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07.11.13 - 2013 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
WHEN: 10:30am Saturday 7th December 2013.
WHERE: Souths Leagues Club again so folks can head to Davies Park Markets. PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP-it takes 2 minutes online.
This year we thank retiring committee members Emma-Kate Rose and Adrian Buzolic for their energy, enthusiasm and service to our neighbourhood.
We will also be thanking Darren for his service as President of WECA. After six years of working from the front Darren will not be renominating to the Presidency so that he can spend more time on the committee looking after membership communications and recruitment.
07.11.13 - FIESTA LATINA A GREAT SUCCESS
WECA is very proud to have worked with the Latin American Community to host the incredible Fiesta Latina (Sat 2 Nov). Russell Street was closed to cars and filled with thousands of people who enjoyed the food, colours, delights, sounds and cultures of Latin America.
With the overwhelming display of public support WECA will enter discussions with LACA-QLD about making this wonderful street party a regular fixture in West End.
07.11.13 - Join Online Now-Paypal option
27.10.13 - POPULATION MILESTONES
In 2012 West End clicked through some significant population milestones.
Our residential population exceeds 21,500 people.
The daytime (or working) population tripped over 30,000 workers and
the numbers of people visiting West End to enjoy our community events approached 50,000!
WECA CELEBRATES KURILPA-ITS PEOPLE AND THE COMMUNITY
15.10.13 - Brisbane Record Fair to hit the street!!
In an amazing first time, West End will host the Brisbane Record Fair in three of Boundary Street's favourite music venues. Vinyl at The HiFi, the Boundary Hotel and local favourite's Rumpus Room are hosting the vinyl collectors dig fest on Saturday 2 November. Make it early and make it a day!
Jump to WECA's facebook page for the latest
12.09.13 - WECA MEMBERS ALERT
MEMBERS ONLY SPECIAL OFFER-WECA is very pleased to be offering a freeby to all our Members for this Sunday's West End (Micro) Block Party at ABSOE (Boundary St). All current WECA Members will receive an email to extend to them this special offer. WATCH OUT FOR THE EMAIL
Plus your friends can join WECA on the day at the gate. Or join online via GreenTix available online
24.07.13 - G20 Preparations - 15/16th Nov 2014
Qld Police have begun community engagement for next year's G20 Meeting in Brisbane. Please check WECA's Facebook page for the most up-to-date links. In the first instance you can register with Qld Police to receive information, call them on 3015 3432.
18.05.13 - West End 'Micro' Block Party
UPDATE 10Sep2013: The West End Micro Block Party is on this Sunday 15th September in the front carparks of ABSOE (Boundary St, West End). Check the facebook page for full artist line-up. Tix can be pre-purchased through Greentix -proceeds go to two incredible not-for-profits: West End Community Assoc and the Brisbane Fringe Festival.
UPDATE 28Aug2013: please stay tuned there are some changes to be announced on the event for 2013. Whilst considerable efforts have been made there are a couple of elements that require more time. Please stay connect, especially via WECA's Facebook page.
18May2013 We're very happy to announce that last year's incredibly successful West End Block Party will return in 2013. Preparations are underway, some behind the scenes adjustments though. Last year's Event Director, and WECA President, Darren Godwell will be taking a lesser role due to day-job demands.
WECA has proposed a structure to keep the event a great community celebration of West End. Stay tuned for further announcements.
11.04.13 - WEST END FILM FESTIVAL --on sale now!!
One of the neighbourhood's favourite events hits the screens Sunday 21st April in two sessions: 6pm and 8pm. Tickets are: $18 per session or $35 for an all-evening pass. Held in carpark beside Rumpus Room, on Boundary St. www.westendfilmfestival.com.au
20.03.13 - RENEW YOUR WECA MEMBERSHIP TODAY
WECA is only as strong and effective as our membership base.
10.02.13 - Open Meeting WECA Management Committee
the first Management Committee meeting of 2013 will be an open meeting with all members invited to attend (or attend and join or renew). This is a great chance to float that idea you've wanted to get off the ground, meet the committee, hear about some of the initiatives for 2013 or share some information of your own. WHEN: 7-8pm Tuesday 12 Feb. WHERE: Browning St Studios, 17 Browning St, West End.
04.09.12 - 5th Kurilpa Derby Delights All
a special thanks to everyone that joined the Kurilpa Derby in 2012. Boundary Street was filled with laughter, love and mayhem thanks to your creativity and imagination. The derby is West End's favourite day because of you. There are plenty of photos going up on the facebook pages.
