In June 2013 the government passed a number of laws, changing the aged care system. The changes are intended to:
1) increase the options available for those requiring aged care
2) provide flexibility and choice on how residents can pay their accommodation costs
3) align fees for aged care services more closely to individual circumstances.
Many of these reforms [...]
By Chris Rissel, University of Sydney
For a few hours, late last week, it looked like Queensland could become the first Australian state to start relaxing its strict bicycle helmet laws.
After months of careful review of the evidence, a state parliamentary committee backed the need for A new direction for cycling in Queensland, releasing a 200-page [...]
Its been a few years since I’ve had any piercings done, but I’ m tempted to get another cartilage one (a daith, specifically).
Last time I had mine done it was at Justin’s studio / with Justin at Redpath, but since then I believe he’s shut down, and Freestyle no longer does piercings.
I know Redpath is [...]
The Liberals’ Giulia Jones is making a push for Canberra’s playgrounds to be made more to her liking.
Playgrounds across Canberra are in need of a spruce up and they should offer more for mums and dads while providing a learning environment to boost fitness and health, Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones said today.
“Today in [...]
A mother and father should not have to bury their son but this is what David and Jackie Green were faced with when their beloved 22 year old son Kyall died in a car accident earlier this year.
A few months before Kyall died, he had talked to his parents about wanting to help others by [...]
[ 24 November, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. ]
This Sunday the 24th just so happens to be Lakewalk 2013, so you know what to do.
It’s simple math.
The walkathon is on this Sunday 24th November, between 10am and 1pm. It starts at regatta point, commonwealth park and takes a loop circuit to Aspen Island and back. All monies raised go towards funding therapies [...]
It can’t be a Sunday if the Liberals aren’t worrying about sports it seems.
Today’s offering is from Steve Doszpot who prefers white paint for marking fields, rather than the black lines of diesel death:
“The practice of using diesel to mark out grounds is causing dangerous furrows onscores of local fields across the ACT, and it’s [...]
[ 25 November, 2013; 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ]
There’s a global thing going on called Sunday Assembly for people who want the community aspects of religion, without the religious bits.
And it’s coming to Canberra with the first meeting this 25 November.
Here’s the blurb from the local organisers:
Following the unprecedented success of The Sunday Assembly in London, a group of Canberrans are organising the [...]
In The Taratory is a Canberra blog reviewing anything and everything to do in the ACT and surrounds. It’s been a busy few months – here are some of the highlights:
Love him or loathe him, one of the biggest events on the foodie calendar was the opening of Jamie’s Italian earlier this week. My verdict? [...]
Local men about town Limp Jimmy and Nancy Porker have taken to giving hang gliding lessons via YouTube off the Lake George escarpment. Enjoy:
Your complete guide to learning hang gliding. Watch this video and you’ll know everything there is to know about free flight.
Actew Water are letting us know how great the tap water is:
Following the positive report this week showing Canberra’s drinking water receiving a top ranking at 95% satisfaction , a new Drinking Water Quality Report 2012-2013 has been released which illustrates the high quality of Canberra’s drinking water.
The report shows that the ACT [...]
Hugh Geiger has made a phone that might save the life of someone you love.
Or it might cause you to become paranoid every time your kid gets distracted walking home from school and decides to climb a tree.
The phone has one button, works via voice commands, and is super simple to use. It’s a phone [...]
As the Barton set look to drown their sorrows or celebrate that they still have their health it’s good to hear that Friday drinks are coming back to Old Parliament House.
Raise a flute of sparkling, a glass of great wine or a well mixed cocktail to the re-opening of the long standing Friday night drinks [...]
Over the past few months I have been experiencing bouts of extreme fatigue and recently dizziness. I have had huge problems trying to get that diagnosed. On an APS2 wage I can’t afford to pay to see a doctor. I finally managed to get in to see a doctor at Winnunga who did a whole [...]
In my ongoing quest to get them away from their computer games, I recently took the boys (FMJ and LRN) on the walk to Nil Desperandum cottage in the Tidbinbilla reserve.
The cottage was built in the 1890’s and has a long and interesting history. It was badly damaged in the 2003 fires but has been [...]
Tidbinbilla are offering via TAMS the chance of a Platypus Pursuit!
“People have a rather unique opportunity to see platypus in their natural environment when they visit the Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve,” Brett McNamara, Acting Regional Manager, National Parks and Catchments said today.
“The platypus is one of the more iconic animals you’ll see in [...]
