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NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY’S FRUSTRATING PROCRASTINATION

 

The news about substantial development at Curtin University should send a message to Fremantle’s Notre Dame University.

The Exchange Precint at Curtin will create a mini city with more student accommodation, shops, offices and even a hotel.

There has been a lot of talk at NDA about student accommodation and that the university is part of the Fremantle community but they are not walking the walk.

Notre Dame bought the large Customs House ‘precinct’ between Henry and Pakenham streets but we have not heard a single word about what they intend to do with it.

There have been constant promises of street activation of NDA owned buildings, but that too is just an irrelevant signature on a useless Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Fremantle.

The CODA Architects designed activation hubs are nowhere to be seen and there are no seats for all the students who just sit on the grass at Phillimore Street in between lectures.

The suggested creation of a relaxation park, where the carpark is on the corner of Cliff and High streets, has also not been realised, so all we are getting from NDA is procrastination and empty promises.

I have been a big supporter of our Freo uni but the status quo really is not good enough, and the new Vice Chancellor is still six months away, and he will first have to find his feet in the new position, so how much longer does the Fremantle community have to wait until NDA  shows they truly care about being part of our community?

Fremantle is struggling and needs all the support it can get. Student accommodation and street activation are part of that and need to be implemented by NDA with priority.

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME SCHOLARSHIP FOR ABORIGINAL MEDICINE STUDENTS

 

A $160,000 scholarship fund designed to support Aboriginal students at Fremantle’s Notre Dame University’s School of Medicine will make an important contribution of improving healthcare in the country’s Aboriginal communities.

Announced by St John of God Health Care, the fund will support four Aboriginal students throughout their studies at the University’s School of Medicine.

Professor Selma Alliex, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus said that “Yet again St John of God Health Care has assisted the University in fulfilling its mission of caring for disadvantaged students”

Nationwide to date only 427 Aboriginal students have graduated with a medical degree with a further 325 currently studying medicine.

When you compare that number to the 3,500 Aboriginal doctors required to reach population parity you begin to understand the challenges associated with Aboriginal heath care,” she added.

The St John of God Health Care scholarships will help build on The School of Medicine’s Fremantle’s achievements in recruiting, supporting and graduating students. Recently the first two Aboriginal students graduated from Fremantle and currently 13 Aboriginal students are among the school’s total cohort of 400.

The scholarships will be provided to students commencing study this year. They will receive $10,000 per year, a total of $40,000 over the four-year degree program.

This level of financial support will make a huge difference to the recipients. Our medicine course is intense and these scholarships will greatly reduce the pressure of having to work long hours to make ends meet,” said Professor Alliex.

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MOU FOR FREMANTLE PORTS AND NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

 

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The University of Notre Dame Australia and Fremantle Ports have signed a partnership agreement designed to create new study, research, training and graduate opportunities for both organisations and the wider Fremantle community.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) features a range of initiatives including jointly-funded research scholarships, shared use of facilities for events, professional development opportunities for Fremantle Ports staff and the port providing internships and prizes in health sciences, business leadership and environmental studies for high-achieving students.

Benefits from the MOU flow beyond the University and Fremantle Ports to community based initiatives including environmental research, more community events and engagement on Victoria Quay and bringing together education and industry to create a highly-skilled future workforce in Fremantle and WA’s maritime industry.

The four-year agreement was signed by Notre Dame Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus (Fremantle), Professor Selma Alliex, and Fremantle Ports CEO Chris Leatt-Hayter.

Kicking off the formal partnership, an injury prevention and fitness program for Fremantle Ports staff will be run by the University’s Health Science students, providing students with hands-on experience while improving health and wellbeing for Fremantle Ports staff.

In addition, the port will provide Notre Dame with a broad list of areas of interest for research and jointly-funded research scholarships for postgraduate students.

The MOU is also set to benefit Fremantle Ports staff by offering options for both undergraduate and postgraduate study including professional development programs available through Notre Dame.

AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL IN FREMANTLE

 

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The Australian Heritage Festival is on and of course Fremantle’s Notre Dame University is participating.

I happened to come across this group this morning with NDA historian Professor Deborah Gare who makes history come alive.

On Sunday May 12 Fremantle’s Monumental Progress is on the agenda. It starts at 10am at the Roundhouse and is a free tour of the historic West End. Join in!

Roel Loopers

LIBERAL AND PALMER CANDIDATES NOT AT FREMANTLE ELECTION DEBATE

 

It is clear-and not surprising-that accountability and scrutiny are not high on the agenda of the Liberal Party and Clive Palmer’s rabble. The candidates of these parties have declined to take part in the Fremantle Candidates Debate on May 8.

But we will at least be able to get a good laugh out of what Pauline Hanson’s Freo candidate will have to say as they have confirmed attendance.

So the candidates of Labor, Greens and some minor parties will be attending, but is it going to be a great Q&A without the governing party being brave enough to allow their candidate to be scrutinised on their record? It’s a shame and pretty cowardly from the Liberals.

