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Pictures (click on to enlarge): right - Echidna on Mt Ainslie on an early morning in Sep12 as photographed by Ron Thomson's daughter | right lower - Superb Parrots at Bruce as photographed by Ray Nelson Jan13 | right bottom- Kayak on Lake Ginninderra Jan 2014

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

13th Nov (Thu) The Annual Melba Shed open Golf tournament will be held at Gungahlin Lakes with lunch after. Contact Ron Thomson

7th Nov 2014 (Fri) The Annual General meeting will be held on this date. All committee positions will be vacated and members are encouraged to fill in a nomination form and also nominate for President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer. Harry and Ron are not standing for President or Vice President. Many of the current committee members have been in place for a number of years. We need to change and to re-new if the Shed is to continue to move forward and develop. So please consider whether you would like to nominate for President, Secretary, Treasurer or one of four committee members. Your nomination will be most welcome. Please contact Bob Salmond for a nomination form, or talk to any committee member for information about what is involved

18th Sep 2014 (Thu) Long Cycling after Coffee to UC, Radford College, O’Connor, Lyneham, Kaleen & Giralang, then back to the Melba Oval was held with 7 members. Click this line for details

1st Sep 2014 - Views when Cycling Around Lake Ginninderra and Environs

29th Aug 2014 - 7PM Friday Labor Club in Belconnen, 6th Anniverary Dinner was held with spouses/partners/friends at the Labor Club Belconnen. We had a special presentation by the Tuggeranong Ukulele Group (TUGS) and Greg gave a short talks on history of the Shed (51 people attended and a umungous 27 from the band)

15th Aug 2014 - Monthly BBQ & Sausage Sizzle was held excellent slide presentations by Dr Alex Ritchie titled "Aust Buried Treasures" emphasising great fossil discovery at the 3 main opal sites & Geoff Miller talked about his ship trip to Antarctica in 2011. Both these presentations are available on Google Drive with Alex's here Opal Fossils and Geoff's here Antarctica Note there are some large files here so we have taken out the 6 video files. These can be viewed online or downloaded

22nd Aug 2014 - Visit to lake Bathurst Heritage Museum 16 members drove to Lake Bathurst and visited this museum. This is a handout on the WWII Underground Fuel Tanks

14th Aug 2014 – Walking Centenary trail from Hall to Mulligans Flat  12 of us assembled at Hall at about 9AM & walked the 16.7Km around to Mulligans Flat. The weather was frosty & chilly in the early morning with overnight temperatures down to -5C. The walk started cold but we soon warmed up. By early afternoon most were down to light coverings & the temp was up to +13C. There was no wind & it was sunny the whole way. Generally most thought it was an excellent trip with great views. Whilst its 16.7Km, Medium- Hard it was not a difficult walk. Overall around 4-hrs walking over a 5 hour span.

1st Aug 2014 - New Cycle Meister - Terry announced that biker extraordinaire Paul McCarthy has agreed to take over from Terry as EasyRider co-ordinator

11th July - Computer SIG suspended until Phil's return around end of Aug

16th May 2013 - Walking Don Gruber has suggested that we could start a social walking activity on the alternate Thursdays to the normal walks. Concept is those who wish to participate just turn up at the Shed by a certain time & they then decide to undertake a local walk starting at the Shed & stopping for coffee on the way. Possible walks: Mt Rogers, along Ginn Ck to Evatt return, through Florey to Black Pepper & back around part of the Lake, through Flynn or along Ginn Ck to Charnwood for coffee return. Other coffee options Spence shops, North Belco Baptist Church Cafe L'Amour just off Copland Drive,Evatt. Thoughts welcome on those who might participate or coordinate to Shed email or Greg - 5 names on list so far. Need more

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

Each Committee Member has been allocated up to 20 Shed members to check on and look after the status of their cadre

Voluntary Workers Personal Accident & Liability Policies 2014. On 28th Mar 2014 Bob Salmond (2014 Secretary) outlined these policy items to members. This is the information in plain english (pdf doc)

Bowel Screening Kits - These can be arranged through Rotary - contact Ron Thomson 6258 4699


Member & Friends Information

ACTION’s new bus network commences Monday 1 September 2014 For information on the NXTBUS system, which allows for buses to be tracked via online, SMS, phone and digital displays www.action.act.gov.au/NXTBUS

10th Sep 2014 - Lunchtime Melodies - Joint Venture between Ginninderra Rotary & Raiders Belconnen Club - 2nd Wed each month (started 9th July 2014) between 11.30-12.30PM at Raiders Belconnen (Kippax), gold coin donation entry - includes various bands, choirs, individuals, films: coffee, tea & option of $9 seniors lunch after. Sep featuring Tony Haley and Annie Sloan See flier

13th Aug 2014 - Amanda Whitley's article on What does the future ‘Belco’ look like?

18th April 2014 - Tim the Yowie Man wrote an article in the Canberra Times about the Garran 'Stone Circle' on Red Hill Melba Shed gets mentioned

4th April 2014 - MLA Dr Chris Bourke. Chris introduced himself and explained that he was keen to experience our shed and what we do and meet some of our members. Both he and Mary Porter had a strong interest in the variety of Men's Shed that are springing up in the ACT and 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 men's shed movement.

