Local Legend ... who, me?

The Westender was among a number of worthy local. individuals and organisations who were publicly recognised as "Local Legends" at a ceremony held in West End last weekend.

The event was organised by local Councillor Helen Abahams (pictured right with yours truly) who had some very nice things to say about the nominees and winners across a range of categories.

The Westender extends its sincere congratulations to all who took part, and continues to count its blessings that it publishes in a suburb  where community cohesion still flourishes to such an extent.

Finally, the Westender was saddened to hear of the untimely death of another Local Legend Chris Maver, who succumbed to cancer on the weekend.

Chris was a burr under the blanket of West End, an iconoclast to the last, and his biting and acerbic - but ultimately affectionate - commentary on the people and events of West End will be sorely missed.

Love you, Chris.

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Community the real winner at Local Legends Awards #WestEnd

Community the real winner at Local Legends Awards #WestEnd

“I am part of a community that is willing to stand up for what we believe in, and we also take pride in and take care of people who don’t have all the advantages the rest of us have”. “Any community that stands up for itself and cares for its own, I would like to belong to.  Read more.

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Community Alliance calls for more time to consider new planning laws #QLDPOL #planningbill

Environment and community groups are calling on Minister for Planning, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to extend the consultation period for the government’s draft planning bills, saying the community has not had time to properly consider the proposed new laws. The Deputy Premier released a package of three planning bills and five supporting documents on the 10 September for six-weeks consultation …Read more.

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Kurilpa Derby to open West End Festival

Kurilpa Derby to open West End Festival

The 8th annual Kurilpa Derby on October 25 marks the opening of the 2015 West End Festival, a week of special cultural and community events in West End that revive the spirit of the original Boundary Street Festival. Festivalgoers can enjoy the Kurilpa Derby - the opening street party - as well as a week of events across film, live …Read more.

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West End authors shine in Literary Awards

The Westender congratulates two local writers – Libby Connors and Krissy Kneen – who have featured prominently in the Queensland Literary Awards, with Libby taking out the Premier’s Award. The Media Release follows: Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the winners of new literary awards supported by the Queensland Government at tonight’s presentation at State Library of Queensland. …Read more.

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Exploring the rich, human tapestry

Exploring the rich, human tapestry

Human Tapestry is an exhibition of spirited new works by two profound, well-travelled Brisbane artists, Sheryl Whimp and Philomena Drake. The multidisciplinary, multicultural exhibition explores the many faces and facades of our big, beautiful world. The Human Tapestry Exhibition opens 21 October to 1 November with opening night on Friday 23  October from 6pm at Percolator Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane. The …Read more.

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Boot Factory

The story behind The Old Boot Factory

In 2006 Rob and Keryn Honeycombe teamed up with Rob's dad John to purchase this landmark South Brisbane building at 17 Cordelia Street. Bootmakers Astill and Freeman had the building constructed in 1897 and the two storey brick warehouse has been recognised by Brisbane City Council for its heritage significance. In 2000 they placed the building on their heritage register. …Read more.

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Local advocates take concerns to Canberra

Local advocates take concerns to Canberra

Rob and Carolyn Farago, a father and daughter from West End, became political campaigners this week and joined over two hundred other passionate community campaigners from across Australia at Parliament House in Canberra to advocate for the rights of the global poor. The group of concerned citizens were in Canberra from 10-13 October for the Voices for Justice lobbying event …Read more.

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Australia’s new flag? - The Spirit of Belonging

Darren Mc Leod's Spirit of Belonging Flag raises the debate about an Australian republic to a new level, according to Peter Botsman. Darren Mc Cleod’s Spirit of Belonging (SOB) flag lifts us to a higher place to begin our national conversation about an Australian republic. It is a gift to the future from the remarkable Mc Leod family of Wreck …Read more.

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International student numbers set to grow

International student numbers set to grow

Rob Honeycombe of Bees Nees Realty says International Students are a godsend to the local economy, and we’re about to see a lot more of them on our streets. There’s no doubt how Brisbane’s Lord Mayor sees this city’s international education sector. We recently attended an info session with Graham Quirk and he says it’s very big business, with some …Read more.

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Where to for Boundary Street? by @jonathan_sri

Jonathan Sri, Greens Candidate for The Gabba Ward, looks at the changes he would like to see in West End’s retail heart. Urban development is a tricky beast. Most people now accept that inner-city densification is generally going to be more economically and environmentally sustainable than suburban sprawl of the kind Brisbane has seen in recent decades. But the devil's …

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