Anyway, the not so great debate is on at the Tannock Hall of Notre Dame University at Cliff Street from 6pm on May 8.

Roel Loopers

PETER GRESTE AT FREO NOTRE DAME ON FAKE NEWS AND FALSE HISTORY

Posted in city of fremantle, festival, heritage, media, notre dame university, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2019

 

 

Renowned Australian journalist Peter Greste, who was a political prisoner in Egypt for a considerable time, will be the keynote speaker at Notre Dame University during this year’s Fremantle Heritage Festival.

Fake News and False History: The use and abuse of truth and lies will be the topic of Greste’s talk in Tannock Hall in Cliff Street.

The free event is on May 17 at 6pm and registrations are required at http://www.eventbrite.com.au

Roel Loopers

 

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NEW VICE CHANCELLOR FOR NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on March 27, 2019

 

Professor Francis Campbell

 

The University of Notre Dame Australia has announced that Professor Francis Campbell will join the University as Vice Chancellor in January 2020.

Professor Campbell is currently the Vice Chancellor at St Mary’s University, Twickenham in London where he has achieved significant success in the past five years.

He becomes Notre Dame’s fourth Vice Chancellor, succeeding Professor Celia Hammond.

Professor Campbell will bring a wealth of experience to Notre Dame. He will draw on a highly successful term as Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s, a deep understanding of higher education, and a practical knowledge of the value and importance of holistic education.

His extensive tertiary qualifications include an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania in the USA and an MA in European Integration from the Katholieke Universiteit in Belgium. He has received honorary doctorates from five universities worldwide and an Honorary Fellowship from St Edmund’s College at Cambridge University in the UK.

Apart from academia, Professor Campbell has immense diversity of experience, which includes serving as Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Holy See, and a term as Private Secretary to former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Roel Loopers

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WHAT UTTER NONSENSE! FREO HAS TOO MANY TOURISTS?

Posted in bid, city of fremantle, local government, notre dame university, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 13, 2019

 

Too many tourists

 

A friend sent me this screen shot, presumably from Facebook, and I was flabbergasted by the comments made by Fremantle High Street resident Julie Morgan, who will probably stand for City Ward again at the next Council election in October.

Morgan is also on the committee of Fremantle Now, the former BID, that is there to support local traders.

Fremantle does not have too many tourists, as is clear when one hears the complaints of so many struggling retailers. The hundreds of tourists who come into Fremantle can’t be compared to the millions who visit Venice in Italy and literally overrun it.

Weekend suburban ‘tourism’ is what keeps Fremantle alive and if that stopped we would be in even bigger trouble and more shops would close.

“Tourists” of Notre Dame University students and staff are the majority of cafe customers on weekdays. Without them many of our West End cafes would have to close because of lack of trade.

Festivals bring thousands of people to Fremantle and while these “tourists’ might not go shopping on those festival days they become aware of the businesses and things Freo also has to offer.

It is irrational and wrong of Julie Morgan to claim that Fremantle has too many tourists. It’s a ridiculous statement, but that comes as no surprise, because she also had No More Notre Dame signs in her office windows in High Street. What’s going to be your election slogan, Julie? Fremantle needs fewer people?

Fremantle needs more, many more, visitors and shoppers and many, many more tourists seven days a week, and it needs many more people working and living here, so that it will be activated and revitalised.

Roel Loopers

STATE OF THE ART GYM AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, fitness, health, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on March 7, 2019

 

 

Clean, flexible and functional design lines, high ceilings flooded with natural light and state-of-the-art equipment provide a backdrop for a unique new training facility dedicated to physiotherapy students at Fremantle Notre Dame University.

The bespoke 125-square-metre exercise gym, located at the former Customs House in Phillimore Street, is designed to fully prepare students to meet the increasing focus on exercise for the prevention and treatment of many modern health issues.

When providing health care for anyone – from our children to our ageing population – it doesn’t matter what the question is….exercise is almost always part of the answer” said Professor Sarah Love, Dean of Notre Dame’s School of Physiotherapy.

The gym’s training equipment, including aerobic exercise machines and weight lifting equipment, has been carefully selected to maximise options for exercises and activities within the space and to provide the flexibility to alter configurations and layouts to suit specific teaching needs.

It takes the training of our physiotherapy students to a whole new level, gives them the unique opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience and skills,” said physiotherapy lecturer and Senior Research Scholar Dr Mervyn Travers, who helped to plan and design the gym.

Roel Loopers

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TREES TO BEAUTIFY UNSIGHTLY CAR PARK

 

 

Some West End residents have expressed concern about the pruning of the lovely little tree on the corner of Cliff and High streets, but it is all good because the City of Fremantle wanted to create a bit more head space and to put new benches under the tree.

The City will also put four olive trees in large square concrete boxes along the unsightly Notre Dame University car park from Cliff Street to the Chalkys cafe.

Roel Loopers

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