[ 25 October, 2013; 5:44 pm; ]
This just in:
when uranium-235 is bombarded by a neutron, it undergoes fission which in turn releases more neutrons. Some of these escape, but a portion seeds further fission events – that in turn releases more neutrons. A critical mass is the amount of fissile material needed for a sustained chain reaction.
Friday 25th October, [...]
By Martine Dennekamp, Monash University and Fay Johnston, University of Tasmania
In recent days, we’ve seen dramatic pictures of thick smoke from bushfires hanging over Sydney. Our first thoughts are with people living in the immediate vicinity of the fires, and the threat to their lives and properties. But there’s another matter that affects a lot [...]
Katy Gallagher today launched a series of mountain biking events aimed at getting women and girls to try out mountain biking.
These 2014 Dirt de Femme events will be taking place at Stomlo Forest park, are all between 20 and 25 km, and will be taking place between Feb and May next year.
Apparently we’ve already got [...]
Mayor Rattenbury has let it be known that Weston’s Fetherstone Gardens are as good as they’re getting:
“Just in time for summer, the Canberra community has a new and very unique recreational venue to enjoy, with Fetherston Gardens now open to the public after its $500,000 revamp,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“Fetherston Gardens now features a new [...]
[ 13 October, 2013; 8:00 am; ]
TAMS are offering the chance to go bird watching with an expert:
“Namadgi National Park is often described as a bird paradise or bird haven and, on Sunday13 October 2013, there is an opportunity to join a ranger for a morning of bird watching,” said Brett McNamara, Manager of Regional Operations, National Parks and Catchments.
This Sunday (22 September 2013) Conservation Volunteers and the Friends of Mt Painter will be doing some work at Mt Painter (Cook). FoMP group have a long history of good environmental practice in restoration work in the Mount Painter Reserve, and have been working to restore the biodiversity and the native plant population in the [...]
As a vegan (and trying to eat more raw food) I am definitely in the market for lots of fruit and veggies, and the mixed seasonal delivery boxes look like a fantastic time saver now that I live in a house with room to store it all.
I’ve done some research for everyone’s benefit (including sifting [...]
mental health policy discussion – ideas for a utopian version?
With all the dicussion of cyclists in Canberra it’s worth noting the ABC’s Catalyst program from last week which assigned the mindless rage of flabbies in death boxes (aka cars) on “out-group homogeneity bias”, something the Nazis were rather keen on (just to get Godwin out of the way).
Anyway Nazis may think they’re cool in [...]
[ 20 October, 2013; ] The annual Dragons Abreast Canberra Dragon Boat challenge is on again to raise funds for Dragons Abreast and other local and national groups supporting women on their journey with breast cancer.
Corporate and social teams from hospitals, embassies, government departments, schools and fitness centres will race for fun and glory and raise funds for a [...]
[ 21 October, 2013 to 18 November, 2013. ]
Pedal Power ACT want people to ride their bikes more.
This is a good thing.
They’ve come up with a bit of a plan to aid people in getting on their bikes, it’s called The Recreational Cycling in the Workplace Program.
Over 6 weeks, Pedal Power ACT will host lunchtime rides in Belconnen, Civic, Woden, and Tuggeranong.
Pedal Power [...]
Who does it?
[ 27 September, 2013; 5:45 pm; ]
The Critical Mass movement is a great bit of fun if you like cycling.
Even better is that it’s come to Canberra starting this Friday:
Gathering 5:45pm, Launching 6pm, Garema Place, ending at The Civic Pub in Braddon.
Last Friday of every month
To bring: a self-powered vehicle with wheels, as many lights/bike-accesories as you can muster, a [...]
I’m trying to find a fitness or dance class in that will allow me to bring my daughter (12 months) along, rather that putting her into a creche while I exercise.
Are there any options other than the standard pram-based outdoor classes?
Joy Burch has announced the outcomes of the loftily titled “High Level Ministerial Taskforce on Canteens”:
“The 2013-14 ACT Budget committed $200,000 to support our school canteens, and the Taskforce’s report gives us clear direction on how we can use these funds to simplify canteen operations for schools and families,” Ms Burch said.
“The $200,000 for Canteen [...]
Heads in the Clouds, Wheels on the Ground is a 6 month long undertaking by Canberran mates Jimmy Leahey-Butler and Chris Ryan to raise money and awareness for Brain Cancer.
They started their journey from Alaska on the 1st of August and plan to be in Argentina in 6 months time. They’re chronicling their adventures on [...]