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Fixing Bikes & Lives

September 1st, 2020
Bike shops experienced a huge surge in sales at the start of the pandemic, with existing cyclists returning to their favourite pastime and people looking for a new way to get fit and explore their local surrounds. From old men in lycra to mums and dads riding with their kids, the newfound interest in cycling has been a positive for many during the lockdown period. Riding a bike offers numerous health and lifestyle benefits, including fitness, exploration, and good old-fashioned fun. Fixing bikes can also be therapeutic, with one existing scheme in Brisbane recently getting some much-needed attention.

The Salvos Re-Cycle Bikes workshop is the brainchild of social enterprise coordinator and avid cyclist Andy Steele. After raising $130,000 during a charity ride from Sydney to Brisbane in 2018, Andy decided to take his love of bikes and community to the next level. The Salvos workshop is a second home for many, with the workshop helping to create purpose, structure, and community connections for those who need it the most. Schemes like this are more important than ever during the [...]

Mental Health in a COVID World

August 19th, 2020
The number of people seeking help from mental health services has soared since the beginning of the pandemic. COVID-19 continues to cause anxiety and depression, isolation is linked to disconnection and loneliness, and financial stress is a new reality for many. Much of the stress from COVID-19 is related to a fear of the unknown, with the ever-changing global health threat combined with unknown vaccine and treatment options and a complete lack of financial security.

Working from Home Here to Stay

August 19th, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic continues to shake up the global workplace, with more people working from home than ever before. Once the domain of artists, freelance writers, and IT professionals wearing shorts, working from home has become the new normal for millions of people across the professional landscape. According to some experts, this trend is here to stay, as workers and […]

House Prices Down but Measured

August 18th, 2020

Australian house prices continue to fall due to the prolonged economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The slow and measured decline can be seen across the country, with Canberra and Adelaide the only capitals to experience positive growth over the last month. According to figures from Core Logic, national dwelling values were down -0.6% in July, with -1.6% growth recorded […]

How Aussies Spent their Stimulus Payments

August 10th, 2020

The Australian Government continues to invest record amounts of money into the national economy in an effort to insulate against the negative effects of COVID-19. Along with the massive JobKeeper and JobSeeker programs, one-off $750 stimulus payments have been made to millions of Aussies over recent weeks. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) tells us how the money […]

Hobbies at Home

August 3rd, 2020

The last few months have been challenging for everyone, as social distancing and isolation make the world a smaller and less friendly place. While keeping people apart is designed to bring us together in the long-run, it also gives us time and space for introspection and self-discovery. Lots of people around the world are discovering new hobbies during this time, […]

The Pros & Cons of the HomeBuilder Grant

July 22nd, 2020

The Australian Government announced HomeBuilder in June in an effort to stimulate growth and keep construction jobs alive. The scheme is available for buyers of newly built houses or units, and also covers substantial renovations of at least $150,000. For people and projects that meet the strict criteria, there is $25,000 available as a cashback to help offset the cost […]

The Impact of Super Withdrawals

July 20th, 2020

Australians are affected by COVID-19 in different ways, with some people doing fine economically and others relying heavily on government support just to bring food onto the table. Along with the huge numbers that define the JobKeeper and JobSeeker support packages, desperate times have seen around 2.7 million early withdrawals from superannuation accounts. While this money has assisted many and […]

Household Spending During the Pandemic

July 17th, 2020

The reality of COVID-19 continues to affect economic growth, as health and isolation measures endure in direct response to the pandemic. Household spending is down on a universal basis, with the economies of Australia and New Zealand severely affected despite relative success in containing the virus. The situation is changing by the day, with leading industry research company IBISWorld publishing […]

The Value of Incidental Exercise

July 13th, 2020

In a world defined by deliberate and organised action, sometimes the incidental things make all the difference. Incidental activity is a valuable form of daily exercise, with small incidental movements accumulating throughout the day as the result of your normal routine. While not a complete substitute for discipline and organisation, these small movements add up over time to improve your […]

Learning to Love Your Own Backyard

July 6th, 2020

As coronavirus restrictions continue around the globe, access to living space is shrinking as the world gets smaller and more localised. Whether it’s your town, your suburb, or your property, people have been forced to lower their horizons and spend time in the confines of their own backyard. Current restrictions are designed to place limits on novel experiences and minimise […]