Author: JanBowQld

What’s happening on Riverside Drive? A Q&A with Cr Jonathan Sri

Many will have noticed the public works on Riverside Drive to create separate walking and cycling lanes. The Gabba Ward Councillor, Jonathan Sri answers questions about the works below: Q. Riverside Drive is quite wide and many feel it was very adequate as it was to safely accommodate cyclists and pedestrians. How was the decision arrived at to create separated cycle and pedestrian lanes, ie. was there a consultation process and if so who was consulted? A. This project came about because I was advocating for more spending on park improvements around West End. Council allocated $2 million in...

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“To all who have wounds, may you have the ocean” – Meet debut Queensland novelist Tabitha Bird.

Queensland debut novelist Tabitha Bird has revealed that it was a tree-change with a twist that was pivotal in publishing her first novel with Penguin Random House. Already in reprint due to high demand, the book A Lifetime of Impossible Days hit the shelves of bookstores around Australia earlier this month. Mrs Bird told The Westender that the story is ‘literature with a magical twist’. It centres on Willa Waters, a 33-year old struggling to raise her family and to be the mother she wants to be. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Willa is blocking something...

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Maeve Lejeune’s passion for the Houses of West End.

Maeve Lejeune’s roots run deep into West End – it inspires, and is the subject for her art.  Maeve was born at home in a house on Spring Street, where her aunty now lives and next door to her Nana’s current home. Six weeks after Maeve was born, her family moved from Spring Street around the corner to Skinner Street, where she grew up before eventually moving into other share houses in West End. Maeve attended West End State School and Brisbane High, and studied at the Queensland College of Art. She still lives in West End. “I usually...

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A Fresh Vision for Boundary Street – John Mongard, Landscape Architect

Local landscape Architect, John Mongard, spoke to The Westender about a new vision for Boundary Street and West End Town Centre. Community Wellbeing Committee In June 2019 local member, Jackie Trad MP, hosted a committee to look at issues concerning community wellbeing and safety. Discussions centred around West End and its town centre, (which includes the retail and public spaces in Boundary, Russell, Thomas and Vulture Streets) and how community wellbeing can be supported in public spaces. The Committee includes representatives from The West End Traders Association, community groups, Indigenous and youth support agencies, and relevant State Government agencies....

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West End Film Festival (WEFF) celebrates its 10th year with an exciting line up of short films

The West End Film Festival (WEFF) has been showcasing short films created by Australians since 2009 when a group of local Brisbane filmmakers identified the need to build a platform to showcase local and Australian work. WEFF also provides a pathway for emerging filmmakers into the larger film festivals held around the country. Co-Director, Anthony Toci, told The Westender its intimate atmosphere and its location behind the West End Markets at the Rumpus Room gives WEFF its unique feel. WEFF is also the only film festival in Brisbane that is solely focused on the short film form. This year...

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