During the last 12 months, we’ve printed 10,000 copies of eight monthly print editions, and built up a website with over 20,000 unique visitors every month and published two weekly eNewsletters sent out to over 2,000 subscribers. It’s been great! 

We’ve put the spotlight on a lot of local and global issues that were notably absent from the mainstream media, and we’ve held some great community events covering politics, poetry and the G20. We invited you to comment on what you wanted and what you enjoy. 

The feedback is that you get most of your news and daily information online, but you don’t mind a good read when it’s available. What that means to us is that we have to brush up our online guides to bring them up to speed, and get advertisers to support that service. 

We have to think harder about the way to get print working to its best advantage. There are a few harsh, home truths in that discussion. 

All this is a long way of saying that we won’t be putting out an October print edition of the Westender, and you will have to stay tuned to our online news service and our Facebook page to learn what comes next. 

Keep enjoying the great writing and coverage from our community journalists and interns, and we’ll see you online or on the street. 

Kerrod and Geoff, publishers.​

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Celebrate West End – Saturday October 11

Celebrate West End – Saturday October 11

The West End Festival - an exciting day of music, performances and markets - will be held on Saturday October 11, 10am-10pm in West End’s Boundary Street. Festival Director Sarah Gall said: “The West End Festival is a community festival and free event, celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of our suburb”. “We have some really exciting “happenings” planned in the … Read more.

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24 days of free music for G20

24 days of free music for G20

Brisbane’s iconic music scene will be celebrated with 24 days of free live music acts as Queensland prepares to welcome the world’s leaders for the G20 Summit. Arts Minister Ian Walker said from October 24 to November 16, hundreds of Queensland’s most talented musicians will take to stages across the city and suburbs of Brisbane to perform solo, collaborative and …Read more.

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Here I Stand, As A Non-Muslim, With Muslims.

Here I Stand, As A Non-Muslim, With Muslims.

I know what can happen in a country when a majority turns against a minority. I was living in India in 1984 when two Sikh bodyguards assassinated the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, and the majority Hindu community turned against the minority Sikh community in Delhi, whom they judged guilty by association.  Read more.

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Pardon our dust, but dig we must

Here's another typically quirky update from Urban Utilities on the Mollison St tunneling project. Good afternoon Westenders! With Riverfire fast approaching we are lighting up your week with a crack-a-jack program. With our underground tunnelling festival complete (yes the boring bit is finally over he he), it’s time to light up the skyline (well ground anyway) with the next part …Read more.

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Film festival focuses on contemporary Iran

Film festival focuses on contemporary Iran

THE acclaimed Iranian Film Festival Australia will once again shine a spotlight on contemporary life in Iran when it returns to theatres across Australia this October and November. Now in its fourth year, the festival will kick off in Canberra on 3 October before moving to Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. This year’s programme, featuring nine feature films and five … Read more.

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‘The Great Anti-Fascist Crusade Hits Lismore’

‘The Great Anti-Fascist Crusade Hits Lismore’

First published 1989 in Incredible Times.  David Bradbury and Tim Anderson pay an informal visit to Lismore - 1989. The forces of Darkness are gathering strength in Australian society. The politics of oppression are spreading. The population is being insidiously indoctrinated by a willing media to accept the establishment line, hook, line and sinker. Take, for example, the case of …Read more.

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Boy toy on Boundary

Big gun rolls through West End

An army truck towing a six metre long piece of artillery spent some time doing a U-turn at the southern end of Boundary Street today, presumably on its way to beef up the fire power of tomorrow night's fireworks. The truck-driver was more interested in executing a difficult seven point turn than in discussing the relative merits of using such an enormous … Read more.

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Don’t cry wolf!

Don’t cry wolf!

Drivers are frustrated at slowing down at inactive roadwork sites are ignoring reduced speed limits, a QUT study has found. The results of the QUT Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q) study have been presented at the Occupational Safety in Transport Conference (OSIT) held on the Gold Coast recently. Read more.

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Total Lunar Eclipse For Australia 8 October 2014

Total Lunar Eclipse For Australia 8 October 2014

Get set for an astronomical experience like no other right across Australia. We’re going to be treated to a total lunar eclipse on Wednesday evening, 8 October 2014, with the Moon expected to take on an eerie ‘reddish glow. This is due to sunlight being filtered by the Earth's polluted atmosphere falling on the Moon. Airborne ash…Read more.

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