Freo's View

NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY OPEN DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 17, 2017

 

UNDA Open Day Aug 20

 

Early warning for all high school students and their parents that my friends at Fremantle Notre Dame University are having their Open Day this Sunday August 20 from 10 am.

It is a fun and relaxed day in the beautiful West End and very informative for those who are planning to study after high school.

 

Roel Loopers

HAPPY FREMANTLE NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on August 11, 2017

 

Notre Dame reflection

 

Here a happy photo to start the Friday with. A Notre Dame University building in Fremantle’s West End reflected in some of the university’s posters.

I took it yesterday afternoon when the sun was shining.

 

Roel Loopers

CELEBRATING FREO’S HERITAGE BATTLERS

 

High Street 1

 

I am delighted to have received notification from Fremantle Notre Dame University that the Vice Chancellor and senior staff have taken on board the suggestion I posted on Freo’s View last week of a commemorative wall at the back of the St Teresa Library in Henry Street.

The wall would commemorate the history of Fremantle and the contribution made by individuals and groups to preserve our heritage buildings.

UNDA wrote to me that they are now considering a wall with historic B&W photos plus a plaque that would feature individuals and groups, such as the Fremantle Society, who have been involved in preserving the precinct’s historic character.

This would be a nice new tourist attraction and acknowledgment of the dedicated work of Freo’s heritage warriors such as Les Lauder, Don Whittington, June Hutchison, John Dowson, Ron Davis, etc.

I hope that with collaboration with the City of Fremantle the wall will become reality in the not too distant future. Thank you UNDA!

If you want to learn about the many battles to save Freo’s heritage try to get a copy of the Fighting For Fremantle book the Fremantle Society published!

 

Roel Loopers

NEW CHANCELLOR FOR NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2017

 

Former Liberal Senator Chris Ellison will become the new Chancellor of Fremantle Notre Dame University, when present Chancellor Peter Prendiville steps down at the end of this year.

Ellison was a Senator in Canberra from 1993 to 2009.

Rio Tinto director Michael L’Estrange was appointed Deputy Chancellor in April this year.

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME STUDENTS BACK IN FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 1, 2017

 

 

Life is so much more beautiful when there are young people around, I believe, so I am delighted to see the Fremantle Notre Dame University students back in the West End.

When the students are in Freo the energy changes to a positive focus on the future, and that is so much better than backward looking and complaining.

And the West End cafes are delighted as well to have the students back.

Notre Dame is one of the great universities in Perth and it’s OPEN DAY on August 20, so all you high school students and parents, come and get some info about studying in Freo.

 

Roel Loopers

FOUNDERS WEEK AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 1, 2017

 

FOUNDERS WEEK 2017 of Fremantle Notre Dame University is coming up, so here some details:

1.     Feast of the Assumption Mass (Tuesday 15 August 12.30pm @ Holy Spirit Chapel)
2.     Appreciation Breakfast (Thursday 17 August 7.30am @ Drill Hall)
3.     Open Day (Sunday 20 August 10am)

Founders Week began in 2014 when Notre Dame celebrated its 25th anniversary and is a good week for present and past students to (re)connect.

The public is welcome to attend. Contact UNDA for details and rsvp.

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on FOUNDERS WEEK AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

FREMANTLE HERITAGE WALL OF FAME

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on July 30, 2017

 

wall of fame

 

I wonder if the City of Fremantle and Notre Dame University would be interested in collaborating on a Heritage Wall of Fame.

While buildings, builders and architects do get recognition at heritage awards, the custodians of our built heritage rarely get a mention.

I understand that some of our heritage protectors are a bit on the nose with council and developers, but their passionate  and tireless efforts over many years to retain the heritage integrity of Fremantle deserves recognition.

This blank and boring wall in Henry Street would be perfectly suited to put small plaques on that acknowledge such people as Les Lauder, Don Whittington, June Hutchison, John Dowson, etc.

We could start with half a dozen and add a new person every year during Heritage Week.

