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    Our content is a labour of love, crafted by dedicated volunteers who are passionate about the west. We encourage submissions from our community, particularly stories about your own experiences, family history, local issues, your suburb, community events, local history, human interest stories, food, the arts, and environmental matters. Below are articles created by community contributors. You can find their names in the bylines.

    “Australia’s ability to influence the future climate is virtually zero” So what do we do?

    Hamilton and Wilkenfeld pull no punches in this (very readable) discussion of the current and future state of climate change in Australia and, more importantly, our attitude to it and the actions we need to take NOW in the face of it.

    The history of Footscray’s after-dark entertainment 

    The grandeur and vibrancy ofFootscray’s nighttime past is to be celebrated this October with an exhibition titled Friday Nights in Footscray. The exhibition will tell the story of the 'Cinderella Suburb', a place which once had five picture houses and multiple ballrooms within the main city block.

    New film builds bridges across stories of Melbourne’s west 

    A Footscray-based film-maker will pay tribute to his own family’s migrant story through his upcoming feature film, Westgate, scheduled for filming around Melbourne’s west in July.

    Little Westies unleashing creativity for peace 

    Picture this: young minds ablaze with imagination, transforming blank canvases into vibrant reflections of hope and unity; a manifestation of the International Women’s Peace Group’s (IWPG) Loving Peace Art Competition recently hosted at St James theApostle Primary School in Hoppers Crossing. In its 6th consecutive year, this esteemed international competition continues to captivate and involve more than 12,000 youths annually from 52 different countries across the globe. Despite the diversity of languages spoken by participants from different countries, the art they create speaks volumes, delivering messages of peace and unity to hearts around the world.

    Recommended reading from local bookshops – June 2024

    Reviews of the books The Extinction of Irena Rey, O Caledonia, Love, Death & Other Scenes, and Shower Land: Break the Curse