Economists and governments are anxious about growth, because it underpins our financial infrastructure. You would not borrow money to buy a house and pay twice its retail value over the life of the loan if it did not double in value. Dick Smith, we are told, tried to run Australian Geographic as a “no growth” business and failed. Costs kept rising, and staff wanted advancement. What's the alternative? We encourage the growth of holistic, sustainable industries over extractive ones. We cannot sustain infinite growth on a finite planet.

 

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HELP PROVIDE SOME GLAMOUR

HELP PROVIDE SOME GLAMOUR

On Friday 29 August 2014, Micah Projects will hold its 11th Annual Moonlight Magic Dinner Dance in the Plaza Ballroom at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Moonlight Magic Dinner Dance is a community event that provides a night of fun and glamour to the previously homeless, those with mental health issues and disabilities, Read more.

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Bees Nees

Kurilpa Derby Rolls again

WECA announced yesterday that the 7th Kurilpa Derby will dtake place on Sunday 7th September. The Derby is West End's celebration of the lives lived on wheels. Across the last six years: over 10,000 Westenders have participated in this event. we're very proud to report that the event has been without incident for the duration. Read more.

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Bike Polo - Not for the faint-hearted

Bike Polo - Not for the faint-hearted

Bike polo may not be for the faint-hearted, but age and gender are definitely no barriers, or so says Ollie Wykeham who spoke with me about the sport recently. In fact he reckons there are players in their 50s and there's even a player in the US as old as 87. As to gender, he said one of the best Read more.

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Howard William ON

4,000 species on display at Queensland Museum

To celebrate the unveiling of Queensland Museum’s latest display, 4000 Species, museum curators are bringing out the A-Z of species cataloguing the wonderful and diverse range of species they have played a role in discovering over the Museum’s 152 year history. From the skull of a rare Longman’s Beaked Whale to a beautiful, yet endangered species of butterfly ...  Read more.

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Churchie Art Prize to Caitlin

Churchie Art Prize to Caitlin

For the fifth year in a row, Griffith University Art Gallery (GUAG) in South Bank, is hosting the Churchie national emerging art prize, one of the country’s most rewarding for emerging artists. The exhibition is a platform for emerging artists from all over Australia to showcase contemporary art as seen through their eyes …Read more.

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Helen Abrahams

August Westender online

The August edition of Westender is now online. The community voice of West End is now almost 22 years old and is fresher and newer than ever.

Over the next couple of days you can pick up the print edition on Boundary St, Montague Rd, Hampstead Rd, Melbourne St, Grey St, Stanley St and Gladstone Rd,  …Read more.

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Richard Webb

So long and thanks for all the fish

Local advocate of ethical food, Richard Webb of Swamp Dog, is calling it a day.

Webb has worked with many chefs in 4101 to heighten their awareness of the variety of local fish and the various ways to cook them.

In the chef’s own words: “In the last 3 years at Swampdog we’ve introduced thousands  … Read more.

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By-election result could save Straddie

By-election result could save Straddie

The Stafford by-election swing of over 18% against the LNP conveyed a dramatic message. The public has had enough of the extreme decisions of the Newman government. This brings sharper focus to Campbell Newman’s “cash for legislation” deal with North Stradbroke sand miner Sibelco. Following the deal, the Newman government spread misinformation to the media over its November 2013 amendments … Read more.

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West End house

Prices are up – Sales are down!

Given the positive comments in the media and the strength of the property market, it is incredible to believe that house sales are down by 45% in West End for the first 6 months of 2014 in comparison to the same period last year. Using a 10 year average for this period of the year, the numbers of houses sold …Read more.

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Local boy Drew Hutton a national figure

Drew Hutton a national figure

Lock the Gate Alliance national president, Drew Hutton, was the subject of a recent Australian Story program on the ABC. The Lock the Gate campaign was launched on 22 November, 2010 when farmers from south-east Queensland gathered in Brisbane around a farm gate, vowing to take a stand to protect their farms and communities from inappropriate mining. …Read more.

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