June 30 – Could a Tax Deduction be ever sweeter?

Earlier in the week I read of a major charity reducing staff numbers delivering community services because of a drop in donations. With June 30th looming, my thoughts turned to our members who are registered gift recipients.

Times are a little tougher but there are still people that need to find a tax deduction or two before the end of the financial year. There are also some great Fremantle organisations who can use those funds wisely and we have decided to help you make a decision.

Since 1972, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre has worked to help those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless in Fremantle and the wider south west metropolitan region of Perth. Donated funds are channeled to crisis accommodation, food and meals services, supplies for daily living, health and allied services, education and training and arts, music and recreation. For more information head to http://www.stpats.com.au/donate or call 9430 4159.

You also send funds to St Pat’s by utilising the City of Fremantle collection boxes. You don’t get a receipt but the City of Fremantle matches you dollar for dollar, or even 5 cents for 5 cents.

Uniting Care West has expanded the services it provides in the Fremantle area and opened a new Service Centre in Market Street last year. Services delivered include those for children and families, financial counselling, emergency relief services and Homelessness Accommodation and Support Services (HASS). For more information head to https://www.unitingcarewest.org.au/donate

Fremantle Foundation’s Impact 100 Fremantle inspires at least 100 donors to each contribute $1,000 annually and then pools the contributions to make high impact grants to local charities and projects in the Fremantle region. This year’s campaign is underway right now – fundraising and decision making. For more information contact Dylan Smith on 0410 202 610 or head to http://www.fremantlefoundation.com/impact-100/.

When you adopt a Spare Part Puppet Theatre puppet you are supporting the Access and Inclusion program that provides subsidised ticketing and bussing for disadvantaged school from across the Perth metropolitan area. Or you can just make a general donation. More information is online at http://www.sppt.asn.au/adopt/ or contact Megan Roberts on 9335 5044.

If what matters is purple, Fremantle Football Club has a raft of programs and infrastructure plans for your end of year donation. Take a punt and head to http://www.fremantlefc.com.au/foundation to find out more or call 08 9433 716

If literature is your thing, look no further than Fremantle Press, celebrating 40 years in 2016 of publishing stories by Western Australians about West Australians. For more information contact Jane Fraser on 9430 6331 or email jfraser@fremantlepress.com.au

The vista of ship masts in Fremantle is the ever present reminder of our maritime heritage and major ship building projects over 30 years ago. So if sailing is your thing, Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation is all about keeping STS Leeuwin II, Western Australian’s very own tall ship, in ship-shape for the next generation of 14 to 25 year-olds to engage in awarding-winning youth development and leadership program. For more information head to http://www.sailleeuwin.com/100and1000)

Finally, education. In the grand scheme of things, the University of Notre Dame Australia is a very young University but is packing some punch in the top two universities nationally for “Overall Quality of Educational Experience” in 2016. The University of Notre Dame’s 2016 Annual Appeal features a general fund, the Future Scholarships Fund, and the In the World for the World program. For more information call 9433 0575 or email development@nd.edu.au.

The Big Night

Friday, 10 June 2016 was the big night for business in Fremantle with the Fremantle Business Awards culminating in a great celebration.

Karl Bullers of The National Hotel Fremantle took to the stage twice to collect the Rottnest Express Excellence in Hospitality Award and AFA Insurance Brokers Outstanding New Business Award. Yes, The National has been pub since the 1860’s but there was an almighty gap in recent times before Carnegies set to making it right.

Artitja Fine Art has strived to respectfully treat Indigenous artists and art centres, as a continuation of the culture & life choices of the indigenous community and for that they won the City of Fremantle Corporate Social Responsibility Award.

Ellen Health made the stage their own in 2016. In year two of operation in the renovated and refit Beacon Theatre on Wray Avenue, Ellen Health is a state of the art medical practice providing a full suite of services to meet community needs. Dr Catherine Douglass was awarded the Ford and Doonan Air Conditioning Outstanding Personal Achievement Award for her leadership of the development of the new center. The TOLL Intermodal Excellence in Professional Services Award recognized the delivery of the entire team at Ellen Health.

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (SPPT) took out the TAMS Group Outstanding Cultural Enterprise Award for the second year running. More than just one of our local theatre companies, SPPT is Australia’s flagship puppetry company and a driving force in the puppetry landscape in Australia and globally since 1981. On top of that they bring thousands of people to Fremantle to see their production and take Fremantle with them when they tour the nation and the world.

The Community Newspaper Group Outstanding Community Event Award was hotly contested but it was the dedicated team behind the legendary Growers Green Farmers Market providing the opportunity to shop for fresh, grower-direct fruit & veg, locally made goods, and organic, ethically produced and fair-trade goods. The place to be every Sunday.

The Quest Fremantle Retail Excellence Award went to Fremantle Opals one of Fremantle’s long standing retailers, specialising in our national stone in its rough form through to fine handcrafted jewellery.

The City of Fremantle Award for Sustainability Initiative was won by Carnegie Wave Energy. In our very own front yard, Carnegie Wave Energy is the inventor, owner & developer of the patented CETO wave energy technology that converts ocean swell into zero-emission renewable power & desalinated freshwater.

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation provides a completely unique experience, for adventurous people who are interested in taking part in the sailing activities as well as those who just like to sit back & relax. It is a tall ship offering that is unique to Fremantle and the reason they won the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges Tourism Excellence Award.

Highly successful marketing campaigns (#ilovemyrotto and ‘More’), collaboration on events, social media integration and much, much more was the reason Rottnest Express won the University of Notre Dame Australia Award for Excellence in Strategy, Marketing and Communications.

 A little later Rottnest Express was awarded the Fremantle Port Authority Marine Industry Excellence Award, for their business to business, business to consumer services through small container freight from Northport to Rottnest Island.

Roll the drums – in determining who would be the Bankwest Business of the Year, the judges went back to the highest score. 

The Bankwest Business of the Year achieved outstanding excellence in many facets of their business not only in innovation and customer service, but also the contribution made to the local business community. Congratulations to Rottnest Express.

But that’s not all, it doesn’t finish with the big winner. There was stiff competition in a number of categories and some standout Fremantle companies were highly commended. Sure never as good as the trophy but with only one point the difference still very significant.


Our congratulations also go to:

Josh Byrne & Associates (Sustainability Initiative Award)

IFAP Chief Operating Officer, Mark Small (Outstanding Personal Achievement)

The Honeycake and the Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub Swim (Outstanding New Business)

DADAA (Outstanding Cultural Enterprise)

Digit Books ( Excellence in Professional Services)


Alongside the sponsors mentioned through out this piece, our event sponsors also included Little Creatures Brewing, Ferngrove, La Vigna, Barbagallo & Aston Martin.

If anything the 2016 Fremantle Business Awards remind us all that there is no limit to the amazing things that happen in business in Fremantle. We look forward to seeing you again in 2017.