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2017 Long Table Dinner

For the second year, Fremantle’s Christmas festivities were kicked off by the Long Table Dinner in the city’s heritage listed west end. This fantastic event was coordinated by the National Hotel, Fremantle BID and St Patrick’s Community Support Centre to raise funds for St Patrick’s important work.

The 2017 Long Table Dinner was attended by 800 people and attracted around double that number of spectators who came to enjoy the free entertainment and festive atmosphere in Fremantle’s stunning High St. Most importantly, $85,000 was raised for St Patrick’s Community Support Centre.

In case you missed out this year, or if you want to relive the evening, take a look at this great piece aired by Channel 7 and the official Long Table Dinner video below.

We thank all the individuals and businesses that donated items for the charity auction or provided sponsorship for the evening.  And to all those that attended thank you for your support of St Patricks and for making the Long Table Dinner such a successful event. We look forward to making 2018’s Long Table Dinner even better.



A Fun Look Back at 2016/17

We’re all leading busy lives and sometimes we get so caught up in what we’re doing next that we forget to take a moment to take a step back and reflect on what we’ve done.

At Fremantle BID we’re constantly moving from one project (or actually more than one at any given time) to the next with little time to break between. So, it was great to take some time recently to review our activities during 2016/17.

We’ve put together a fun film to show what we were able to deliver with the help of our members and many other partners. A huge thanks to all our members and those businesses and individuals that donated prizes, time, space and other resources to make all of our activities happen.

Grab a cuppa and check out our highlights reel!


2017 Christmas Window Competition

2016 Christmas Window at Bill Campbell Books, High St Fremantle

The Christmas shopping season is rapidly approaching and once again Fremantle BID will be running a a Christmas Window Competition for our member businesses. It may seem a while away yet, but now is the time to get your creative genius working to see if you can beat the stunning display that last year’s winner, Bill Campbell Books, produced.

Together, let’s create some special Freo Christmas magic. With your help, we want to put Fremantle on the map as a must visit location for people in search of beautiful Christmas light displays.

The Christmas Window Competition is all about giving our members a fabulous visual marketing opportunity. Make your display eye catching and ensure you incorporate your products and lots of lights to entice shoppers into the store. Last year we had businesses selling out of products in their windows before we even judged them!

To encourage you to create some magic this year, we will again be offering some great prizes (details to be announced soon). The BID will also produce a Fremantle Christmas Lights Map that will be widely distributed through a variety of channels to attract visitors to the CBD. All the businesses that participate will be included on the map.

We’d love to have any Fremantle business that has street facing windows involved. You don’t have to be a retailer – the more Christmas lights the better!

PS – If you need some inspiration check out our “Christmas Windows” board on Pinterest.


Fremantle BID Board Nominations Open for 2017

Fremantle BID Director Elections 2017

The fifth Annual General Meeting of the Fremantle BID Company Limited will be held on 18 October at The Monk at 6pm.

One Board position will be available to be filled in the 2017 Fremantle BID Director Elections.  Currently this position is held by Ms Danielle Cattalini as a commercial property owner. Ms Cattalini will not be standing for re-election as, according to the Fremantle BID Company constitution, she has served the maximum term on the Board.

Any member wishing to stand for election as a Director of Fremantle BID needs to complete the Nomination form for BID Directors 2017 and return it to Jenny Marslen, Shop 39 13-15 Cantonment St, Fremantle WA 6160 by 5pm, 15 September 2017.

The Fremantle BID’s constitution requires the 5-member Board be made up of:

  1. At least 2 members (or representatives of members) that are commercial property owners
  2. At least 2 members (or representatives of members) that are business operators of which:
    1. 1 employs greater than 5 staff
    2. 1 employs no more than 5 staff
  3. Any balance to be made up of BID members.

The available position will be for a term of 2 years and is:

  1. one member who is a commercial property owner

To find out more about the role of a Fremantle BID Board member please read the ROLES OF A FREMANTLE BID DIRECTOR 2017 or contact us at


Note – the Fremantle BID member register will be closed on 15 September 2017. To be eligible to vote at the 2017 AGM, your organisation or commercial property must be a registered member by 5pm on 15 September 2017. If you are unsure whether your organisation is a registered member please contact the Fremantle BID at

2017 West End Weekender

PZ_bw_IMG_3337A big thank you to all our High Street West End traders for making the West End Weekender such a wonderful and successful event. Visitors to Fremantle were left with a fantastic feeling and overwhelming experience telling us “I just love the West End” and ‘The West End is the place to be”. Even Perth Glory and internationally acclaimed footballer, Diego Castro, enjoyed the fun of the Chill zone with his children and friends.

PZ_IMG_3159 This is the 3rd year the Weekender has run and many business owners stated it was the best yet – both in organisation and outcomes. We still have a few things to refine, however benefits for traders this year were an increased awareness and discovery of their business, people’s discovery & enjoyment of the West End and for some traders up to 80% increase in sales.

Starting at The National, the Weekender ran all the way down High Street as far as Moaut Street adding the much needed connection to aid the flow of pedestrian traffic through to Bathers Beach and J SHED.


