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JUDGES MAKING LAW AT NOTRE DAME

Posted in city of fremantle, education, law&order, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on October 24, 2017

 

Oct 26 UNDA lecture

Those interested in law should attend The Role of Judges in Making Law lecture by Federal Court Justice Michael Barker at Fremantle Notre Dame University this Thursday.

It’s part of the university’s Honourable David Malcolm Annual Memorial lectures and is from 6-7 pm at the Michael Keating room, corner Cliff and High Street on October 26.

RSVP 9433 0741 or pam.meehan@nd.edu.au

 

Roel Loopers

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.

 

Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME STUDENTS LOOK AFTER ENVIRONMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, education, environment, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 7, 2017

 

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Fremantle NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY students have declared a WAR on Waste with their mini-campaign to collect disposable coffee cups at campus.

The Sustainability Club members collect the cups from rubbish bins and streets around the campus, and they plan to separate the cups from the lids, as the lids can be recycled, but the cups sadly still go into landfill.

The Sustainability Club was launched at UNDA in the last semester break by mature-age student Claire O’Loughlin, who said that he UNDA Keep Cup campaign has been very successful, where the club sells re-usable cups at cost to students.

If only 100 students buy a re-usable cup that would be at least 500 disposable cups per weeks that don’t go into landfill. UNDA has over 6,000 students and hundreds of staff!

The focus of the club will be on coffee/tea cups, straws, plastic bottles and single-use bags.

The cups are taken from the trailer every day, so that the sea breeze does not pick them up and blow them around town and into the Indian Ocean. I took the photo at 10 am this morning, so that are a lot of cups already early in the morning.

It is great to see our Freo students looking after the environment, as plastic is killing our oceans fast. Well done!

Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY OPEN DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 17, 2017

 

UNDA Open Day Aug 20

 

Early warning for all high school students and their parents that my friends at Fremantle Notre Dame University are having their Open Day this Sunday August 20 from 10 am.

It is a fun and relaxed day in the beautiful West End and very informative for those who are planning to study after high school.

 

Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY GRADUATION

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on July 21, 2017

 

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I love it that the Notre Dame University campus is in the centre of Fremantle’s historic West End, and I love the graduation days because they are so significant for the students, their parents, family and friends.

Over 600 students graduated today from all nine schools of the university and it was a delight to witness it.

Roel Loopers

EXCELLENT NOTRE DAME NURSING STUDENTS

Posted in education, fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 21, 2017

Fremantle Notre Dame University did get a lot of stick, including from me, about their proposal for a five-storey new School of Nursing building in High Street, but they deserve to be congratulated on the high standard of education they give their nursing students.

While I was in Rockingham Hospital for an operation last week I was also cared for by UNDA students and they all were very good.

Especially one of them, Amy, was so incredibly competent, very confident and professional that she came across as a well-experieneced nurse.

She had great communication skills with the patients and the nursing staff and the most delightful personality.

We are lucky in Freo because Amy from Rockingham told me that once she graduates in July she has found employment at Fremantle Hospital. She will be a great asset to the nursing staff there!

Roel Loopers

 

NOTRE DAME APPOINTS WEST END CONSULTANTS

Fremantle Notre Dame University has appointed the recently merged TPG+Place Match group to undertake further independent consultation in regard to the proposed development of a new Nursery and Midwifery School on the corner of High and Cliff streets.

The five-storey  development was rejected for approval by Fremantle Council  because it exceeds the three-storey limit for the heritage-listed West End Precinct, and because of its inappropriate and poor design quality.

The deciding authority for the building is the WA Development Assessment Panel but UNDA adjourned the approval process to make changes to the building after strong community objections.

It will be interesting to see if UNDA will abandon their plans for an, in my opinion un-approvable, five storey building and alter the design to make its architecture more sympathetic and respectful to the heritage streetscape, or if they will go ahead and apply for approval of a five-story building at the DAP.

This from the TPG+Place Match website:

  • Stakeholder and community engagement
  • Place visioning and narrative
  • Strategic and statutory planning
  • Urban design and place planning
  • Heritage and cultural planning
  • Place branding and promotion
  • Community development
  • Place activation 

TPG+Place Match have a track record of working together on several high profile place-led projects, including the Perth Cultural Centre Place Plan, the Curtin University Place Activation project and several regional revitalisation and enhancement projects in Bunbury, Morawa and Esperance.

Since its inception in 2011, Place Match has become WA’s most sought after place making firm, offering niche expertise in place visioning and branding, destination planning, place activation and management.  The firm has breathed new life and added significant value to places across Perth city, suburban areas and into regional WA.

Roel Loopers

EXCELLENT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in education, fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on April 12, 2017

Findings from the combined 2015 and 2016 Student Experience Survey (SES) show Notre Dame University achieving outstanding results placing it first in Western Australia and New South Wales in five of seven key indicators – ‘Overall Quality of Education Experience’, ‘Teaching Quality’, ‘Skills Development’, ‘Learner Engagement’ and ‘Student Support’.

Notre Dame University also continues to excel nationally, being placed in the top two universities in Australia for ‘Overall Quality of Educational Experience’ with an 89.8% rating, well above the national average of 79.9%.

It is ranked second nationally for ‘Learner Engagement’ with a 79.1% rating, compared to 64.1% nationally, and ‘Skills Development’ at 90.8% compared to the national average of 81.1%.

This is great news for Fremantle’s Notre Dame University and well deserved!

 

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UNI STUDENTS BACK IN FREO!

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

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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

 

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NOTRE DAME UNI SIGNIFICANT FOR FREMANTLE

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

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