6.00 pm Hope St Café 170 Boundary St 

If you're in West End tomorrow (Friday) night, please join us at the Hope St Café and help us celebrate twenty-five years of independent, community publishing. We'll have some interesting speakers including Terri Butler MP, Cr Jonathan Sri, Dr Erin Evans of WECA. our original Editor John Jiggens and long-term contributor and Film Critic Clarry Evans.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the inimitable Jenny Pineapple, and you can check out the special Commemorative Edition of the Westender, currently on sale at various outets around West End.

Hope to see you there!

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Grab yourself a slice of West End history

Grab yourself a slice of West End history

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No drug testing for welfare recipients

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Budget cuts another $303.3 million from foreign aid

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Phil Monsour to launch new album in West End

Phil Monsour to launch new album in West End

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New exhibition explores impact of British atomic bombs

New exhibition explores impact of British atomic bombs

Black Mist Burnt Country - Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art Black Mist Burnt Country is a national touring exhibition of artworks by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists commemorating the British atomic tests in Australia in the 1950s. Selected from public and private collections the exhibition features artworks from the past seven decades: Included are Albert Tucker, Arthur Read more.

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Budget 2017: The Good the Bad and the Unfair

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We remember those lives lost and recommit to action

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Jackie Trad seeking to protect Orleigh Park

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Councillor calls for disabled toilets at Kurilpa Library

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Local Councillor Jonathan Sri has written to the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, calling for the installation of disabled toilets at the very popular West End Library on Boundary Street. Here’s his letter: Dear Lord Mayor, I write to draw your attention to the fact that council’s West End Library on Boundary Street (aka Kurilpa Library) still does not have disability-accessible …Read more.

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A community that sings together stays together.

A community that sings together stays together.

What is it about singing that can turn complete strangers into family? ‘I have never met anyone here before, but I feel like I know everyone,’ a newcomer said in amazement at the end of one of our regular choir meetings. To her this was the most exquisite point of the evening. It was not about hitting the right note …Read more.

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