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.



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