What about it UNDA Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond and Mayor Brad Pettitt?

 

Roel Loopers

 

NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY GRADUATION

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on July 21, 2017

 

700_5047

 

I love it that the Notre Dame University campus is in the centre of Fremantle’s historic West End, and I love the graduation days because they are so significant for the students, their parents, family and friends.

Over 600 students graduated today from all nine schools of the university and it was a delight to witness it.

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME WITHDRAWS NURSING SCHOOL PLANS

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2017

I received this media statement from Fremantle Notre Dame University Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond and publish it in full.

I have highlighted some essential parts of it in bold.

 

Media Statement
For immediate release: Friday 16 June 2017
RE: Proposed School of Nursing & Midwifery building – 3-5 High Street ______________________________________________________________________________

In November 2016 The University of Notre Dame Australia announced plans for a new development at 3-5 High Street in Fremantle to house its successful and highly rated School of Nursing & Midwifery. Notre Dame’s architects and planners worked to a brief designed to provide the best possible facilities for students, to maximise street activation of the West End precinct and retain the existing heritage façade. Advice from the Heritage Council of Western Australia and the Fremantle Design Advisory Committee was sought and incorporated throughout the design process.

The University was enthusiastic about the resulting development and what it would bring for the future education of our students. The University was also mindful that the site is historically significant, and represents a key element in the continuing revitalisation of Fremantle’s West End.

Following consideration by the Fremantle Council, the University adjourned its subsequent application before the Joint Development Assessment Panel. The purpose of the adjournment was to consider matters raised by the Council (both in reports and discussions) and independently, by the community and community bodies. In addition, the University engaged the TPG Place
Match group to undertake further independent consultation regarding the proposed development.

As a result of this detailed consultation, and following thorough consideration of all feedback, the University has decided not to proceed with its current plan and to withdraw its current application for planning approval.

The University would like to thank all those who have contributed to this discussion. We have listened to, and taken account of, all feedback – both critical and complimentary. This has not only helped us reach our decision not to proceed with the current plan, but excited us about the potential for this building.

The University does therefore remain committed to this development and to ensuring that our nursing and midwifery students have access to state-of-the-art learning facilities. We also remain committed to our role as a key member of the Fremantle community, in developing a building that is architecturally and historically significant, sensitive to heritage, and an important contributor to the continuing revitalisation of the West End of Fremantle.

We will be releasing information about the next steps in relation to this development in the coming weeks.

 

REINSTATE THE MISSING ROUNDHOUSE CELLS

 

Roundhouse

 

 

The suggestion by the FRRAemantle Society that Notre Dame University should reinstate heritage features on buildings they own in Fremantle’s historic West End is very unrealistic.

Notre Dame is a business and not the National Trust so why should they reinstate features of building that were removed before they bought them, and is FS suggesting all owners of heritage buildings should reinstate details that have been removed over time?

FS does not believe it is too much to ask Notre Dame to reinstate verandahs at the former Watsons building at High Street, and the corner cupola on the former P&O Hotel, and the verandahs of His Majesty’s Hotel at Phillimore Street.

And why stop there, as the Society seems to believe that UNDA has unlimited funds, so the university should also add the verandahs and original openings of the Traveller’s Rest on Marine Terrace, reinstate the verandahs at the Cleopatra Hotel, and the Fremantle Hotel needs to gets it’s missing tower and cupola back.

Financial reality no doubt dictates how much Notre Dame University can afford to make improvements to the buildings they own and the dream list of the FRRAemantle Society is nothing more than unrealistic media attention seeking.

Why does the FRRAemantle Society not try to get funding, instead of badgering UNDA, to reinstate the interior wall and the four demolished cells of the Roundhouse as a bicentennial project when W.A. will be 200 years old in 2029. It’s after all the oldest remaining government building in the state. Now that would be a worthwhile project!

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on REINSTATE THE MISSING ROUNDHOUSE CELLS

%d bloggers like this: