Wellbeing (578 Stories)

Beware the death caps


Territory and Municipal Services are putting the word out about the dreaded death cap mushroom returning to our fields and fens.
The ACT Government is reminding Canberrans to avoid eating wild mushrooms found growing in the ACT, as autumn is when death cap mushrooms start to grow in many parks and nature strips throughout Canberra. A [...]

225 litres into the pissoirs from 1,200 punters at 180ml each


Canberra CBD has kindly provided details on the usage of Canberra’s new open air pissoirs:
The urinal trial in late-night hot spots in the Canberra CBD has already proven extremely popular with the local community with 225 litres collected over the weekend.
Data showed that an estimated 1200 men had used the urinals over the four nights [...]

Blurring the intersex line

By 19 March 2013

Simon Corbell has announced the government’s response to the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council’s report ‘Beyond the Binary: legal recognition of sex and gender diverse people in
the ACT’
Recognising that the old certainty that men are men and women are women doesn’t recognise the vast grey areas in between the response offers to major reforms:
Major [...]

Psychiatrist that will prescribe ADHD medication in north canberra?

By 19 March 2013

I am looking to get prescribed adhd medication and I don’t want to have to go round to 5 different psychiatrist’s and waste my time finding one that will presribe medication to me.
Does anyone know a psychiatrist that will easily prescribe this kind of medication? Prefferably north canberra.

Free Skateboarding Clinics and Events

By 18 March 2013

Here is the Skateboarding Australia ACT Hub events calendar for Autumn.
Every event is free and all ages.
Skateboards and helmets supplied.
Come and give it a go!

Realistic wedding photography in Canberra?

By 15 March 2013

It seems as soon as one mentions the ‘W’ word – wedding – photographers add a zero to their fee. So here’s the deal – my son and fiance need a photograher for a mid-week wedding later this year. Whilst its easy to talk up and over-sophisticate wedding photography, they simply want  someone to do [...]

Having a wee in late night Civic gets some help


Sometimes we get a media release that leaves us speechless.
Canberra CBD are making known their arrangements to reduce the Civic’s yellow rivers of a late night.
A urinal trial in late-night city hot spots will begin tonight (Thursday 14 March) to gain data on the issue of public and illegal urination.
An initiative of Canberra CBD Limited [...]

The Settler’s Track awaits you in Namadgi


Territory and Municipal Services are putting the word out about their Settler’s Track in Namadgi National Park:
“All types of structures, from the bark shelters of the earliest pioneers to mud huts and weatherboard cottages, were all once represented at Namadgi, and there are still many tangible reminders of Canberra’s pastoral history for us to experience [...]

Blue Illusion in Manuka

By 14 March 2013

[ 22 March 2013 at 6:00 pm; ] Blue Illusion in Manuka are hosting a fundraising night of French inspired fashion & homewares with free sparkling wine & canapés, with profits from the evening going to the AIDS Action Council of the ACT

Friday 22nd March 2013
6pm – 9 pm

Blue Illusion, Manuka
Shop 4/1-7 Bougainville St Manuka Centre Manuka ACT

or call 02 6257 [...]

Box Wars! A review!


Here in the bunker we were very excited to hear about box wars.
And then I got stuck covering it on my own.
Which meant I couldn’t get in the ring myself which I would have very much enjoyed.
But I did get some great photos and decent video of the immensely fun event in Reconciliation Place as [...]

Etsy artists pony up for Pegasus

By 8 March 2013

The Canberra Etsy Team are pooling their resources to raise money for Pegasus, a charity that provides equestrian activities for people with disabilities. Pegasus has hit some troubled times recently, but the community is rallying to help out and if you’d like to contribute this might be what you are looking for.
The Canberra Etsy Team [...]

Care and protection in the ACT a mess

By 7 March 2013

The Auditor-General has announced the first report of 2013 Care and Protection System.
The report is vast, and the conclusions lengthy.
But it appears we don’t know where the children are, or how they are.
It is, apparently, hoped that things are getting better, but we can’t know that either.

UPDATE: Joy Burch is taking a glass half full [...]

Free things to do in Canberra?

By 5 March 2013

I am hunting around for a number of free things to do in Canberra. Not only do the kids want something to do, but I have a number of unemployed or student friends who have no jobs, and consequently little money. I know there are the old stand bys of the national gallery, the botanic [...]

HHH Run… and what’s this about Turner Bowls?

By 26 February 2013

[ 27 February 2013 at 6:10 pm; ] Hi all,

The Hash House Harriers are the biggest running group – and the biggest drinking group – in the world. We are known as “drinkers with a running problem”.

It’s an amazing group, although you don’t need to run (some stay behind to mind the bags) and you don’t need to drink (it seems some [...]

Hula-Hoop Classes kicking off at Warehouse

By 22 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Jasmine Leong would like to invite all of you to come and hoop your hoops in a hoops fashion with her at Warehouse Circus.
**Hoop Group**
Hey, Hoop Lovers! Want to learn some skills and drills while rocking out to cheery tunes?
It doesn’t matter if its been 10 years, or 10 minutes since you last picked up [...]

Patients leaving mental health facility to have a smoke.

By 22 February 2013

ABC News has run a story about mental health patients quitting their treatments early because they are being denied a smoke. Starting this year a smoking ban was implemented into Canberra Hospital’s new psychiatric facility, banning patients from smoking outdoors in the facility’s designated smoking areas.
Does anyone else feel that denying people who are obviously [...]

