Wellbeing (536 Stories)

Marco Bohr on the limits of planning in Canberra

By 20 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Thanks to Sam for the tip. Marco Bohr’s Visual Culture Blog has turned its global blowtorch to the subject of Canberra’s footpaths.
My new photographic project Right of Way addresses the failures of a modern project and the clash between urbanity and nature. Photographed in Canberra – an early example of a completely planned city [...]

The Top Six Swimming spots in Canberra as approved by Mayor Rattenbury

By 20 December 2012

Shane Rattenbury spreading the word on swimming spots around Canberra now the hot weather is hard upon us:
“Renovated in 2010, Casuarina Sands is a great place to relax and have a picnic, with barbecue facilities, shelter, drinking water, picnic tables and toilets. After a swim in the river take a stroll upstream to the historic [...]

Blue Christmas?

By 17 December 2012

[ 23 December 2012 at 3:00 pm; ] Blue Christmas service: a reflective service acknowledging feelings of grief, pain and loneliness that Christmas sometimes brings.

At Holy Covenant Anglican Church, 89 Dexter Street, Cook, Sunday 23 December, 3 pm.    

Suitcase rummage at New Acton

By 12 December 2012

[ 16 December 2012 at 12:30 pm; ]

Get your tight jeans and thick rimmed glasses out; the New Acton Suitcase Rummage is back!

This in from New Acton:

Suitcase Rummage started in Brisbane with a couple of people wanting people without pretension and markets without a mardi gras of racks and banners. Coupled with NewActon, they’re encouraging Canberrans to fill some suitcases with [...]

Contending cowardice on swimming at schools

By 11 December 2012

The ABC is having a go at the various arms of ACT Education which have been, through competing arse-coverings, bringing an end to swimming at schools:
The ACT Government is reviewing a controversial safety policy that has led some schools to cancel swimming carnivals.
Under the policy, students are not allowed to take part in school [...]

2012 Canberra Santa Pub Crawl?

By 8 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Has anyone heard whether this year’s pub crawl is going ahead?
Regardless of what happens, I think I’ll keep up the tradition and show up this Friday at PJ’s in my Santa outfit anyway.
[Photo from 2009 Santa Pub Crawl]

Corinbank 2012 Take 2. A review

By 3 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

I love Corinbank.
I love going to Corinbank, I love coming back from Corinbank, and I love being up there at Corinbank.
If you’ve been living under a rock and have no idea what I’m talking about it’s a music and arts festival held in the mountains outside Canberra. They have a website.
There is art, and there’s [...]

The Cotter Campground re-opened

By 30 November 2012

Mayor Rattenbury has announced the Cotter Reserve is opening again for camping on 1 December.
“Canberrans have been travelling to the Cotter Reserve since 1908. It is Canberra’s original recreation area and remains a popular destination for picnickers, families and tourists,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“The Cotter Campground, which is situated at the junction of the Cotter and [...]

You know you’re Canberran when…

By 30 November 2012

36%RH feels humid.

Recommendations – personal trainer for postural issues in Canberra?

By 27 November 2012

My question for you fine people is: Can anyone recommend a good personal trainer who deals with issues caused by incorrect posture? Someone who works in the inner north or inner south/Woden would be ideal.
As a bit of background: I’ve had persistent neck/upper back pain for many years and have done the rounds of osteos, [...]

Improving Canberra’s woeful workplace safety record

By 26 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced the release of the Briggs report into workplace safety in the ACT construction industry.
“The Government commits to providing a detailed response to each recommendation of the inquiry by the end of February 2013. In the interim, I can announce today that the Government will immediately take action on the report’s findings [...]

Young Cherry Festival!

By 26 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 30 November 2012 to 2 December 2012. ]

For those not of a Corinbank bent we have word of the National Cherry Festival at Young this weekend:

The town of Young in NSW will this weekend host the 2012 National Cherry Festival. For three days, 30 November – 2 December, the 63rd National Cherry Festival will offer a highly colourful program of [...]

BUMPER BOATS COMING TO CITY WALK! For Christmas Carnival in the City.

By 26 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 10 December 2012 to 21 December 2012. ]

Canberra CBD are letting the world know about the extravaganza of summer fun they’re bringing to City Walk for their Christmas Carnival In The City:

Civic Square, City Walk and Garema Place will be transformed into an adventure playground as Canberra CBD Limited brings Christmas cheer to the City.

Bungee trampolines, camel rides, bumper boats and rock [...]

Don’t blame Maccas for your fat kid

By 22 November 2012

The ANU has the bad news for parents that physical activity has more to do with childhood obesity than what they eat.
So blaming junk food advertising isn’t going to cut it.
Lead researcher Professor Richard Telford from the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and the Clinical Trials Unit at The Canberra Hospital said the [...]

Dog Groomer Canberra Inner-South?

By 21 November 2012

Can anyone recommend a good and friendly/dog loving groomer in Canberra’s inner south? Mobile is preferable but not necessary.  The main thing is that the groomer likes dogs and treats them well.  My pooch is a cavoodle.

