"The 2012 experience of the ice rink on Fremantle Esplanade has been the most positively received event by local businesses in Fremantle CBD," she said. "It attracted tens of thousands of visitors from all over the metropolitan area and everyone wanted to see the event return to Fremantle. As the Fremantle BID, we were excited to be able to get involved to ensure our member businesses had every opportunity to benefit from the event."
Freo Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt adds: "Winter is usually associated with indoor activities, so the Winter Garden is a great opportunity for thousands of people of all ages to enjoy some outdoor entertainment in Fremantle as the season changes. Freo has many unique restaurants, shops and other attractions so we expect having the Winter Garden will also provide a welcome boost to the local economy at a time of year which is traditionally tougher for businesses."