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11.10.14 - West End Festival 2014
its on again!!! Saturday 11th October sees the return of the West End Festival to Boundary Street. With over 40 acts and performances across four stages/spaces the street will be buzzing with energy.
24.08.14 - WECA Vision for Kurilpa
A PEOPLES PLAN FOR THE KURILPA POINT
Since 2005 WECA has convened workshops, forums and facilitated community consultations regarding the future urban development of West End and South Brisbane, including the Kurilpa Point. Those many thousands of hours of input have informed WECA's subsequent submissions and key vision documents.
The Kurilpa Vision document is once again available for review.
With the input and encouragement of our membership WECA will continue to advocate for a better Brisbane, please RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP to WECA so we can work together to create a better Brisbane.
04.08.14 - 7th Kurilpa Derby: 1pm Sunday 7th September
WECA is well on its way in making preparations for the 7th Kurilpa Derby. Initial contact has been made with local police and key stakeholders.The parade will run the same course as years previous, assembly from 1pm under the Dornoch Terrace bridge on Boundary Street. With fun stuff held in road closure section between Vulture and Russell Streets from 2-5pm.
As always the event will be fully permitted (both Council and police) and insured.
But we need your help! We need 12 volunteers to assist with marshaling the parade and helping out with the event festivities down on Boundary St. Please contact Event Director, Darren at firstname.lastname@example.org or PM West End Community Association on facebook
29.07.14 - Kurilpa Riverfront-BCC update on Masterplan
KURILPA RIVERFRONT MASTERPLAN
25 hectares with over 1,000m of prime riverfront-this is West End's back yard. It includes what was formerly listed as the Riverside Parks Masterplan and the former Peel Street Structure Plan.
City Council and the state government have been working together on the proposed redevelopment of the area stretching from the Cultural Centre precinct south along Montague Road down to Mollison Street since early 2013. The update on that exercise has just been released to the public, a copy can be found here
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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.
19.01.12 - MORE Success for Safer Streets
UPDATE: More good news to report. Energex have replaced the yellow bulbs in all the streetlights along Melbourne St and up along Boundary St into West End. The white light has significantly improved visibility. Congrats to those couple of hundred people that attended the rally last year. This is more evidence of your efforts.
16Oct2011-Thanks in part to the rally for the Safer Streets (organised by WECA members) the street lights in Manning Street, South Brisbane have been improved, made brighter and are more reliable. This small step goes some way to improving safety on our streets. Thanks to each of you that participated in the rally to make this public statement of support for safer streets.
27.07.11 - Cities rethink Urban Spaces
'Pop-up' urban planning gives cities the freedom to experiment with projects on a temporary basis, allowing innovative ideas a trial run..Cities around the world are embracing the idea..any ideas for West End? read full article
20.05.11 - Lantern Walk: Support Safer Streets for All
6pm Friday 3 June, cnr Melbourne & Manning St, South Brisbane. FULL FLYER HERE
An act of unity as we carry lights (candles, lanterns, torches) to support people who have survived violence including sexual violence.
This event is open to all people that value respect,diversity and community.
Illuminate the darkness between Manning Street & Russell Street and to support our efforts to avert the silence and stop the violence!
12.05.11 - Ret. Riverside Park to the People
Community Picnic, Riverside Park, 1pm Sat 21 May.
All welcome to join the kids races, dog parade, bike obstacle race and enjoy the BBQ & entertainment.
This community event is intended to remind Council to honour their commitment to return Riverside Park to the people but removing the illegal road. Full flyer is here
06.05.11 - Bicycles 5 Times More Worthy than Cars
03.02.11 - Searle: draft West End plan inadequate
Prof Glen Searle (UQ) has published a sensible opinion in today's Courier-Mail (read it here). Searle argues making West End's redevelopment areas a flagship example of town planning. WECA couldn't agree more.
This is precisely what we've supporting throughout the drafting of the neighbourhood plan. See our vision published here
13.12.10 - $23.8 million reasons for better neighbourhood
Did you know that last year the City Council took over $23.8million in rates out of the suburbs of West End, South Bris and Highgate Hill? This was just one years worth of council rates. And next year they'll take more.
WECA regularly supports better planning outcomes that improve amenity, initiatives that make streets safer, appropriate redevelopment, more and better green and open space. We give you our commitment to continue suppotring better outcomes.
Can anyone explain why Council suspended the implementation of the West End Riverside Parks masterplan in 2010 with these rivers of revenues pouring in the door?...read the story here
28.09.10 - WECA Submission re Draft LAP
you can find WECA's submission here for the second round of community input to the draft amendments to the West End-Woolloongabba Local Area Plan.
22.09.10 - Compare the difference Palmview vs West End LAPs
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 proposed amendments and draft proposals made by Council are deficient and pose a threat to liveability.
02.09.10 - WECA Briefings re draft LAP
WECA is preparing a series of community briefings on the draft Local Area Plan. These will be a maximum of 30mins in duration and designed to give you just the facts.
These WECA community briefings will be scheduled across early September to give people opportunity to learn of the dominant features of this proposal from city council.
WECA is also preparing a constructive initiative to give locals an honest and open process that recognises your right to have a fair dinkum say over the future development of your streets and neighbourhood. STAY TUNED AND STAY IN TOUCH.
04.08.10 - WECA's Vision-a truly urban neighbourhood
[originally posted 22 September 2009]....WECA's vision for South Brisbane can be found here. Collated from years of community input on planning and sustainable urban development.
WECA sees an opportunity in South Brisbane to develop a truly urban neighbourhood that is predominantly residential and mixed-use within a medium-density and medium-rise (5-8 storeys) built form.
Key provisions must include:
03.08.10 - Vision for future of The Gabba:Cr Abrahams
WECA commends Cr Abrahams for charting her vision for the development, not destruction, of the suburbs within the Gabba ward. You can review Cr Abraham's document here.
08.06.10 - Develop Don't Destroy Kurilpa
"developers simply supplied too much of the wrong product in the wrong location." -this observation is the central premise for a new article that can be read here. Could the same claim be true of Brisbane and the SEQ corner? The article also makes a case for YIMBY's....for the record, WECA members continually support sustainable development that advances our community and community planning that creates better planning outcomes.
09.04.10 - Update on BCC's Local Area Plan drafting
click here to read the WECA update on this latest version prepared by BCC.
Ever wondered of the full impact of population increases as proposed by Brisbane City Council? For example; what about mobility impacts of such a population proposal --how many extra cars? what would be the most efficient mode of transport? how many extra trips does moving 70,000 workers into and out of Kurilpa each morning and afternoon create? And why aren't these answers outlined in BCC's document?
------a transport expert has offered WECA some insight, this will be posted out to WECA Members shortly....not a Member? Join us to find out.
21.12.09 - 4,664 People Want Better Urban Development
Local Leadership over Local Development
(21Dec2009) Once again residents and friends of West End have demonstrated their clear views on the neighbourhood's continued development consistent with principles of local leadership, sustainability and liveability. This latest exercise with BCC attracted 4,664 people with their input through submissions and petition...this is more than any other neighbourhood in the city.
Sadly the latest draft, is little changed from the earlier version, you can see Council's update here. There remains no protections for heritage buildings, no provision of adequate open space, and no needs based assessment of providing for the nearly 100,000 extra people.
This planning exercise is turning into a test of Council's Urban Planning Chairperson Cr Amanda Cooper's leadership. To date there is little evidence of improvements since the Mayor's pronouncement in March 2009, months before the public had a chance to review draft documents. Nor has Council made publicly available its secret planning documents. Both setbacks are undermining public confidence in the process.
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.
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
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.