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NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY RATED FIRST

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 17, 2018

 

Fremantle and Broome Notre Dame University campuses have excelled for the third year running in a nationwide survey of students commissioned by the Federal Government.

Findings from the combined results for undergraduate 2016 and 2017 Student Experience Survey (SES), announced yesterday, show Notre Dame achieving outstanding results, placing it first in Western Australia in five of six key indicators – ‘Overall Quality of Educational Experience’, ‘Teaching Quality’, ‘Skills Development’, ‘Learner Engagement’ and ‘Student Support’.

The SES is unique in that it draws feedback from students with the aim of helping students to make informed decisions about future study by enabling them to compare universities across states and disciplines. More than 351,000 students from around Australia responded to the combined 2016 and 2017 SES, including over 4000 students from Notre Dame’s Fremantle, Broome and Sydney Campuses.

Notre Dame also continues to excel nationally, being placed first in Australia for ‘Overall Quality of Educational Experience’ with a 91.1% rating, well above the national average of 79.3%. It is ranked second nationally for ‘Learner Engagement’ with a 78.6% rating, compared to 64.1% nationally, and ‘Skills Development’ at 90.7% compared to the national average of 81%.

Results from the undergraduate Graduate Outcomes Survey, released in January this year, show Notre Dame rated first in WA for ‘Overall Graduate Satisfaction’, ‘Teaching Scale’, ‘Skills Scale’, ‘Full-time Employment’, ‘Overall Employment’ and ‘Median Salary’.

BROOME TO BICTON CONCERT

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, concert, culture, entertainment, music, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2018

 

Feb 24 Broome to Bicton

 

The traditional annual Broome to Bicton concert by the Kimberley based Pigram Brothers is on again this coming Saturday, so don’t mis out!

The free concert by the Aboriginal musicians is on from 4.30 pm at Quarantine Park just above the Bicton Bath.

Donations are welcome to keep the tradition going.

Roel Loopers

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BROOME TO BICTON CONCERT ON SATURDAY

Posted in aboriginal, concert, fremantle by freoview on February 14, 2017

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The annual BROOME TO BICTON  concert with the famous Aboriginal Kimberley band Pigram Brothers is on again this Saturday February 18 from 4.30 pm.

It is at Quarantine Park just above the Bicton Bath on the Swan River.

Bring a picnic for this fun family events that will be held for the 15th time this year, so it has become a great tradition.

Roel Loopers

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MASSIVE FREMANTLE FUN WEEKEND AHEAD!

Posted in festivals, fremantle, lifestyle, music by freoview on March 9, 2016

Broom to Bicton on March 12

 

I thought I’d better give you all well-advanced notice of a huge fun Freo weekend ahead so you can plan accordingly.

Friday we have the BIG FREMANTLE SHAVE at the Ball&Chain bar from 5.30 pm and the opening of ANYA BROCK’s exhibitions at PS ART SPACE from 6.30 pm.

On Saturday the all weekend CHILLI FESTIVAL starts on the Esplanade, and there is also the BIKE MUSIC FEST UNCHAINED at Princess May Park next to Clancys from 1 pm. Another bike event is that night at South Beach where LIGHT ME UP BIKES will visit the international food market from 6.30 pm.

The traditional yearly BROOME TO BICTON free concert with the Pigram Brothers is on in Quarantine Park near the Bicton Bath from 5.30 pm on Saturday as well.

On Sunday the gorgeous GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET is on from 8 am till midday, the SUNDAY BBQ session at J Shed is on from midday till 9 pm, the free courtyard Sunday concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre is from 2-4 pm with the VILLAGE VIBES, and at STRANGE COMPANY free music is on from 4-6 pm, while  at Clancys they’ll start the March CRUCIAL ROCKERS free concerts from 7 pm.

What a choice hey. Freo is a great place to have fun. Take part and enjoy it!

Roel Loopers

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FREO PILOT FUNDRAISER FOR ROYAL FLYING DOCTORS

Posted in fremantle, royal flying doctor service by freoview on July 31, 2015

Fremantle resident, and my neighbour, Leanne McKenzie will be flying a 5000 km time trial from Esperance to Hamilton Island to raise funds for the ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE. Leanne started flying lessons only four years ago and will fly a Cessna Cardinal single engine. The trial will take twelve days and starts on August 23, stopping at Birdsville, Alice Springs and on the Nullarbor at Forrest, then flying back vial Kununurra and Broome.

