It was twenty-five years ago.

In City Hall, Jim Soorley was Lord Mayor, over in George Street Wayne Goss was Premier of Queensland, and in Canberra Paul Keating was Prime Minister.

Brisbane was still basking in the success of Expo 88 and the liberalisation of licensing laws that had been brought in. The population was growing rapidly, largely as a result of interstate migration attracted by comparatively low housing prices and taxation.

Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd dominated the Brisbane newspaper scene, enjoying a vertical monopoly that included the national paper The Australian, the Brisbane Courier Mail/Sunday Mail and a stable of local papers in the Quest Community Newspapers group.

And in West End?

The two partners of a desktop publishing business in Thomas Street decided to publish a local, community paper. While they were hoping to showcase their design and publishing prowess, both partners were also severely dismayed at the boring media landscape prevailing in Brisbane at the time.

And so began the Westender.

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Grab yourself a slice of West End history

Grab yourself a slice of West End history

The specially produced Commemorative Edition of the Westender, celebrating twenty five years of publication, is now on sale at selected local outlets and also on-line, at www.westender.com.au Its 68 tabloid pages provide a fascinating insight into the early years of this award-winning community newspaper, focusing on the period from 1992 to 2005. It contains full-size   …Read more.

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Check out our new look website

Check out our new look website

Have you logged onto www.westender.com.au lately? You’ll be impressed with the changes we’ve made, with a brand new look and a host of new features to keep you up to date on what’s happening in your local community. The Westender was prompt to adopt online publishing, setting up our first website and Facebook page in 2005…Read more.

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Terri Butler’s visit to Myanmar @terrimbutler @WestenderNews

Terri Butler’s visit to Myanmar @terrimbutler @WestenderNews

In January, Federal Member for Griffith, Terri Butler was part of a delegation organised by Save the Children and funded by the Gates Foundation, to Myanmar. The aim, Ms Butler, told The Westender, was to raise parliamentarians' understanding, and appreciation, of the practical applications of overseas development assistance. Ms Butler says that it is important for Australian parliamentarians to participate …Read more.

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The Flood is coming. Shit is about to get real

The Flood is coming. Shit is about to get real

THE FLOOD is a philosophical drama/comedy. It follows four housemates, all twenty-something with their futures on the line. There’s Glenn, Karl, and the couple Damo and Sandra. For these unwitting heroes life lacks purpose, to each the world seems senseless and dysfunctional. It is at this moment they drop into the centre of the 2011 Brisbane Flood. There with the waters rising, …Read more.

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Music for a warming world

Music for a warming world

Can art and music help stop dangerous climate change? The creators of a new and highly innovative music production from Melbourne think so. “Climate change is without doubt the most serious challenge facing us,” says songwriter and guitarist, Simon Kerr. “We wanted to find a way to tell this most important story, and as a musician  …Read more.

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Tasmania to ban Super Trawlers?

Tasmania to ban Super Trawlers?

The Stop the Trawler Alliance has welcomed the introduction to Tasmanian Parliament this week of legislation to ban supertrawlers from Tasmanian waters. However, both the recreational fishing and conservation communities have pointed out that most of the offshore fishing grounds where these factory freezer trawlers operate are outside the area where the Tasmanian government’s legislation can offer them meaningful protection. …Read more.

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Did you know May is Respect for Chickens Month?

Did you know May is Respect for Chickens Month?

International Respect For Chickens Day – May 4th - Celebrates Compassion for Chickens On May 4, animal advocates celebrate International Respect for Chickens Day. Launched by United Poultry Concerns in 2005, International Respect for Chickens Day celebrates chickens throughout the world and protests their suffering and abuse in cockfighting, agribusiness, experimental research, and other cruelties. “We urge  …Read more.

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Councils welcome support for Reconciliation Week

Councils welcome support for Reconciliation Week

The peak national body representing councils Australia-wide has welcomed the recent Federal announcement of local government grants to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, which will be commemorated during National Reconciliation Week. The grants of $5,000 to local councils will be used to work in partnership with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations to mark …Read more.

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Exploring our digital future

Exploring our digital future

In 2017, State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is presenting the Digital Futures program of free tech play days, interactive exhibition and game lab, discussions, and workshops. Elements of the digital landscape, in which we now learn, work and play, including adaptive technologies, education, robotics, new business models, social media, mobile technology, and virtual worlds, will be showcased, tested and discussed …Read more.

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What can you do about AirBNB?

What can you do about AirBNB?

Rob Honeycombe of Bees Nees Realty investigates the rights of apartment owners and long term tenants affected by short term rentals. If you’ve been out in Brisbane’s inner-city when there’s a major event happening, you’ve likely witnessed the scenes. When there’s a home game for a football team or a sizable music festival, our apartment buildings top up Read more.

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The latest showbiz news by Eric Scott

The latest showbiz news by Eric Scott

Eric Scott, Brisbane entertainment and travel writer, playwright and novelist, looks at what’s coming up on the local entertainment scene. Australian Festival of Chamber Music  The internationally acclaimed Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville has unveiled a world class program of concerts, collaborations, conversations and masterclasses to be performed by the world’s best chamber musicians in churches, theatres, gardens …....Read more.

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