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In twenty-five years of publishing, the Westender has provided invaluable work experience and mentoring to numerous journalism students, many of whom have gone onto successful careers in the media.

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New Brisbane program helps the homeless

New Brisbane program helps the homeless

A new pilot initiative between homeless organisations, hospitals and the Queensland Government has improved health and housing outcomes for Brisbane’s rough sleepers while delivering savings of more than $2 million by preventing unnecessary and expensive hospital presentations and admissions. The Pathways Hospital Admission and Discharge Pilot Project – a joint three-year initiative between Micah Projects, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane, …Read more.

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Art raffle to assist Caxton Legal

Art raffle to assist Caxton Legal

Barbara’s* enduring power of attorney was being misused by her daughter who refused to help her find alternative accommodation and withdrew a significant amount of money from Barbara’s bank account. The person vested with the power to change Barbara’s circumstances, her daughter, refused phone calls from both Barbara and the nursing home. Barbara experienced despair as a result of living …Read more.

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Local architects gift to children

Local architects gift to children

Local architectural firm Bosanquet Foley  are investing in the role of arts, culture and creative expression in the community. They have bequested a trio of “Skittles” sculptures to the rooftop terrace of recently completed Ronald McDonald House, to bring joy and colour to the lives of the families of sick children in the adjacent Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.    “Investing …Read more.

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Bent

Trump’s election an opportunity for Australia - IPAN

US President-elect, Donald Trump, has served notice of a US withdrawal from a “protective” military role for allies in South East Asia and the Pacific. He has urged these allies to take responsibility for their own defences. He has claimed that he intends to pull American military forces back from its outposts in over 90 countries. Mr Nick Deane, speaking …Read more.

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Greens candidate for South Brisbane

Greens candidate for South Brisbane

The Queensland Greens have announced Amy MacMahon as their candidate for the seat of South Brisbane in the upcoming State Election. Ms. MacMahon is a social scientist and community worker who specialises in social research and community development. Currently completing her PhD at the University of Queensland on community responses to climate change, Ms. MacMahon said she was looking forward …Read more.

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“World class urban design” – Jackie Trad

“World class urban design” – Jackie Trad

The Palaszczuk Government today announced the approval of the $800 million West Village development on the Absoe site in West End. Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said the key inner city site will be home to a new world class development. “This is a significant urban renewal project that will create thousands of …Read more.

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IA

AUSTRALIAN REFUGEE POLICY SINKS TO NEW LOWS

Queensland Barrister James O’Neill looks at the legal implications of the Turnbull Government’s proposed legislation on refugees, and is appalled by what he sees. Last weekend the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton announced an intention to introduce legislation that would forever bar the refugees currently held on Manus Island and Nauru from entering Australia.  They would …Read more.

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West End a core focus, says developer.

West End a core focus, says developer.

Speaking on the occasion of the first residents moving into the new, dual tower Light+Co. apartment complex on Montague Road, Pradella director Kim Pradella says his personal connection to West End’s history meant he was committed to ensuring the Brisbane Gas & Light Company’s legacy was retained in the design of the new development. Pradella’s Media Release follows. The lights are …Read more.

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500 Lives

AWARD DEMANDS ACTION IN GREENING WEST END

Last week the Green Space Strategy for 4101 was recognised nationally at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. The Award for Communities went to local West End Landscape Architects John Mongard, Gavin Hardy, Alvin Kirby and Michelle Kirby-Brown who developed the strategy in conjunction with a number of other volunteer landscape architects and with the West End Community Association, Kurilpa Futures and Transition Kurilpa. In commending …Read more.

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Fire and Light with ProMusica Singers - West End

Fire and Light with ProMusica Singers - West End

West End’s not-for-profit community choir, the ProMusica Singers, will be singing out at their next public performance at West End Uniting Church on 5 November 2016 at 3:00pm. The concert titled Fire and Light will feature an eclectic repertoire.  It includes contemporary Australian composers Iain Grandage's, 3 Australian Bush Songs, and Keren Terpstra's, Lead, kindly light. Eric Whitacre's (UK) Lux Aurumque …Read more.

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Kurrajong

A Beginners Guide to Brisbane #StreetArt by Bruce

Bruce (we’ll call him that as he enjoys his anonymity) has just produced a photobook, “a beginner’s guide to Brisbane street art” which has been installed in the Bench Café, West End.  The pictorial ‘flick thru’ is on loan to the café until the end of November. Bruce, a school teacher in another life, developed an interest in street art …Read more.

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Butterfly abundance at Paradise Street Neighbourhood Garden #WestEnd

Butterfly abundance at Paradise Street Neighbourhood Garden #WestEnd

The West End Festival offers something for everyone: music, colour, action, and discussion. But for those, like me, who want something quieter and more contemplative, there was also the Butterfly Walk led by West End’s own Butterfly Man, Frank Jordan. Frank is a knowledgeable guide. He is a co-founder of the Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club which held its first …Read more.

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