There have been a number of major, organisational changes here at the Westender. 

We've pulled the plug on print publication for the moment, as the business model just wasn't working out. 

The company that has been publishing the Westender is in the process of being wound up and I will, in future, operate as a Sole Trader. 

I intend to focus on improving the effectiveness and reach of our online presence, and have commissioned a number of new features and amenities that will, hopefully, dramatically increase the number of visitors to the site and make us the first port of call for anyone wanting to stay informed of what's happening locally. 

I'm also in the process of planning a number of community forums in West End this year, in collaboration with the West End Community Association, to encourage debate and wider engagement on the issues that affect us as a community. The first will be on the subject of independent publishing, something close to my heart. 

Well, the Westender has been through any number of changes over the past twenty-three years, but we’re still here, and still offering an informed, quirky take on local news, and global news with local significance. 

Cheers, and have a good read.

Kerrod Trott, Editor and Publisher

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Politics in the Pub is back!

The Westender and the West End Community Association present the second Community Forum for 2015, on the subject of independent publishing and citizen journalism. The invisible hand of the market is clearly pointing away from monolithic mainstream media toward a blossoming of small, boutique news outlets that are springing up like weeds to cater to our insatiable appetite for trustworthy …Read more.

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Souths 2015 Season off to a flying start

Souths 2015 Season off to a flying start

Souths Magpies RLFC to host PNG Hunters in the first home game of the 2015 season. Davies Park, West End, is the place to be on Sunday 8th March when the mighty Magpies take on QRL newcomers the PNG Hunters. The Hunters had an impressive debut to QRL in 2014, with an impressive 14 wins in the first season, and …Read more.

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Cutting legal aid funding a false saving

Felicity Nelson of Lawyers Weekly reports on the false economies of cutting Legal Aid budgets. Tightening the legal aid budget leads to greater costs downstream in the areas of unemployment, mental health and social services, according to the Law Council of Australia (LCA). “For every dollar that you don’t spend on legal aid, it’s going to cost you up to …Read more.

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Final Call for WEFF Submissions

Final Call for WEFF Submissions

Filmmakers only have two weeks left to submit their Short Film to the 6th West End Film Festival (WEFF), which will run over two days in Brisbane’s iconic West End. Festival organiser and Creative Director Desi Achilleos said the 2015 festival was looking to be bigger than ever with a swathe of entries already received from around Australia. “We invite …Read more.

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YBR

CLOSE THE GAP IN INDIGENOUS HEALTH

Micah Projects is teaming up with Oxfam, ANTaR and West End Community House to conduct a special Close the Gap Day event in the small park in Boundary Street, West End, as Australians speak up for Indigenous health equality, on Thursday 19 March. The local event will include healthy food choices , local musicians and guest speakers including Natalie Pakoa …Read more.

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CLOSE THE GAP IN INDIGENOUS HEALTH

CLOSE THE GAP IN INDIGENOUS HEALTH

Micah Projects is teaming up with Oxfam, ANTaR and West End Community House to conduct a special Close the Gap Day event in the small park in Boundary Street, West End, as Australians speak up for Indigenous health equality, on Thursday 19 March. The local event will include healthy food choices , local musicians and guest speakers including Natalie Pakoa …Read more.

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Sustainability Health Check for your Home

It reads like a visit to the doctor: how’s your fitness, flexibility and well-being? Well this time it is not you receiving a health check – it’s your home. Architect Matthew Smith says the right design for a new home or renovation is just what the doctor ordered to pass the examination with flying colours. “A sustainability health check can assess …Read more.

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Digital distraction a killer

Digital distraction a killer

New QUT study shows pedestrians often experience near-misses when crossing the road. Talking and walking is as dangerous as dialing and driving, with road safety researchers concerned that pedestrians are risking their lives by using mobile phones when crossing the road. Preliminary results from a QUT study looking at pedestrian smart phone use while crossing the road showed 30 per …Read more.

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