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Living in Canberra for a healthier life

By Ben Faulks

Living in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) comes with its perks. Living in Belconnen takes it up a notch and gives residents bragging rights to call the city with the highest living standard in the country their home. 

Why do we make such a statement? Well, the Guardian wrote an entire piece on it in 2014, when the OECD ranked cities across the globe, with our capital one of the front runners. Considering this, let's take a look how exactly the ACT government is offering its locals such a good lifestyle. 

ACT's bid to keep you healthy

A major focus for the government is the health of those living in the ACT. As such, there's a budget dedicated to keeping Canberra healthy and active. The allocation of money is divided into four major categories: 

1. Community sport,  facility maintenance and participation encouragement 

For this section, spending focus is on building new sports facilities for schools, upgrading the Phillip Oval. There's also additional funding for Sport and Recreation Grants Programs as well as improving the maintenance of ACT sports grounds. 

2. Specialised care

Mental health, palliative care and drug treatment and support have more than $60million going into improving services across the ACT. 

3. Preventative health and wellbeing 

Over two years, the Growing Healthy Families Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has been allocated $1.3million, focusing on better support of health, parenting skills and education for the population. Chronic diseases are actively worked against with another $1.1million through continued funding of the Health Future: Preventative Health Program. 

4. Transportation

The main objective here is to get more residents to walk, cycle and run. This means that nearly $2million go towards developing more cycle paths and infrastructure like the Molonglo Cycle Highway and new connections across Belconnen Town Centre, for example. 

What living in Belconnen offers

The government's efforts to enable residents to live a healthy and balances lifestyle is sure to make this the ideal place to look for a home. More than that though, from the Aranda bushland to Mt Pleasant, being in the Belconnen real estate market means you are in close proximity to some great walks and day-activities. You can rest assured that you'll not only get to enjoy the hustle and bustle of cafes and shops nearby, but are easily able to stay active. 

If you're on the hunt for the ideal work-life balance, consider reaching out to Ray White Real Estate Belconnen today. We'll help you find the perfect place for you. 

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