They call it O-Day at Notre Dame University in Fremantle, but today’s Orientation Day for new students was more of a WOW!!!! Day.
It was the biggest number of new students ever at O-Day at UNDA and more than 2,000 paraded through the inner city by the sounds of a drum band.
Live music, food vans and even a licensed bar for the 18+ students were in the historic West End, so no doubt it will have been a fun-filled day and rite of passage for many.
I love having Notre Dame in the West End. I love the energy of the young students and the activation they bring to the inner city. The uni is highly respected and students and staff love it and it is is pretty special that Fremantle can call itself a university city.
Mayor Brad Pettitt said in jest that one day the City will sort the parking issues, but why not start by giving incentives to those students who car pool, as most of them drive all alone into Freo, hence the search for parking near the uni is annoying. Four students in one car instead of just the driver would take some 75% of student cars out of the West End.
I believe next Tuesday’s Abraham: Our Father in Faith event at Fremantle Notre Dame University will be very interesting to listen to, even for an Atheist like myself, as the three speakers are from different religions.
Speakers will be Archbishop Timothy Costello, Rabbi Dovid Freilich and Sheikh Muhammad Agherdien, so there will be a broad range of views to listen to.
There will be a Q&A session after the speakers, so come and ask the hard questions politely.
The event is on at 2.30 pm on Tuesday September 13 in the Tannock Hall of UNDA, corner Cliff and Croke streets, opposite the Fremantle Herald.
Fremantle NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY will hold its annual Open Day this Sunday August 21 from 10 am to 3 pm.
It is always a fun and vibrant day in Freo’s historic West End with entertainment and food trucks, but most importantly a chance for future students and their parents to talk to academics and current students and find out about the uni’s programs.
Notre Dame has one of the highest ratings of student satisfaction in Australia and is also highly rated academically, and it is the only university in WA in the centre of a beautiful heritage precinct.
Come along this Sunday as it is open to everyone, and check out the cute promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7Pir4xpA_g
The Eminent Speakers Series by the School of Law of the Fremantle Notre Dame University always has interesting speakers and will have a prominent one again on this coming Tuesday August 16.
Joe McGrath SC, the Director of Public Prosecutions in Western Australia since February 2010 will be speaking about Prosecute or not: The Role of the Director of Public Prosecutions from 6-7 pm at the Michael Keating room on the corner of Cliff and High Street. Refreshments afterwards.
McGrath is a graduate of the University of Western Australia, Australian National University and the London School of Economics. He has also assisted on Royal Commissions.
The event is free but RSVP required to: email@example.com
The Happiness Project, a collaboration between ECU & The City of Fremantle at Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach, aims to provide ideas for enhancing happiness through human-centred design.
Students in Graphic Design and Environmental and Spacial Design courses at ECU work to identify and solve design problems and propose innovative ways to inject happiness into the city.
This exhibition is a showcase of the student’s creative works which explore areas such as health, environmental, economic and social design and which are aimed at advancing Fremantle as a happy and sustainable place.
There are a few nice new ideas and some old and already implemented ones, but the one that stood out for me is the solar charging points for mobiles, laptops etc. They are in the form of palm trees with the leaves being solar panels, providing the power but also shade. A company in Leederville has such solar palm trees, so it would be a very nice and very Freo idea to realise.
The show is on till July 6 so go and have a look!
A report by Knight Frank identifies that there is a shortfall of well over 23,000 Purpose Built Student Accommodation-PBSA in Perth and a staggering near 300,000 shortfall in Australia.
I have long advocated for more student housing in Fremantle for Notre Dame University students and for those at Murdoch and Curtin, as long as the accommodation is built near public transport nodes.
With an oversupply of residential apartments it might now be the time for developers to start thinking about student accommodation and for governments to support it by offering land at reduced prices.
In Fremantle it would be an economic investment to support our traders and the hospitality industry as thousands of students living here would shop and consume here and eat and drink at our cafes and restaurants. And they would bring that great youthful vibrancy to the city.
One of the most rewarding things about publishing my blog and being very involved with Fremantle issues is that I have a lot of contact with university students. Young people are the future so it is important for me to know what they think and that they engage with local government and the community.
I received this message from Curtin University student Samia Scott via Facebook and am happy to support her here.
Hi Roel, I’d like to introduce myself as a student of architecture studying online through Curtin University and during this semester our design brief is for a “market place” at Bathers Beach. After early research, this seems an absurd design idea and I would like your help if you can post on your Facebook page to the community of Fremantle…”what would they like to see most as an addition to Bathers Beach”.. I’m aware the Sunset Markets moved to South Beach and Sunset Sounds although a “nice idea” is detrimental to the environment. I’m also aware of a pre proposed idea of a Public Baths.
My initial idea is to connect the boardwalk from Bathers Beach House to the area located at the end of Fleet St with a series of interventions along the way enabling cyclists and the disabled the opportunity to access the water.
The reason I’d like to get a quick poll from the community is to better convince my tutors of my decision. As you can appreciate, the realm of tertiary education may not always align with the ‘real world’ needs and as an advocate of Amanda Burdens’ style of designing, I believe the most successful designs are those which consider the people. https://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_burden_how_public_spaces_make_cities_work?language=en
If you can help me in this matter, I would be most appreciative.WHAT