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G20 already affecting small business

G20 already affecting small business

The Westender was recently approached by Melinda Wright, manager at Era Bistro in Melbourne Street, who expressed concern about the early impact that the G20 Summit is having on the local small business community. Whilst the G20 does shine a light on Brisbane internationally, the uncertainty surrounding the event is already having an effect on those businesses …Read more.

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Australia still a multicultural country

Australia still a multicultural country

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews has today welcomed a report providing further evidence of Australia as a cohesive society. Mr Andrews welcomed the findings of the Scanlon Foundation’s 2014 Mapping Social Cohesion report and confirmed the Government’s commitment to a multicultural Australia and to strengthen social cohesion. “About 2500 people were surveyed across two polls which found high levels …Read more.

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Local pedestrians pathways named

Local pedestrians pathways named

Local Councillor Helen Abrahams has announced that three pedestrian pathways in Highgate Hill now have a formal name, after two years of lobbying for this local community initiative. The pathway between Dornoch Terrace and Gray Road beside St Francis Church has been called Assisi Walkway. Bell Path is the name for the pathway between Gray Road and Barnsley Street and …Read more.

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Australia to welcome world leaders

Australia to welcome world leaders

A message of welcome from the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. The leaders of five of Australia’s key partners – President François Hollande of France, President Xi Jinping of China, Federal Chancellor Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India – will visit Australia as guests of the Australian Government, coinciding …Read more.

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Changing Brisbane's food scene

Changing Brisbane's food scene

According to David Bostock, manager of the Boundary Street Markets in West End, the new Friday Night Street Food Market has proved a huge success – so much so they’re now repeating the experience every Saturday night as well. Here’s David’s take on things: You can expect any major city with a lively personality  …Read more.

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Australia’s drinking culture must change, says RACP

Australia’s drinking culture must change, says RACP

President of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Professor Nicholas Talley said that Australia’s drinking culture was a cause for concern and needed to be addressed through policy change at a national level and more public debate. “The harms to individuals and society caused by alcohol consumption are significant and quantifiable. Alcohol consumption is causally linked to at least …Read more.

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Woggoon Stairs looking good

Woggoon Stairs looking good

Local Councillor Helen Abrahams is thrilled with the response to the Woggoon Stairs art project last weekend, and is expecting a big turnout for the finishing touches this weekend. A local resident suggested the project, and over the past months a small group of local residents have obtained funding from The Gabba Ward, designed the artwork, sourced supplies and scheduled …Read more.

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Micah Projects spread Christmas Cheer

Micah Projects spread Christmas Cheer

Each year at Christmas, local community group Micah Projects provides many opportunities for people who are marginalised and living in poverty to celebrate and enjoy the festive season. One of the Christmas activities they undertake, alongside their supporters, is to organise, pack and deliver Christmas food hampers and fresh fruit for the individuals and families they support on Christmas Eve. …Read more.

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It’s mean to be mean

It’s mean to be mean

Generosity is less stressful than being stingy, says new QUT research. QUT research, published in scientific journal Public Library of Science (PLOS) ONE, examined the physiological reactions of participants in a financial bargaining game and found that not only those receiving relatively low offers experienced stress but also those that make low offers, when compared to people who made more …Read more.

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