Wellbeing (605 Stories)

Thinking about End of Life

By 13 August 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is kicking off a long overdue discussion on end of life issues. With a forum report on the issue:
new report on end of life issues has called for increased community engagement and awareness on end of life care and suggested some clarification to the laws dealing with advance care directives, Chief Minister [...]

Clubbing in Canberra


Lloyd has sent this one in that’s worth a look:
I made this video a while back completely forgot about it – it has got some views on YouTube.
I thought you might be interested.
It actually kind of makes Canberra night scene look pretty cool. I tried to show as much clubs as possible but [...]

SkyBalls – Giant flying balls of awareness


Man I hope they bring it to Canberra.
I mean they would have to right? We’re like capital of awesome hot air balloons with naughty bits.
Here’s FIVE REASONS why the world needs a hot air balloon shaped like a gigantic testicles right now:
1. The death of young men to testicular cancer can be prevented.
2. Ignorance [...]

Shoulder expert in Canberra?

By 19 July 2013

Needing a shoulder expert in the ACT.

Quiet Gyms for irritable old men in Canberra?

By 13 July 2013

Dear fellow rioters -
Having achieved a certain age and degree of blobbiness, I decide that some sort of gym work would be a good idea.
To this end I went to a certain northside gym, where I thought I’d start with a dumbed-down, westernised, yoga class.
However, while waiting for the class to start, the piped doof-doof [...]

Mossrocket takes timelapse to ice skating

By 11 July 2013

This in from Mossrocket:
Mossrocket here again with the latest in my sped up slices of Canberra life.
Here’s a session at the Phillip Ice Skating Centre. I’m the guy with the Eskimo (inuit?) jacket wobbling about in the middle with my kids.
The song B.A.D.G.E. F.A.D. sung and played by me – i mention it only because [...]

Marko Ljubic gets a $750 fine for a small cocaine possession charge

By 9 July 2013

Given how many readers will have had small amounts of cocaine and MDMA on them for a big night out it is definitely worth having a look at the sentencing of the unfortunate Marko Ljubic caught with 8 grams of stuff that had 2 grams of cocaine in it:
On the single count now arraigned [...]

Footpaths: who cares?

By 8 July 2013

Canberra has the NRMA to advocate for better roads, Pedal Power ACT to advocate for better cycleways, and Living Streets Canberra to advocate for better footpaths.
I was the only person to turn up at last weeks Living Streets Canberra Annual General Meeting.
Fellow Rioters, what should I do?

Civic Merry-Go-Round to Belconnen?

By 5 July 2013

Margaret Timpson Park is the perfect location for the Civic Merry-Go-Round to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2014. That was the unanimous decision of the Belconnen Community Council committee on Wednesday night.
The decision was in response to Chief Minister Katy Gallagher’s comment that the merry-go-round’s horses and elephants are lonely and need a new home [...]

Remedial massage on Canberra’s south side?

By 26 June 2013

Anyone know of a good remedial massage place in Tuggeranong or Woden area? I am looking to avoid places like Miracle Therapy or any of the other shopping centre type.
I get quite bad upper back and neck pains which isn’t helped much by sitting at a desk all day long. Looking for someone who has good [...]

Climb the Dam?

By 25 June 2013

So now the Cotter Dam is almost complete, how about sticking a climbing wall on it?

Paid work for artists!

By 25 June 2013

This just in from the Belconnen Community Service:
Belconnen Community Service is seeking artists interested in facilitating community arts workshops, as part of our Spring Sessions Art Taster Program.
Spring Sessions will be a series of six one-off workshops on a fortnightly basis from 2/9/13-21/11/13. The workshops will run on a Monday night from 6:30-8:30. Artists will [...]

Acorns at the Arboretum

By 23 June 2013

The new Acorn ‘Pod Playground’ opened today at the National Arboretum.
There was a great turn out of small people and accompanying parents. The park has a great variety of equipment for kids of all ages.

Truffle Time 2013!


[ 23 June 2013 to 31 July 2013. ]

The Truffle Festival is letting us know about this year’s events:

This year Sherry is joining with the Fyshwick Markets to celebrate the Canberra & Capital Region Truffle Festival. Along with providing exclusive supply to the markets, Sherry is also running truffle hunts every Saturday until 17 August. And for the ultimate truffle experience the hunts [...]

Trouble at the markets?

By 21 June 2013

The ABC has a strange complaint about the Saturday Farmers Market getting too many punters in which is somehow bad for business:
Beef and lamb producer Phil McCormack, from Crookwell on the NSW Southern Tablelands, says his market sales have fallen by 25 per cent in the last 18 months.
Mr McCormack says the weekly event [...]

Civic pool shutting down for a month


The Economic Development Directorate is letting us know that Civic Pool is shutting down for a month for maintenance:
Sport and Recreation Services (SRS) in the Economic Development Directorate advise that the Canberra Olympic Pool will be closed from 5 July to 4 August 2013 while necessary maintenance is undertaken in accordance with the facility’s Condition [...]

Kronic crackdown


The Office of Regulatory Services is directing attention to Competition and Consumer Act 2010 – Consumer Protection Notice No. 3 of 2013 – Imposition of Interim Ban on Certain Consumer Goods Containing Synthetic Drug Substances:
The effect of this Notice is to ban the supply of such consumer goods for a period of 60 days [...]

