A lot of people ask, “What happened to Kerrod Trott from The Westender?” “. Kerrod updates us on his recent adventures.
” Hi there.
“I often joke that I’ve never been busier than I’ve been since I retired, and there’s certainly some truth to that.
“When I retired about five years ago, I moved with my partner Glenys to South Australia to be near her grandchildren. We currently live in a planned community, the Aldinga Arts and Eco Village on the coast about an hour south of Adelaide in the McLaren Vale wine region.
“I spend a lot of time in the garden and learned a lot about permaculture and biodynamic gardening there. It’s a totally different climate and ecosystem in South Africa, and I had to expand my environmental skills considerably.
“I started volunteering at the local environment center in Willunga when we arrived here, and ended up being elected president for four years. I recently retired as President, but have come to know and work with many local environmental groups, who are incredibly committed to the ongoing fight to preserve and protect the community and the natural environment.
“I continued my involvement in community publishing. I helped the local Aldinga Bay Residents Association update their Coastal Views magazine to an awesome online edition when we first came here, and for the past year I’ve been publishing a community news portal called Aldinga Village Voice.
“I am also still passionate about politics. I joined the Labor Party in South Africa – I had been a member of the Kurilpa branch in the West End before – and helped Labor candidates in many elections. We have had a double victory this year, with Labor winning national and federal elections.
“I remember not too long ago the West End had a Labor Premier (Kevin Rudd), a State Premier (Anna Bligh) and a Lord Mayor of Brisbane (Tim Quinn) like local representatives I don’t know, I’m leaving the West End for a few years and there isn’t a Labor member left!
“We have family and friends in South East Queensland and visit regularly.
“Jan Bowman started as a citizen journalist several years ago, and has been an editor and senior contributor since I moved to South Africa, and has done a great job of maintaining Westender’s position as a valued member and local community commentator.
“Jan has been busy of late revamping and re-energizing the Westender, to celebrate thirty years of publishing in the West End. You should take a look at it.
“The Westender has always supported the progressive side of politics. We provided a platform for the political and social views of a wide range of left-wing voices, including the Greens, Socialist Alliance and Democrats.
“Someone in the ALP once described me as ‘old lefty, but too close to the Greens’ and I like that description.
“When we started publishing the Westender as an independent community newspaper in 1992, I had no idea it would continue for so long.
“I am proud of what we have achieved and grateful for the support we have received from our collaborators, contributors, readers and supporters over the past thirty years.
“The Westender has undergone substantial changes and seen many incarnations over the years. It will be fascinating to see what the next thirty years will bring.
“Bravo and happy reading.”