Author: Jan Bowman

Water Rats walk through West End History

Jan Bowman /28 August, 2014

On a wet Friday evening on 22 August West End locals packed into Avid Reader Bookshop for a charge of West End history: the launch of the West End Making History Group’s third and latest walking guide, Walking with Water Rats … Kurilpa Point to Davies Park and Beyond. They were joined by special guests, Continue Reading →

Our female politicians discuss domestic violence policy

Jan Bowman /22 August, 2014

This article is part of the cover feature NO in the September issue of Westender. According to the Office for Women, “one-in-three Australian women have experienced physical violence and almost one-in-five have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15”. On 27 June 2014 the Federal Government released the 2nd Action Plan to Reduce Violence Continue Reading →

Bike Polo – Not for the faint-hearted

Jan Bowman /5 August, 2014

Bike polo may not be for the faint-hearted, but age and gender are definitely no barriers, or so says Ollie Wykeham who spoke with me about the sport recently. In fact he reckons there are players in their 50s and there’s even a player in the US as old as 87. As to gender, he Continue Reading →

WECA calls on the Lord Mayor to provide West End parks

Jan Bowman /26 July, 2014

Following publication of its report on the Rally for public parks in June, Westender approached Brisbane City Council seeking details of planned parks in the West End and South Brisbane on the basis of total hectares, and hectares per resident. In a response received late last week Council advised Westender that it is, “delivering new open Continue Reading →

Joe Hurley has left the house

Jan Bowman /30 June, 2014

When he was presented with The Westender Kurilpa Local Legend award in May, Joe Hurley was described as a “guiding light” in the West End Community House. Now he is leaving, not by choice, but because the government’s funding model for community houses is changing. Dr Kay Pearse, Chairperson of the West End Community House Continue Reading →

Guyatt Park takes on developers

Jan Bowman /18 June, 2014

Regular contributor to Westender, Jan Bowman, is now contributing to Radio 612 about her observations on the local area. She recently attended a community protest against a development across the river in Guyatt Park and submitted this piece which went to air on Spencer Howson’s breakfast show. If you and your neighbours wanted to lodge Continue Reading →