Seleneah More [president]
I'm a Torres Strait Islander woman who made Kurilpa home for 20+years. I live with my partner and our nine year old in a small unit full of shoes (sneaks not choos) in lieu of a car. My favourite local park is Paradise because it has a half court, pizza oven and garden.
My love of cities and people led me to become an Urban Planner and return to study, joining the West End Community Association and Tenants Queensland(Director). I'm keen to improve the liveability of Kurilpa as an urban neighbourhood through connection and celebration.
Sebastian Vanderzeil [vice president]
I am a long time West End resident having grown up here and now raising a family on the Kurilpa peninsula. I am interested in maintaining the critical social fabric of the area and building an urban community that is diverse, liveable, safe and sustainable. I joined WECA to help deliver that ambition.
HARMONIE DOWNES [SECRETARY]
My background includes the arts and community sectors with senior arts management roles and 20 years experience including qualifications in the arts and business. I have lived in Kurilpa and surrounds since 1997. I am a co-parent of a secondary school student (and a cat!) and my interests include music, writing, nature and sustainability. I joined WECA to help deliver celebratory events and to help guide and support the great work WECA does within community through significant projects and initiatives.
CAMERON CRICHTON [TREASURER]
As a long term West End resident and more recent dad, I’m passionate about growing our thriving and diverse community in a sustainable way that improves the quality of living environment we all share. The surge in investment in our area over the coming decade provides us with a once in a life-time opportunity to grow our population while improving access to public green space and our local climate (restoring tree cover). I love walking the kids to school and my daily commute along the tree-lined river to my less refreshing office in the city where I work as a business consultant. When not on the peninsular I’m keen on pretty much any water based activities and enjoying time in the stunning natural environments that surround us in SEQ.
MAEVE LEJEUNE [BOARD MEMBER]
I lived in West End for 26 years before being priced out of the area and moving to a sharehouse in a suburb nearby with four friends. Being on the board of WECA helps me to contribute and stay connected to a community that I love. I recently began my first year of teaching and have a wonderful and incredibly chatty year 6 class. Before that, I drew people’s houses and also some icons of West End and I’m hoping to eventually find more time to do a bit of that again.
Paula Hardie [BOARD MEMBER]
I’m a futures-focused designer and researcher working in strategic design with socially and environmentally responsible organisations. I’ve worked in the areas of food, homelessness, waste, events, and First Nations communications. I hold a B.Design Futures and am a current PhD. candidate focused on public service design. I have always lived in Meanjin. In 2021 Jack (partner), Jilly (dog), and I transitioned from renting to owning our own home in West End. Through WECA I’m driven to strengthen our community’s liveability and resilience.
EMILY BUSTER [BOARD MEMBER]
With a background in public health, Emily has worked in project management in Australia, Timor-Leste and Nepal, preferring to work part-time to allow space for creative endeavours and proactive engagement in the West End neighbourhood where she’s lived for twelve years. She has started and co-facilitated food co-ops, workshops, street festivals and collectives with a focus on cultivating creativity, connection, and self-sufficiency in her community.Emily is a story collector, storyteller and musician and can often be glimpsed pedalling her beloved bike to and fro around and out of Brisbane.