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G'day all, and welcome to another electronic edition of the Westender. If you live locally, you'll also see the latest print edition appearing in cafes, coffee shops, newsagents, bookshops and other drop-off points over the next few days.

We're stoked by the success and ready acceptance that the Westender has received from readers and advertisers alike, and thank you for your support. There's a lot happening locally, and you can keep on top of events by checking out our website, following us on Facebook, reading the monthly print edition or subscribing to our regular e-news publications.

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“What does the G20 mean for West End?”

“What does the G20 mean for West End?”

If you have any questions about the forthcoming G20 Summit being held at South Bank in November, here’s your opportunity to ask them in person, to the people who have all the answers. Uncle Sam Watson, noted community activist, will talk about the protests planned by the First Nations people in Musgrave Park during the summit. Scott McDougall, coordinator of …

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Water Rats walk through West End History

On a wet Friday evening on 22 August West End locals packed into Avid Reader Bookshop for a charge of West End history: the launch of the West End Making History Group’s third and latest walking guide, Walking with Water Rats ... Kurilpa Point to Davies Park and Beyond. They were joined by special guests, Sam Watson, Heritage Architect, Peter …

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The New City Plan

Kurilpa Riverfront plan may kill the goose that lays the golden egg

Greens candidate for South Brisbane, Jonathon Sri has expressed serious concerns about the drafting process of the new masterplan. "Inviting consultation after the draft has been finalised is patronising and tokenistic," he said. "It goes without saying that local residents and small businesses should have been consulted before it was released." He said that the plan contains some positive elements, "it's …

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Grace Barbé lights up BEMAC

“Led by Grace Barbé, a charming, beautiful islander woman from the Seychelles, the band puts on an intricate, fun and engaging performance full of island reggae, creole rhythms, and complex, intense vocals in French, Creole and English - an amazing, uplifting experience.” - Gordon Taylor of musichord.com Seychelles islander Grace Barbé is the real deal, a genuinely exotic world music star for the …

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Elly Hoyt

Jazz soloists at Spiegeltent

Award-winning Brisbane singer Elly Hoyt and Natalie de Jager will both perform on Sunday, September 7 at the Telstra Spiegeltent as part of the Brisbane Festival. Elly’s self-titled debut album in 2010 won her the Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album at the 2011 Australian Jazz Bell Awards and prompted Australian jazz great James Morrison to say: “From the moment I …

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Yellow Brick Road rates rock

G20 – yes, there is an alternative

Robin Taubenfeld from Friends of the Earth Brisbane and the Brisbane Community Action Network (BrisCAN) has just sent the Westender details of some of the alternative activities and community programs planned for Brisbane during the G20 Summit. Her media release is here: The G20 Leaders Summit will bring the leaders of the worlds’ 20 largest economies  Read more.

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Ethno on the Road

Everyone's invited to Cultural Diversity Week

“Our culture and lifestyle are made all the richer by the contribution of migrants who’ve chosen to call Queensland home.” - Glen Elmes.

Queensland Cultural Diversity Week, the state’s largest celebration of cultural diversity starts tomorrow Saturday 30 August. Local events include the Serbian Festival this  … Read more.

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Eco-art activities in time for holidays

This September school holidays, Reverse Garbage at Woolloongabba is introducing some exciting new themes to the Spring eco-art workshop program to coincide with some of 2014's best new film releases for kids. ‘Boxtrolls’ is a quirky film opening in cinemas this September that encourages children to “dare to be square,” and children can make their own trash collecting Boxtroll character …

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Pollies and Perpetrators - domestic violence and politics

Pollies and Perpetrators - domestic violence and politics

What our elected representatives say about Government response to Violence against women This article is part of a forthcoming feature in the September issue of Westender. According to the Office for Women, "one-in-three Australian women have experienced physical violence and almost one-in-five have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15". Read more.

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Kurilpa Riverfront Plan leaves residents behind

Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad has raised serious concerns that the LNP State and Council Administrations are leaving Brisbane residents behind after the pay-to-view launch of the Kurilpa Riverfront Renewal Draft Master Plan. Ms Trad attended the launch of the Kurilpa Riverfront Renewal Draft Master Plan as a guest of Business South Bank but was angered that the State …

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Zapping A Cosmic Rubble Pile

Have a guess how much space junk is floating around up there? That’s right, too much to count and we put it all there, over the past 40 years by launching more than 10,000 satellites, the majority of which are still in orbit. We’re only now beginning to reap the bounty we’ve sown, so to speak. Rocket booster casings, dead …

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Want to win a Women In Docs CD? 

The Westender has a brand, spanking new copy of “Carousel” – the latest release from Women In Docs – to give away. 

Women in Docs (Chanel Lucas and Roz Pappalardo) are renowned for their raw, exciting, upbeat sounds, well-considered (and often humorous) lyrics, crisp, acoustic guitar and soaring harmonies. The act gathers large, loyal crowds wherever they play,  including all major music and folk festivals across Australia and the USA. Their music is reminiscent of the Indigo Girls and the Waifs, with a little bit of Dixie Chicks thrown in.

To be a winner, just be the first to email info@westender.com.au with "Women in Docs CD" in the subject line.