Fremantle’s planning and development provided ‘hot topic’ for Forum hosted by Notre Dame

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Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 16-9-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



The future of Fremantle’s planning and development provided the ‘hot topic’ for a forum held at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus on Tuesday 15 September, 2009.

Chaired by Dr Martin Drum, Politics and International Relations lecturer at Notre Dame, the forum’s aim was to bring members of the community together to discuss how they can play a part in creating a sustainable and liveable Fremantle for the future.

Presentations were given by Professor Richard Weller from The University of Western Australia and author of recently released book Boomtown 2050; Associate Professor Brad Pettitt from Murdoch University and author of Embodying the Past in The Future? Sustainability and Built Heritage in Fremantle and Curtin University academic, Professor Peter Newman, co- author of Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change and Green Urbanism Down Under.

Dr Drum said that the University was keen to support community debate and very pleased to be working together with the Fremantle Network in planning this event. The Fremantle Network has a track record of raising and discussing issues of public importance in our community.

“Fremantle has a strong intellectual tradition, where we value discussion about local issues and Notre Dame has a crucial role to play in this.”

“Our university is committed to facilitating constructive and reasoned debate, and exploring links with the people and places we inhabit. We are also very interested in thinking about how our community would look in the future. This is why we are proud to host this discussion Fremantle 2050.”

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