Well, there must be an election in the offing - our erstwhile Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has actually been spotted in Boundary Street West End, pressing the flesh and electioneering like nobody's business. (Graham doesn't get over to West End very often - usually about every four years or so.)

With the retirement of popular local Councillor Helen Abrahams we have four relative newcomers contesting The Gabba Ward on March 19. For your edification, we've published profiles on each of the declared candidates below.

If you'd like to get to know them better, they've all agreed to take part in a couple of community forums in the next few weeks.

The first, organised by West End Community Association and this newspaper, takes place at The Loft in Boundary Street on Wednesday 10th Feb.

The second is being put on by the Kurilpa Futures Group, and happens on Wednesday 17th Feb down at Souths in Davies Park.

Do try and make it along, and let the candidates know how you feel about local issues.

Cheers, and have a good read.

Kerrod Trott
Publisher

 

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Three newcomers to contest the Gabba Ward in March #bccvotes

Three newcomers to contest the Gabba Ward in March #bccvotes

At the Brisbane City Council 2012 elections, sitting Councillor Helen Abrahams secured 45.12 percent of the vote (a swing of 5.3 percent to Labor) from the LNP's Francis Quinlivan (37.18 percent). The Greens candidate, Gary Kane, garnered 17.70 percent of the vote. The Gabba was one of only three Wards in 2012 to gain a swing Labor’s way. …Read more.

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Jonathan Sri - Greens Candidate for The Gabba Ward #bccvotes

Jonathan Sri - Greens Candidate for The Gabba Ward #bccvotes

Do you live in the Gabba Ward? Briefly, outline your history in the Ward. Yep. Currently living in an East Brisbane sharehouse with six people and four chickens. Until early 2014 I lived in West End on the corner of Montague Road and Vulture Street. Before that I was living in the heart of Boundary Street next door to Charlie's Fruit Read more.

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Boot Factory

Nicole Lessio, ALP Candidate for The Gabba Ward #bccvotes

Do you Live in the Gabba Ward? Briefly, outline your history in the Gabba Ward. Yes, I live in Highgate Hill with my husband and four children – all of whom were born in The Gabba Ward.  I am on the P&C of West End State School and Brisbane State High, am the immediate past President of the Corbett St Kindy and …Read more.

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Sean Jacobs - LNP Candidate for The Gabba Ward #bccvotes

Sean Jacobs - LNP Candidate for The Gabba Ward #bccvotes

Do you live locally? Briefly outline your history in the Ward. Yes! I've lived in Kangaroo Point for a number of years now, but, as former national water polo champion, I began playing for Queensland at West End's Musgrave Park Pool in 2000. I also started uni studying a Diploma in Liberal Arts at the University of New England's Shafston …Read more.

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Politics back in the pub

West End Community Association and Westender Community Newspaper have announced a Meet The Candidates Community Forum where candidates for The Gabba Ward will appear in person to debate policy and answer questions from the audience. The event will be held upstairs at The Loft, 100 Boundary Street, West End, at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 10th February 2016. Read more.

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Brisbane “Artivists” reflect on Paris climate deal for free public event

Brisbane “Artivists” reflect on Paris climate deal for free public event

Brisbane “Artivists” reflect on Paris climate deal for free public event. Artists and activists from Brisbane who traveled to Paris for the global climate talks will reflect on their experience as part of an evening of reflection and discussion on 1st February in West End. The historic Paris climate deal followed weeks of intense negotiations and a wave of public …Read more.

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West End Street Art Gallery

West End Street Art Gallery

For more West End Street Art see the public Facebook site Click on any image to view as galleryRead more.

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Bent

A tale of one street

Rob Honeycombe of Bees Nees Realty says the story of inner-Brisbane’s apartment boom can be read in just one South Brisbane street Even for those of us watching every day, the construction sites, the orange-vested men, the cranes, the concrete trucks – they’ve all become a blur of scurrying activity. It’s impossible to keep a track on the quantity of …Read more.

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Musgrave Park: from Pool to Gallery

Musgrave Park: from Pool to Gallery

Musgrave Park Swimming Pool is a typical Brisbane pubic pool, barring one difference: over winter when the pool was empty, Pool Manager, Alan Humphreys invited local Highgate Hill Artist, Adam Lester, to paint murals in the pool for swimmers to discover. There are divers, sharks, dugong and octopus - but you have to get into the pool to really  …Read more.

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