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We are a Men’s Shed located at Melba, North Belconnen in Canberra, Australia. This website was built using WordPress with the Creativo responsive Theme. Our old website is melbashed.com/oldsite and will not be updated after 7th Nov 2014

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Special Notices in Date Order (generally excludes items on our Program)

1 Apr 2015 – Sale by a Shed member of a 2008 Toyota GXL Land Cruiser Troop Carrier fully fitted out for camping by Aurora RV Conversions.  If your interested give Ray a call on 0417 241 032 Details and pictures

April 2015 Long Cycles

Sat 28th March 2015 – Greenhills celebrated its 50th Anniversary

Lunchtime MelodiesJoint Venture between Ginninderra Rotary & Belconnen Raiders Club – 2nd Wed each month starting 9th July between 11.30-12.30PM at Raiders Belconnen (Kippax), gold coin donation – includes various bands, choirs, individuals, films: coffee, tea & option of $9 seniors lunch after. Next event Wed 8th Apr 2015 – then 13th May ; 10th Jun

6th Mar 2015 – John Canning has advised he is not well. He will be undertaking tests to determine what action is needed

20th Feb 2015 – John Arundel is also ill. He has gone to Melbourne to be close to his daughters. Latest news indicates John’s has had surgery which may solve his issues

20th Feb 2015 – Harry Williams who was reported on 3rd Feb as having bad breaks in his ankle from tripping over a sign on a footpath at Belconnen recently. He is now home recuperating. He’s happy to receive visitors but please check first with his wife, Margaret on 6251 2219

3rd Feb 2015 – One of our inagural & founding members Don Gruber diagnosed with bowel cancer. It it with deep regret we advise you that Don has aggressive bowel cancer. Don is seeking further medical advice for his possible treatments at this time. We wish him all the best and hope treatment will be successful. Don was at the HaHaBar on several ocassions. In late March he went with Phil to Boorowa & Goulburn to research more of his ancestors

25 Dec 2014 – Member Ray Nelson was admitted to Calvary Hospital after suffering symptoms of a mild stroke. On the 8th Jan Ray was moved to Canberra Hospital. Ray had successful surgery on Tuesday 13th Jan, with malignant tumours being removed. Ray is in good spirits and quite mobile but has suffered some impacts to his sight and reading ability. Ray had radiation treatment during the first part of Feb. He began special immune treatment on 25th Feb. He has made appearances at the HaHaBar on various occasions. he is still undergoing chemo treatment in late March

16th Jan 2015 -Death of Ongath Kittiyavong: Lao Buddhist Monk. It is with sadness that we report  the death in a car accident of Ongath, the Buddhist Monk who was working towards building a temple next to our church at Melba. From The Canberra Times:   The man killed in a car crash near Braidwood on Sunday 10th was a Lao Buddhist monk studying in Canberra. Ongath Kittiyavong 33, was a monk based in Belconnen, a spokesman from the Lao embassy said. Mr Kittiyavong died after his Mitsubishi sedan crashed into a tree on the Kings Highway, 10 kilometers east of Braidwood about 2.30pm on Sunday. Gary Watson NBUC

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Member & Friends Information

St John Ambulance has announced their community education program, Project Resilience is continuing in 2015 & will again target active retirees, seniors & their families.  This year they have two topics that will be repeated at different times over the year. These first aid information sessions are again free for active retirees, seniors and their families and will be run by St John ACT volunteers. Bookings can be made on 6282 2399. Dates & details in this flyer
The topics are:
1. What if the worst happens – This will focus on what to do if someone is not awake, talking or breathing normally or is choking.We will cover the DRSABCD Action plan, how to do CPR (it’s surprisingly easy), how to use a defibrillator & how to help someone who is choking.
2. Medical emergencies – This will focus on conscious patients suffering chest pain, stroke, anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) & burns.

Park Run around part of Lake Ginninderra. This group offers a 5Km free fun run around part of the Lake every Sat from 8AM. They meet at John Knight park. There are similar runs at Gungahlin and Tuggeranong

2014 – Open letter from North Belconnen Day Centre – The Centre meets just across the way in the Church building. Any Melba Shed member is welcome to talk to Jeanette Branch on 6258 5784 at the North Belconnen Day Centre if they have friends, family or neighbours, men or women, who would benefit from the day centre activities or whose families/ carers would benefit from respite by those they care for accessing NBDC sessions (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 10am-2pm). Click HERE for more information

Superb Parrots Bruce


4th April 2014 – MLA Dr Chris Bourke. Chris introduced himself & explained that he was keen to experience our shed & what we do & meet some of our members. Both he &Mary Porter had a strong interest in the variety of Men’s Shed that are springing up in the ACT & what they had to offer men in our community. Chris stated that he was keen to work on seeing networking between these sheds develop over the next 12 months, being a big fan of the shed movement.

