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We've started distributing the latest print edition of the Westender.

If you want to pick up a copy, have a look here:

Avid Reader, Green Grocer, JP Davies and Nando's in Boundary Street;
GoVita Health Food at West End Markets;
West End and Fairfield Libraries;
BCEC and QCA in Grey Street;
Gabba Central;
Annerley News on Ipswich Road,
and dozens of cafes, coffee shops, retail outlets and other drop-off points around West End and adjacent suburbs.

We've published a miscellany of stories from the latest edition in this e-news, but if you want the full story you'll have to read the hard copy.

Have a good read!

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Winter a tough time for many Australians

A growing number of people in our own neighbourhoods are facing a lonely winter. As many as 7%, or 1.5 million Australians are likely to be considered isolated or very isolated this year, according to Red Cross. Red Cross Chief Executive, Robert Tickner says “social connections with other people matter.” Red Cross helps people of all ages reconnect with their …Read more.

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Calming The Troubled Waters Of Concern

Calming The Troubled Waters Of Concern

Dave Andrews looks at the unwritten laws of a civilised society. Tonight I'm off to a meeting hosted by a friend on Sunshine Coast to speak with a group of concerned citizens about how Christians and Muslims can live in peace. Given the heightened state of anxiety about the hostility bubbling underneath the surface of our country that irrupted in …Read more.

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How much force is enough?

Sam Navin investigates how Queensland Police deal with people suffering from a mental illness. Modern policing involves regular interactions with people affected by mental illnesses. In the last five years there were 13 police shootings in Queensland, of which six were fatal and half of those shot by the Queensland police were thought to be mentally unwell. While many human …Read more.

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Graeme Dunstan talks about peace

Graeme Dunstan talks about peace

Australia in full spectrum dominance by the USA For nine years now i have been occupying public places on the forth of July with Independence from America Day celebrations, artful preemptive strikes for peace. Next 4 July i will be doing it in Rockhampton as the US and Australian militaries gather there - 30,000 troops in all plus contingents from …Read more.

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PIZZA IN THE PARK

Come and help celebrate the initial firing up of the brand new Cob Oven in the Paradise Street Neighbourhood Garden, and help raise funds for a worthy community cause. Enjoy delicious pizza made with freshly harvested ingredients from the garden, and discover a rare neighbourhood resource. For all those who’ve enjoyed the garden in the past, and those who want …Read more.

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Student numbers don't add up

Student numbers don't add up

A miscalculation by the Queensland Dept of Education could see gross overcrowding at local schools.   Special report by Sam Navin. With high caliber community development projects lined up for the West End peninsula, and a blinkered approach to deal with the inevitable population growth in local schools, education has become the canary in the coal mine. By the year …Read more.

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Supporting our local farmers

“The wife can leave you, the kids can grow up and leave home, the bank can repossess the farm – but the farmers’ friend (also known as Cobblers Pegs) will always be with you.” An old bush saying. David Bostock, Manager of the Boundary Street Markets, really feels the plight of the Australian farmer. In his many years of running …Read more.

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Pledge a plank for the House

Pledge a plank for the House

Community Plus and West End Community House are asking locals to help bring a new, local community space to life! The South Brisbane Croquet Club in Musgrave Park is being renovated into a community space for everyone to enjoy! This lovely venue will be available for community use and for hire for: festivals community markets meetings, parties & celebrations live …Read more.

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JP Davies

WARRIOR Book Review by Terry Fitzpatrick

Recently as I traveled from Toowoomba to Brisbane, a trip I had undertaken many times, I was struck by how the countryside seemed to be glistening in the aftermath of good Autumn rains. The distant blue mountains of the D'Aguilar and Blackball Ranges seemed clearer and closer to me than ever before. And I wondered, were they clearer and closer …Read more.

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ETHICS – with or without God

ETHICS – with or without God

A chance meeting with the Editor has led to an invitation to write an occasional column in this treasured newspaper. It is more than a decade since he first published my opinions.   Perhaps “a restart” will offer a further layer of wisdom! That said, it is rather presumptive that the first offering is an “author's review” of my most …Read more.

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One in nine people going hungry

The amount of people going hungry has dropped by 167 million in the last decade, according to new figures from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The total number of hungry people in the world is now 795 million – which is still 1 in 9 people. Oxfam’s food and climate policy advisor Kelly Dent said it was encouraging that …Read more.

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Amelia shines in social enterprise

Amelia shines in social enterprise

Local Brisbane resident Amelia Salmon and her organisation Just Earth have been chosen to participate in Dreamstarter 2015, an online crowdfunding platform supported by ING DIRECT, the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Start Some Good. Just Earth, a fair food café, fair trade coffee roaster and physical and online retail store that creates jobs for disadvantaged women in the labour …Read more.

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