Visioning 2029 and onwards

I believe the visioning process that is currently being undertaken by the City of Fremantle is very worthwhile and even more important during this stage of uncertainty with regards to amalgamations.

We need to have a clear vision of where we need to be in years to come and put in place a mechanism that any future council/commissioner will respect and work towards.

We need more people living in Fremantle that is obvious but we also need to attract a unique offering that will encourage people to move to Fremantle,

We need light rails, less cars and alternative lifestyle choices, we need to be a creative cultural hub and we need to put a structure in place that allows this to happen

We need low cost homes, student accommodation a vibrant Port with its own unique offering. All of the above can only be achieved by detailing a common understanding and formulating a plan that the next generation of leaders can work towards.

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek Proverb

Phase 1: The National Hotel Fremantle Bar and Restaurant – scheduled to open for trade towards the end of 2013.

With restoration and fit-out works now in full swing, we plan to have the first phase of operations open for trade before the end of the year.

The National Hotel has gone to great lengths to ensure that the fit-out for the Bar and Restaurant is in keeping with the incredible heritage and history of the both the building and of the picturesque Port-City of Fremantle itself – encompassing the very best of traditional values and the quality and vibe of modern hospitality.

The ground level will comprise of a lively bar, themed with original brickwork, vintage timber, pressed-tin ceilings and wrought-iron fixtures. It will hold a capacity of around 150 persons with provisions for an additional 50-seater al-fresco area along High Street.

The 1st floor will comprise of a lounge bar and restaurant with its décor making full-use of the high ceilings and Federation architectural styling. With restored fireplaces, stained-glass embellishments and large French windows, this area will ooze charm and character. The 1st floor will hold a capacity of around 160 persons with an additional 100-seater al-fresco area on the balconies over-looking High Street and Market Street.

There will be 30 taps of draught beer, featuring top Australian and International brands as well as a selection of craft-brewed favourites. Both bars will also offer a wide selection of bottled beers, ciders and wines from WA, Australia, New Zealand and other top-producing Nations. We will also be freshly building and mixing the finest classic and contemporary cocktails.

A huge open-plan kitchen services the restaurant. Food will be prepared in a modern-Australian style, together with a touch of Asian flair, using fresh, seasonal ingredients. We plan to eventually open 7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch, high-tea and dinner.

The bar and restaurant are currently licensed from 6am to 10pm (Sundays) and until midnight (Mon-Sat). We are in the process of applying for extended trading permits to be allowed to trade until 1am (Wed/Thurs) and 2am (Fri/Sat). The venue will be a fun, exciting and welcoming place to frequent and will offer something for everyone – all day dining, an extensive beverage and cocktail list, great al-fresco areas for those lazy afternoons and varied entertainment; ranging from sports screenings to comedy nights to live and DJ’d music. All areas will be available for private and corporate function bookings and events.

The National Hotel: At the Heart of Fremantle!

■ WA is still the nation’s powerhouse and the gap between the best and worst performing states appears to be widening. CommSec says WA and the Northern Territory are likely to hold their top positions over 2013.
■ Qantas is increasing services and investment in WA, raising its bets on demand for air travel among mine workers.
■ WA is adding 226 people to its population each day. Numbers grew 83,000 last year.
■ Construction on Perth’s major stadium will begin soon, after the State Government announced a preferred $30 million tender for the 18-month preparatory site works.
Major construction on the Burswood peninsula is expected to begin late next year.
■ Urban infill is likely at the Princess Margaret Hospital site, which is tipped to be rezoned for apartments and other commercial facilities. Mr Ryder says LandCorp has confirmed it could also add to the stock of inner-city residential sites in 2015 when PMH is decommissioned.
■ A $70 million water park is to be built in Perth’s north eastern suburbs. The $1.5 million first stage, a three storey high waterslide playground, is expected to be finished by December after getting planning approval from the City of Swan and a grant from the Federal Government. To be known as Outback Splash, the park will be built in six stages over 10 years.
■ Multi-million dollar developments are taking place in the city, which will result in apartments, offices and a hotel.

Important updates to Industrial Relations Legislation

In the most recent sitting of Parliament a number of key bills were passed which have significant implications for many employers. It is important for employers to not only understand the new legislation but how it may apply to or impact their business.

Sex Discrimination
The Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Act 2013 makes a number of key amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984. These changes will see discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status prohibited. It also protects same-sex de facto couples from discrimination after the protected attribute of marital status was extended. These amendments are to take effect on a date to be fixed by proclamation.

