Business groups grapple changes

The winds of change whistle round us.

The CCIQ takeover of the SW Chamber has seen sparks fly over bacon and eggs. WETA has issued a statement differentiating a discussion between members and formal decisions. Council has defended tree removal and Aldi has defended its lack of community engagement.

As always, small business plugs away providing the services that communities need, while the more ambitious arm-wrestle.

You can rely on Westender to deliver the detail of the stories as they break.

Andrew Chamberlin

SW Chamber talks green at golf club

Despite the national treasurer’s discomfort with wind turbine’s many businesses are experiencing first-hand the bottom line advantages of thinking green.

As the Bendigo Bank writes on its Green Generation pages, “Business owners are recognizing that as the cost of energy, water and other limited resources rise, the value of best practice efficiency increases, thus speeding our transition to a sustainable … Read more.

Cracking down on hackers

Cracking down on hackers

A long-term Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation has resulted in the arrest of two men in two states allegedly involved in a campaign targeting Australian and international websites.

The AFP will allege in court that the two men claimed to be members of the online issue motivated group 'Anonymous'. Since 2012, people who claim to be members of 'Anonymous' have … Read more.

Aldi wants community engagement

Aldi wants community engagement

Given the wide-spread concerns about the development of Montague Road, the Draft City Plan and the lack of community engagement, Westender gave Aldi the opportunity to discuss in detail its engagement with community and plans for its site, now under construction. They have provided the following. ALDI Australia is eager to bring the ALDI difference to West End and provide … Read more.

Artists impression of the proposed Soda development

Alien invasion is an illusion

Foreign investment is not taking over West End according to Rob Honeycombe, a director of the Real Estate Institute and BeesNees Real Estate.

Honeycombe is responding to recent reports that up to half of new housing stock was being snaffled up by foreign owners. He says that the fundamental reason is that foreigners are not able to buy existing or second-hand real estate. The overall figures for 2013 show that only … Read more.

WECA tree proposal

Council justifies vanishing tree

Westender publishes the following official council response to the tree disappearance at 108 Boundary St, West End

Environment, Parks and Sustainability Chairman Matthew Bourke said based on a request from one of the property owners, an arborist had assessed the tree earlier this year and recommended that it be removed.

“Urban trees provide benefits that are important to our city’s … Read more.

Snelleksz at SW Chamber

Workaholic away

Business owners working sixty hour weeks and more are not setting their priorities correctly, according to Matthew Snelleksz.

The author, accountant and consultant specialises in fixing broken businesses, which he defines as businesses that do not make enough profit for their owners to take holidays, pay themselves bonuses or establish a comfortable retirement plan.

Regular readers of Business Voice will … Read more.

West End street art

WETA walks from Street Art policy

After the WETA meeting held on 14th May, 2014 at which a representative from the Brisbane City Council was present, a communication was sent out advising that a consensus was reached regarding the Graffiti-Street Art in the West End area and it was being investigated to see where this could be introduced to West End. We would like to advise … Read more.

Berwicks Better Business Breakfast

Business culture builds bottom line

Action-coach Charmian Campbell was on Montague Rd last month delivering the keynote speech at Berwicks Better Business Breakfast.

Cramming as much of her full day seminar into forty minutes as she could, the dynamic and knowledgeable Ms Campbell led attendees through a range of all-too-familiar scenarios that can be avoided with the right business culture.

Her key target is organisations where … Read more.

Luke Shavak

Two entrepreneur meetups in the city this month

Brisbane entrepreneurs have the opportunity to get together once a fortnight for an informal networking event as part of the global MeetUp program.

The next Entrepreneur Meetup is at 6pm on Wednesday 11th June in the city. The MeetUp system requires you to register before you can see the location of the event. Westender can reveal that it is in Eagle … Read more.

Lord Mayor Quirk squires Lin Lei through King George Square

Quirk quick to grip hip list

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is rolling out the accolades for Brisbane, clearly relishing being the Mayor of the hippest, fastest growing, smartest and most business friendly city on the face of the planet.

The praise comes from a variety of sources, with the latest label being added to Quirk’s Christmas Tree by the 2thinknow Innovation Cities Index which puts us … Read more.

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