by Sarah Halfpenny
Easter is around the corner, the weather is starting to cool, and the federal election has just been called! Make sure you’re on top of these five important tasks this week!
Ensure your voting enrolment details are up-to-date
Every vote counts! (Plus, nobody wants to be fined for not voting – boring!) So visit the Australian Electoral Commission website to check your details are current. Encourage any 18-year-olds in your life to make sure they’re enrolled to vote for the first time too!
Book in for a pre-winter health check at your GP
There are a host of illnesses that we face in winter. Did you know heart conditions can be intensified by the cold, with contracted blood vessels reducing the amount of blood flow? Are you due for a flu vaccine or a COVID jab? The pandemic has meant people have failed to visit their GP for regular check-ups, so now is the time to get on top of problems before they get complex!
Have you purchased your stash of Easter eggs for the chocoholics in your life yet? For some fancy inspo, check out one of Australia’s most prestigious chocolate makers, Koko Black. If you want to get out and about, the Sydney Royal Easter Show is on until 19 April, offering plenty of activities for all ages, including animal competitions, produce displays, rides, delicious treats to eat and drink, showbags and even a kid-sized working farm!
Have your heating appliances checked
All gas heaters can leak carbon monoxide but you can’t see it or smell it, so it’s imperative to have your gas heater serviced at least once every two years by a qualified gasfitter. If you have an open fireplace, get a professional chimney inspection to eliminate any obstructions like birds’ nests that can spark chimney fires.
Declutter and donate from your wardrobe
With the chill setting in, this week is the perfect time to sort through your wardrobe and find any spare jackets and blankets that are still in good condition but you no longer use and donate them to charities such as Off Your Back or the Red Cross to keep those less fortunate warm this winter.