The West End Festival has had a long and colourful history in West End, since the first Festival took place in the 80's as a collaboration between West End Community House, West End Traders Association and Feral Arts. It's delightful, therefore, to see the baton of community celebration being passed onto a new set of hands. Congratulations to the new organising committee, and we're sure it'll be a great day. We Westenders know how to party!

There's not a lot to celebrate about the latest instalment in the long-running development saga of West End, however. For those who haven't heard, a delegation of locals - including our local State Member and City Councillor - arrived at the Executive Building last week to present a petition calling for greater community involvement in the future development of West End, only to have the doors locked in their faces as a so-called security measure.

We cover both those stories in this edition of our e-news, as well as a good selection of the material submitted to or developed by us in the past week.

Have a good read.

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West End Festival Program released!

West End Festival Program released!

The Festival Program is finally OUT in digital format and ready for you to download here: Happenings Program _ Digital Note this document is optimised for online viewing and isn’t great for printing. Our printable program will be put up very soon, along with our festival site map. We’re just waiting on a few teensie weensie details to get sorted! … Read more.

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West End “locked out” of planning process

West End “locked out” of planning process

Local State member Jackie Trad MP, local Councillor Helen Abrahams and President of the West End Community Association Dr Erin Evans all arrived at State Parliament this morning to present a petition with over 1,700 signatures calling for an extension of the deadline for submissions to the Local Area Plan. The presentation of the petition had been organized in advance …Read more.

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New Parks Laws come into effect

New Parks Laws come into effect

On 9th September, the Brisbane city council approved a draft for a new local law called the ‘Public Land and Council Assets Local Law’ (PLACA), by proposing to combine eleven different local laws into one. The PLACA, which changes the way activities are managed in parks, malls and council lands including roads, bush-lands and sport fields, is under the public …Read more.

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Brisbane G20 set for a big brass blast

Brisbane G20 set for a big brass blast

Jazz virtuoso James Morrison will headline The World According to Brass at Brisbane’s Riverstage as part of the G20 Cultural Celebrations. Arts Minister Ian Walker said the musical extravaganza presented in association with Queensland Music Festival was one of the many events that would help welcome G20, which would bring about $100 million into Brisbane. “There will be 4,000 delegates …Read more.

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Music marathon at the Con!

Music marathon at the Con!

Crossbows, a week-long festival celebration of incredible music from jazz, pop, African, Indian, classical, musical theatre, funk, dance, electronica, sound art, video art and more, is back for a second year – this time culminating in a marathon concert. The four hour event on Saturday 18 October will be presented by the musicians and friends of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith …Read more.

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Grant helps Wildlife Queensland protect Platypuses

Grant helps Wildlife Queensland protect Platypuses

Canon Australia has announced the winners of its 2014 Environmental Grants Program, selected according to on their environmental merits, sought across two categories, including community and school. The winning projects from Australia include: COMMUNITY: Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (QLD) – engaging local communities in the protection of local Platypus populations SCHOOL: Bentleigh Secondary College (VIC) – committed to encouraging …Read more.

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Why banning the Burqa is wrong

Why banning the Burqa is wrong

The Prime Minister has now joined the debate about proposals to ban the burqa. Mr Cope, President of the QCCL, said today, “The government has no more right to ban the wearing of the burqa in public than it has to compel people to wear the burqa in public.” It is fundamental that the State should not be telling citizens …Read more.

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Bent out of shape for nothing

Bent out of shape for nothing

While we complain about our precious gadgets there are people in other countries fleeing from war and suffering from poverty and hunger. I know, a bit of a cliché isn’t it? Kind of like when parents tell their kids to finish their dinner because there are kids in other parts of the world starving. Apple announced their new iPhone 6 …Read more.

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Pensioners better off in Albania

Pensioners better off in Albania

One third of older Australians live in poverty, and would be better treated in Albania, Malta or Romania, according to the CPSA. Australia is ranked 61 out of 95 countries on income security of older people, placing it behind Albania (44) Malta (52) and Romania (26) according to the Global Age Watch Index 2014 released today.Read more.

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