12.05.12 - Kurilpa Derby feat. The WeekendAust!!
our happiest day of the year in West End has been published in The Weekend Australian magazine. The Kurilpa Derby has been featured in The Heart of the Nation section with a wonderful photograph and story, click here to read it
21.03.12 - Brisbane Floods: Prof Ed Blakely
An expert town planner view of how the flood response was handled and comment on the adequacy of local planning and development approvals..."that made the situation even worse...we knew better but threw caution to the wind"...interview from ABC News available here
01.02.12 - CityGlider2-Paddington to Stones Cnr via SthBank
A new CityGlider bus service is proposed for mid 2012. The service will run from Paddington to Stones Corner linking Suncorp Stadium, the SouthBank Cultural Precinct and The Gabba....however Lord Mayor Quirk hasn't funded it yet, go figure???
31.01.12 - 2012 Management Committee Appointments
The first Management Committee meeting for 2012 has elected the Association's officebearers: President-Darren Godwell; VicePresident-David Bratchford; Secretary-Dr Erin Evans; Treasurer-Adrian Buzolic and Committee Members Emma-Kate Rose, Jacqui Walters & Hazel Parkins.
22.07.11 - 96% support medium-rise redevelopment-NOT 30 storeys
Aria lodges DA for 30storey monolith into West End. WECA members currently reviewing full documentation and plans. If you'd like to support any action on this particular DA please contact WECA via email .
06.05.11 - Bicycles 5 Times More Worthy than Cars
13.12.10 - Is this a valued historic building in Sth Bris?
Was the Belvedere worth looking after for the last 30years?
The BrisTimes story about the Greek Orthodox Community of St George applying for a demolition permit on the 27 Edmondstone St house has created debate. Much of what defines a neighbourhood is the history expressed and carried in its architecture.
If this matter is important to you as a WECA Member please contact us at email@example.com
06.04.09 - Flood & Fire Fundraiser - over $2,000 raised
Congrats to all those that lent a hand to the Fire & Flood Fund-raiser held on last Saturday night (4 April) at Ahimsa House. Another great effort as locals, neighbours, artists and supporters raised over $2,000. A great effort for a great pair of causes-thanks to all.
06.12.13 - Nominees for 2014 WECA Management Committee
WECA's nominations to the Management Committee include: Dr Erin Evans, David Bratchford, Sarah Gall, Vashti Bland, Jacqui Walters, Darren Godwell, Stewart Barry, Thomas Day and Rozzi Pizzey. At tomorrow's meeting we will elect the committee members and at their first meeting of the MC they will elect from their number the office bearers.
Our AGM's are happy, friendly and quick affairs. Pop in after you've been at the markets. You can renew/join your membership there and then.
WHEN: 10:30am Saturday 7 December WHERE: Souths Leagues Club, Davies Park, West End.
11.11.13 - WECA President Change on the Cards
After six years of exemplary service to our community and the association, Darren Godwell has announced that he will not be renominating as President. "Its been fantastic to serve with incredible people on many wonderful community initiatives' said Godwell "I've been humbled to work with so many great people. With the support of our members I'll be asking to remain on the Management Committee in a specific role focusing on building our membership base. We've grown to such a size that we need a dedicated plan to engage, renew and sustain our membership base. Its a great position to find ourselves in! Our leadership on community events that celebrate Kurilpa have really offered a positive basis for community engagement."
Darren has offered his endorsement to WECA MC member of three years and Secretary for two years, Dr Erin Evans. "I think Erin is a great candidate for the President. She has my full support." added Darren.
WECA's AGM is scheduled for Saturday 7th December at Souths Leagues club, Davies Park. RENEW TODAY SO YOU CAN VOTE.
07.11.13 - Support West End's Newest Park
update-cr abrahams meeting (sat 9th nov)
WECA representatives attended the information session facilitated by Cr Helen Abrahams on Saturday 9th November for the developer/owners.
We can confirm that as of today 100% of the site is designated for public open space i.e. park. We can confirm that the owners did not participate in the local area planning exercise. No submission was made by them to either the initial exercise nor in response to the proposed amendments. The owners confirmed that Council had sent them a notice in 2011 after the drafts were made law in the local area plan stating that their lot was designated for a park. The owners did not respond to that notice. Then, as is consistent with planning instruments, when the owners lodged a DA a few months ago, this was the trigger for the Council to issue the 'notice to acquire' the lot for the designated use as intended and stated in the local area plan of 2011.
