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Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2017

I received this media statement from Fremantle Notre Dame University Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond and publish it in full.

I have highlighted some essential parts of it in bold.


Media Statement
For immediate release: Friday 16 June 2017
RE: Proposed School of Nursing & Midwifery building – 3-5 High Street ______________________________________________________________________________

In November 2016 The University of Notre Dame Australia announced plans for a new development at 3-5 High Street in Fremantle to house its successful and highly rated School of Nursing & Midwifery. Notre Dame’s architects and planners worked to a brief designed to provide the best possible facilities for students, to maximise street activation of the West End precinct and retain the existing heritage façade. Advice from the Heritage Council of Western Australia and the Fremantle Design Advisory Committee was sought and incorporated throughout the design process.

The University was enthusiastic about the resulting development and what it would bring for the future education of our students. The University was also mindful that the site is historically significant, and represents a key element in the continuing revitalisation of Fremantle’s West End.

Following consideration by the Fremantle Council, the University adjourned its subsequent application before the Joint Development Assessment Panel. The purpose of the adjournment was to consider matters raised by the Council (both in reports and discussions) and independently, by the community and community bodies. In addition, the University engaged the TPG Place
Match group to undertake further independent consultation regarding the proposed development.

As a result of this detailed consultation, and following thorough consideration of all feedback, the University has decided not to proceed with its current plan and to withdraw its current application for planning approval.

The University would like to thank all those who have contributed to this discussion. We have listened to, and taken account of, all feedback – both critical and complimentary. This has not only helped us reach our decision not to proceed with the current plan, but excited us about the potential for this building.

The University does therefore remain committed to this development and to ensuring that our nursing and midwifery students have access to state-of-the-art learning facilities. We also remain committed to our role as a key member of the Fremantle community, in developing a building that is architecturally and historically significant, sensitive to heritage, and an important contributor to the continuing revitalisation of the West End of Fremantle.

We will be releasing information about the next steps in relation to this development in the coming weeks.



Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 9, 2017



It has been a long time coming but Fremantle Notre Dame University is finally implementing its West End Activation Plan that is part of the Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Fremantle.

UNDA spends $ 75,000 yearly on community activation, but will now get really serious with moving university departments and offices from high profile to low profile locations.

Already three university offices have been moved from High Street to make way for three commercial tenancies to help activate the historic West End.

As part of enhancing Notre Dame activities in the public realm the Mouat Piazza will be created on the corner of Croke and Mouat streets, as well as the Gateway Park on the corner of Mouat and Phillimore streets.

Also part of the plans are activation nodes on the corner of Mouat and High streets and the Vice Chancellery entry to Mouat Street.

We will see new paving, seating, lighting and shade structures appearing in the West End soon and possibly a new public artwork.

Great stuff!

Roel Loopers




Posted in education, fremantle, notre dame university by freoview on March 1, 2017



What a delight it is to see thousands of Notre Dame University students back in Fremantle’s West End.

The streets and cafes are full with gorgeous and colourful young people. I love it!

I considered doing a photo story on it but I’d probably get accused of being a dirty old pervert photographing young students, so this UNDA promo will have to do.

Roel Loopers




Posted in economy, education, fremantle, hospitality, notre dame university by freoview on October 19, 2016

I am a big fan of Fremantle’s Notre Dame University but believe the significance of the university to the Fremantle economy has almost slipped unnoticed under the radar of many in our community with some complaining the uni, like every other educational institution in Australia, does not pay council rates.

What UNDA has done is building a very strong brand with high academic acclaim and student satisfaction in the historic West End of Fremantle that attracts more than 6,000 students a year to the campus who are being looked after by around 1,700 staff and lecturers. That is over 7,700 people buying coffee and meals in Freo! It is estimated that the students alone contribute $ 1 million a year to the cafe industry.

When we talk about economic revitalisation we mention a possible 1,200 Housing Department staff relocating to Kings Square, 160 staff the Mediterranean Shipping Company in Cliff Street has brought in and some 200 people now working at the new Atwell Arcade building. That is all great but it also shows how important Notre Dame is for Freo’s hospitality and retail as it alone brings five times more people into Fremantle than those three examples combined.

Most cafes in Fremantle’s West End would not survive without the university, as they and tourism create the numbers that make these small businesses viable. Together with the weekend attraction of Fremantle to suburban visitors this helps make cafes successful all week.

So when you think that Notre Dame does not contribute enough to Fremantle, think about all the people who have jobs in cafes mainly because they get supported by students and staff of the uni, and also have a look at how well they look after the beautiful heritage buildings they occupy.

The one major disappointment for me is the lack of student accommodation in Fremantle and the exodus of students late afternoons. I hope the City of Fremantle and Notre Dame University will collaborate on improving that. What about COF offering UNDA a block of land at the Knutsford Street workshops site for a 49-year peppercorn rent or so, where UNDA can build a student apartment block close to public transport and only a ten-minute bike ride to uni?

Notre Dame does tours of the campus where one can see the stunning adaptive re-use of the heritage buildings, and while there keep an eye out for some outstanding Aboriginal art work on the walls. The free tours are being held every Friday morning. Contact UNDA for information.

