G'day all

Barring any last minute nominations, it looks like we will have four candidates for The Gabba Ward on March 19 with the announcement that Karel Boele of the People Decide Party will also be standing.

You know, West End has always punched above its weight politically. What other suburb can boast of having had a Lord Mayor of Brisbane, a Premier of Queensland and a Prime Minister of Australia as its local representative in the last ten years?

West End tends to buck the trends, too, At the last Council election, The Gabba Ward was one of only two electorates where there was a swing towards the sitting Councillor. The Greens also poll particularly well here, often winning some local booths outright.

And, let's not forget, we're in the enviable position of having  a woman represent us at all three levels of Government. We don't need quotas or affirmative action here in West End, no siree!

And also, let's not forget our Candidate Forum on Wednesday night. It's a great opportunity to eyeball each of the candidates, and make up your mind from personal experience.

Hope to see you there.

Cheer

Westender

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Congratulations all round for Australia Day

Congratulations all round for Australia Day

The Westender congratulates all the winners of the Griffith Australia Day Awards, presented by Terri Butler MP, especially fellow Westenders: Norma Morgan; Erin Evans of the West End Community Association, and Micah Projects Inc. The Westender Publisher, Kerrod Trott is honoured to have been awarded recognised as well. The Griffiths Australia Day Awards were initiated by Kevin Rudd, way …Read more.

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Politics back in the pub

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. Doors open at …Read more.

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Helen A

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  read more.

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Karel Boele, People Decide Candidate for The Gabba Ward #BCCVOTES

Karel Boele, People Decide Candidate for The Gabba Ward #BCCVOTES

Do you live in the Gabba Ward? Briefly, outline your history in the Ward. Yes, I bought my first home in the Gabba Ward a couple of years ago. In what ways do the policies and principles promoted by the People Decide Party best represent your personal values? I love the freedom and giving EVERYONE in the community a vote …Read more.

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500 lives

Tibetan Buddhist Lama to visit Brisbane

Tibetan Buddhist Lama Geshe Thubten Sherab, fluent English speaker and renowned for connecting with Westerners, is returning to Brisbane during his 2016 international tour to teach at Camp Hill’s Langri Tangpa Buddhist Centre. Geshe Sherab will talk about topics that Queensland people want hear about: Using Buddhist techniques to be a “better whatever you want to be” – even when …Read more.

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Dancing against domestic violence

Dancing against domestic violence

This Valentine’s Day, 14th February, a number of organisations in Brisbane will be taking part in the global One Billion Rising campaign, where people around the world are encouraged to rise up through dance to express their rage against injustice, and demonstrate the power of global solidarity and collective action. One Billion Rising takes place every year …Read more.

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Bent

Inheritance - A blend of diverse narratives on topical issues

Seven local emerging contemporary jewellers and makers of small objects use their art to interpret the perpetual inheritance of social, political, environmental and cultural conditions that occur in our everyday lives. The artists use precious and semi-precious metals, wood, enamel, photographs, prints and found objects to make works around themes of climate change and environmental decay, local and national political …Read more.

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Geelong Star super trawler killing marine life - again

Geelong Star super trawler killing marine life - again

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has expressed outrage that the Geelong Star super trawler has been caught yet again catching and killing marine life. A statement released by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) stated that the trawler had killed "a higher than expected" number of albatross. AMCS Fisheries Campaigner Josh Coates said this should be the final straw …Read more.

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IA

The changing face of Brisbane

A new exhibition at the Museum reveals glimpse into the future of Brisbane. Eighteen grand designs that will shape Brisbane and its nine sister cities in the future will be revealed at Museum of Brisbane’s new exhibition *Living in the city: New architecture from Brisbane and the Asia-Pacific, *from 19 February to 22 May 2016. Presented with Architecture Media and …Read more.

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