Author: JanBowQld

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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Friday is Park[ing] Day – #bneparkingday

Join community groups and residents in West End’s Sussex Street and along Boundary Street on Friday 16 September 2016 as we transform parking spaces into people friendly parks. PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where teams transform on-street car parking spots into temporary public parks and other spaces for people to enjoy. Events will be held across the city and are supported by Brisbane City Council. Park[ing] Day events in West End will be: Greening West End – 35 Sussex Street, West End (outside Tangara retirement living) This installation will raise awareness of the capacity for small public spaces to be...

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Crisis of Trust in Planning Processes #Brisbane #WestEnd

 “Professional and community trust in planning is damaged when administrative discretion is perceived to be used to achieve market outcomes.” So said the then fourth year University of Queensland town planning student, Ms Melanie Kwok, when she completed her Honours Thesis late in 2015. Ms Kwok found that there is what she terms a ‘crisis of trust’ in Brisbane’s planning system. Ms Kwok was reflecting on stakeholder engagement in the Kurilpa Point Riverfront Renewal Master Plan and its subsequent call-in by Deputy Premier, Ms Jackie Trad. Now, with the proposed call-in of the West Village development at the old...

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Climate of Hope? Post-Election Drinks & Discussion

A quarter of the Great Barrier Reef is dead. Terrifying storms. Furious fires. Extreme heat. Unprecedented temperature records. Climate change is happening now and the impacts are playing out across our ecosystems and communities. The science is in – if we are to avoid the worst effects of global warming, Australia needs to shift from fossil fuel power to clean energy within the next decade.  And yet with the election wrapped up, it’s clear that the ambitious action the climate crisis demands won’t come from this Parliament. As history shows us, it’s people power that drives change. Now it’s...

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