Roel Loopers


Posted in children, community, education, fremantle, learning, schools, western australia by freoview on September 13, 2016

Herald Ad 2016 Open Day


My friends at the Fremantle LANCE HOLT School are holding an OPEN DAY this Saturday September 17 from 10-12 am.

The independent community school offers an integrated program  for children from 3-year-old Kindi to Year Six and is highly regarded by Freo parents who love the relaxed atmosphere at the school.

The school is at 10 Henry Street in the historic West End of town and was established in 1970 by Lance Holt.

Roel Loopers



Posted in education, fremantle, learning, notre dame university, western australia by freoview on August 27, 2016

notre dame


This very impressive full-page advertisement of Notre Dame University in the West Australian caught my eye this morning, as it looks like the promotion of an Oscar winning movie. The Lunchpack of Notre Dame maybe because the Fremantle uni students can enjoy all the quirky cafes and shops in town?

Notre Dame is no doubt a very popular university in Australia and Fremantle as is shown in the Good Universities Guide of 2017 again.

Notre Dame University received five-star ratings for:

*  Overall quality of education

*  Teaching quality

* Learning engagement

*  Student support

*  Skills development

*  Graduate employment

*  Median graduate salary

I love having Notre Dame in Fremantle as it has significantly revitalised the historic West End of Fremantle, and they are a very nice organisation to deal with, as I know from my own experience with them.

Roel loopers


Posted in education, fremantle, learning, notre dame university, students, western australia by freoview on August 21, 2016



My friends at Fremantle NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY are holding their annual Open Day today till 3 pm, so go and have a look. There is live music in one of the courtyards and it is always a very relaxed, friendly and very Freo day.

I went just after they opened at 10 am and there were already a lot of parents and young people talking to staff, academics and students, so her some photo impressions of the day.

Roel loopers



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:

Roel Loopers



Posted in education, fremantle, notre dame university, western australia by freoview on May 11, 2016

Fremantle Notre Dame University is doing very well in a challenging climate for universities in Australia and announced a high increase in student numbers late last year. It also received a 5-Star rating in the 2016 Good Universities Guide in the category Overall Graduate Satisfaction, Teaching Quality, Generic Skills, Getting a Full-Time Job and Graduate Starting Salary.

Now a new national survey  reveals that skills development, quality educational experience and a high graduate employment rate are some of the findings that set The University of Notre Dame Australia apart from its peers in data released by the Federal Government today.

Senator Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education, released the results from the latest university surveys to inform the government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website.

The website also shows Notre Dame University is one of the top universities in Australia for ‘Graduate Employment Rate’ with a full-time graduate employment rate of 79.2 per cent, well above the national average of 69.7 per cent. The median starting salary of Notre Dame graduates is at $59,800, above the national average of $55,000.

Notre Dame is the top university in the country for ‘Skills Development’ at 90.7 per cent, well above the national average of 81.3 per cent. It is in the top two universities nationally for ‘Overall Quality of Educational Experience’ with an 88.5 per cent rating. The QILT data also shows Notre Dame achieving high ratings in the categories of ‘Student Support’, ‘Learner Engagement’ and ‘Teaching Quality’.

Notre Dame has done outstandingly well in these categories in comparison with other WA universities (

–       Skills development – rated 1 in WA / rated 1 nationally
–       Overall quality of education experience – rated 1 in WA / rated 2 nationally
–       Teaching quality – rated 1 in WA / rated 3 nationally
–       Learner engagement – rated 1 in WA / rated 2 nationally
–       Student support – rated 1 in WA / rated 2 nationally
–       Full-time employment – rated 1 in WA / rated 6 nationally

I am a big fan of UNDA and the vibrancy it brings to the West End of Fremantle during the day. I love the activation the students from all over Australia and the world bring to our city and what it does to Freo’s economy, especially in the hospitality trade, but I am disappointed that the promised reactivation of the ground levels of UNDA owned and occupied buildings still has not been implemented. It is part of every MOU the City of Fremantle signs every two years with UNDA but nothing is forthcoming. Come on UNDA, you can do better than that!

Roel Loopers


Posted in education, fremantle by freoview on April 5, 2016

There is a community meeting on tonight about the planned new Fremantle College, so parents whose children will be going to secondary school in 2018, when the college opens, might want to find out what it is all about and ask questions.

The community meeting is on from 6.15 to 7.30 tonight at the South Fremantle Senior High School at Lefroy Road. It is in the preforming arts main hall and it is signed from the car park.

Here a bit from the Education Department about Fremantle College:

Fremantle’s new flagship college, opening in 2018, will provide your children with a high quality, comprehensive education from the moment they arrive to the time they graduate.

A focus on academic and vocational excellence will provide many options and pathways for your children to work towards their ambitions, whether they aspire to go on to university, further training or employment after they graduate. Whatever directions your children choose, Fremantle College will provide them with the opportunities to achieve the highest possible standards.

With children from Years 7 to 12, Fremantle College will open as an Independent Public School. The foundation principal will be appointed from 2017 and work closely with a new school board to shape the school, its staffing and its learning programs.

The school board will provide strategic direction and governance, with members drawn from diverse backgrounds including community, industry and academia. Their expertise and commitment will establish the college as a pre-eminent school for children in the Fremantle area.

Central to the college’s success will be strategic partnerships forged with the Fremantle community to strengthen children’s access to a wide range of study and career opportunities.

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