Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Rebuttal on the West Australians Doom and Gloom Article

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The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, one of Australia’s oldest Chambers of Commerce, hits back at The West Australians article that casts doubt on Fremantle’s economic growth potential and position.

Unlike many urban centres in Australia, Fremantle is currently experiencing unprecedented investment and renewal underway, with the combined value of private and public investment in the pipeline totalling more than $1.3 billion. The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce is actively connecting, uniting and assisting in the growth of a successful and vibrant business community that builds on Fremantle’s unique advantage, its heritage and its maritime focus.

Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer, Danicia Quinlan responded:

“Fremantle, like most urban centres, is affected by the current wave of societal change in the way people gather, shop, dine, interact commercially and manage environmental challenges. Learning from other Councils, or even other cities locally and internationally, is an important way to navigate our way through these changes. We need Fremantle Councillors and the Mayor to be an active part of trying to find ways to manage all of these complex challenges.

There is always work to be done in making the Fremantle region a better place to do business and ensuring the voice of the business community is heard. Reporting on the views of one or two struggling businesses in isolation does not accurately reflect the position of the business community.

The Chamber is an important advocate for the Fremantle business community and provides a range of business capacity, networking and development prospects. Our monthly Business Capacity Podcast Forums and our Property Leaders Forums consistently show that residential attraction and growth is the key to achieving this - having a vibrant social and environmentally aspirational  community is an essential ingredient in residential investment attraction.”

Quotes from Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Business Leaders:

“The damage The West Australian is doing to Fremantle and its businesses far surpasses any perceived damage by council. Fremantle Markets is running at full occupancy with over 56,000 visitors last weekend for the 3 days period. Feedback from traders was “sales were excellent.  Councils everywhere are going through a difficult time, however, the City of Fremantle Economic Development team and the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce regularly engage with businesses and continue to make many great improvements to the city.''

Natasha Atkinson – Chief Executive Officer Fremantle Markets & Winner Business News 2019 '40 Under 40'

“Our focus is on Fremantle with our affordable and green residential developments. Our projects generally achieve an equity internal rate between 15-30% and we don’t see this slowing. Fremantle business has a great future as we focus on building on our competitive advantage of heritage, environmental consciousness and community spirit.”

Tao Bourton, Fremantle’s Yolk Property Group Director

“It is exciting to see so many new businesses have decided to invest their potential in Fremantle not only for today, but for many years to come. We look forward to working together to build a unique and vibrant business community.”

Ivan Dezba, Fremantle Chamber of Commerce President & Managing Director, Benny’s

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