Author: JanBowQld

Parking a key challenge for West End Traders

One of Brisbane’s longest running business associations says it is “going through a renaissance” and hopes to take a more active role in the planning and operations of West End. West End Traders Association (including its predecessor) was established in the early 1980s and represents more than 30 retail and commercial businesses (about 30% of local businesses) who together employ more than 370 staff. West End Traders Association (WETA) reports that West End businesses service almost 400,000 customers every year and generate about $190 million in economic activity. WETA President Peter Marinelli, who has operated his Swiss Gourmet deli...

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Easter #StopAdani Convoy heads to Queensland

The Stop Adani Convoy left Hobart on Wednesday morning, 17th of April, with Bob Brown (in what looks like a bit of an “up you” to the Coalition), leading the way in a borrowed Tesla electric car. Organisers say that the aim of the convoy is to, “…keep fossil fuel extraction, greenhouse gas production and global warming front and centre in the run to the election.” Bob Brown leads convoy of 70 vehicles from #hobart TAS to Claremont QLD, to protest #adani coal mine. @abchobart — Christopher Ham (@_chrisham) April 16, 2019 The convoy has 754 registered cars...

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Lap of Honour for Legend of Musgrave Park Pool

Musgrave Park Swimming Pool is something of an oasis for inner city West End. It sits, surrounded by park and trees, before a backdrop of city high-rise. It is also a community hub: a centre for local events, a place for young people and families, and the swimming home for the Barracudas Water Polo Club and for Brisbane State High. The 22nd of April marks the end of an era for Musgrave Pool. On that day the pool closes for significant renovations, and Alan Humphries, its longest serving manager, with his daughter Ella, will retire after 21 years in...

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Putting the voices of youth first in #GriffithVotes

On the 15th of March this year, an estimated 10,000 Queensland students defied the Prime Minister and the Premier and took the day off school to protest about what they see is a concerning lack of action on climate change. They were joined by parents, unionist, and a host of activist organisations. Now they want to take their concerns to a local and more intimate level and they are hoping that local politicians and candidates will join them, not to talk, but to listen. The idea to hold local forums was consolidated at a Climate Election workshop held on...

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Our heritage places make West End unique

Westenders have a history of celebrating and protecting their heritage, from the re-purposing of the Croquet Club at Musgrave Park, to the preservation of the stone steps of the one time Aboriginal Girls Home at Cranbrook Place in Orleigh Park. Sometimes, on the surface at least, these apparently unremarkable objects and places in our neighbourhoods can carry deep significance for residents. For me, and for many others I know, the white picket fence at the corner of Hardgrave Road and Ganges Street, at Dornoch Terrace, is another such object. Tim Quinn, who is a member of the West End...

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