West End Weekender 14

With 22 Artisan Market Stalls, live art by Ben Shearer and other talented local artists, Breaks Children’s Easter activities, a big Easter Street Clearance Sale from Kartique and Anjel MS, a brilliant Chill zone incorporating interactive family games, Five Elements Puppet Theatre plays and Face Painting, the Orient Music Pitch supported by Pirate 88 and the International Easter Street Food Markets the beautiful West End heritage and business diversity was showcased.


West End Weekender Food Market       West End Weekender - small

Natural Gas and Water Pipeline Works in Kings Square

Work is due to commence from mid-May. There may be minor interruptions to your water and gas supply. Work will generally be carried out between 7am and 7pm Monday – Friday. There will be a few excavation sites that will comprise of 1m  x 1m x 1m deep holes that hopefully will be back filled the same day. Once the pipe work has been replaced the gas and water will need to be connected to your pipes within your business. If for any reason there shows a leak within your premises this will need to be fixed by the landlord/owner of the property.

A site office will be installed on Newman Court probably outside the old Myer building and a dedicated project supervisor will work from there should you have any concerns. His name is Steve Pallant and can be contacted on 6163 5000 weekdays 8am till 4pm. This work is necessary as the existing pipework’s are over 80 years old. The works also represents the opportunity for businesses not currently connected for gas to get connected.

Tim Milsom


Fremantle BID

East End Safety and Activation Update

We had a great turn out last Thursday morning at Many 2.0 for our safety and activation briefing.

City of Fremantle’s Chris Scanlon and Mark Donnelly, Fremantle Police’s Senior Sergeant Brad Warburton and Kate Hulett from Many 2.0 gave us updates on some new and existing initiatives including:

  • The City of Fremantle has a new model for Community Safety which you can read more about on the City’s website.
  • All business owners and staff need to have the Community Safety number 1300 360 666 on your phone so you can call easily in the event of any anti-social behaviour – businesses are important “eyes on the street”. The Community Safety Team work 7am-9pm.
  • There is a dedicated Concierge Officer (with the same authority as the Community Safety Officers) who patrols High Street Mall, Kings Square and Queen Street in front of the banks) which is funded by CoF, High Street Mall owners and Fremantle BID. Hours are 8.30am – 4.30pm.
  • The City is working with businesses to push back opening times for the sale of alcohol. There is to be zero tolerance of drunken behaviour and Community Safety Officers will tip out alcohol and move people on.
  • Businesses are encouraged to report theft incidents to the police on 131 444. If you have CCTV please make sure you position it correctly and know how to use it. This aids the police in any investigations. Police are also looking at a radio system for businesses to be able to communicate more easily.
  • ARTreach project – St Patricks, LDAG (Local Drug Action Groups Inc) and WA Police are collaborating on this 30 week art project to engage with homeless, and at risk of being homeless, people with complex needs. The project is a proactive way to map out services needed by participants. It will help direct existing resources to the most useful locations and inform the future delivery of services. BID will provide updates in our newsletter. Read more about the program here or for further information contact Victor Crevatin 9430 4159 or 0417 184 818 or email
  • West Gate Mall – there are plans to increase the openness and ability to see through mall area, add lighting and look at other options for central seating. There is a possibility of putting gates at each end for after hour security. Activation by MANY 2.0 will occur through the opening of a café with alfresco area and back doors opening onto the Mall.

A big thank you to our speakers, all of the members who attended and Many 2.0 for hosting the meeting.

Fremantle Development Update

Fremantle Development Updates from City of Fremantle and Silverleaf Investments- 8 March 2017

Fremantle BID thanks the National Hotel for kindly hosting this event and Peter Zuvela Photography for the photos in this article.

It was a packed audience last Wednesday night for Fremantle BID’s information session on proposed developments in Fremantle.

Guest speaker, Brad Pettitt, Mayor of the City of Fremantle, spoke about the King’s Square development which is due to commence in March. He urged the business community to work together through the critical period of development saying that this revitalisation is needed for Fremantle to regain its heart.

“We know there is going to be a lot of disruption for the next three years but the project will invigorate our city and make it a great place for future generations”, he said.

The Queensgate building is staying as a car park and we are told will be managed by Secure Parking.

The City of Fremantle staff who currently work at the civic offices will be relocated to the previous Fremantle Dockers site on Parry St. However, they will be asked to park down at Captain Munchies on Beach St which will encourage them to continue to move around the city, hopefully minimising any loss of patronage in the city centre.

The library will also be relocated to the Fremantle Oval site and there will be a new car park built on the Stan Reilly site on South Terrace.

The Town Hall restorations should be complete by April, with the scaffolding coming down very soon.

PZ_IMG_1338Our other guest speaker was Gerard O’Brien of Silverleaf Investments. Silverleaf are currently planning two huge projects in Fremantle.

The first is on Cantonment St, on the site of the current Woolstores Shopping Centre, where Coles is located. The proposal is for a six story building which will include 64 hotel rooms, 150 apartments, and two floors of student accommodation. This is a much needed development to revitalise the east end and will hopefully be a catalyst for the entire rejuvenation of that end of Fremantle.

