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Ballarat locals asked to participate in study

Ballarat locals asked to participate in study Author: Categories: Stories, Health, Announcements

The ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly) study will determine if Aspirin can help maintain good physical and mental health in senior years. Particular areas of interest are in the prevention of heart attack, stroke and some cancers, cognitive and physical decline.

Top fire chief - not just grassfires to watch

Top fire chief - not just grassfires to watch Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Health, Voice FM News alerts RSS

CFA community meetings are scheduled for November in the Ballarat region so residents can learn about fire risk in their area and how to turn awareness into action. Check out the extended video interview Victoria's new top fire chief did with The Ballarat Independent here.

Council participates in Ride to Work Day

Council participates in Ride to Work Day Author: Categories: Environment, Health, Announcements

The City of Ballarat is going the extra mile to promote environmental sustainability and health awareness by taking part in National Ride to Work Day on Wednesday, 12 October. Ride to Work Day is a simple yet effective way in which Ballarat residents can contribute to improving their overall health

Dive in for the Ballarat 24 hour Mega Swim

Dive in for the Ballarat 24 hour Mega Swim Author: Categories: Community, Health, Announcements

Plans for the ‘MS 24 Hour Mega Swim' are well underway but more swimmers and supporters are wanted. The City of Ballarat is proud to be supporting the ‘MS 24 Hour Mega Swim', a fun community event that raises money for MS Australia's Go for Gold Foundation which provides scholarships to

Register now to discuss community safety issues

Register now to discuss community safety issues Author: Categories: Community, Health, Announcements

Registrations are now open for the inaugural Rural and Regional Safety Conference 2011. The free conference, to be hosted by the City of Ballarat, will be held on Wednesday 19 October at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.  

With love, Shayna – Chai Choc-Chip Cookies

With love, Shayna – Chai Choc-Chip Cookies Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Food, Recipes, Make things, Health

These cookies are perfect for a school holiday activity to keep the kids entertained for a bit and provide scrumptious snacks. They travel well so also make great gifts or picnic treats!

Senior of the Year Announced

Senior of the Year Announced Author: Categories: Arts, Health, Announcements

Local arts identity, Garry West, has taken out the 2011 Ballarat Senior of the Year Award, announced at the Town Hall by Cr John Philips today (23/09). Garry was presented with the award for his commitment to seeing people fulfil their dreams in the art and music industries. His work has enabled pe

Lies, damned lies and statistics

Lies, damned lies and statistics Author: Categories: Issues, Health

The media throws statistics at us all the time, but most of us never realise what's really behind the numbers.

Walk to raise suicide awareness

Walk to raise suicide awareness Author: Categories: Health, Announcements

Ballarat residents will recognise and remember people who have taken their own lives at the ‘Out of the Shadows' walk on Saturday (10/09). The walk will be followed by a barbecue breakfast to mark the official launch of the new Ballarat Suicide Prevention Network.  

Spaghetti, Aliens, and The Pill

Spaghetti, Aliens, and The Pill Author: Categories: Health, Humour

The pill has a lot to live up to. Let's take a look at some of the myths and realities surrounding this modest little invention.

Major Upgrades to Footpaths

Major Upgrades to Footpaths Author: Categories: Community, Health, Announcements

A new concrete footpath in Dundas Street Miners Rest linking intersecting streets to the Miners Rest Primary School is the biggest project completed this financial year through the City of Ballarat Footpath Program.

Who is the Waubra Foundation really?

Who is the Waubra Foundation really? Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Environment, Health

The Waubra Foundation's shady funding, Tea Party style practices and their links to powerful carbon -TBI and AI expose the lies and spin standing in the way of our community's prosperity.

Billboard that should never have been is now gone

Billboard that should never have been is now gone Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Health, Politics

A billboard seeking to recruit a new generation of young drinkers in Ballarat breached the industry advertising code and has now been removed. The Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code (ABAC) Complaints Panel determined that the advertising campaign encouraged under-age drinking and used models under t

Hey young people, drink to be king

Hey young people, drink to be king Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Health, Politics

Independent Distillers are looking to recruit a new generation of drinkers with a billboard targeting young people in Ballarat. Picturing three young men who appear to be just over 18 drinking on the streets, the 'Three Kings' advertisements are the latest attempt from Independent Distillers to rec

With love, Shayna - Clutter

With love, Shayna - Clutter Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Stories, Food, Environment, Health

Recently a friend posted something along these lines on her Facebook site: "If the state of my home resembles the state of my mind, I'm in big trouble".  Clutter confuses and drains energy from you.  It can even block the flow of events in different areas of your life.

Real men take "No" for an answer

Real men take "No" for an answer Author: Collin Van UdenCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Health

It has divided the nation, and the world. "SlutWalk", the international movement to decry a culture of victim blaming has kicked up a storm of conversation across the globe. But as Collin Van Uden wonders - is it the right one?

Dance Parties and Ballarat

Dance Parties and Ballarat Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Music, Health, Politics

Wind back 4 years. For anyone who kept their eye on the news, or who attended the infamous Kryal Castle Raves, you will remember a rave party named Ultraworld that brought Kryal Castle's dance party days to an end.The reason was put down to excessive illicit drug consumption, with police noting that

When the city just won't do

When the city just won't do Author: Categories: Stories, Community, Environment, Health

Moving to a more sustainable life isn't as difficult as you might think... My partner and I decided back in 2007 after being hooked on British T.V. show River Cottage, that it was the life we wanted to live. So in late 2009, we packed up our single bedroom terrace cottage in the heart of Sydney's

Wind turbines good for health?

Wind turbines good for health? Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Health, Humour

Some people don't like wind turbines, but a little known secret about the health benefits of living near wind turbines has been revealed. You'd need to dredge through court transcripts to discover the latest health tip, but here at The Ballarat Independent we care about your health so we've done jus

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