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NOTRE DAME RETHINKS WEST END BUILDING PLANS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on November 6, 2017

 

UNDA

 

It looks as if Fremantle Notre Dame University has abandoned their plans to build the new School of Nursing and Midwifery on the vacant block on the corner of High and Cliff Street in the historic West End.

I hear UNDA is looking for alternative options, but probably within their own property portfolio, so we’ll have to wait and see what will happen.

UNDA deserves to be congratulated for their community spirit and the fact they decided not to go ahead with the initial five-storey proposal, after Fremantle Council and the community objected to it.

The nursing school is very popular and has high demand, so there is a need for a bigger building to accommodate all those students who want to enrol in it.

Roel Loopers

 

WIKIPEDIA EDITING AT NOTRE DAME UNI

Posted in city of fremantle, education, internet, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2017

 

It is Open Access Week, so join the WIKIPEDIA editing workshop at Notre Dame University this Wednesday, October 25 from 1.30-3.30pm.

Wikipedia is one of the first open access resources on the internet that many people consult for information on a topic. Because of this, the research community has an important interest in ensuring that Wikipedia has accurate, comprehensive coverage of content that links to freely available open access research literature.

Join Gideon Digby, Vice-President of Wikimedia Australia and Lydia Dawe, Liaison Librarian, for an interactive session which will cover:

  • Detailed guidance for creating and editing Wikipedia entries in your area of research
  • Suggestions for improving relevant articles
  • Learning how to edit Wikipedia for beginners
  • Using Open Access repositories and directories to discover articles to add to Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia in the academic context
  • Best practices for communication with other Wikipedia editors

This is a free event.

Venue: Tannock Hall of Education ND4/203
Corner Cliff and Croke Streets
Fremantle

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GARAGE SALE AT BEACY PRIMARY SCHOOL

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

Beacy Primary Garage Sale

 

The Beaconsfield Primary School GARAGE SALE is on this coming Sunday October 22 from 8am to midday, so come and find some bargains!

 

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REAL KIDS IN AN UNREAL WORLD

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, family, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2017

Maggie Dent this Monday!

 

A reminder that MAGGIE DENT will be in Fremantle tomorrow, Monday October 16 at  7.30pm at the South Fremantle Football Club.

She will talk about the en building blocks that ill help children to build up resilience.

For details see the poster above.

 

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ABOUT FREO PARKING AND RATES

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2017

 

During the Fremantle local election campaign I often get asked about parking and Notre Dame University not paying rates, so I want to share my thoughts on that with you.

I have stated for many years that Fremantle has a perceived parking problem, as there is ample parking in the inner city. The one ‘problem’ Freo has is that street parking is not always available close to where one wants to go, and on weekdays that is often due to Notre Dame students occupying the bays in the West End all day.

Especially on weekdays the multi-storey carparks at Point, Collie and Henderson streets have plenty of vacant car bays, and so do the car parks along Mews Road, west of the railway line, and at Victoria Quay and Beach Street.

I do not believe that broadly supplying more free parking would help our traders and visitors, as uni students would just take them.

We also need to consider that parking fees and fines are a major revenue source for the City of Fremantle, so how would we make up for that financial loss? Reducing services would not be welcomed by ratepayers and residents.

Staying with rates. Like all educational institutions in Australia Notre Dame University is not required to pay council rates, and neither do churches and Fremantle Port.

Notre Dame is a great asset to Fremantle and I am a big supporter of the university. It brings over 7,000 people daily to Fremantle, and West End cafes would not be there without them.

Freo City signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Notre Dame every two years and the uni is required to spend an agreed amount of money on activation events.

UNDA is working on installing street activation nodes at the moment, and is also planning a heritage wall at the back of the Santa Maria library in Henry Street.

In an ideal world a small city like Fremantle should receive rates from each and every property owner in our city, but they have no power to enforce that.

 

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FREO PRIMARY PRESENTS QUEEN OF COMMON SENSE

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, Uncategorized by freoview on October 7, 2017

 

The Fremantle Primary School will be hosting Maggie Dent ‘The Queen of Common Sense” on October 16, at 7.30 pm at the South Fremantle Football Club. Doors open at 6pm and bar will be open.

