If you’re looking for some cool christmas light displays this is the sight to go to in Canberra. It outlines a the spots to check out.<>Lets face it many of us have had our christmas plans canned for the year so this is something we can to do to make up for a little of what we’ve missed out on. The kids love to check out the lights and so do some of the big kids! I have to admit I can be a bit of a Christmas grinch sometimes but i have to give respect where its due and some of these people have put a huge amount of time and love into the decorations they’ve amassed and displayed
I went out last night and I have to say it was pretty cool!
Thinking of traveling interstate this summer? Best thing i can recommend is that you think very carefully about what you’re doing.
You’re probably aware that Sydney (Northern Beaches) has had a Corona flare up. If the place you visit happens to flare up too, what happens if you get put into lock down or the borders close again before you get home? Its also worth noting there’s been a rush to get out of Sydney this morning. *Source
OK we’re about to hit the holidays in Canberra. But what is to actually do? The short answer is not a lot with the fear surrounding large public gatherings. My best advice is to find a local resteraunt / bar / cafe or something that you like and spend some money back in the local business. Lord knows they’d need it.
So far the rundown is:
NEW YEARS EVE: Fire works have been cancelled. There will be smaller events in the local cafes / bars etc… maybe even some live music in the public areas.
SUMMERNATS: Cancelled. There is going to be a 5000 capacity “Rev and Roll” gig in march. But the Nats as we know it are not going to happen.
AUSTRALIA DAY: No fireworks happening this year. The concert that usually happens is still up in the air. Keep checking back I guess.
MULTICULTURAL FEST: Still up in the air. Looks like it will be postponed.
ROYAL CANBERRA SHOW: Cancelled.
FOLK FESTIVAL: Cancelled.
ENLIGHTEN FESTIVAL: Will be on but stripped back and relocated to EPIC
Of course, with the bigger events, I can’t see anything changing as the logistics in organising these would mean they either need a ‘go ahead’ or not by now. Some of the smaller events may have a chance. I guess all you can do is keep checking back here or any of the events ACT or various Canberra related websites
I think this is actually a really cool idea. If people have spare money floating around they can choose to support their local business. There’s aparrantly $500,000 worth of discounts included in this idea as a way to kickstart the local business. And If the interest really isn’t there, I guess there’s no major infrastructure set up so not a huge loss.
Either way this is definitely worth checking out. IF you’re a consumer you can save upto $40 a day. If you’re a business, have a read and see if this is of any use to you. It’s running until the 21st of Dec but if there’s interest… who knows?
As glad as many of us will be to see the end of 2020 we need to reflect on the good as well as the bad that this year has brought. If nothing else, if you’re reading this you’re still here right? I know many of you’ have done it hard this year and it’s not your fault. Just bear in mind you’re lucky enough to be living in Australia. One of the least affected countries in the world as far as the Corona Virus stats go.
At the time of writing this, the United States now has over 15 million people infected or previously infected with the Corona*. That’s about 5% of their population. The virus is showing no signs of slowing down either. If you count the dead that would be a little short of 0.1% of the population The economic damage that country will face will be huge in years to come. IF you factor in the lasting damage this virus can do to the immune system in years to come there’s no accurate way to factor in the real cost of this thing.
Anyway peace out ya’ll! And have a great christmas break or whatever you do over the holidays and lets re-group and kick some butt in the new year! … Keep checking back on https://www.clickcanberra.com as well!
Lets face it, we all love a good buy sell swap group. Here’s a good one. run by a good mate of mine (He’s now entrusted me with Administering the group) IT was previously a “Bike / Boat and Car group but we’re going to see if we can take it to the next level and make it a main part of the buy / sell / swap internet circuit of Canberra. If this is something you think you would like this could definitely be something you need to join! keep looking at this space for more info!
Good news for those looking for jobs or waiting to go back to jobs. The jobseeker and jobkeeper payments have been extended though reduced to some degree.
Jobseeker will be continued past september at $815 a fortnight down from $1100 (ish) per fortnight. This is of course a reduction but I’m glad to see this has been extended in its current form rather than reduced to is old rate. Job seekers will be expected to look for work too.
Job keeper payments have had the same treatment tho a bit more complex falling from $1500 per fortnight to $1200 or $750 a fortnight if you work less than 20 hours per week.
Ideally i guess we’d all like to see it say at the previous rate. We do have to remember this is raising debt that we all have to pay back at some point. Maybe not you, but your children and grandchildren. On the other hand the increased payments has definitely set money circulating in the community again, and will undoubtably help many business and people avoid running up massive debts.
As some of you may remember I made some predictions that this post Covid environment may be tough from a financial point of view for a while to come. It wasn’t really a stretch of logic, but what I didn’t see was a potential second wave of infections starting up in Victoria (and the subsequent lock downs that went with it) and now the very real potential this could reappear in NSW as well.
Figures out today from the ABS *Ref indicate that there’s now around 1 million unemployed in this country (up to 7.4% or 992,300 unemployed people as of today) and the sad thing is its likely to climb higher as the full impact and after effects of the shutdowns is realised. These are 20 year highs to put it in perspective. There’s also talk that half a million people have now completely emptied their superannuation accounts (I don’t have the back up stats for this) in order to keep paying their bills.
What can you do about this? Besides being kind to your fellow humans, not much really. Bear in mind this stuff and the after effects for many people aren’t going away soon. If you need something done or can still spend money in this enviroment please consider sending the way of some of the folk either advertising here or anyone local you know. That is the fastest way to keep money moving. Person to person direct.
With all the negativity in this article it is also important to note that Australia so far has fared better then the vast majority of the world with lower infections and deaths than most reporting countries. In short, it sucks … but could have been a lot worse.
We’ve got another business on board , this week its Brendo’s appliance installation service. Brendo will pick up your washing machine or dishwasher from the place of purchase (anywhere in Canberra) and drop it to your house (anywhere in Canberra) install it and take the old one with him to be disposed of if you so require! All done for the low price of $150 so you pretty much can’t beat that!
DeciBel Creations is a one man operation running out of Canberra. Headed by Dan he makes some reather heartfelt works of art of out up cycled wood and metal parts. We’ve set up a profile for him so you can view some of his works and if you’re interested by all means get in touch with him to find out more!
I can speak for this guy personally as I bought one of his products for my partner on our anniversary and she really loved it. His products are modestly priced (especially for the amount of work that must go into it) and sure to please.