Change was ripping through the suburb at pace that concerned many long-time locals, and the good folks at WECA were spending much of their time fighting to stop unsuitable projects. They realised that the good fight needed to be accompanied by some good fun, and so the Kurilpa Derby was born.
As well as celebrating the West End community, the derby also celebrates Boundary Street as a place for people- and pedal-power, rather than cars.
With the street closed for the day, the Rio Rhythmics dancers can shake their booties without fear, local musicians can entertain (I loved the South Brisbane Brass Band last year), and food and drink stalls can spill out across the road.
Most importantly, the street can also become a race-track for weird and wonderful go-carts, kids on bicycles, people pushing wheeled bathtubs, and plenty more. They compete in a series of organised but very tongue-in-cheek 'races' -- hence the 'derby' name.
And the squid relay is another highlight, where runners pant their way down the road clutching a raw squid in their mouth (squid kindly provided by George's Seafood).
It's all good fun and everybody's invited. WECA's currently seeking volunteers to help marshal, so if you're interested head to the WECA website. The website wil also have more details of the program as the derby draws nearer.