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16.03.14 - A Park on Bailey St? Resumptions in Rogers St?
WECA's new management committee is working with our members, and new members, from along Rogers Street to get a straight answer to the question on everyone's lips: where is the park being located? And why has City Council refused to clear-up the apparent clerical error of locating the park over existing homes in Rogers Street?
To date, local Councillor Abrahams has flagged resumptions of homes on the higher-ground of Rogers Street. Lord Mayor Quirk has said the spot is actually Bailey Street. And Parks Chairman Cr Peter Matic is refusing to rule-out resumptions nor confirm that actual site.
WECA President Erin Evans has reinforced the key demand from WECA members in the affected area-"can someone in City Council please set the record straight, once and for all."
WECA is creating a working group to steer our engagement, it is open to all WECA members, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
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.
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.
24.09.12 - Another Incredible Event in Kurilpa!! West End Block Party Attracts 7,000!!
Thank you to everyone that headed down into Boundary Street on Saturday for the WEST END BLOCK PARTY. This was a return of the event to community control. And boy did you bring the spirit and fun with you!!! Over 100 performers gave everything they had to big crowds of fans and newly found fans.
The line-up including artists, musicians, street performers, bands, dancers, puppeteers, acrobats, circus, poets, percussionists, zine makers and flash mobs entertaining over 7,000 people for 8 hours across 7 spaces including 2 street stages.
A special thanks also to all the crew, sound techs, stage managers, volunteers and support staff. Community events rely on goodwill, competence and love so on Saturday 22nd it was these people giving: Tiffany, Max, Aaron, Dave, Marianna, Jamie, Steph, Wavy, Mitch, Rachael, Jamie2, Matthew, Simon, Ralf, Will, Simon2, DJ, James, Dave2, Colin, Tarcisio, Sasha, Vanessa, Mike, Scott, Sally, Scott, Ray, Michelle, Frances, Sarah, Kellie, Anthony, Morgyn, Simon2, Abbey, Simon3, Craig, Cody, George, Adrian, and the dancing traffic controller Antonio.
Two womyn in particular deserve acknowledgement. Sarah Gall (Browning Street Studios) programmed and stage managed multiple performance spaces. An awesome effort. And the event's Production Manager Jess Latham (Evolve Entertainment) made sure stuff and people were where they should be when they should be. Thank you for taking the weight You both deserve every free cuppa you get for the next year.
21.09.12 - Blogger Hits the Mark
independent blogger West End Girl has grabbed the essence in one: "The block party is something of a revival of the Boundary Street Festival, an annual grassroots festival that ran for many years in the heart of West End. It began very much as a local community celebration, and I remember the days when punters and performers alike were all West Enders"
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.
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.
17.07.14 - Its our 10th Birthday!!
The West End Community Association was formally incorporated in 2004. So its officially our tenth birthday but there's much more to the story. And WECA is asking people that might have been about in the years before incorporation to please contact us via email or contact anyone on the Management Committee.
We're preparing for a celebration later in the year, about October. Thanks
20.03.14 - Plans remain unlcear-City Council needs to clarifiy position
The eventual location of the promised parklands along Montague Road should be clearly declared by City Council. Speculation about deal-making with developers Pradella and Stockwell is not helping. A couple of key documents have been shared with WECA members: an outline of who owns what where; a copy of City Council's Local Area Plan map identifying new parkland near Bailey St and a further map of proposed developments by Pradella and Stockwell free of any park designation.
To date WECA is working with its members and community interests on the matter. WECA President issued a media statement calling on the Lord Mayor and city council to clarify the situation, read press release here You can also review a full description and outline of the issue back on this site's Campaign page
06.12.13 - Nominees for 2014 WECA Management Committee
UPDATE 13Feb2014: Congrats to Dr Erin Evans on her election to the Presidency of WECA. At the first Management Committee meeting of year WECA's office bearers were elected. Vice President-David Bratchford; Treasurer Jacqui Walters and Secretary is Darren Godwell.
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
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
27.08.12 - Newman Out to Destroy Heritage & Liveability
Just as Premier Campbell Newman held his secret cabinet meeting in the historic Thomas Dixon Centre reports have emerged that the Premier is seeking to circumvent required public consultations on his proposed amendments to the West End Local Area Plan. Rumours indicate that the new LNP government has issued a ministerial directive to jam in the CBD-style highrises that would destroy the very heritage and liveability of spaces like the Thomas Dixon Shoe Factory building. Premier Newman has no mandate for any changes-neither does Lord Mayor Quirk. Neither politician fielded candidates that gained popular electoral support in West End. WECA asked LNP candidates specific questions on local development and none raised this issue again. Any edict issued from the Premier counter to local wishes would be anti-democratic.
22.08.12 - Vulture St its own Precinkt
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.
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.
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.