The West End Festival got off to a flying - or should we say 'rolling' - start on the weekend with the ever-popular Kurilpa Derby closely followed by the Beggars Banquet community meal. Both events were very well attended, and you can see a photo gallery on our Facebook Page here.

There's a lot more to follow all this week, with a jam-packed calendar of events ably coordinated by Festival Organiser Harmony Downes. See the full program here.

The Westender has been involved with the West End Festival for almost twenty five years, in all its weird and wonderful incarnations, and it's great to see the West End Communty Association are making such a success of it. Well done one and all.

See you down in West End this week, hey?

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Councillors join activists In West End Festival

Councillors join activists In West End Festival

This year’s West End Festival brings enjoyable activities and vibrant discussion to many places in and around West End. West End Community House will host three open air forums in the early evenings of the last week in October at the much loved People’s Parklet in Boundary Street. Places for People Places for People, a debate on how we create …Read more.

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Clarry’s greatest hits, live in performance

Clarry’s greatest hits, live in performance

“Mr West End”, Clarry Evans, is a man of many parts. A whole generation of local school children grew to know and love him when he taught at West End State School, and he now owns and runs two local guesthouses, Westmont in Thomas St and Minto up in Gladstone Road. He’s also a passionate musician, and was the lead …Read more.

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Bent

Call for nominations – Griffith Australia Day Awards

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their volunteer work?   Local Federal Member Terri Butler is continuing Kevin Rudd's tradition of recognising local volunteers, at the 18th annual Griffith Australia Day Awards.   If you know an individual, a couple, or a small group of people who should be recognised, why not nominate them? For someone to be eligible, they …Read more.

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New mosaic sculpture celebrates colour, community and hope

New mosaic sculpture celebrates colour, community and hope

Nearly one hundred people turned out for the official unveiling of Common Ground Queensland’s Colour, Community & Hope Mosaic Sculpture on Thursday the 15th of September. After 2 and half years of planning and development the ‘Colour, Community & Hope’ Mosaic Art Project was revealed.  The three-dimensional mosaic sculpture was made using over 5000 handmade tiles and glass mosaics to …Read more.

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New website unlocks the law

New website unlocks the law

One of Queensland’s longest established community organisations, Caxton Legal Centre, is celebrating its fortieth anniversary in style with the launch of a new, online edition of the Queensland Law Handbook (QLH). According to Scott McDougall, Director of Caxton, “Community Legal Centres are at the forefront of innovation in the law, and the digital age presents another challenge and some exciting …Read more.

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500 Lives

Lights! Camera! Extinction!

Feral photo winners highlight the risks faced by endangered species in Australia. The winning photos and video footage in our 2016 Feral Photos competition highlight why pest animals are an ongoing threat to Australia’s pristine environment and multi-billion dollar agriculture sector. This year, the winning image of a ‘fox attacking a native egret’ was taken by Mary-Anne Addington, while visiting …Read more.

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Sam cuts through the bullshit

Sam cuts through the bullshit

There are some who would say that the colonisation of Australia was a relatively peaceful affair, where a primitive Stone Age culture simply melted away in the face of superior Western civilisation. As recently as 1982, a prominent British critic (in reviewing Judith Wright’s “The Cry For The Dead”) could say in all seriousness “…it was emphatically not an extermination. …Read more.

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Sustainability begins at home

Sustainability begins at home

With demanding jobs, family commitments, and the general business of everyday life, it can be incredibly difficult to follow through with doing our part for the environment, no matter how good our intentions are. The simple fact is that with so many things on our plates, sometimes our plans to have a positive impact tend to fall by the wayside. …Read more.

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