Have you a story to tell?

One of the main reasons I've kept publishing the Westender in one form or another for the past twenty five years is so that I can provide a platform for the community voice to be heard, and to tell the stories that don't quite fit the mainstream media template.

If you have a story to tell - an unsung community hero, an event or gathering you'd like to publicise, something you've noticed in the neighbourhood that you want to bring to our readers' attention - please let the Westender know about it.

Send your material to info@westender.com.au and we'll get back to you.

Cheers

Kerrod Trott
Editor and Publisher

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Terri

Amazing line-up for Queensland Film Festival

The Queensland Film Festival (QFF) returns in 2017 with its biggest celebration of cinema to date. Screening from July 13 to 23 at New Farm Cinemas, the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Institute of Modern Art, the Brisbane-based international film festival has increased in size by 50% since 2016, with this year's line-up boasting 62 features and shorts, including …Read more.

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Major exhibition by Indigenous artist at Griffith Uni

Major exhibition by Indigenous artist at Griffith Uni

A major exhibition celebrating the work of Bidjara artist Christian Thompson opens at Griffith University Art Gallery next month. One of Australia's leading contemporary artists, Thompson made history as one of the first two Aboriginal Australians accepted into the University of Oxford as a Charlie Perkins Scholar, where he completed his Doctorate of Philosophy (Fine Art) in 2016. Coming to …Read more.

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Time to end unfair privilege for religious groups

Time to end unfair privilege for religious groups

Leader of the Australian Sex Party and Victorian MP Fiona Patten has today called on all Australian governments to end the privileged position of religion after  census data release showing "no religion" as the top answer to the religious belief question. "It's time to take religion out of politics. I's time to end the unjustified privilege," said Ms Patten. "Religious …Read more.

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Ganesha gone from yoga leggings

Ganesha gone from yoga leggings

Gold Coast (Queensland) based activewear company “Flow Yoga Wear” removed leggings carrying images of Hindu deity Lord Ganesha from website after Hindus protested calling it “highly inappropriate”. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, thanked Flow Yoga Wear for understanding the concerns of Hindu community, which found images of Hindu deity Lord …Read more.

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Step back from the brink in Syria - IPAN

Step back from the brink in Syria - IPAN

The situation in Syria is deeply concerning, as the world edges closer to a military confrontation between the US and Russia, according to Annette Brownlie, spokesperson for the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network.   "Such a confrontation, alongside the tension points in eastern Europe on the Russian border, makes the possibility of stumbling into an extended or even nuclear war …Read more.

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Bent

Don’t blame the Boomers - tax the rich instead!

Fears of inter-generational tension between young and old are unfounded, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Birmingham say that social, economic and demographic factors are generally pushing UK families together, rather than driving them apart along generational lines.  Their key findings were: Instead of falling victim to inter-generational tensions, families are determined to support their own members …Read more.

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What’s in the State Budget for West End?

What’s in the State Budget for West End?

The South Brisbane community has lots to celebrate with several big ticket initiatives receiving major funding in the recent Palaszczuk Government Budget. Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad said there was great news across the board with strong investment in schools, public transport, health and the arts. "I am incredibly excited about this Budget because it delivers …Read more.

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Artistic innovation on show at West Village

Artistic innovation on show at West Village

Multiple Archibald Prize finalist David Bromley opened the doors of his latest Brisbane exhibition to the public on the weekend of June 17 and 18. The Bromley Room is an arts and events studio that includes a specially commissioned exhibition of Bromley's works (paintings and sculptures), housed in the historic Peter's Ice Cream Factory on the site of the West …Read more.

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Build a better world through Fairtrade

Build a better world through Fairtrade

This Monday, 12 June, is World Day Against Child Labour. World Day Against Child Labour is a chance for Australians to think about how their everyday actions can help build a fairer world, says the Chief Executive Officer of Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand. "Everyone has the power to ask questions of their favourite brands – whether that's a cup …Read more.

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