Welcome to the Yarts 

A keen supporter of the Arts, Westender is proud to bring you this reminder of the vibrant creative community in which we live. 

We did not set out to make this a Yarts edition, Possibly as a flow on effect from the Fringe Festival, the Brisbane Festival, the West End (micro) block party the stories just flooded in. With the Block Party (macro) in November, may the riches continue.

There is also the usual mix of business and community news and some great feature articles from our citizen journalists. Read on!

Ally Burnham from Annerley gets to work with Baz Luhrmann

Ally Burnham from Annerley gets to work with Baz Luhrmann

Twenty year old Annerley local, Ally Burnham, has beaten hundreds of aspiring film-makers and actors to be one of just 10 young Australians to participate in ‘The Shoot’ a short film initiative by Samsung Electronics Australia. Read online.

Jaye's art follows nature

Jaye's art follows nature

Local West End artist Jaye Irving is one of the leading Australian artists exhibiting at Skygate’s Art with Altitude festival from 24 to 27 October 2013.

Jaye’s amazing 5m high bamboo sculpture, Steam Punk Flight, is one of 20 larger-than-life sculptures that can be explored at the free contemporary art ... Read online.

Alice Lanford, John Buchanan, Roger Taufel

Cricket coach shares leadership tips

The hugely successful Australian cricket coach, John Buchanan, graced the South West chamber of commerce last Thursday and shared his five tips for leaders.

His relaxed style and bottomless kit bag of yarns kept the members of the commerce glued to his talk right up until the 8:30am curfew. There was still an excited crowd of business owners with questions as I drove off to start the workday ... Read online.

Lee CunXin

Copelia Coup has Queensland Ballet on its toes

Director Lee CunXin trains with the Queensland ballet

The World Premiere of a new production of Copelia will launch Queensland Ballet’s season next year, while the Nutcracker will become a regular Christmas feature and crowd pleaser, starting here in 4101 on 5th December.

Running from April 14 until ...

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Yarts minister Ian Walker

Culture surprises Yarts Minister at Ekka

Perks! - the Yarts Minister gets up close and personal with a dancer from Circa

Queensland Minister for the Yarts, Ian Walker, told balletophiles at the Brisbane City Hall on Monday night ... Read online.

Musicians paying a price to perform

Musicians paying a price to perform

Most of Australia’s finest musicians are suffering for their art, according to new research.

More than 80 percent of the orchestral musicians surveyed reported having pain severe enough to impair their performance. Read online.

An open cut coalmine

Promote 4101 and profit

Most small businesses have had a torrid time with the two speed economy and a strong Australian dollar. West End, though is poised for significant growth. With a resident population of around 20,000 people and thousands of international, interstate and suburban visitors streaming into the area you can position your business to take full advantage of what West End has to offer. 

At 7pm, next Thursday, October 10th at the Croquet Club in Musgrave Park, Cordelia St, West End the West End Traders association will meet to elect its executive, discuss a Buy Local for Christmas promotion, the Block Party and a forward plan for building business opportunities in the area. Be there and benefit.

JC Decaux advertising in Sydney

Street furniture squeezes rubbish

Governments favour street furniture that generates advertising revenue

For many years people have heeded the call and 'done the right thing' by using the bins. Now its Council's turn.

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An open cut coalmine

Coal troubles set to double

The expansion of coal mines west of Brisbane will double the amount of coal rumbling through the suburbs residents of Brisbane’s inner Southern suburbs heard at the Yeronga Bowls club on Tuesday night. Read online.

Business section

Sponsorship opens up

With the new site and newsletter settling in we now have a clear picture of who's reading Westender and how. 

Almost three thousand of you now subscribe to the newsletter, up from one thousand when we revamped it in July. Like all good Internet phenomena, the growth is accelerating: there were one thousand new subscribers in September alone.

These figures do not include the 1,100 spammers who we have thrown off the site as we have gone. With facebook and twitter feeds now being updated regularly we expect the acceleration to continue.

We can now offer sponsorship for particular sections. The first sections to become available are Business and Arts. With lots of activity in the local chambers of commerce, the block party and a Christmas promotion there are lots of good reasons for West End businesses to reach out to their customers.

To find out more about sponsoring Westender, view our sponsorship opportunities page.