Is magpie swooping season over for another year?

By 20 November 2012

Is it safe for me to get back on the bike?
Specifically in the Inner South.

Stockyard Spur walking trail returns

By 16 November 2012

Territory and Municipal Services want you to know they’ve finished works on the Stockyard Spur walking trail:
“The Stockyard Spur Walking trail offers bushwalkers two walks. The first two kilometre section is on a formalised trail that traverses highland forests which presents several natural viewing platform overlooking the Corin reservoir, while the second section, designed for [...]

Looking for a Rheumatologist for Fibromyalgia in Canberra?

By 15 November 2012

Hello Mind Hive.
Does anyone know of a rheumatologist in Canberra that deals with Fibromyalgia patients?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Are you getting to bed on time?

By 12 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Spending the hours before bed watching TV or working on the computer? You could be placing stress on your body and affecting the quality of your sleep!
Our bodies have a natural rhythm known as the circadian cycle. Or the sleep wake cycle. Nearly all living creatures are affected by this.
Its simple really. When the sun [...]

Call me maybe

By 9 November 2012

Since BabyThreepaws entered the world I have had cause to contact after hours health help lines on a few occasions. Mostly minor stuff, but of course almost always on a weekend and definitely after hours. Prior to having a baby I was only vaguely aware of these services, but thankfully the contact information was thrust [...]

Where to put the inner north dog park? [With Poll]

By 8 November 2012

Territory and Municipal Services are asking where they should put a dog park in the Inner North:
“Three sites have been identified in the inner north region as potential locations for the new enclosed dog park. These sites are located in Russell, O’Connor and on the border of North Lyneham. All proposed sites are able to [...]

Canberra’s Kumo Cycles makes the list of the world’s most beautiful bikes

By 8 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

In very exciting news Keith Marshall’s Kumo Cycles has made the grade for the Cycle EXIF Bicycle Calendar 2013:
Thirteen of the world’s most beautiful custom bicycles, from builders including Jordan Hufnagel, Kumo Cycles, Tom Donhou, Signal Cycles and MAP Cycles.
Well done Keith!

Crace recreation park opening

By 7 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Crace developers are letting us all know the Crace recreation park is officially opening on Saturday:
Crace’s $3.6 million recreation park spanning 4.5 hectares is a facility unlike anything Canberra has ever seen and has been hailed as a model for future parks by the ACT Government.
Designed to appeal to a broad range of users, [...]

Beware the Paralytic Shellfish Toxin contaminated mussels

By 6 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Chief Health Officer is warning that regardless of what you think about Peter Slipper’s text messages you don’t want to be hanging onto some batches of mussels:
On 2 November 2012, a national recall was announced for mussels that may be contaminated with a naturally occurring biotoxin called paralytic shellfish toxin. Shellfish may accumulate this [...]

How well did you sleep last night?

By 5 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Sleep, we all need it, but the quality and quantity of your sleep is vital to your health!
If the odd night of poor sleep becomes a regular pattern of two or more times per week, the long term effects on your body are not just physical. The emotional and mental are far greater.
“The research is [...]

Fernwood – Should I Join?!

By 2 November 2012

Hey Guys,
I’m looking at joining a women’s health club, mainly to use the creche, and as it’s close by to my work. I’ve just gone back part time, my daughter is 8 months old.
I am mainly looking at joining a Fernwood Woden/Civic, as they are the closest women’s gym to my work and home. Apparently, [...]

Tattoo removalists in Canberra?

By 2 November 2012

A family member has decided to get a small tattoo removed.
Where should they go?

Best Eye Doctor in 20+ Years, Here in Canberra

By 1 November 2012

Hi everyone, I’m a newcomer to Canberra (having arrived in December 2010). Prior to that, I lived on the East Coast of the US and 3 years in Auckland. I’ve relied on the Riot Act heavily for suggestions for everything from doctors to restaurants for a special meal to hair dressers. So [...]

Government advice on your dog

By 1 November 2012

Territory and Municipal Services have taken it on themselves to warn us about the care of dogs through the summer.
They’re particularly down on leaving dogs in cars, and letting them off leads.
There is, however, some good advice about swimming areas:
“If the mercury is on the rise and you feel like taking your dog for a [...]

You know you’re living in the future when…

By 31 October 2012

As passed on and recounted by a friend who wishes to remain anonymous:
Running along weaving down the street, Some guy walking past yells at me: “WHAT THE F*** ARE YOU DOING YOU IDIOT?”
I pass [...]

Smokers at Canberra Hospital

By 29 October 2012

It’s about time Canberra Hospital got serious about enforcing the total smoking ban at this health care facility and backing it up with on the spot fines.
The inconsiderate desperadoes that blithely puff away under the no smoking signs could well contribute to the cost of their own treatment and should be actively deterred from [...]

Dogs and Canberra’s lakes?

By 26 October 2012

Does anyone know which if any of the lakes in Canberra are safe for dogs to swim in?

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