Welcome to Melba Shed

  We are a Men’s Shed located at Melba, North Belconnen in Canberra, Australia. Our purpose is to provide a place where older, mainly retired men can meet, socialise, undertake excursions and community activities and some healthy exercise activities. For more background information

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)

Shed Web Site Training – for prospective system admins & web editors for maintaining & running the Shed web site into the future. The dates held were Mondays 15th,, 22nd &  29th Jun. It concentrated on logging into WordPress on the web live & creating some pages & populating them with some text, pictures & sliders. If you still wish to be involved please advise Greg on email: actelan@gmail.com. We may have some further training in early Aug once attendees have done some more research & personal training.
21st Nov 2015 – (Sat) The annual Voices in the Forest concert will be held. Volunteers will be required to help with parking and assisting visitors
26th June 2015 – Mt Roger Primary School held its Outreach Day and invited Melba Shed to attend. Around 8 members attended through the work of Stuart Allan. There was some combined singing activities from 10.45-11.25AM and then morning from about 11.25 to 11.45AM
19th Jun 2015 – After Ms Celik’s presentation last Friday, she suggested that the Shed might like to visit The Descendants Project commemorating ANZAC history exhibition at ADFA
10th Apr 2015 – Bob Greeney spoke on the Meccano Project & the fact that it now operated in eight primary schools with about 60 volunteers. More volunteers are always appreciated – for more information, click HERE
10th Apr 2015 – Brian Wells is still seeking old spectacles, frames, cases etc to send overseas to disadvantaged recipients. Please bring any old spectacles, even damaged or broken ones to the Shed and Brian will take them off your hands
Lunchtime MelodiesJoint Venture between Ginninderra Rotary & Belconnen Raiders Club – 2nd Wed each month 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 19th July


Member & Friends Information

Tabitha Foundation – Cambodia – History of Volunteers and Housebuilding In early 1995, Andy Payne, a teacher with United World College in Singapore, came to Cambodia & then wanted his students to come & learn about poverty through a volunteer experience. Tabitha Cambodia responded to this request by developing the house building project. The concept was to provide a learning experience that taught the recent history of Cambodia combined with a practical experience of the impact on many people here. Since 2003, the number of volunteers & the houses being built have increased from 300 per yr to a current average of 1,000 plus per yr. Bob Greeney’s daughter, Kate, a teacher at Harrison School, has raised funds to support the building of six new houses in Cambodia through the Tabitha Foundation. Here’s what Kate had to say: … I will be headed overseas in January to build houses in the poorest rural and remote villages of Cambodia. Our team will be undertaking this project through the Tabitha Foundation & we are aiming to build six houses while we are away. To do that we need to raise the money for each house we plan to build (one house is $1,700 AUD) – Kate Greeney, Executive Teacher – Yrs 5-10 Student Engagement, Harrison School, Wimerra Street, Harrison ACT 2914, Phone: 02 6142 2200

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

Superb Parrots Bruce

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

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 Mary Porter & he 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

LED Bulbs. Greg is using a Philips 12.5W 1055 lumen B22 direct replacement for old bayonet incandescent fittings. It’s nominally supposed to equal a 75W incandescent but he thinks the lighting is better. He bought one from Bunnings Fyshwick ACT $16 & another from Woolies 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
There appears to be a range of 8 Philips globes from 4 to 14W. Interesting product guide. 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. 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 used SolarHub based in Mitchell as the certifier. The test costs $154 incl GST

Our City Our Community ACT Govt Newsletter Available on line

Purple Smoke Tree

Purple Smoke Tree

Free Annual Pass to National Parks in NSW for Pensioners & Seniors Card holders are entitled to a discount of approx 20% on the full price of an annual pass for a vehicle in their name. An NPWS Exemption Card is available for individuals who hold a valid Pensioner Card or Veterans on an Extreme Disability Allowance, Int Rate & Special Rate pensions

BCC and Planning Issues

ACTPLA are working on an update of the Belconnen Town Centre master plan Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan Update Westfield sold its approved development along Emu Bank & LDA sold block behind Labor Club for up to 800 apartments to Geocon

Health Items of Interest to the Shed – see here

The seven essential health check-ups you need – from ‘The New Daily’

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners – Redbook Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice 8th edition

Choices Comparisons of 170 Breakfast Cereals from brands such as Nestle, Uncle Tobys, Sanitarium, Kellogg’s and more

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

Bowel Screening Kits – These can be arranged through Rotary for $15 – contact Ron Thomson 6258 4699 Read this

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


 EFTM’s Review of “See what’s behind the bushes, and find electrical and building defects – FLIR C2 Review”. This is an expensive but amazing infra red technology to detect all sorts of electrical & building issues

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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