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FREMANTLE PORTS COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Posted in city of fremantle, community, education, fremantle ports, gardening, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2019

 

Great to hear that Fremantle Ports has supported Fremantle Primary School once again, this time sponsoring the creation of a mural by a local artist within its outdoor classroom area, as well as granting two student scholarships.

The school’s P&C are creating an area within the school grounds which will have an outdoor science lab and kitchen. It’s intended to be a space where children will be able to experiment, explore and discover the earth sciences while learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) concepts.

The mural will be based around the school’s values of ‘care’, ‘excellence’ and ‘diversity’.  It’ll be great to see what the mural turns out like and which artist is chosen to create it.

 The port has also given a grant to East Fremantle Community Garden, as a contribution towards a planned native garden at the entrance to the garden.

The East Freo community garden is behind 9 Seeds Café at 121 Marmion Street. The first plantings were in 2011 and, since then, the garden has realised a terrific orchard, multiple communal and private garden beds, worm farms and composing facilities. New members are welcome. The East Fremantle Community Garden can be found on Facebook.

 Fremantle Ports recently reviewed its approach to community investment, now focusing its assistance in four key areas – community enrichment, environmental leadership, arts and culture and education. It accepts applications online at any time, but only makes decisions about what to support once a quarter.

More information about how to apply on: http://www.fremantleports.com.au/community-education/community-investment

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE CLOSURE DISGRACE!

 

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The closure of the Fremantle Roundhouse today is the third day out of four the very popular tourist attraction has been closed to the public. It was closed on Friday and Saturday, supposedly due to bad weather, although the weather was in no way extreme and intolerable, and today the sign states that WA’s oldest public building is closed  due to a shortage of volunteers.

Fact is that the current president and some committee members of the volunteer group have been procrastinating instead of tackling the major issues of funding and volunteers.

I was a volunteer at the Roundhouse for nine years and loved talking with tourists from all over the world, but I resigned two weeks ago after a rude email from the president in reply to my email suggestions for improvements and changes. I was told that my emails to committee were a waste of energy and he reminded me I was not on committee, indicating I should just shut up.

It is now time for the City of Fremantle to immediately take over the management of the Roundhouse as this significant building has to be open to the public.  I am happy to get involved again under new more progressive and committed management.

A school group that arrived at 1.30pm today stood in front of the closed doors and that is very disappointing.

Roel Loopers

PICTURES OF A FREO MARKET

Posted in city of fremantle, growers green markets, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2019

 

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It is a slow news weekend so a short stroll at the Growers Green Farmers Market this morning resulted in these three photos.

Roel Loopers

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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.

FREMANTLE’S ABORIGINAL HISTORY NEEDS TO BE TOLD

 

I feel honoured to have been asked to join the City of Fremantle Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, which will meet this morning and will guide Fremantle Council toward a new Aboriginal policy, as last night’s ABC TV documentary Will Australia Ever Have A Black PM? showed how disadvantaged our indigenous people still are, with a one in a million chance of an Aboriginal person becoming Prime Minister of Australia and hardly any Aboriginal people in a position of political or corporate power in our country.

The percentage of Aboriginal students reaching high school and university is also disappointingly low, but at least it has been improving over the last years and hopefully that will continue and increase.

There is a lot of talk and a lot of money spent, and often wasted, and there is a lot of near useless tokenism when it comes to acknowledging our Aboriginal culture and history, and only when that changes will we make real inroads.

While Frematle Council has allocated $ 50,000 for a feasibility study for an Aboriginal cultural centre it is clear that this could only become reality if the State or Federal governments are willing to financially support it.

But in the meantime there are many things we could do in Fremantle to give our city an Aboriginal context, such as giving streets and sites Noongar names. We could also have ‘story poles’ all around Fremantle telling snippets of Whadjuk Noongar history.

It would also be great to have entry signs to Fremantle that read:

KAYA. WELCOME. City of Fremantle. Whadjuk Noongar country.

It is simple, fast and not expensive to do, so let’s do it!

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

 

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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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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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NOTRE DAME GRADUATIONS A RITE OF PASSAGE

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized, universities by freoview on December 12, 2018

 

 

The graduation days at Fremantle’s Notre Dame University are very special I believe.

These are the real rite-of-passage days, where students will make the next big step from studying to entering the work force and starting their chosen profession.

There is always a lot of nervous energy and anticipation at the graduation ceremonies, and of course a sense of relief that one has made it.

Congratulations to the hundreds of students who graduate today and tomorrow at NDA. Enjoy it and celebrate!

Roel Loopers

….and the slide show of the above photos:

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