The good ship Westender is now only days away from heading off on its voyage to the printers, before it appears on shop counters, business PO boxes, footpaths, coffee shops, newsagents and other venues across the 4101 postcode, just in time for Christmas.

The first print edition of the Westender in over 18 months is bound to make a big splash on the local scene - we have some great stories and articles, and some hard-hitting commentary of interest to the estimated 70,000 residents, day workers, students and other visitors who frequent this part of Brisbane.

“Not since the era of Joh Bjelke Petersen”

“Not since Joh Bjelke Petersen”

Local member Jackie Trad has denounced the decision to extend sand mining on North Stradbroke Island.

The Newman LNP Government last night passed legislation to extend sand mining on North Stradbroke Island for another 22 years in a morally corrupt cash for legislation deal said Jackie Trad, Labor Environment Spokesperson ... Read online.

Walk the walk and talk the talk!

Walk the walk and talk the talk!

On Monday 25th November, community members from across Brisbane are invited to join in the activities helping to raise awareness and important funds for White Ribbon.  All attendees at the events will participate in the ’My Oath’ campaign for White Ribbon, by ’swearing’ to stop violence against women.  ... Read online.

festival poster

Laura Street this Sunday

Laura Street Festival shapes up to be the biggest yet.

Highgate Hill's annual festival in Laura St is shaping up to be bigger than ever. The annual festival brings out the best of community spirit with people working together to create a ... Read online.


Win tickets to the Asia Pacific Screen Awards


A free screening of Kinseki (I Wish) on November 28th

Film lovers can win tickets to the prestigious Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane next month at free open-air screenings of past nominees.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the first screening will be  ... Read online.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Flying car beats sausage eaters

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with backing band at the launch party in Sth Brisbane last night

The car may be the star of the show but the don’t-mention-the-war Vulgarians come a close second.

Villians are often the best characters in musical theatre. Chutty Chitty Bang Bang’s ... Read online.

More locals hurt by arts cuts

Locals hurt by arts cuts

Keen readers of Westender will know that we broke the story of Newman’s slashing of the Arts the day before it was publicly announced.

We have followed this up with stories ranging frominternational speakers discussing the long term degradation of society to specific impacts on local businesses... Read online.

Suburban Dark comes to Valley Fiesta

Suburban Dark comes to Valley Fiesta

Part of their Mind Reader Tour 2013, Suburban Dark is bringing their not-to-be-messed-with beats and Jeswon's (Thundamentals) no-bullshit lyrics to Brisbane's Valley Fiesta.

Suburban Dark is the brainchild of the Sydney duo Chris Irvine and Ryan Wilmott. Meeting at university late 00's, they decided to create grimy bass music together. Drawing inspiration from dark hip hop, drum n bass, ...

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HOLY HOLY and Cub Sport playing in Brisbane the same week

HOLY HOLY and Cub Sport in Bne

Holy moly, HOLY HOLY comes to Brisbane to celebrate their successful first single 'Impossible Like You'. It is part of their special East coast run to share their music and excitement with friends and new fans at the end of this year.

HOLY HOLY is a musical project by two great musicians, award-winning singer songwriter Timothy Carroll from Brisbane and ... Read online.

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