With all the changes going on in West End (and I've seen a few in the twenty-three years since I first started publishing the Westender) it's reassuring to see that the suburb still maintains its unique sense of community and identity.

The West End Festival has had its ups and downs over the years, but it keeps coming back bigger and better than ever. Congrats to the West End Community Association for putting in the time, energy, effort and expense to put on the suburb's biggest street party.

It's also good to see Helen Abrahams' Local Legends Awards returning for another year. In my humble opinion, if anyone in West End deserves an award for tireless service to the community, it's Helen herself. Maybe we should nominate her for the Westender award!

These stories, and many more from West End and the world, are published below.

Have a good read, hey?

THE PUBLISHER

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Woo Hoo! It’s West End Festival Time!

Woo Hoo! It’s West End Festival Time!

Calling all artists, local businesses, community organisations and local residents … it’s time to submit an event to the West End Festival Program. The 2015 call for Program Proposals opened on Monday September 7. This year organisers are asking for submissions of events, happenings and ideas rather than submissions from individual artists. However, if you are a performer or artist …Read more.

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Do you know a Local Legend?

Local Councillor Helen Abrahams has announced that nominations are now open for the Local Legends Awards. Now in its third year, the Local Legends Awards are all about celebrating people who deserve recognition for making a valuable contribution to our Southside community. Do you know of an individual or group who merit recognition for the dedication and role they have …Read more.

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Implement ALP policy on civil liberties - QCCL

Implement ALP policy on civil liberties - QCCL

Michael Cope, QCCL President, has called upon the Palaszczuk Government to implement the resolution of the recent ALP conference in support of a parliamentary inquiry into a Charter of Rights and Responsibilities for Queensland. Mr Cope said: “The behaviour of the Newman government demonstrates clearly the need to reform the protection of basic rights and liberties in this state. A …Read more.

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Blakdance gets funding boost

South Brisbane arts organisation BlakDance will receive $29,346 to reach new markets and develop new work as part of Arts Queensland’s Projects and Programs Fund. Member for South Brisbane, Jackie Trad, said funding would assist BlakDance to deliver a three-day Indigenous dance forum, Dana Waranara – The Convergence. “The Palaszczuk Government is proud to support BlakDance to provide a platform …Read more.

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Bob Brown talking peace and the environment

Bob Brown talking peace and the environment

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Environmental sustainability” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to …Read more.

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TOP TIBETAN LAMA COMING TO TALK

A SENIOR Tibetan lama is coming to South East Queensland to tell local people how to let go of the past and be happy. Dzogchen Rinpoche, one of the highest lamas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, is the authentic Dzogchen lineage holder and head of Dzogchen Monastery in South India with more than 280 branch monasteries in Asia mainly in …Read more.

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Sanity Fair: Stronger Together

Sanity Fair: Stronger Together

The Southside Mental Health Collaborative announces its annual Sanity Fair will this year be held at Musgrave Park on Saturday October 10, from 10am to 3pm and continue the events tradition of providing a forum to engage the local community in a range of fun activities and entertainment while promoting inclusion, reducing stigma and providing a positive message of hope. …Read more.

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Local Aboriginal History Remembered

The Sorry Site at Hill End Terrace, West End has been formally named Cranbrook Place with the installation of a plaque on a quarry stone. The name is in memorial to Cranbrook House which was built in 1885 as a private residence.  It was later purchased by the State Government to become a hostel for aboriginal  …Read more.

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A New Community Vision for Brisbane’s Inner City - @KurilpaFutures

A New Community Vision for Brisbane’s Inner City - @KurilpaFutures

A year ago, proposals to pump 11,000 residents and 8,000 office workers into a new neighbourhood dominated by 54 tower blocks rising to 40 storeys were greeted by gasps of astonishment from the paying audience of normally shock-proof development and investment executives. The proposal was the City Council’s draft Kurilpa Master Plan occupying 25 hectares between the river, South Brisbane …

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STORIFY: Brisbane2050: Imagining Our Future City by @JanB_QLD

Wonderfully refreshing, at a time when many residents feel shut out of development processes managed by Brisbane City Council, to be able to join with fellow Brisbanites to participate in a discussion on the future of our city.

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Plan Your Future Park @WestenderNews

Plan Your Future Park @WestenderNews

More than 20 residents braved the weather on Saturday afternoon to share their vision for West End's new park. Council acquired the vacant land on the corner of Thomas Street and Vulture Street for the new park but according to Cr Helen Abraham, the project brief does not include “community engagement activities”. Cr Helen Abrahams and Labor's candidate for The Gabba, …Read more.

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