The Chamber and Elections

There’s a question that keeps coming up in conversations. Sometimes you just have to lay it on the table and get on with it.

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce does not endorse candidates for Federal, State or Local Government elections. The Chamber does not contribute member funds or run or resource campaigns for candidates for any form of election. We have to work with who ever wins.

But we do involve ourselves in campaigns at large. We’ll talk to any candidate, we will tell them what we believe is needed for the Fremantle region, and we are happy to have a direct and robust conversation. We also partner with others for the delivery of candidate forums. 

All across WA, people are right now deciding to run for Local Government.  It is a great thing that people are stepping forward to be part of the management and oversight of our communities.

There are two key differences between Local Government and State/Federal elections.  In local elections, voting is not compulsory and, most importantly, the business community has the capacity to vote.

Our current stated ambition is to encourage more people from the business community to vote by enrolling for the Owners and Occupiers roll.  There’s more about that on our website and our digital and door knock campaign is in underway.

It is not for the Chamber to tell you how to vote, our job is to get you to vote.

The Chamber Platform

The Chamber may not endorse candidates but it has a platform that it will promote to all candidates.

With the Port, surrounding marine and industrial zone, the Fremantle region continues to be important to the State’s economy. The Chamber wants Fremantle to be a place with prosperous business community as the foundation for a strong community.

Fremantle needs: 

  • To be a competitive regional centre with a strong and clear vision, one that respects Fremantle’s history but with a contemporary and economically viable outlook.
  • More people working and living in Fremantle.
  • More people coming to Fremantle as a destination (supporting commerce, hospitality, retail, and tourism).
  • To be a City that is accessible.
  • A proactive and balanced Council that considers community and economic development as partners.
  • To have vision but also able to deal with what is needed today.

If it sounds familiar, it is.  A few words may have changed over time but the underlying rationale has remained the same for nearly a decade, some would say more.   

Successful candidates of individual wards become Councillors making decisions for the whole of the City, so this platform is not limited to specific Wards. In the weeks and months to come, we look forward to candidates letting us all know how they will contribute and lead the development of Fremantle as a great place for people to invest their lives and money in.

 

REWARDING FREMANTLE BUSINESS – Part 3

In the months prior to the Fremantle Business Awards, the Chamber hosts mentoring sessions where past winners provide advice and feedback to entrants on the development of their submissions. Often the advice is to learn from the first year’s nomination process and build on that for a nomination the next year. Attendance is not compulsory but we now have proof that it helps. There was one first time nominee that decided to attend both mentoring sessions. Let me tell you – it paid off.

In his final appearance at the Awards as General Manager of Business News, Charlie Gunningham presented the award for Excellence in Professional Services for businesses providing high standard services, with identified and monitored customer needs and expectations. Nominations come from a broad range of sectors.

Mark Turnbull was the person who attended both mentoring sessions, and he was the one who came on stage to accept the award for Excellence in Professional Services for O’Connor based Automotive Electrical Designs. AED specialises in auto electrical repairs, auto air-conditioning and electrical accessory installation. Look AED up – the attention to detail in their nomination is the same as what they put into their work, your car is going to be in good hands.

The three other Excellence in Professional Services finalists were: Advanced Mining Production Systems (AMPS) a technical mining engineering company that focuses on the set-up and day to day running of mining departments.

Breadbox Marketing and PR delivers top level communication strategies, creative marketing and PR solutions for its many clients, large and small.

ProcessWorx providing smaller businesses with access to expertise, systems and support with managing their businesses, particularly around staff, safety management and quality assurance.

In 2016, Dr. Catherine Douglass won the award for Personal Achievement and Ellen Health for Excellent in Professional Services, so we were honored to have them on board in 2017 as sponsors of the Excellent in Strategy, Marketing and Communications award.

This award recognizes organizations that have outstanding achievements in strategy, marketing and communications of a particular product, service or business.

The winner was The Blue Budha, Western Australia’s leading New Age retail store with online and bricks and mortar stores across the State. The Blue Budha’s marketing strategy creates many moments of magic.

