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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)

29th Aug 2014 - 7PM Friday Labor Club in Belconnen, 6th Anniverary Dinner Each year since we have celebrated with a dinner and this year is no exception. If the evening is as successful as past celebrations, you won't want to miss it. Buffet style dinner, separate room. Cost around $25 per person plus drinks.
Want to join in? Then add your name to the list at the Shed. Spouses/Partners are strongly encouraged to attend.

14th Aug 2014 - Walking Centenary trail from Hall to Mulligans Flat Those who might participate are welcome as long as you email the Shed or Greg. Note that it is 16-18Km depending on the actual route chosen and is a nice walk. However you can't start and not finish unless of course its an emergency. Read info before walking and notes about the actual route. You just can not turn up as there has to be enough transport at the end to get you back to the start or home

18 Jul 2014 - Death of Lyn Craven. It is with a great deal of sadness that we learned of Lyn Craven's passing away on Friday 11th July after a long and difficult illness. Until he retired Lyn was Principal Research Scientist at the Australian National Herbarium at CSIRO. Lyn is fondly remembered by many Shed members. He is greatly missed by all and we offer our condolences to Lyn's wife Kirsty, son Ross, daughter Catherine and grandchildren Mia and Scott. Lyn's memorial service was held at 10:00am Friday 18 July 2014 at North Belconnen Uniting Church

17th July - Peter Davies Memorial Walk for 2014 was held over 5Km around Gungaderra Grasslands & Gungahlin Hill from Crace with 8 people walking

11th July - Computer SIG suspended until Phil's return around end of Aug. Mahjong SIG suspended until 21st July

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

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

9th July 2014 - Lunchtime Melodies - Joint 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

2nd July 2014 – Ginninderra Rotary & Kippax Uniting Care​ are​ looking to open a mower lending shed for the folks in West Belconnen and need help. They are ​seeking  someone​ prepared to look after a couple of mowers, or maybe to assist Kingsford Smith High students in looking after the mowers.  Basically cleaning, checking, fueling, & maybe some minor repairs or adjustments, one day or maybe two days a week.​ If there is anyone from the ​Shed who is interested, could​ you please contact ​Don Gruber (6258 3314) or ​Barry Howe​ (6258 3201)

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 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 feel that 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

Yvette Berry MLA on Twitter advised that ACT Government wants your feedback on where you can or can't walk your dog on or off leash areas. Find out more by clicking here Closes 1 Aug 2014

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

Overview of the ACT 2014-15 Budget from her Canberra Blog

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

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

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