BID for better business?

As a founding member of the Business Improvement Group of Northbridge (BIG N), participating on behalf of a local business, I have experience and a word of caution regarding the proposed Business Improvement District (BID).

The current pool of funds (approx $300,000) raised through the differential rate is a substantial amount of money available to invest in growing local business – I have run successful national marketing campaigns with less. However, as soon as you start talking about employing staff, setting up an office and so on, that money quickly disappears with nothing actually happening. Continue reading

Bikes make dollars & cents!

As an avid cyclist and member of the Fremantle Bicycle Users Group, I appreciate the recent improvements to cycling facilities in Fremantle, but there is still work to do.

South Terrace, from the markets to Wray Avenue, is a death trap for cyclists. I witnessed one cyclist get hit by a bus at the lights and my colleague was hit by a bus outside the hospital. I ride the same stretch of road everyday and regularly feel at risk, especially from busses. Continue reading