Six thousand police on shift at any given time, four thousand dignitaries and delegates, a media contingent of three thousand, plus God knows how many protestors, lookers on and curious visitors - the G20 Summit to be held at South Bank in November will have an enormous impact on the people of West End, and it has a lot of people worried. 

This issue of the Westender e-news looks at some of the issues surrounding the Summit from a few different angles. Have a read, make up your mind, and if you have any comments or feedback on the whole shebang please let us know.

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G20 Summit raises fears of violence

At a G20 Community Forum organized by this newspaper, local residents spoke out about their concerns for personal safety during the forthcoming G20 Summit in Brisbane. Sensationalist media reporting (not in the Westender, of course) seems to focus solely on images of heavily armed riot police battling with bomb-throwing anarchists in the streets of South Brisbane and West End, Read more.

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G20 and the First Nations people of Brisbane

G20 and the First Nations people of Brisbane

BRISBANE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGN EMBASSY RESPONSE TO G20 SUMMIT The 12th to the 16th of November will see Brisbane playing host to the G20 Summit. Leaders from the world’s richest economies will be meeting on Jaggera country to discuss how best to control the world and destroy indigenous lands and resources for profit. Australia is among the 20, taking its place …Read more.

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G20 Summit raises rights reminder

Last night's G20 Summit hosted by Souths Leagues Club and Westender brought to the fore that our rights as citizens to go about our daily business without interference from police have been suspended in the Southbank area during the G20. While the police repeatedly declared their intent to cooperate with citizens exercising their freedom to express their views and protest …Read more.

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Untapped at the Archive

Local music flourishes with local business backing

Last month, Archive launched a new venture in partnership with local music shop Audrey’s Music and music industry stalwarts Kitty Kitty Bang Bang. Local Brisbane bands have been given a chance to play original music in a battle of the bands format. Each Thursday night through until the final on 13 November Archive will rock to the sounds of original music Read more.

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Prayer Vigil sees Eleven Christian Leaders Detained

Prayer Vigil sees Eleven Christian Leaders Detained

A protest at the office of Health Minister Peter Dutton MP has seen eleven Christian activists – including Westenders Terry Fitzpatrick and Dave Andrews – detained before being released without charge. The abusive treatment in detention of children seeking asylum in Australia has touched a nerve. Normally quiet well-dressed law-abiding middle-of-the-road religious people all over Australia ... Read more.

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Kurilpa Riverfront Plan

Residents slam Hong Kong style Kurilpa Riverfront Renewal plan

It was standing room only as 350 people crammed into the Souths Leagues Club in West End on Wednesday night to hear about the Kurilpa Riverfront Renewal Plan. They got what they came for, rousing calls for an international exhibition, reminders about the resident’s victory over the Bjelke Petersen government that resulted in Southbank Parklands and presentations offering stark choices …Read more.

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Sci-fi inspire and educate us

Sci-fi inspires and educates 

All I can say is that Oz Comic-Con 2014 in Brisbane was amazeballs! To be honest, it was the first time in my life I’ve ever been to a convention focused on comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and everything nerdy. Which now means I need to rethink my budget so I can factor in the expenses to visit the next one …Read more.

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Brisbane to Gold Coast launch

Four 1000k oldies celebrate ten Brisbane to Goldies

They’re known as the 1000k Club, a nickname to honour the achievement of each riding the 100km Santos GLNG Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge ten times. There was celebration aplenty as four of the challenge’s original participants, Bernard Milford, Shane Osmond, Phil Forshaw and Garry Kuhn accepted the honour of cutting a specially crafted bicycle-shaped birthday cake to mark a decade …Read more.

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Aquis resort

Casinos – what are they good for?

By Willy Bach In case some of us have not been watching, gambling casinos are not a sustainable industry.  They are a relic of our profligate past. They are the dream that has turned into a nightmare. In the USA, five casinos have gone bankrupt recently and even Donald Trump’s empire is not immune from this unraveling process.  http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-trump-bankruptcy-20140909-story.html The …Read more.

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