The lot is designated as public open space (ie a park). Council has given the owners years of notice. The owners have had multiple opportunities afforded to them to respond and make suggestions otherwise-they've chosen not to participate. It appears that for all intents and purposes that the process has been lawful, Council has been clear and consistent.
Today, 100% of the lot is designated for the purpose of public open space. It would be a dangerous proposition to consider reducing that greenspace by 60% for the purpose of private profit as an acceptable exercise of Council's stated intent and designated use as a park -free, accessible and open to all. Private, controlled spaces for commercial tenants does not equate to a park.
WECA Supports the Creation of New Greenspace in west end
Email Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to maintain the creation of a park consistent with the legal planning scheme. We support the Mayor's stance to maintain the legal planning scheme in the face of negative lobbying by developers.
In 2011 the latest amendments to the Local Area Plan were passed into law. Amongst the changes was the rezoning of 68 Vulture St as greenspace/park. In a highly unusual move, the owners of the site have prepared and lodged a DA for that site two years later, even though its still zoned for a park.
5,500 residents made submissions to the Local Area Planning exercise, There is no record of any submission from the owners of this site. Even after the drafts were circulated, attracting hundreds of additional responses there is no record of any submission from the owners. The debate was three years ago and for whatever reasons they decided not to participate.
100% of the site is zoned as Park WECA supports that outcome.
28.08.13 - 6th Kurilpa Derby
the permits have been issued, the wheels oiled, the performers tuned, the squid watered. We're ready! Are you?!
Sunday 1st September. The procession will assemble under the Dornoch Tce bridge from 1pm. The parade will roll at 1:30pm. The festivities will take place 2-5pm. Boundary St will be closed to cars 1:30-5:30pm. Shops will be open as usual so please come down enjoy the thrills, support our local businesses and celebrate being a part of 4101's community.
26.07.13 - Draft changes to Brisbane City Plan
UPDATE - WECA has collated materials from across recent months in the lead-up to the deadline for submissions on the draft CityPlan proposals from City Council. Thanks to all the members, professionals and experienced community hands that contributed. You can read WECA's Submission here
SUBMISSIONS DUE TUESDAY 30TH JULY 2013...please take some time to register your views on the proposed changes to the draft City Plan. you can follow the online submission form here. Urban Planning Prof Phil Heywood published a fine article that summarises the key changes, read his article here. Prof Heywood says:
18.06.13 - Kurilpa Derby Back in 2013
Save the date now: Sunday 1st September (Father's Day). Volunteers are welcome, so please contact WECA asap.
04.04.13 - WECA on FACEBOOK
15.03.13 - WECA EVENTS IN 2013
over successive years WECA has steadily expanded the number of events and activities it supports. 2013 was our biggest year: 2,000 at the Kurilpa Derby in its fifth year; over 7,000 at West End Bloc Party; 700 more at West End Film Festival plus further support for the inaugural Brisbane Fringe Festival. Do you want more? WECA is a member-led organisation so your opinion matters. Please renew and let us know.
24.09.12 - KURILPA CELEBRATES!!!
WECA is immensely proud to have once again hosted another incredible celebration of the very best parts of Kurilpa: its people and the community. We had over 100 artists contributing to 8 hours of programming which attracted thousands and all without incident. Thanks to each of you for bringing your love and energy onto Boundary Street to create an exciting, safe, community vibe for all.
Each of you have helped revive the spirit of the original Boundary Street Festival.
When you next pass in the street you'll be friends, fellow dancers, brothers, sisters and neighbours. Your goodwill and generosity makes West End what it is-you create it everyday with a smile, a wave, a few coins to a busker, or a simple hello. Welcome to our West End.
19.09.12 - over 70 artists/acts announced: WestEndBlockParty
in a massive coup the WEST END BLOCK PARTY will host the single largest line-up of local artists and musicians ever assembled on Boundary St!! Over 70 artists and performers will fill Boundary Street across 7 stages for 8 hours of programming!! Read the full announcement here
In 2008 world expert Urban Planner Jan Gehl presented his research on how to make Brisbane a better city that was more people orientated. WECA is proud to promote this report and is now making it available in full and free. It's a very interesting opinion from the man that has advised more 'world class cities' than you can poke a stick at. We, like everyone, can only ask why this advice has been kept secret from the public for nearly four years?
