Fremantle Hotspotting Again

I glanced across the Chamber blogs of the last four or so years and noticed that we, and others, regularly tag Fremantle as a hotspot. It might be because of a list of development approvals for projects (that may or may not see the light of day), a yearlong tourism public relations opportunity (Lonely Planet 2016) or another festival weekend rolls through town.

But our current hotspotting is for none of the reasons listed above. A poorly handled process by Council in August 2016 has successfully created division within Fremantle and a great feel community event has become muted.

This Thursday the Fishing Boat Harbour Traders and the Fremantle BID step up to present the Australia Day fireworks. It has returned to its roots as the Fremantle Cracker Night and comes with a host of family friendly entertainment spread over the weekend. For more information, click here.

Sadly, there are those that see Fremantle as a protest destination on January 26. They don’t seem to have clicked that the Fireworks are happening. So, to the people that come to protest the position of the City of Fremantle, you need to know that they didn’t want to listen in August and aren’t likely to be there to hear you on Australia Day. Best pick another date when they are going to be around. There is no need to ruin the experience of the families that want to be there.

Everyone is welcome to come to Fremantle on January 26, 27, 28 and 29.

Enjoy the weekend but most of all enjoy the glitter in the sky.

Making the Voice of Business Really Count in 2017

Fremantle is in for a bumper ride in 2017. Demolition/construction commences at the Kings Square site that will one day house a new workforce in Fremantle; a range of celebrations are happening regularly through the year; a highly energetic State election in March and Local Government elections in October.

For the State election, your residency dictates where your vote is placed and counted. But, did you know you can vote in Local Government elections even if your connection is property ownership or business location? That’s right, you don’t have to live in Fremantle, Cockburn, East Fremantle or Melville to be able to vote there. You are eligible to vote if you own or occupy (lease) a premises for at least the next three months (from application).

However, as a business or property owner you are not automatically enrolled to vote in Local Government elections, so you must make a deliberate decision to enrol every two years. There is also a limit to the number of votes allocated per property.

So I start the year with a simple request to the Fremantle business community, download your application, complete the details and send it in. If you are a building owner or occupant click here to download your application. Other general information for Local Government elections can be accessed by clicking here.

2017 is the year to raise the voice of the business community in the election of your local representatives. No matter where you operate your business, you are an important part of the local community and economy.

Welcome to 2017!

Olwyn Williams