For the finalists list, lets just say, Fremantle is not just a great food destination for visitors, it has its benefits for anyone that works here as well, great things to see, buy and eat.

South Fremantle based commercial art gallery, Artitja Fine Art deals in Australian indigenous fine art with a strong emphasis on making cultural connections through indigenous art.

This was La Sosta’s second appearance as a finalist, building new awareness of this wonderful Italian restaurant in the heart of Fremantle’s cappuccino strip.

Pasta Addiction supplies high quality fast takeaway and dine in meals in the West End of Fremantle and are committed to providing hand-made deliciously addictive wholesome pasta and healthy food served by welcoming staff.

And finally, we can’t go part the very first Western Australian operated cakery that specialized in the handmade production of the traditional Czech layered Honeycake, The Honey Cake, now with stores and distribution across the Perth metro area.

More next week ………..

Rewarding Fremantle Business – Part 2

Even thinking about this episode of the 2017 Fremantle Business Awards wrap up makes the mouth water. There’s a great deal invested in the hospitality sector across Fremantle and it is a key part of Fremantle’s reputation as a destination.

As a cornerstone of our tourism economy, it makes perfect sense for Rottnest Express to sponsor this years Excellence in Hospitality Award. The connection between Rottnest Island and Fremantle is remarkable and a vital one to a unique visitor experience.

This year The National Hotel took the big gong for hospitality. It is an iconic building but The National is more than just a pub, it’s a lifestyle. It’s a place to meet, be entertained and, of course, eat. The National have also developed an event catering capacity that can bring The National to you. Many experienced The National in action at the 2016 Long Table Dinner on High Street.

The finalists start with Kazoomies delivering unique North African and Middle Eastern fused with Latin cuisine. Winter hours at the E Shed Markets are Friday to Sunday 9am – 3.00pm. Dinners become possible in warmer months.

La Sosta had me a few years ago with the slow cooked lamb ragu (Pappardelle Agnello, Piselli e Tartufo) but it is so much more, serving handmade Italian pasta from their well-kept family recipes. Dinner 7 days, lunch Friday to Sunday.

 Our very own 4.5 star landmark concluded the finalists. In the heart of Fremantle for over 100 years The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges has accommodated generations of visitors to holiday, relax, do business, dine, celebrate and entertain.

In 2017 we were pleased to welcome Konica Minolta on board as a sponsor of the Excellence in Innovation Award. Given the offerings of this international print technology giant, it is a great link. To highlight their print capacity Konica Minolta in-house printed the official 2017 Fremantle Business Awards Program presented to all guests on the night.

The Innovation Award is always exciting because it brings together bold new ventures from different industries and highlights the amazing work underway around Fremantle every day.

Digital studio Viewport Virtual Reality won the day. Specialising in capturing events and locations, creating computer generated imagery and software development, Viewport provides an immersive virtual reality experience suitable for any purpose.

And the finallists were …

Animatronic Engineering is a producer and operator of educational, scientific travelling themed attractions and exhibitions. Think moving, growling dinosaurs and mega fauna and you are in the ball park.

Known for its innovative business model, Artitja Fine Art is committed to value the culture of the indigenous people of Australia. With strong values and principles it has become one of Perth’s most reputable and accessible Indigenous art galleries.

GRD Franmarine is a leading commercial diving operators and their successfully tested Envirocart enables the complete in-water removal, capture and containment of marine bio fouling hulls without damaging the antifouling paint or polluting the surrounding marine environment.

TAMS Group is a diverse marine services company with Innovation at its core. TAMS key success is innovation through diversity, focusing on the development of planning and methods that lead to the delivery of practical solutions.

West Offshore Products are Australia’s experts in the provision of marine safety equipment. The company developed the innovative “Swap-‘n-Go” life raft rental exchange program and prides itself of providing the highest quality safety and inflatable boating solutions.

Take a look at all of them, you never know when they are going to make a difference for you or your business.

Until next weeks Rewarding Fremantle Business – Part 3, the thunderous applause to all continues.