A busy few days ahead, hey?

Well, it looks like being a busy time in West End over the next few days,

At lunchtime today, Boundary Street will be abuzz with people as we commemorate Close The Gap Day in People's Park. There'll be great live music, a free sausage sizzle and lots of speeches from local community leaders, so do come along.

Tomorrow there are not just one but two separate rallies to protest the approval by City Council of the redevelopment of the ABSOE site in Boundary street. Nicole Lessio, Labor candidate for the Council election, is first cab off the rank with a rally at 8 am while Johanathan Sri, the Greens candidate, is holding his own protest rally tomorrow evening. Both rallies are planned for the corner of Boundary and Wilson Sts.

And, let's not forget, Saturday is the day when Queensland goes to the polls to elect its local government. Quirk and the LNP seemed to be in an unassailable lead at the beginning of the electioneering but their campaign seems to have developed a few wobbles of late. (What is it about LNP politicians parading their penises t the world? Do they really think anyone is interested?)

See you round the traps.

 

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Along the Boundary - the rich history of West End's community hub

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