17th Feb 2014 - Open letter from North Belconnen Day Centre - The Centre meets just across the way in the Church building. The Centre badly need some volunteer drivers to transport Day Centre members between their homes & the Centre (currently operating Tue, Wed, Thur 10am-2pm). Maybe there are some Melba Shed people who could help, even occasionally? The recently started blog will give Shed members an idea of what the Centre is about. Perhaps you also know family members of neighbours or friends who would benefit from attending the Centre/ need respite care from looking after a relative? The NBDC service is open to both men & women. There are many men who are not quite as fit as your Shed membership who would benefit from a friendship group & may be more comfortable with a men's group rather than fitting into sessions where there are mostly women. Further info please contact Jeanette Branch on 6258 5784

24th Jan 2014 - Fri - Ray Nelson's Australia Day Musical Message (Note this is a large mpg4 file, Download and open with any movie player)


General Items

New health Walk-in centre opened at Belconnen & Tuggers At new Health Centre on Lathlain St, Belco - open every day 7.30AM - 10PM

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 1300 789 002

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

Canberra Centenary Trail. Some info & access to GPS & Google Earth files from TAMS & David Briese's Gang Gang site

MLA Yvette Berry is proud of our community and seeks input on how we can make it better. You can be part of her campaign by filling in an online form at Yvette Berry Community First web page

26th July 2013 - 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 GOLD card. This means free access to parks. Click on this link to download the pdf form


BCC & Planning Issues - The President of the BCC has advised that she was contact by ACTPLA to advise her that they are planning some public meetings in 2014 to work on an update of the Belconnen Town Centre master plan


Health Items of Interest to the Shed - see here


Techo Items of Interest

MalWare Tips Guide to Removing the Australian Federal Police virus

AVG Warning on the "Microsoft" phone scam - It has been doing the rounds for some time, but continues to catch many off-guard. If someone calls you at home or on your mobile claiming to be from "Microsoft" to advise that you "have a virus on your computer", be warned – it's likely to be a scam! So you're prepared should you ever receive this dreaded call, a breakdown of the scam and some tips for avoiding it can be found on the AVG blog here This also proves to be a popular topic of discussion amongst members of the AVG community - & they too have some helpful tips for protecting yourself

Computer Group Presentations & Handouts

For more Techo Items of Interest read here

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

Useful Interesting Sites on Current affairs, Culture and Australian Policy


Items or Services for Sale

On Time Rubbish Removals David Ruthven removes rubbish, furniture, white goods, etc Offers pensioner annual free 2 cub metre pickup. Phone 0487 222 585


House Sitting - Member Colin Fitzpatrick & wife Jen are offering to house sit any members house (presumably while they are away) Phone Col 0411 532 199, Jen 0420 356 906, email: fitzplace@hotmail.com

Donors Who helped With Shed Extensions:

Builder If you need a builder, then give Bernie Rees a call on 0417 245 848. Bernie worked on the Shed extensions and donated and enormous amount of his time and expertise

Plan Preparation Thanks to Kardna Design & Drafting for preparing the plans for the Shed Extension. If you need plans drawn, then please give them a call on 6242 0416

Tractor Hire Thanks to tractor driver Pat Searl who donated his time and tractor to clear the site and dig our extension foundations. If you need a tractor, then give Pat a call on 0418 622 049

Pest Control Thanks to Graham Darby and Wilkil Weed and Pest Control who donated his time and materials to ensure our shed facilities are free of termites. If you need weed or pest control services then call Graham on 0408 626 013

Other Providers:

Wally Kulesza's band "the Second Movement" was formed in 1966 and the six of them are still going strong. They regularly play at venues around Canberra and the Region. Check out their site if you need a band for some special occasion. Wally's email

Special Pain Relief Package - Shed member Ted Kell is the Canberra distributor for Hidow and has offerings of TENS machines called the 'Pain Pod' at a special price for Shed Members. Contact Ted directly on 0438 481 350 or email. Information on TENS is available on Wikipedia

Honey for Sale

Our own Paul Zarb, of Just Honey, 62415534, panazarb@iinet.com.au has honey for sale, 400g to 1.5Kg jars, $4-$10

The Varroa Mite is responsible for the collapse and death of managed honeybee colonies wherever it is present. Paul Zarb has advised that Australia is one of the few places on Earth without the mite. It explains why honey is so expensive overseas. Read about the mite

Paul produces honey from hives in his place at Kaleen. His honey is pure and natural. If the varroa mite establishes in Australia all our honey will only be produced through the use of herbicides

Renovations, Building Work, Carpentry

TSW Constructions (used by Steve and Greg). Steve had a window replaced with sliding door. Greg had new double glazed sliding door with crimsafe screen and some new double glazed windows with crimsafe screens

Thomas Wakeling 0442 452 922
email: thomas@tswconstructions.com.au


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