Author: Kerrod Trott

Rise up and dance, Brisbane!

Brisbane is encouraged to rise up with the world and take part in the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history – One Billion Rising – this Sunday, 12 February. The campaign, a global dance event launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a response to the staggering statistic that one in three women will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS worldwide! Rise Up & Dance Brisbane is a collaboration between Nia Australia, Vulcana Women’s Circus, WaW Dance and Brisbane Powerhouse, in which all individuals and organisations are...

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Celebrating twenty-five years of the Westender

March 2017 will mark twenty five years since the Westender was first published as an independent, community newspaper. Over two and a half decades, the paper has celebrated the unique character of West End, and reported on the key events and personalities that have made West End the place we know and love today. I plan to publish a special, commemorative book to celebrate the occasion. The commemorative book would feature highlights of twenty five years of publishing, interesting historical information, stories on key community stakeholders, past and present, and comment from key, local stakeholders. The book be tabloid...

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How to give back this Christmas

Southside locals still have time to spread the Christmas spirit by giving back to those less fortunate this festive season. Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad said there were a number of appeals that people could donate to that would help Southsiders doing it tough.  “One of the best things about living on the Southside is our great sense of community and I know that people will want to give back this Christmas. “Every year Micah Projects, a fantastic local organisation, packs and delivers food hampers on Christmas Eve so that everyone in our community can enjoy a Christmas...

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ASP in nude beach protest

The Queensland branch of the Australian Sex Party is planning a gathering on Saturday to protest the latest police actions at Alexandria Bay, Noosa National Park, after recent evidence emerged of the police hiding in the bushes and rushing out to fine naturists. Police admit that they have not been reacting to complaints on the day but rather consider it as ongoing “patrols” in the area. Secretary of the Qld branch Robin Bristow says “The police are behaving like the Taliban Moral Police by enforcing a dress code on a known nudist beach. Queensland is 40 years behind the...

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ORANGE THE WORLD – starting with Brisbane 

  … and show your commitment to ending violence against women and girls. Micah Projects’ Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS) is calling on the people of Brisbane to wear something orange, and decorate their workplaces and shopfronts with orange livery, as part of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. 16 Days of Activism is a UN-led, international campaign that runs from 25 November until 10 December (World Human Rights Day). Here in Brisbane, the campaign is being championed by several community groups including ZONTA, Micah Projects and Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, who are organising a number of activities across...

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