06.03.12 - Reopening next section Riverside Park
Community Celebration!!! reopening of Riverside Park, this Sunday 11th March 9am-11am...all welcome, pet friendly, free bacon&eggs, coffee van, dog parade (near end of Kurilpa Street)..flyer attached
27.02.12 - Better Parks=Better Future
WECA joins with Souths Leagues Club, Davies Park Protection group and Kurilpa TreeWatch to support the full implementation of the Riverside Park Masterplan and the Davies Park Masterplan in City South News. Both plans have had full, good faith community input, both were meant to be in full swing by 2011/12 and both have been defunded by City Council. WECA believes better parks=a better future for all in West End. Read full press statement here
16.02.12 - WECA vision for future of Sth Brisbane
Across many years the Association has coordinated and contributed in good-faith to countless neIghbourhood planning exercises. In respect of these thousands of hours volunteered by residents. WECA has put those ideas into this KURILPA VISION document. Its worth the read and makes very clear the type of future we will support.
09.02.12 - BCC releases 20yr Plan
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has released council's 20 year plan for major infrastructure around the city, the document can be read here
It's a blueprint for Council's funding priorities. Sadly, it announces that the full implementation of Riverside Park doesnt happen, and it drops funding for the Davies Park and Musgrave Park into a time beyond 2021, maybe even nearer to 2031. WECA will post a 4101 specific summary shortly.
31.01.12 - Absentee Landlords: Threat to Small Businesses
Many issues affect local independent businesses. One of the most serious threats are disinterested absentee landlords. The Brisbane Times highlights a situation in the Valley, the result is there for all to see..."Fifty small businesses are being financially strangled because two millionaire property owners in Fortitude Valley cannot agree on fixing a walkway."
17.01.12 - What they say vs what they mean
Recent property developer propaganda written by Malcolm Aikman (Urbis) and Michelle Hele (Courier-Mail 7 January 2012) has proved more than most readers could stomach. The blog comments were direct and scathing. The article is more evidence of the glaring credibility gap between what the development industry says and what they mean. Here's the point illustrated
16.12.11 - QUT study high-density res & floods
WECA EXCLUSIVE - QUT Study into High Density Liveability.
After the floods WECA members had many experiences to share about how they were affected. WECA's Management Committee saw the importance in documenting these lived experiences especially from those areas with high-density residential. The performance of new apartment buildings and the redeveloped areas of West End was examined. The findings are not good news.The research found significant short-comings in design with regards to passive cooling, ventilation, natural lighting, access and emergency services.
Special thanks to Rosemary Kennedy, Director, QUT School of Sub-Tropical Design, and the Masters of Architecture program researchers and authors of the study Peter North, James Lewis, Teresa Liu, Marita Paulsrud & Ashlea Hughes.
19.07.11 - Kurilpa Derby 4
here it comes people!!! The 4th Kurilpa Derby is being planned for 2pm Sunday 4th Sept...expect the return of the George's Seafood Squid Relay, our rolling parade, races plus new events to be announced!!!
13.05.11 - West End's Growing Media Economy
There is a burgeoning cluster of companies & independent media professionals growing in West End. It's a very exciting aspect of the local economy. Did you know:
06.05.11 - Safe Streets, Safe for All, Safe at Any Time
Many WECA members & locals have been talking about making a community statement supporting public safety. If you have any suggestions please email WECA President Darren Godwell.
Two years ago WECA alerted Brisbane City Council that of the 189 light fittings along Melbourne Street 157 were not in working order. WECA has returned to that issue on several instances. We again call on the Council to TURN THE LIGHTS BACK ON.
23.03.11 - Shopping Adventure in West End
15.03.11 - Wolfmother rock Thomas St
thanks to the crew at Blackstar and all our volunteers for making Saturday night such a success...over 1,000 people enjoyed the evening, about $10,000 was raised and WOLFMOTHER and all the musicians that gave us an celebration of community.
Another incredible West End community event!!!
07.03.11 - Brisbane Residents United
RUMOUR: An alliance of community and resident groups is on the verge of creating a Brisbane-wide initiative to support better planning outcomes. Guided by the principle of local leadership for local development this collective expects to help with advice, information sharing and improved campaigning for better planning outcomes.
Stay tuned to learn more...if you wish to contribute to this group please contact WECA.
18.02.11 - Post-flood Clear Thinking Required
22.09.10 - Palmwoods vs West End urban development
This week the Sunshine Coast Council revealed an impressive draft plan to accommodate an extra 14,000 residents in a new development at Sippy Downs. It's a contrast to Bris City Council's proposed amendments to the West End LAP...click here to see table...for an extra 14,000 people Palmview is getting:
Brisbane City Council is proposing an additional 89,000 people with no provision of similiar infrastructure. The draft proposals being made by Council are deficient and will threaten liveability.