The introduction of the Migration Amendment (Offshore Resource Activity) Act 2013 will amend aspects of the Migration Act 1958. These amendments will deem that persons who participate in or support an offshore resources activity will be in Australian migration zones and as a result be covered by Australian workplace laws enforcing a requirement for an applicable valid visa to be held. These amendments are to take effect on a date to be fixed by proclamation.

The Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visa) Act 2013 will also make changes to the Migration Act 1958 (Migration Act). These changes will reintroduce labour market testing requirements for employers seeking to sponsor 457 visa workers which will require employers to show that they advertised locally before sponsoring a person on a 457 visa. This requirement will ensure that skilled vacancies will first be given to local citizens or permanent residents. The amendments will also give compliance powers to Fair Work Ombudsman inspectors to investigate any breaches of the Migration Act. These amendments are to take effect on a date to be fixed by proclamation.

Fair Work Amendments
On 27 June 2013, the Fair Work Amendment Act 2013 (Amendment Act) was passed by parliament. The introduction of the Amendment Act brings about a number of significant changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act), including:

  • changes to parental leave, which took effect on 1 July 2013;
  • increased range of employees who are able to request flexible work arrangements, which took effect 1 July 2013;
  • increased consultation obligations where regular rosters or hours are being varied, which will take effect on 1 January 2014;
  • new union right of provisions, which take effect 1 January 2014; and
  • new anti-bullying measures, which take effect 1 January 2014.

The Fair Work Information Statement (Information Statement) which is required by the FW Act to be provided to all new employees has been amended and these changes have taken effect from 1 July 2013. The Information Statement now includes details of the range of circumstances in which an employee may request a change in their working arrangements and can be found on Fair Work Ombudsman’s website

Chamber of Commerce gains hundreds of hours by using CiviCRM

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce (FCC) champions policies and strategies that improve the business environment in Fremantle (Perth, Western Australia), enhance community prosperity and develop a sustainable mix of business and lifestyle opportunities for Fremantle’s future. They act as an advocate for the business community, a conduit for information and a promoter of Fremantle’s position in the regional landscape. The Chamber currently have over 500 members, ranging from major corporate organizations to small micro-businesses.

FCC required a CRM system to manage their members, events and organizational activities more efficiently. The main challenge, as is often the case when moving to a new system, was importing and cleaning the existing data which existed in different locations such as multiple Excel sheets and Outlook.

It’s really interesting to see how CiviCRM is being used by these types of associations, as well as smaller not-for-profits. As Brian Shaughnessy of Lighthouse Consulting and Design says “CiviCRM provides a robust set of tools for professional, trade, and community associations. Configure the membership options to track fixed period and rolling memberships, build reports to view new, current, and lapsed memberships, while empowering your members to manage their renewals and personal contact data through self-service forms. Coupled with the event registration, case management, and other tools, CiviCRM creates a single, web-based, centralized database for your association’s data management needs — creating system efficiencies, improving the quality of your data, and allowing organization staff to better serve your members!”

Sankhya Consultants were chosen for the CiviCRM implementation. The project was funded by a grant from the Western Australian government as part of a project to train businesses the benefits of CRMs. The benefits of that for the wider community are that the team at Sankhya had to submit a report on the implementation, so we have that unusual and precious thing – measurable success!

One of the most marked improvements from having their new CiviCRM in place was the streamlined efficiency of the event management process. Before Civi, the average time spent on recording each event participant’s attendance, tracking payment, sending reminders, raising invoices etc was around 70 minutes. Since Civi that average time has gone down to 10 minutes. That’s a saving of around 1 hour per contact, per event!

There are lots of other really impressive stats in the report, such as:

  • Updating memberships: Before Civi, 5 mins to contact each member individually, for 1,500 members that’s 125 hours every membership renewal cycle. Since Civi, with automated reminders for the entire database, it takes something like 10 mins admin time per cycle. That’s 125 hours saved!!
  • Searching for contacts, to find all the contacts that fulfilled a certain criteria (e.g. lived in a certain area): Before Civi this was a manual process of checking through numerous spreadsheets, taking an average of 2 hours. Since being able to search with Civi’s built-in contact search, this takes less than 5 minutes. Time saved – just under 2 hours!

– Article in CiviCRM July Newsletter