Author: Kerrod Trott

West Village “buzzing” with green activity

West End has been a hive of activity this week with 160,000 workers moving into new rooftop premises at the 2.6ha, $1 billion West Village development. Brisbane bee man Jack Stone, from Bee One Third, has installed four hives atop the Westpac Bank building in Boundary Street as part of the greening phase of the West Village development. The project recently received the highest rating for master-planned precincts in Australia, earning “World Leadership” status with the achievement of Six Star Green Star – Communities certification. Green Star is the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) internationally recognised rating system...

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Australians learning to use less water – BOM

The cost of residential water bills has fallen for the first time in five years, according to a report released today by the Bureau of Meteorology. The annual National Performance Report for urban utilities found the median cost of an annual residential water bill was down by $32 from the previous year. The National Performance Report, now in its twelfth year, compares the performance of 84 water utilities that provide urban water services across Australia and analyses the trends between years and utilities. Water Services Association of Australia Executive Director Mr Adam Lovell said the reduction in the cost...

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West End residents show their anger

Community anger over another massive development in West End prompted residents to take to the street today with community groups, WoMo 4101 West End Community Association and Kurilpa Futures – Planning for People and supported by Jonathan Sri, Councillor for The Gabba. Local member Jackie Trad MP added her support via her letter to the Lord Mayor. Approximately 100 West End residents created a temporary blockade at the intersection of Vulture St and Montague Rd calling for more investment in pedestrian crossings and public transport services, and to protest a 14-storey mega-development at 117 Victoria Street. The Westender spoke...

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Incandescent vocals…guitar brilliance…rare language

Award winning artists from WA Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse at the West End Sessions – February 23 Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse are one of those rare acts which connect and capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences through the power and pure emotion of song. They bring a fresh, modern take on ancient traditions; merging evocative sounds, poignant stories, rare language and that beautiful voice, performed in the Noongar language. The songs and performances are informed by four principles; Koort (Heart), Moort (Family), Boodja (Land) and Koorlangka (Children/Legacy). Gina is a proud Balladong (Noongar) daughter with links,...

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Young Aussies spread the e-waste recycling message

In 2017, TechCollect sent out a call for primary and secondary students across Australia to help spread the e-waste recycling message in its third annual search for a national Young E-Waste Hero Hamish Holt, a four year old boy from Hemmant. won second place in TechCollect’s Young E-Waste Hero competition. His winning response was: “A story book with a super hero who collects old stuff.  He drives a recycling rocket. Don’t chuck it out…. recycle it in” Hamish explains how he won his award: Tell us a bit about the Young E-Waste Hero challenge and what made you decide...

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