West Village

Australia’s economy has been re-zoned into a construction bubble. The federal government wants to outlaw one of the few effective unions remaining, that of building workers, the CFMEU.

Developers and Brisbane City Council want to build more retail stores where workers get less award wages. FairWork Australia does little or nothing.

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The Lizard, West End Brisbane

The bubble will burst, the workers may snap … Westenders tried to put something better in its place, called AHIMSA or Peace House. The dream proved impractical. Small business corruption and opposition by the Qld public trustee, local, state and federal members saw it fail. A proposed community centre for Aboriginal youth  was rejected by ALP-appointed Public Trustee, Peter Carne.

The Public Trustee owns the building next door in Horan Street.

A petition of 600 locals trying to save AHIMSA house fell on deaf ears.

Now developers have an alternative of their own – West Village.

This is a wrong turn.

Build community, not high rise!

Ian Curr
24 April 2016

andypaine

I first walked into West End in May 2011. I knew very little about Brisbane’s geography, but I had heard a talk given by prominent West End advocate Dave Andrews and thought it sounded like a place I would like to go. Amazingly, within a few minutes if wandering around exploring the suburb, I ran into Dave sitting at a cafe. I chatted with him very briefly, and he sent me around the corner to a community house where “there are people you should meet”. They invited me in for tea, I stayed a couple of weeks. The rest, as they say, is history.

I open this article about West End with this anecdote for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is to acknowledge that though I love West End, though I have felt a sense of attachment to this place I have rarely felt elsewhere and though the culture…

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