Thank you, dear readers

The Westender's heart has been positively gladdened by the unsolicited testimonials and positive feedback we've received since venturing back into print as a tabloid newspaper.

One reader sent us an email saying 

"It's great to have an independent voice to read on local issues, and I particularly value the local listing of events. It seems there are always so many great things happening around here but it can be hard to know about them and often I find out too late! (Or not at all)"

The local businesses who advertised with us are reporting a good response, too, telling us that new customers are walking in the door as a direct result of seeing their ad in the Westender.

We're currently in the throes of preparing the next print edition, due for publication 20th May, so if you have news of a local event, an opinion on current issues affecting the community, or a story you want to share with our readers, please get in touch with us.

If your business wants to advertise, we'd certainly love to hear from you, too.

Cheers

The Westender

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TWC

Working together to end homelessness

Next week, the 500 Lives 500 Homes Campaign will be celebrating a successful first year at a breakfast for the CEOs of partner agencies involved in the campaign. The Minister for Housing and Public Works, Ms Leeanne Enoch, will also be attending. The 500 Lives 500 Homes Campaign is a coalition of more than 30 government and non-government agencies who …Read more.

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They’re going solar in the bush

They’re going solar in the bush

According to Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) regional Australia has experienced a 453 percent year-over-year growth in installed solar units in 2014, outpacing metropolitan growth at 440 percent for the same period. Enphase has seen outstanding growth in regional and outback Australia with the increase in its solar microinverter installations in 2014.These figures align with data from the REC Agents …Read more.

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Helen A

Success reversing autoimmune disease undervalued

A spate of scientific breakthroughs has begun to explain how certain pioneers reverse autoimmune diseases while western medicine slows disease progression but often creates other cascading health problems. Clint Paddison cured his chronic autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis with a plant-based microbiome enhancing diet and yoga. “It is cutting edge stuff which in practice, is about 10 -15 years ahead of what …Read more.

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“Ranga” Hockeyroo helping orangutans

“Ranga” Hockeyroo helping orangutans

Georgia Nanscawen, a red headed Ambassador for The Orangutan Project, has recently spent some time visiting some other red heads at Perth Zoo. Having always had a deep fondness and great awe for orangutans, by joining TOP as an Ambassador she hopes to raise awareness about the perilous situation facing orangutans. Being selected in the Hockeyroo’s in 2009 at the …Read more.

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IA

Markets freshest by a local mile

People’s market beats Coles' supermarket in fresh food stakes with an average 27 hour transit from field to consumer, says Food Connect's Lakshmi Kerr. "South Brisbane’s Thursday market sells fruit and vegetables harvested one to two days prior to sale", Ms Kerr said. Councillor Helen Abrahams appreciates fresh produce in relation to harvest time. “Buy your fruit and vegetables directly …Read more.

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Who’s The Happy Prince?

Who’s The Happy Prince?

Want to introduce the kids to the magic of live theatre for a change? Here’s an idea … It should be something fun – of course. It should involve the whole family – of course. It shouldn’t cost a fortune – of course. It should be to see The Happy Prince – of course! Want to know more? – Of …Read more.

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500 Lives

One Night. Two Contexts. Many Stories.

After a series of sold out shows around Brisbane, Digi Youth Arts are finally returning to Brisbane Powerhouse’s Visy Theatre with their latest production in-dij-ih-nus. This bold play shares the collective experiences of young Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people navigating the confines of their gender roles in post-colonial Australia. “We were interested in exploring how gender constructs, from all …Read more.

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Religious welfare is not good for us

Welfare cheats

Why pay billions of taxpayer dollars to christian welfare groups when they have been exposed as Criminal Gangs. Not only has the Royal Commission into Abuse Sexual identified the repeat offending of those organisations, it has shown that they closed ranks to protect their members in an organised manner, abusing their political influence to avoid prosecution. These gangs should no longer …Read more.

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Bent

House prices stall, units feel the pinch

The latest House Price Report from Real Estate group Domain shows falls in Brisbane house and unit prices over the March quarter. Domain Group data shows the median house price in Brisbane fell marginally by 0.7 per cent to $484,374 over the March quarter, contributing towards and annual increase of just 2.8 per cent. Meanwhile, the median unit price fell …Read more.

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