Adventure Racing hits Canberra this weekend

By 18 February 2013

[ 23 February 2013; ] This Saturday Adventure Racing comes to town with the iAdventure Adventure Race down near the Cotter.

Making use of natures obstacles, adventure racing is a little more mentally stimulating than most obstacle events, with team work and navigation forming the founding principles of this style of event, while teams run (or walk), ride and tube around [...]

Speech therapy drop in centres are go

By 12 February 2013

Joy Burch has made known the Speech Pathology and Physiotherapy Drop-In Clinics have begun:
Minister for Disability, Children and Young People Joy Burch said parents could directly access information and advice from health professionals across Canberra without a referral.
“In 2012 more than 1200 children were seen through Drop-In clinics, with around half of these children being [...]

Get in quick for the Masters Games

By 12 February 2013

The Centenary of Canberra folk are making a last call for registrations for the Masters Games over Easter:
An open invitation has been issued to all masters athletes aged 30 and over to register for the landmark Australian Masters Athletics National Track and Field Championships, being held in Canberra over Easter.
The Championships are proudly supported by [...]

A Centenary Bonk for Valentines?

By 12 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This in from the Centenary team:
The Canberra Centenary message is everywhere – even in the bedroom.
The Centenary team was happy to agree to a proposal by Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT to place the Centenary logo on boxes of condoms they will distribute, including on National Condom Day (14 February) in Petrie Plaza. [...]

Female doctors in Canberra

By 9 February 2013

My previous doctor has unfortunately gone on materity leave and as I have a chronic illness I’m looking for a new doctor.
I was hoping to find someone who is youngish and female as I tend to feel more comfortable with women.
Experience with mental health is desired but not essential.

Tuggeranong Town Park, your thoughts wanted

By 8 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Mayor Rattenbury is asking for public input on plans for the Tuggeranong Town Park:
“A draft master plan has been developed to guide future management, maintenance and upgrade of the park over the next five to ten years as funding opportunities become available. I encourage people to review the plan and provide comments during the consultation [...]

Three cheers for a swimming policy

By 7 February 2013

Joy Burch has announced that the ACT now has a “Swimming Pool and Water Park Based Aquatic Activities policy”.
Ms Burch said the revised policy struck a balance to allow these events to take place in a fun, relaxed environment, while also making sure that all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure student safety.
“The policy [...]

National Arboretum Very Bicycle Unfriendly

By 4 February 2013

Beautiful weather, last days of the school holidays, decided to take Junior Gasman (aged 9) to the opening weekend of the National Arboretum.
With consideration to health, environment, carbon and fun, we decided to ride our bicycles. From Belconnen to the front gate of the Arboretum, we had bicycle paths and lanes. At the main entrance [...]

Day night cricket at Manuka Oval. A review of sorts

By 30 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

A man couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a birthday.
A cracking game of cricket with the home side getting home and over 640 runs scored.
An afternoon and evening sitting on the grass on the hill with friends and a very great amount of beer.
The lights at Manuka were magnificent.
Sadly the catering was [...]

A floating pool for Regatta Point?

By 30 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Jayme Collins has alerted us to his concept page for a floating pool and beach in Lake Burley Griffin at Regatta Point:
Concept for a floating public swimming pool & beach at Regatta Point, Canberra. The pool is connected by a series of large terraces with outdoor seating, bar and live music area. The adjacent [...]

The Grand Arboretum Opening

By 29 January 2013

[ 2 February 2013 at 10:00 am; ] Chief Minister Gallagher is letting it be known that there is to be a community festival to open the arboretum:

“The opening of the Arboretum is the realisation of many years of work to transform the site, which emerged from the ashes of the devastating Canberra bushfires, to be transformed into a place of beauty, tranquillity, [...]

Best 30 min Bike Ride in the ACT?

By 29 January 2013

I’ve been bragging to relatives for months about how fun it is to ride a bike around Canberra and surrounds, and they’ve decided to visit the ACT and see it for themselves.
My relatives are older adults who probably couldn’t ride more than 30 minutes or so, so I wanted to ask readers of [...]

From Tharwa to Point Hut Crossing on a rubber raft. A cautionary tale

By 28 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The facebook invite seemed innocent enough:
Why not ease that Australia day hangover with a float down the beautiful Murrumbidgee river from Tharwa to Point Hut picnic area this Sunday!
This is mainly a flat water trip over a sandy river bed with the odd class one (smallest size) rapid. All you need is an old pair [...]

Hire a 4wd for use on unsealed roads in the ACT

By 28 January 2013

Hi all,
I’d like to hire a 4wd to drive to certain spots such as Blue Waterholes and across the Brindabellas from Tumut. 
I intend to stay on the formed roads and drive very carefully.  I know that some car hire companies in some other states will allow their vehicles to be taken on to unsealed [...]

The new walking and cycling map released

By 23 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced the launch of the latest “Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling and Walking Map”:
“Canberrans love to get out and about and enjoy all of the walking and cycling paths our city has to offer and now the latest update to the walking and cycling map will give greater certainty during journey planning and [...]

Suggestions for somwhere to have a morning tea?

By 22 January 2013

Normally my morning tea of choice for catching up with friends is at the Hyatt but shock – horror – this is no more! The Hyatt now only offers afternoon tea with 2 sessions (starting at 11am) at a large-ish price……
Problem is I need a 10am start and I would rather not pay $52 per person!
Any [...]

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