Before she flies off Leanne will be at the RFDS fundraising dinner at Lamont’s in Cottesloe. Tickets at $ 85 are still available for that so call Leanne on 0419 041 467 to book them. Kate Lamont will be there and her partner and wine expert John Jens will be serving some great wines, including premier cru burgundies.

If you can’t go to the dinner but still like to donate to the fundraiser please do call Leanne. The RFDS is a vital service to the country people, especially in the remote areas.

Roel Loopers

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FREO NEEDS CAMPERS SOLUTIONS

mole camping

 

 

Parking of campervans is again posing a problem in Fremantle and will get even worse during the summer months, with backpackers ignoring the no parking signs on the South and North Mole at the port and at South Beach.

The idea to lock up the moles during the night is not a good one as it affects people fishing from there and those who like a bit of romantic sightseeing in the dark. It would also only shift the problems and make it worse for South Beach and that is not fair to those who frequent that beach.

There is either a problem with not enough space for campervans at Woodman Point or the backpackers don’t want to pay for legal camping and that needs to be addressed.

In Broome during the busy tourist months they used to use one of the sports ovals as an overflow caravan park at Roebuck Bay, so maybe this is something the City of Fremantle should look into. If the problem is not enough space at Woodman Point, could we make a part of Fremantle Park or Princess May Park available at reduced costs and what would the implications be as far as health regulations go because there would be no showers and toilets.

Backpackers are important for our tourism industry, so somehow we need to be flexible in accommodating their needs. Any bright ideas anyone out there?

Roel Loopers

WELCOMING OPEN DAY AT NOTRE DAME UNI

Posted in education, fremantle by freoview on August 17, 2014

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Twenty five year-old Fremantle NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY  held their annual Open Day this Sunday and parents and their children turned up in droves to have a look at the campus, the great lecture theatres in heritage buildings, and take part in information sessions.

There was live music and free food and a perfect balmy day.

UNDA recently received five-star rating for their education and is only one of two WA universities to receive that rating by students. Edith Cowan University is the other one that received acclaim.

Notre Dame also has a Broome and Sydney campus, so if Freo is not near you, check it all out on the UNDA website

Roel Loopers

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PIGRAM BROTHERS FREE BICTON CONCERT

Posted in fremantle, music by freoview on February 12, 2014

The BROOME TO BICTON concert has become an annual tradition for Fremantle and beyond and is on again this Saturday February 15 from 4.30 pm at Quarantine Park that overlooks Bicton Bath. This will be the 12th annual concert.

The PIGRAM BROTHERS and support groups will play at this free concert that attracts large crowds each year. Bring a blanket and picnic and watch the sun set while listening to the great Kimberley sounds of this famous indigenous group.

Roel Loopers

Broome to Bicton

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COURT REJECTS JAMES PRICE POINT INDUSTRIAL HUB

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on August 19, 2013

Well done to the Wilderness Society who today won their court battle against the WA State Government Environmental Protection Authority for giving approval for an industrial hub at James Price Point north of Broome.

The Kimberley is a sublime and pristine area of land that needs to be preserved and protected at all cost, so now hoping Premier Colin Barnett won’t be foolish enough to challenge the decision in a higher court. The way the EPA dealt with the application was totally unprofessional and unacceptable.

Roel Loopers

James Price Point

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SUBSIDY FOR ROTTNEST ISLAND

Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 13, 2013

I am having a bit of a ferry day today with the West Australian reporting that Rottnest Island traders want the state government to subsidise the Rottnest Express ferry because people are staying away from the island, especially in the winter months.

I know first hand from talking to hundreds of tourists at the Round House that many do not go to Rottnest because they find the $ 75.00 return fare too expensive, even more so because they’d have to hire bikes or pay for the bus on top of that.

It clearly is an issue but is it up to government to bail out businesses that are doing well 9 months a year or should those businesses subsidise the winter ferries themselves. If we bail out traders in one part of the state what about Broome, Albany, Margaret River, etc. How far should the tax payers subsidise certain professions, but not others.

Business is about taking risks and taking the good with the bad. Not many businesses trade profitable 12 months a year and I reckon many Fremantle retailers would not mind a bit of subsidy either.

Life is a bastard sometimes, Rottnest Island traders. Learn to live with it.

Roel Loopers

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