The second project Gerard spoke about is at the old police station and court building on Henderson St. We can expect high end markets, a hotel, whiskey bar and community space to link the old police station to the heritage-listed prison.

Tim Milsom, Fremantle BID’s new CEO, was the final speaker of the evening. He reported on BID initiatives such as the very successful Concierge Program that has reduced anti-social behaviour and retail theft considerably in the Fremantle Mall area.

The BID, together with the City of Fremantle, is asking consultants for an aspirational business mix report to see what is missing from Fremantle and how to achieve the identified business mix in conjunction with property owners and developers.

Tim spoke about the empty shops, which surprisingly number only 58 or just 9.2% of retail space in the city. We also have about a dozen new businesses about to move into Fremantle. Most of the empty shops are in the east end, which is not surprising as this end of the city has not seen any redevelopment for many years.

Tim stated that the BID has an important role to play with the City of Fremantle and Silverleaf Investments’ developments going ahead. We will ensure that we regularly report back to members about what is happening and how the business community can be engaged with Fremantle’s progress.

#Freo_easterhunt (8-23 April, 2017)

The Easter Bilby has been in touch with us at Fremantle BID to plan an awesome Easter hunt around Freo in the next school holidays!

With lots of great prizes to be won, you’ll want to grab your #Freo_easterhunt map and head to Fremantle from Saturday, 8 April to start hunting for some special eggs.

Locate the shops with the Easter Bilby in their windows and head inside to find the number on their special Easter Egg. Collect all the numbers, crack the code and you can enter the prize draw.

While you’re hunting bilbies, check out Freo’s Easter Shop Windows and vote for your favourite in our People’s Choice Competition. Simply by voting, you’ll have an extra chance to win a prize.

And of course, there will be some eggcellent free activities for when you need a break from hunting.

More information including the prize details, map locations and participating businesses will be available soon on our website or at Happy hunting!

#Freo_treasurehunt (19 September – 9 October)

Ahoy there me hearties! There’s mischief afoot in Fremantle these school holidays – join the pirate trail and see what treasure you can unearth!

The #Freo_Treasurehunt kicks off on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Monday 19 September, and runs through to the end of the school holidays on Sunday, 9 October. Grab your #Freo_treasurehunt map, head to Fremantle and start collecting clues to find the treasure chest!

As always, X marks the spot but you’ll need to collect the clues to find our “X”.

Your treasure map will send you to a bunch of businesses with gold coins in their windows. Inside each one you’ll find one of the 38 letters you need to reveal the location of “X” and the puzzle you need to solve when you get there.

The land lubbers who collect all 38 letters and solve the clue will go in the draw for our major prize – Fishing Boat Harbour Family Staycation Package, courtesy of Be.Fremantle and Cicerello’s* (valued at $400).

You don’t miss out if you can’t collect all 38 letters either. There is still a lot of other treasure to be won.
To win one of our other prizes, post your #Freo_treasurehunt photos to a public Facebook or Instagram account (and be sure to use the hashtag). Alternatively, place your map, with at least 7 letters filled in, in one of the competition chests** or post it to Fremantle BID, Shop 39, 13 Cantonment St, Fremantle 6160.

treasure-chest-from-mapPrizes include:

  • Family Pass – WA Maritime Museum (value $60)
  • 5 Person Pass – The Escape Hunt (value $180)
  • Pirate Voucher – The Pickled Fairy (value $100)
  • Family Day Tour Pass – Fremantle Prison (value $57)
  • Opal Treasure Chest – Fremantle Opals (value $50)
  • Children’s Book Pack – Paper Bird (value $50)

There’s also plenty of swashbucklin’ fun to be had for the junior pirates in Kings Square:

  • 12-1pm, Monday, 19 September – Pirate Rus and Little Miss Squeezebox
  • 2-5pm, Tuesday, 20 and Wednesday 21 September – Pirate craft activities and giant board games
  • 10am-2pm, Monday- Friday during school holidays – free Tropical Island bouncy castle and giant board games

Grab your #Freo_treasurehunt map from the Fremantle Herald, the Fremantle Visitors Centre, The Shipwreck Gallery, Maritime Museum, Fremantle Prison and other participating businesses (click here for list) or download it here to get started. #freo_treasurehunt-map

All the details, including competition Terms and Conditions, can be found by clicking here.

*Fishing Boat Harbour Family Staycation Package – Includes one night’s accommodation in a Marina View, Two Bedroom Apartment at Be.Fremantle and a meal at the famous Cicerello’s. Total value $400.

**Competition chests are located at:

  • Fremantle Library, Kings Square
  • Fremantle Prison, The Terrace, Fremantle
  • The Chart and Map Shop, Collie St, Fremantle
  • Shipwreck Galleries – Maritime Museum, Cliff St, Fremantle
  • Fremantle Visitor Centre, Kings Square
  • FremantleBID, Shop 39 13 Cantonment St, Fremantle