Museum wins Fremantle Business of the Year

Gill Harrison Site Manager of Fremantle Museums and WA Maritime Museum director Jason Fair.
Gill Harrison Site Manager of Fremantle Museums and WA Maritime Museum director Jason Fair.

WA Maritime Museum took out the major gong at the Fremantle Business Awards on Friday night.

The museum took out business of the year, the Notre Dame Excellence Award for Innovation and the AFA award for Best Attraction for the Antarctica VR experience.

Fremantle Chamber of Commerce chief executive Danicia Quinlan said they had revamped the awards program this year “to focus on the fresh approach and growth opportunities within Fremantle, and what makes Fremantle businesses truly distinct and unique”.

“A group of 20 finalists were selected by the judges’ scores to form the 2019 Fremantle Business Winners Circle, with three winners among equals selected as Fremantle Ports business of the year, Business Foundations Growth Scholarship winner and the people’s vote for best Fremantle experience.”

Fremantle Chamber of Commerce president Ivan Dzeba said Fremantle is a place of opportunity.

“Let’s not be mistaken, it’s very tough out there right now, but there are some exciting times ahead; it may take a year or two but we are all really looking forward to it,” he said.

Director of Fremantle Museums at the Western Australian Museum Jason Fair said they were proud to win the awards.

“In 2016/17 we began an ambitious plan to increase patronage at the site, through presenting high quality and high profile temporary exhibitions, family focused programming, community engagement and strategic marketing,” he said.

“Last year visitation increased by 37 per cent, welcoming more than 135,000 visitors, the highest level in five years, last year we grew our family audience by 148 per cent.”

The Raw Kitchen Zero Store won the Business Foundations Growth Scholarship Award and the Mayor’s Award for Sustainable Enterprise as the largest zero waste and plastic free store in Australia.

South Fremantle favourite Percy Flint took the People’s Choice vote, with La Sosta, Sweetwater Roof Top Bar, Kazoomies and Palace Patisserie taking out People’s Choice individual category awards.

Percy Flint co-owners Brian Buckley, Eddie Sale and Conor Buckley.


City of Fremantle Leadership Award Sustainable Enterprise
The Raw Kitchen- Zero Store
City of Fremantle Leadership Award Destination Marketing Campaign
Fremantle Ports Quay to Summer Campaign
Tams Excellence Award Marine, Engineering and Defence Industry
IKAD Engineering
Excellence Award Professional Service
Centre for Accessibility
Notre Dame Excellence Award Innovation
WA Maritime Museum
Award for Outstanding Event
City of Fremantle – Street Arts Festival 2019
Telstra Award for Best Retail
Glen Cowans Fine Art, Photography Gallery
AFA Award for Best Attraction
WA Maritime Museum, the Antarctica VR Experience
Peoples Choice Award
Percy Flint
Business of the Year
WA Maritime Museum
Business Foundations Scholarship Winner
The Raw Kitchen Zero Store


Peoples Choice Award best cafe

Café Kazoomies

Peoples Choice Award best bar
Sweetwater Roof Top Bar
Peoples Choice Award Best Artisanal Product
Fremantle Markets – Palace Patisserie
Peoples Choice Award Best of – Italian
La Sosta


WA Maritime Museum
La Sosta
Fremantle Prison
Freo Social
IKAD Engineering
Sweetwater Roof Top Bar
The Raw Kitchen – Zero Store
Centre for Accessibility
Frankies on Rottnest
Hush Specialty Coffee
Liv Apartments
Glen Cown Fine Art Photography
Palace Patisserie
Percy Flint
Reps Movement
Sail & Anchor