G'day all

It's now less than two weeks until West End goes to the polls to elect a new City Councillor. No mater who wins on the day - and I'll leave that decision up to you, dear readers - they'll have a big job on their hands filling in the shoes of the remarkable Helen Abrahams.

The Westender was delighted to attend a community farewell for Helen down at Souths recently, where a Who's Who of community leaders took turns to laud her to the rafters, praising her commitment, dedication and energy in serving the people of West End (under sometimes very difficult circumstances.)

I noticed that even the LNP candidate has joined in the chorus of congratulations with a Tweet praising her (which somehow neglected to mention his own party affiliation.)

 This enews carries a lengthy interview with Councillor Abrahams, and is well worth reading.

There are also a number of opinion pieces from local community groups on the topic of planning. It may seem like a remote area of interest to some, but the Local Area Plans, City Plans and other similar legislation are vital to the future of our neighbourhood. Get informed, get involved, and make your own ideas, opinions and feelings known to the City Council and State Government. We're the ones who will have to live with the decisions made on our behalf, so make sure they get it right.

Cheers, and have a good read.

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Show your support for Closing The Gap

Show your support for Closing The Gap

You’re invited to join local community organisations Micah Projects and West End Community House in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Close the Gap campaign on Thursday 17th March, 2016. In honour of the occasion, a number of events are planned for the small park at 161 Boundary Street, West End, between 11 am and 2 pm. There will be …Read more.

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In conversation with Helen Abrahams

In conversation with Helen Abrahams

The Westender recently caught up with retiring Brisbane City Councillor Helen Abrahams. Over a wide ranging conversation – an edited version of which follows below – Helen talked about her time as our local Council representative, her achievements and disappointments and her plans for the future. In the Westender’s opinion, we could not have asked for a better Councillor than …Read more.

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A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE SENATE

A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE SENATE

The Westender wishes to add its voice to the chorus of congratulation engendered by the announcement that indigenous elder Patrick Dodson is to replace retiring WA ALP Senator Joe Bullock. Here's just one media release, received from the Balaku Development Corporation in far North Queensland. Pat Dodson’s nomination by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as a Senator to replace Joe Bullock …Read more.

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The Vinyl Revival revs up.

The Vinyl Revival revs up.

New contributor Angus Coleman looks at what’s driving the revival of vinyl and what does it means for your iPod? The so-called “vinyl revival” is at no risk of slowing down, with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) releasing its annual figures for 2014 recently showing that vinyl record album sales are up 127% in the past 12 months. In a …Read more.

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Local lawyer comments on Kylie vs Kylie

Local lawyer comments on Kylie vs Kylie

Australian pop princess, Kylie Minogue, has accused Kylie Jenner of being a “secondary reality television personality”. The dispute between the two Kylies erupted when Kylie Jenner tried to register a slew of trade marks including the word “Kylie”.   Queensland patent attorney Cathryn Warburton, winner of 2015 Stevie Award for Women In Business awarded in New York, said the Kylie Minogue …Read more.

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ALP acts on medicinal cannabis

ALP acts on medicinal cannabis

More Queensland patients will have access to medicinal cannabis under new legislation proposed by Palaszczuk Government. The government today released for public consultation the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016, which creates a formal process for doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis for their patient’s treatment. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Bill was a key step in enabling access to medicinal …Read more.

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Quirk ploughing ahead with riverfront plans

Quirk ploughing ahead with riverfront plans

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk needs to come clean to voters about his development plan for the Kurilpa Peninsula. Labor Candidate for The Gabba Ward Nicole Lessio said with only 22 days to go until the Local Government Elections, the LNP needs to tell voters if they plan to go ahead with their Kurilpa Riverfront Renewal Draft Master Plan. “The …Read more.

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Opportunity Knocks at Kurilpa Point

Opportunity Knocks at Kurilpa Point

For three years community interests in West End have campaigned for a truly visionary outcome for the Kurilpa Point redesign. This is a unique site of the last remaining significant inner city riverside that needs to serve all of the people of Brisbane. "It has always been the hope of the community that this opportunity creates in Brisbane an incredible …Read more.

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Crunch time for new planning legislation

Crunch time for new planning legislation

The new Planning Act, on line to become law by the middle of the year, will set the rules to control all types of development throughout Queensland for years to come.  Four community spokespersons were invited to address a Parliamentary Inquiry Committee sitting in Brisbane throughout Friday 26 February to consider last minute improvements to these new laws, joining  …Read more.

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Big win for local law firm

Big win for local law firm

Late last week the Queensland Supreme Court awarded a former electrician in excess of $1.28 million in damages for injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident on 1 July 2011. Joshua Martin had been working for decades as an electrician when he suffered moderate injuries to his neck and lower back in a motor vehicle accident. As a result …Read more.

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Leap into a renewable future this leap year

Leap into a renewable future this leap year

Today on 29th February 2016, as we celebrate a leap year, Queensland Conservation Council is calling on the Queensland Government to leap over coal to a non-polluting economy based on renewable energy. “We don’t believe you can create a balance between coal and protecting our reef”, said Kirsten Macey, climate campaigner for the Queensland Conservation Council. “We know that the …Read more.

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Repurposing and recycling: The Small Objects of Elizabeth Shaw

Repurposing and recycling: The Small Objects of Elizabeth Shaw

One of Elizabeth Shaw’s earliest memories is of visiting the Sydney Home of Art Jewellers Helga Larsen and Darani Lewers with her parents. She was entranced by their studio, and remembers thinking that this is what she wanted- even as a four year old. In high school years later, the dream was still there, and so she went straight from …

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