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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

 

Professor Francis Campbell

 

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

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GREG JAMES’ EDMUND RICE BRONZE SCULPTURE

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, culture, education, greg james, history, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2018

 

Edmund Rice

 

Fremantle J Shed artist Greg James is one of Western Australia’s truly outstanding bronze sculpture artists, as he proves again with the remarkable sculpture of Edmund Ignatius Rice, that will be installed at the Christian Brothers College in January.

Irish born Rice(1762-1844) was a Roman Catholic missionary and educationalist who established the Christian Brothers, who still follow the traditions established by Rice.

If you happen to walk past J Shed at Bathers Beach ask Greg James if you can have a look at the bronze artwork.

Greg is already working on his next work that is very Fremantle. His great, great grandmother was a passenger on the Marquis D’Angelsea in 1829, that was shipwrecked at Bathers Bay. She lost all her belongings, including her piano, which will be the focus of James’ heritage art work, and something the City of Fremantle should definitely buy.

 

Roel Loopers

FIVE STARS FOR NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on November 1, 2018

 

ND3698_5-star Principals EDM

 

Notre Dame University is positioned amongst the top-rated Australian universities receiving five-star ratings in seven categories in The Good Universities Guide 2019.

The University continues to achieve these exceptional results through the support and contributions of its students.

This marks the 12th year in a row that Notre Dame has received five-star ratings from their alumni for Overall Experience, Teaching Quality and Skills Development! (5-star ratings are awarded when results for a range of indicators, including nationwide student and graduate surveys, are in the top 20%).

Roel Loopers

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CHALLENGER TAFE TO EXPAND

Posted in city of fremantle, education, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2018

 

TAFE

 

While Challenger TAFE has not even given me the courtesy of a reply to the questions I sent them last week about this, the word is out that the South Metropolitan TAFE branch in Fremantle Port will expand in the near future to accommodate hundreds more students.

This is very good news for the West End cafes and will help the activation of the area.

I can’t tell you more because it’s all very secret apparently.

 

Roel Loopers

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MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, design, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2018

 

Fremantle’s Notre Dame University will have a dedicated Design Studio located on the University’s Campus in which students will participate in project-based learning that have social and environmental impact within the City.

Master of Architecture, will begin in Semester One next year with a two-year program open to graduates holding a bachelor degree in architecture, interior architecture or an equivalent qualification.

The program is designed specifically to allow students to work part time in the field while undertaking supervised placements with Notre Dame’s professional partners.

The Master of Architecture will benefit from the distinctive elements of the Notre Dame experience: small class sizes; research-led teaching, high employability through engagement with industry, professional skills development; and ethical, values-driven curriculum.

Many of the key challenges of contemporary society – such as sustainability, housing affordability, ageing-in-place and community building – will underpin the studios within the program.

A second, three-year program, the Master of Architecture (Extended), will be open to high-achieving graduates who hold a bachelor degree in another discipline area such as arts, planning, fine art, design, environmental science, archaeology or history.

Entry to both programs will be based on a portfolio interview.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE LOSES OUT ON $ 2 MILLION IN RATES ANNUALLY

 

When the Western Australian state government complains about the unfairness of the GST distribution, they might want to also have a think about the unfairness to some local governments, like Fremantle, regarding the local council rates exemptions for all kinds of institutions.

It costs the City of Fremantle estimated over $ 2 million annually, which is a big amount for a city with a small ratepayers’ base. We don’t know the exact figures because the Valuer General’s office does not provide councils with property values where there is no need.

But according to City of Fremantle figures we lose out on $ 707,000 from Notre Dame University, $ 210.544 from crown properties, $ 98,992 from places of worship, $ 24,085 from schools/educational, $ 630,819 from charities and $ 54,846 from others/written law/acts.

The above figures are not complete as they do not include the large TAFE site in Beaconsfield and others which are exempt from paying local government rates. The City also does not get rates from Fremantle Ports.

So maybe it is time the State Government compensated affected local councils for state laws that financially disadvantage them considerably.

Roel Loopers

STRING MUSIC FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL KIDS

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, music, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on August 20, 2018

 

Stringbeans Thursdays

 

Sounds like a great idea for the kids! The Stringbeans Orchestra will be at the North Fremantle Bowls Club every Thursday from 4 – 5.30pm.

It’s is for primary school students who play string instruments, or want to start it. Watch, listen and play!

Roel Loopers

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