Author: JanBowQld

AWARD DEMANDS ACTION IN GREENING WEST END

Last week the Green Space Strategy for 4101 was recognised nationally at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. The Award for Communities went to local West End Landscape Architects John Mongard, Gavin Hardy, Alvin Kirby and Michelle Kirby-Brown who developed the strategy in conjunction with a number of other volunteer landscape architects and with the West End Community Association, Kurilpa Futures and Transition Kurilpa. In commending the strategy, the judges acknowledged the team  “…for their insight and leadership in working with local communities for over 20 years of sustained effort,” adding that “…it is an excellent model for local action and collaborative planning approaches that could be...

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Sussex Street Parklet Commended by #ParkingDay Judges

The Sussex Street initiative was first proposed at the Green Space Strategy workshop in July and kicked-off in earnest with a meeting with the Tangara Resident’s Association and representatives of the West End Uniting Church in August. The vision presented by Alvin Kirby and Michelle Kirby-Brown from the Green Space Strategy Team is for two new permanent Parklets in the street. The 2016 Parking Day on Friday 16th of September was the selected as the ideal occasion to showcase the concept. “What better way to cement the idea of what a pocket park could look like,” Alvin Kirby said. Tangara residents,...

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Fire and Light with ProMusica Singers – West End

West End’s not-for-profit community choir, the ProMusica Singers, will be singing out at their next public performance at West End Uniting Church on 5 November 2016 at 3:00pm. The concert titled Fire and Light will feature an eclectic repertoire.  It includes contemporary Australian composers Iain Grandage’s, 3 Australian Bush Songs, and Keren Terpstra’s, Lead, kindly light. Eric Whitacre’s (UK) Lux Aurumque and Ola Gjeilo ‘s (Norway) Northern Lights are also part of the line-up. In keeping with its theme the choir will also be singing Thomas Morley’s Fire, Fire and Thomas Tallis’s O Nata Lux.  And, for a bit of fun they...

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A Beginners Guide to Brisbane #StreetArt by Bruce

Bruce (we’ll call him that as he enjoys his anonymity) has just produced a photobook, “a beginner’s guide to Brisbane street art” which has been installed in the Bench Café, West End.  The pictorial ‘flick thru’ is on loan to the café until the end of November. Bruce, a school teacher in another life, developed an interest in street art through accidental encounters while overseas. From Granada to Berlin, from London to Morocco Bruce has been recording murals and graffiti, undertaking workshops and walking countless kilometres on street tours. Always the avid collector Bruce has, at different points in...

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Butterfly abundance at Paradise Street Neighbourhood Garden #WestEnd

The West End Festival offers something for everyone: music, colour, action, and discussion. But for those, like me, who want something quieter and more contemplative, there was also the Butterfly Walk led by West End’s own Butterfly Man, Frank Jordan. Frank is a knowledgeable guide. He is a co-founder of the Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club which held its first meeting at West End State Primary School twenty years ago and is current president of the Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club. He has planted a vast range of butterfly host plants at the Paradise Street and Jane Street Gardens. Frank is...

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