GP Recommendations on the Southside?

By 20 June 2013

Hi Rioters,
So I know this topic comes us quite often but there doesnt seem to be any recent chats on GP recommendations for the Southside of Canberra…..
My husband and I currently go to different GP clinics as the books at mine are ALWAYS closed! Im due to give birth in a few weeks and want us [...]

Dickson gets a gay bar


GLBTIQ mag Same Same has the news that Dickson is getting a bagel cafe and gay bar.
Because this is 2013 after all.
Barcode is not just a place for people to come and party the night away – the venue will pull a double duty for daytime relaxing too. It’s a café by day and a [...]

Katy moves on commercial solariums

By 13 June 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s moving to do unto the solarium industry as they have done to so many of their customers:
The ACT Government will ban commercial solariums in the Territory by the end of next year to help lower the incidence of skin cancer among Canberrans, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy [...]

Dog parks and circuses


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Local government has realised that off leash dog parks are both very popular and rather cheap.
Therefore we will have quite a lot of them.
Shane Rattenbury has announced two more for O’Connor and Belconnen:
North Canberra dogs and their owners are set to benefit from [...]

Snow in the Territory?

By 6 June 2013

Dear RiotACT members
I am wondering where and when snow falls in the ACT. Obviousy Corin is one of the most popular, but do the ranges around Brindabella Rd/Piccadilly Circuis get a share of snowfall?
If I were to continue down Naas Rd towards Adaminaby would I begin to see snow along the roadside? (Not too [...]

Bicentennial trail ?

By 5 June 2013

Cruising google maps in an idle moment, I came across the “Bicentennial trail marked off Stockdale drive. Apparently it’s near Shepherds Lookout, one of my regular haunts. While driving there this morning I couldn’t find it though. I did see two wooden signs, marked “CT”, but they pointed to heavily padlocked gates.
Does anyone have any [...]

Kings Cross to Braddon. How I lost my sleep-in.

By 31 May 2013

At 7.17am this morning, I was lazing in bed, scrolling at the morning news on my iPhone, enjoying the warmth of my doona – In any case, just doing my thang.
Out of no-where, as is usually the case, comes the sound that pierces my ear drums.
‘Evacuate the building – whooooo woooo’.
The f***in fire alarm is going off [...]

Ever greater restrictions on where you can suck down a coffin nail


Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s turning the screw even tighter on smoking:
Playgrounds, public swimming pools, sporting fields and bus interchanges are among the next locations that the ACT Government will seek to restrict smoking, potentially extending the list of places where smoking is banned in the ACT, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy [...]

Chick wanting to join a gym in Woden/Phillip/Weston Creek?

By 28 May 2013

Hi all,
Any feedback about the Edge in Weston, Elite Fitness in Phillip, Curves, Fernwood? Any others?  I am keen to know what you think about the classes, value for money, how crowded they get etc.  
I’ve looked into Curves in Weston Creek but the opening hours (ie not open on Sundays at all) seem prohibitive.
Thanks [...]

The Centenary weekly rundown: 24-26 may


[ 24 May 2013 to 26 May 2013. 24 May 2013 to 26 May 2013. ]

24 May
Symmetries – The Australian Ballet @ Canberra Theatre Centre (until 25 May)
Prime Time @ The Q – Queanbeyan Arts Centre, Queanbeyan (until 1 June)
Luke Chiswell Launches New Collection @ Hippo Bar, Garema Place, 5pm
Digest Curated By Scott Chaseling @ Canberra Glass Words (until 20 June)
Public Education Centenary Dinner @ National Press Club, 7pm-11:30pm
Veteran Women [...]

I need help with a bullying issue?

By 23 May 2013

Hello fellow rioters. I thought I would throw the question out here to see what knowledge you guys have.
I am not a wordsmith by any means so apologies in advance if this is disjointed and or confusing, I will do my best and apologies for any spelling and or grammar issues.
I have a dilemma on my hands [...]

Stromlo Forest to get a swimming pool

By 21 May 2013

Andrew Barr has announced that the Stromlo Forest Park is also going to host a swimming pool:
The Gallagher Government is delivering on its election commitment to provide a new 50-metre indoor swimming pool in the Weston Creek/Molonglo area.
The Government is today announcing that land adjacent to Stromlo Forest Park has been chosen as the preferred [...]

Million Paws Walk 2013


We’ve just returned from the very fulfilling and slightly exhausting Million Paws Walk for 2013.
The Kelpie of Few Accomplishments was resplendent in his bandana and plodded dutifully along for the entire inner lake loop.
As a fundraiser for the local RSPCA it was a great event.
Getting there at 9.30 it was already busy with dozens of [...]

Canberrans taking lego animation to new levels


We bow to none in our love of lego here at RiotACT.
But we were very impressed by an email in from Hamish overnight:
From: Hamish
Subject: canberra made lego stop-motion video
Hi guys. My brother has made a Lego Stop-Motion copy of the opening scene from the Casion Royale bond movie. The scene video was posted on YouTube [...]

Our Hungry Future

By 17 May 2013

Campaign Launch, 10 am today – Friday 17th May, outside Tuggeranong Library
Time Travellers return to Canberra from the year 2020.  They’ve got a message for you:  Our Future is Hungry
Food Security is gaining prominence as an issue of global importance, yet most of us have not considered how threats to food security would impact upon [...]

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