional connections
  • Improvements to visitor booths and wayfinding
  • Improvements to pedestrian access

Promoting our Place

  • Broader and more unified approach to marketing
  • Develop relevant Fremantle ‘apps’
  • Unique brand development
  • Expand toursim accommodation
  • Explore new tourism opportunities
  • Grow conference/events industry

 

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WINTER IS BACK IN FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle chamber of commerce, storm, Uncategorized by freoview on September 21, 2017

 

storm

 

I had a chat this morning at the cosy Benny’s cafe with owner Ivan Dzeba , who is the new president of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, when a huge squall swept through the Cappuccino Strip and created horizontal rain. It looked spectacular, but I was happy to be inside.

On my way home I found this tree branch blocking Jenkin Street in South Fremantle.

 

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FREMANTLE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERTS THIS WEEKEND!

Posted in clasical, concerts, fremantle, fremantle chamber of commerce, Uncategorized by freoview on July 22, 2017

 

FCO concert Emily Leung

 

Young violinist Emily Leung will be playing with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra at the Fremantle Townhall tomorrow Sunday July 23 at 3 pm.

Beethoven, Bruch and Mendelssohn are on the program so it should be a beautiful afternoon of great classical music.

If you can’t make it tomorrow, or want to listen to the concert twice, they are also performing today at 3 pm at the Perth Town Hall.

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WINNERS OF FREMANTLE BUSINESS AWARDS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle chamber of commerce, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2017

Congratulations to all the Winners and Finalists of the 2017 Fremantle Business Awards

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation WINNERS CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD Black Swan Health & Fremantle Foundation EXCELLENCE IN HOSPITALITY AWARD The National Hotel Fremantle EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AWARD Viewport Virtual Reality EXCELLENCE IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AWARD Automotive Electrical Designs EXCELLENCE IN STRATEGY, MARKETING 
& COMMUNICATIONS AWARD The Blue Budha MARINE INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARD TAMS GroupOUTSTANDING COMMUNITY EVENT AWARD The Duyfken 2016 Dirk Hartog 
Commemorative Voyage Program OUTSTANDING CULTURAL ENTERPRISE AWARD Artitja Fine Art OUTSTANDING NEW BUSINESS AWARD OM ThreeSixty OUTSTANDING PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Dylan Smith (Fremantle Foundation) RETAIL EXCELLENCE AWARD Fremantle Opals SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE
CITY OF FREMANTLE’S AWARD The Lupin Co TOURISM EXCELLENCE AWARD Fremantle Prison HIGHLY COMMENDED OUTSTANDING CULTURAL ENTERPRISE AWARD Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
I finally found this on Facebook this morning. ; >)
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FREMANTLE BUSINESS WINNERS DESERVE RECOGNITION!

My sincere apologies to the Fremantle businesses and individuals who won an award at the Fremantle Business Awards 2017 for not having acknowledged your achievements on Freo’s View!

I have been trying to get a list of winners from the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce since Monday this week.

I emailed CEO Olwyn Williams on Monday and asked her again last night at Fremantle Council, but disappointingly I have not received any information from the FCOC to date.

Congratulations to all the winners and I am sorry I can’t mention you by name because that information is not available to me. ; >(

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