Maggie will talk about Real Kids in an Unreal World: Building Resilience and Self-Esteem in Today’s Children. She will explore her common-sense, practical model of ten building blocks for children.

Dent will present practical ideas and strategies to make small changes in your home, which will make a big difference to your children’s cognitive, physical, psychological, emotional and social health later in life.

Maggie Dents is a warm and funny presenter, according to those who have attended her talks, so it should be a wonderful night.

Tickets are $ 35.00. You can book tickets: http://tdy.cl/se/PybLBHQ

Proceeds from ticket sales and raffles go directly to the Fremantle Primary School P&C.

 

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ABRAHAM DAY FULL OF QUESTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, reigion, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2017

 

 

I probably ended up with more questions than answers, but the yearly ABRAHAM DAY at Fremantle Notre Dame University also left me with a sense of envy and admiration that people can just believe there is a God, and the feeling of comfort and belonging it must give them.

There is something surreal about having a Sheik, a Rabbi and an Archbishop sitting peacefully together, when the world is in mayhem because of people who claim to kill in the name of their God.

Yes, I am confused, but delighted that Notre Dame gives us the opportunity to listen to the religious leaders and ask them questions.

On Thursday afternoon in the packed Drillhall of UNDA Catholic Archbishop Timothy Costello, Sheik Muhammad Agherdien and Rabbi Dovid Freilich debated the theme of the day; Welcoming and Standing up for the Other.

Notre Dame’s Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond did the introductions and said that engaging with someone who is the other helps to find commonality. How do we welcome and build a relationship with the other, she asked.

Archbishop Costello said that to welcome someone is altogether a different thing from welcoming them and standing up for them, and asked, who is the other?

Rabbi Freilich said that religious people need to show respect and love for those who are not related to God.

Abraham was the first person to argue with God, when he begged for the life of the people of Sodom and Gomorra. We should care for the life of every human being, the Rabbi said, and that Abraham was the quintessential example for hospitality.

Sheik Agherdien said that it is important we stand up for each other in the spirit of Abraham and that the three religions teach to care for another.

During the Q&A the Sheik said that religions are under attack and that these are common challenges faced, while the Rabbi said that young people are absorbed to make ends meet and that there is little time left for them to live. How can we make them see the beauty of God? He asked.

In the affluent society the question of God does not arise as easily as in poorer countries, but there is so much anguish and distress in the modern world that the deep questions are not asked, and people do not reflect and meditate.

Rabbi Freilich said that there is so much noise in our world that we cannot concentrate on the inner self, and Sheik Agherdien argued that some are unfortunate to have not been born within a faith. It was very important that people questioned more.

The highlight for me was the prayer at the end of the debate by the Sheik, and I have asked him to email it to me, so I can write in more detail about it.

When I left I pondered why I am so often cynical about what I consider the hypocrisy of religious institutions, but far less about moderate religious people, and I wondered if that is the reason more people turn away from religion. If this is where the problem is, that will also be where the answers and solutions can be found.

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R U OK? ART AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in art, city of fremantle, education, mental health, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2017

 

R U OK?

 

Fremantle Notre Dame University students came up with a creative idea to raise awareness for mental health and R U OK? DAY.

Students were handed small bags with paint in them to throw at a canvas, that will become an abstract painting depicting all the moods and nuances of life.

 

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STUNNING FREMANTLE COLLEGE ARCHITECTURE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on September 9, 2017

 

 

The 50th anniversary of the South Fremantle Senior High School was a nice community event, but even more impressive is the entry of the new Fremantle College building. It’s stunning!

 

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GREAT COMMUNITY SATURDAY IN FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, community, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on September 9, 2017

 

50 years South Freo High

 

YES Poster Saturday1 pm

 

It’s a great Saturday to connect with the community today!

Start by going to the 50th anniversary celebrations at the South Fremantle Senior High School from 10am to 3 pm.

Go over, before midday, to IGA at Simms Road in Hamilton Hill to lend a hand painting a 43 metre mural.

And at 1 pm the Marriage Equality concert starts at Pioneer Park, opposite the Freo train station.

Connect! Support! Feel embraced by your community!

 

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