General Items

Saturday 28 March 2015 – Connect & Participate Expo which runs 11am-4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston. Its about seeing and learning about various community organisations in Canberra. Click on the link to see how many there are

Australia Day poses curious questions: just what are we celebrating on 26 January? In this Canberra Times – Fairfax article of the 24th Jan 2015, David Hunt posed several questions including why do we celebrate Australia Day on 26th Jan when Capt Cook landed at Botany Bay on 28th April 1770. Of course I always thought we celebrated it on that day as Governor Phillip raised the fag at farm Cove then. Interestingly enough, Cook did actually land in Australia on a 26th Jan. But it wasn’t in 1770 but in 1777 on his 3rd voyage, and it was at Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania; the only place he touched Australia again after his 1st voyage. He was at Adventure Bay from 24th-30th Jan and then headed straight for NZ

1 Jan 2015 – The assessment of account-based income streams has changed. See this link to the Dept of Human Services site where they outline the changes. This effects eligibility to the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, the pension and Aged Care support. Any changes to an Account Based pension will cause your eligibility to be reassessed | Financial Planning Magazines review of the changes  |  SuperGuides Review of the Changes

LED Bulbs. Greg is using a Philips 12.5W 1055 lumen B22 direct replacement for the old bayonet incandescent fittings. It’s nominally supposed to equal a 75W incandescent but he thinks the lighting is much better. He bought one from Bunnings Fyshwick ACT $16 and another from Woolworths Belconnen ACT for $17 both in mid to late 2014. They are not dimmable. He noticed lots of ES/screw fittings but only a few B22 bayonets fittings available. It says they last up to 15 years. These globes just make the CFL’s look so dim and useless.

There appears to be a range of 8 Philips globes from 4 to 14W. There is an interesting product guide. There are alternative globes labelled A60 & A67 which are dimmable with the right Clipsal dimmer. They offer ES27/B22 connectors and have 12 or 17 watts and there is a price of around $40 for the 17W B22 version. See Dimmable Philips B22 17W LED Aldi recently sold dimmable LEDs 7/10/15Watt screw & bayonet globes for $9.95

Testing of Solar PV Inverters. ACTEWAGL is sending out notices to those who have had solar panels installed to have their installation & especially the Inverter checked & certified as safe. Note that Greg Hutchison received one such note in Sept asking that his installation be checked by a certified installer within 60 days. Letter | FAQ & doc req’d | Appropriate list of certifiers. Note Greg is using SolarHub based in Mitchell as the certifier. The test costs $154 incl GST

Our City Our Community ACT Govt Newsletter Available on line

ActewAGL have launched a FREE energy efficiency program that can make a real difference to your energy costs. They are making free Energy Saving House Calls to homes in the ACT to install products that can help reduce energy bills. These include standby power controllers, energy efficient light bulbs & door seals & are fitted by a certified installer at a time that is convenient to you. You can also ring

The Law and You: Six questions to ask before engaging a lawyer. Thanks to HerCanberra

Purple Smoke Tree

Purple Smoke Tree

Free Annual Pass to National Parks in NSW for Pensioners An NPWS Exemption Card is available for individuals who hold a valid Pensioner Concession Card or Veterans receiving an Extreme Disability Allowance, Intermediate Rate and Special Rate pensions. This means free access to parks. Seniors Card holders are entitled to a discount of approximately 20% on the full price of an annual pass for a vehicle registered in their name. You need to apply by fax or mail to the OEH National Parks Contact Centre and include copies of both your Seniors Card and your vehicle registration papers

BCC and Planning Issues

ACTPLA are working on an update of the Belconnen Town Centre master plan. See here Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan Update.

Health Items of Interest to the Shed – see here

Prostmate – Doug Crawford provided this link to Prostmate. They provide online advice and support about prostate issues. To get support you need to sign up but its free. This then allows you to connect and talk to professional nurses about prostate problems. The site is provided by Australian Prostate Cancer Research. Urologist Professor Tony Costello at the Royal Melbourne Hospital is involved in this site and an associated Health Clinic for Men

2014 12 05 – Margo Saunders, an independent health researcher presented a talk titled: ‘Here for a good time, not a long time – the challenges of preventive health for men’. Her notes are summarised on this page

The Driving, Ageing, Safety and Health (DASH) project is an NHMRC funded project. The project evaluates screening approaches & 600 older drivers will be followed for 2 years to evaluate how well a laboratory assessment & an on-road test predicts driving outcomes. Findings from this research project will enable health professionals & licensing authorities to assist in their decision- making regarding the fitness to drive of older adults. If you are interested in participating in this study & 1). Are aged 75 years or over; 2). Hold a current driver‟s license; 3). Are a resident of the ACT or surrounding NSW regions; 4). Have no known diagnosis of dementia.

Please contact DASH on crahw.dash@anu.edu.au or on 61251457 / 61251456 to express interest. Brian Wells gave a short talk on losing a driver License as recently some members have had to stop driving. Brian is currently participating in DASH

Bowel Screening Kits – These can be arranged through Rotary for $10 – contact Ron Thomson 6258 4699

3rd Oct 2014 – A member (Doug) advised us of his prostrate experiences where he used a urologist in Melbourne Tony Costello who uses the robotic method for prostate removal. He estimated with accommodation and travel costs to Melbourne his gross costs were around $18K and his net costs after rebates about $14-15K. Ouch! Still cheaper than $20K plus estimated by some other

Advanced Care Planning – check out the information on how to plan for your future before you are unable to do so. Thanks to Jim Grenfell


Computer Group Presentations & Handouts

Kayak on Lake Ginninderra 2014

Kayak Lake Ginninderra

Useful General Information – E-Book Readers and Tablets – About Kindles & Tablets

Useful General Regional Information - About the local region ie farmers markets, bookfairs, history items, etc

Useful General Environmental and Living Information - About recycling, U3A, Myna Birds, gardening, etc

Items or Services for Sale

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