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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)

Mahjong Player Wanted - Ever wanted to play Mahjong and haven't had the opportunity to date? Well, here's your chance. Several Shed members have already expressed interest in joining this group, and only one more person is required to have the four (4) players required to play this game. Interested call John Canning on 6258 5032

1 May 2014 Healthy Eating Activity & Lifestyle (HEAL) - A special ACT & Federally funded program over 8 weeks at CIT Fit & Well Gym at Bruce 1030AM-12.45PM. Ring 6207 9977 to register - email. Several members have registered. You need a doctor's sign off that you can attend. This is the start of the Healthy Eating & Lifestyle SIG

2nd May 2014 - Rotary Trivia Night - Raiders Club West Belconnen 7PM - The Trivia night is to be held again this year, aimed at assisting in the eradication of Polio. With financial support of the Gates Foundation & Rotary International, we can make Polio history! Your support to this fun night will support the eradication of Polio program and the lives of those who suffer. The fight against this disease however can never be relaxed, as evident in the recent outbreak in war-torn Syria. So, if you can make this worthy fund-raising evening please RSVP (contacts below) by Thursday 24 April, or talk to Don Gruber for further information at Shed meetings; Bill Wattam at wwattam@bigpond.net.au and/or Allan Black at famblack@tpg.com.au. A donation of $15 covers your contrinbution to the Polio Fund

5th May & 27th Oct 2014 - Greenhills Working Bee - Weather permitting, working bees will run from 09:00/09:30 to 12:30 lunchtime with all equipment and materials provided, morning tea and lunch will be catered for all. The May working bee will focus on garden improvements and a garden between F & G Block of the Cotter Centre. These will be pleasant jobs that do not require mechanical equipment or heavy lifting. Just bring along gardening gloves as all else will be provided. Any enquiries - Barry Howe on 6258 3201. Leave the Shed at 9AM or make your own way there.


Phil Laird’s mother passed away on Monday 14th April. Her funeral was at the Gungahlin crematorium at 12 noon on Wednesday, 23rd April. Our thoughts are with Phil & the family

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

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 (& sometimes funny) tips for protecting yourself

4th April 2014 - Presentation on Climate Change by Dr Nick Abel - This is a powerpoint presentation on the Shed's Google Drive cloud location

Digital TV Provided for a Member - Unfortunately one of our members has had the misfortune to have his residence broken into recently with his televison set stolen. After a request by Geoff Grimmett for members to see if they had a spare unit, several generous donations by members enabled a new set to be provided. Well done!

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

Computer Group Presentations & Handouts

21st Mar 2014 - Possibility of Increasing Contributions This has now passed as several generous donations have seen the cash status become satisfactory as outlined by the Treasurer on 21 Mar 2014


Member & Friends Information

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.

4th April 2014 - Rotary Help in Philippines - Bob Greeney reported on the fantastic support that Rotary had recently given (and continue to give) to the Philippines disaster relief following Typhoon Haiyan last Nov, when this tropical cyclone killed at least 6000 people. For $625 each, Rotary have been able to supply 34 fishing boats to the local communities to assist them in restoring their livelihoods. Bob had recently returned from the Philippines with as a participant in this great work. Very well done to Rotary for this generous and vital humanitarian effort.

27th Mar 2014 - Belconnen Community Shed (Page) was opened by Alan Tongue, with Mary Porter and Yvette Berry attending. There was an enormous crowd of interested people also enjoying their BBQ and nibbles. Its an interesting story and they have been successful through much hard work & the generosity of the community & local businesses. Our own Laurie Power is also a member of this Shed. The Shed has been sponsored and supported by the Mosaic Baptist Church Opening Day Newsletter

24th Jan 2014 - Fri - Jim Couchman from Belconnen Community Shed attended and advised us that if we wanted to undertake woodwork, metal work or painting projects we were welcome to attend their Shed in Page. They intend to open Wed and Saturdays. The Shed will be now be officially opened on Thu 27th March

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 has reports & photos of recent activities that 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. We have applied for a Medibank Community Fund grant to start up a men's group because we feelthat 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

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


Another new hotel being planned for Belconnen (next to Labor Club) A modest 11 storeys

BCC Issues - The President of the BCC has advised that she has been contact by ACTPLA to advise her that they are planning some public meetings early 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

If your Firefox is starting slowly or crashing see this link

ZoneAlarm's Security Blog: What Apps Have Access to Your Facebook and Twitter? How to audit the apps that impact Twitter and Facebook security

7 Ways to Protect Your Android Device A good article by ZoneAlarm

Set Up and Get to Know Your New Windows PC (ie Windows 8) from Lifehacker Set Up and Get to Know Your New Mac

Set Up and Get to Know Your New iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from Lifehacker Set Up and Get to Know Your New Android Phone

For more Techo Items of Interest read here

Useful General Information - E-Book Readers and Tablets - About Kindles and 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, Nearmap.com, etc

Useful Interesting Sites on Current affairs, Culture and Australian Policy - About think tanks, RiotACT, Online Opinion, etc


Items or Services for Sale

For Sale: 2002 TOYOTA PRADO - Petrol engine/Automatic /3.4 litre
This is an excellent vehicle with a great running history, never giving any trouble. Well maintained with full service history & log books. Registered until August 2014 - Odometer: 225,000 kms; Air conditioned, Cruise control, Alloy rims with good tyres, Dual battery system, 8 seater vehicle with tow bar. For further information please contact Doug Crawford on 0413 796 466 - Price: $12,900.00

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

Web site; Also TSW Web site


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