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WHAT FREMANTLE CAN LEARN FROM FRANCE’S MULHOUSE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, hospitality, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on May 23, 2019

 

City of Fremantle Heritage Coordinator Alan Kelsall made me aware of a very positive article in The Guardian by Angelique Chrisofis about the revitalisation of the town of Mulhouse in the east of France, which should inspire Fremantle to continue with its efforts of recreating the high street ambience of the past.

According to Chrisofis the town “was once considered eastern France’s grimmest town” and ten years ago “was a symbol of the death of the European high street”

The town of 110,000 residents had a very high rate of youth unemployment, poverty, crime and anti-social behaviour, but that all turned around when Council took action.

Mulhouse set out to rebalance the housing mix. Generous subsidies for the renovation of building fronts expedited a facelift of more than 170 buildings. Security and community policing were stepped up. Transport was key – with a new tram system, bike schemes, shuttle buses and cheap parking.
But making the town’s public spaces attractive was just as important, with wider pavements, dozens of benches, and what officials deemed a “colossal budget” for tree planting and maintenance, gardening and green space. Local associations, community groups and residents’ committees were crucial to the efforts. A town centre manager was appointed to support independents and high-street franchises setting up.

The big change happened and 470 new shops and businesses opened over the last eight years. 75% of them are independent!

Read the full article in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/may/20/from-bleak-to-bustling-how-one-french-town-beat-the-high-street-blues-mulhouse

In this context it is good to hear that Notre Dame University is considering a Masterplan for their Fremantle West End campus, in close collaboration with the City of Fremantle.

The uni recognises that it has grown well organically over the last 20 years but that it will be good to plan more ahead for the future with Freo City’s planners and Council, in light of the fact that NDA acquired the former Customs House buildings. Very positive!

 

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AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL IN FREMANTLE

 

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The Australian Heritage Festival is on and of course Fremantle’s Notre Dame University is participating.

I happened to come across this group this morning with NDA historian Professor Deborah Gare who makes history come alive.

On Sunday May 12 Fremantle’s Monumental Progress is on the agenda. It starts at 10am at the Roundhouse and is a free tour of the historic West End. Join in!

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FREO ELECTION DEBATE TONIGHT!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2019

 

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The Fremantle Federal election candidate debate is on tonight in a Q&A format, with lecturers of Notre Dame University joining the party candidates.

Moderators are former ABC political reporter Peter Holland and Fremantle Herald Chief of Staff Steve Grant.

Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30 start at Tannock Hall on Cliff Street corner Croke Street.

The Liberal Party and United Australian Party candidates have declined to be scrutinised and that is very bad form.

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THE FREMANTLE ELECTION DEBATE IS ON WEDNESDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 6, 2019

 

A reminder that the Fremantle Federal Election Candidate Debate is on this Wednesday at Tannock Hall of the University of Notre Dame in Cliff Street from 6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm!

All candidates were invited and here is the list of those who will be participating.

Liberals – declined

ALP – confirmed to attend

Greens – confirmed to attend

Christians – still TBC

Socialist Alliance – confirmed to attend

One Nation – confirmed to attend

WA Party – confirmed to attend

UAP (Palmer) – declined

The forum will be moderated by the esteemed political journalist Peter Kennedy with support from Steve Grant, Chief of Staff at the Fremantle Herald, and Notre Dame academics, Dr Mignon Shardlow and Dr Jamal Barnes.

Adopting a ‘Q&A style’ approach this year, we welcome questions in advance and on the night.

Follow our event and have your say on Facebook and Twitter #FreoDebate. RSVP and submit your questions to http://www.notredame.edu.au/events-items/candidates-debate

I keep hearing the same argument at every election that Liberal candidates do not participate in the debate because Fremantle Councillor Rachel Pemberton is involved in organising it, and allegedly that makes the event biased. That is pretty insulting to Notre Dame University, Oxfam, Fremantle Chamber of Commerce and all involved. It’s rubbish!

 

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LIBERAL AND PALMER CANDIDATES NOT AT FREMANTLE ELECTION DEBATE

 

It is clear-and not surprising-that accountability and scrutiny are not high on the agenda of the Liberal Party and Clive Palmer’s rabble. The candidates of these parties have declined to take part in the Fremantle Candidates Debate on May 8.

But we will at least be able to get a good laugh out of what Pauline Hanson’s Freo candidate will have to say as they have confirmed attendance.

So the candidates of Labor, Greens and some minor parties will be attending, but is it going to be a great Q&A without the governing party being brave enough to allow their candidate to be scrutinised on their record? It’s a shame and pretty cowardly from the Liberals.

Anyway, the not so great debate is on at the Tannock Hall of Notre Dame University at Cliff Street from 6pm on May 8.

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PETER GRESTE AT FREO NOTRE DAME ON FAKE NEWS AND FALSE HISTORY

Posted in city of fremantle, festival, heritage, media, notre dame university, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2019

 

 

Renowned Australian journalist Peter Greste, who was a political prisoner in Egypt for a considerable time, will be the keynote speaker at Notre Dame University during this year’s Fremantle Heritage Festival.

Fake News and False History: The use and abuse of truth and lies will be the topic of Greste’s talk in Tannock Hall in Cliff Street.

The free event is on May 17 at 6pm and registrations are required at http://www.eventbrite.com.au

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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.

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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.

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TREES TO BEAUTIFY UNSIGHTLY CAR PARK

 

 

Some West End residents have expressed concern about the pruning of the lovely little tree on the corner of Cliff and High streets, but it is all good because the City of Fremantle wanted to create a bit more head space and to put new benches under the tree.

The City will also put four olive trees in large square concrete boxes along the unsightly Notre Dame University car park from Cliff Street to the Chalkys cafe.

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STREET GAMES FREO FITNESS FUN

Posted in city of fremantle, community, fitness, homelessness, social services, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on February 27, 2019

 

 

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I was surprised to see so many people turn up for the first Street Games at Fremantle’s Princess May Park this morning.

It was already hot and humid but they braved the conditions to kick and handball the footy and do boxing exercises to get them in good shape.

The weekly Wednesday event from 10-11.30am is organised by Reclinc, St Patrick’s, with help from Notre Dame University and the South Fremantle Football Club.

It was relaxed fun, so I hope it will grow. Nice to see Councillor Adin Lang also visiting to show his support.

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