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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)

24-26th Nov 2014 (Mon-Wed) Trip to Griffiths. At meeting of 3rd Oct numbers interested in going to Griffith were ascertained with around 15 total (including partners). It was advised that it was likely that travel would be in individual vehicles with some electing to travel with caravans. Further details will be advised. See Newsletters #248 & #249. Wal advised that he has already orgnanised visits to farms that make prunes and an orange juice factory. Griffith is a comfortable 5.5hr drive via Temora

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

27th Oct (Mon) - Greenhills Working Bee - Meet at Shed 9AM for 9.30 start at Cotter Rd near Scouts Camp Cottermouth - Directions to Greenhills

25 Oct 2014 (9am - 1:30pm) North Belconnen Uniting Church Annual Fete - Jumping castle, toys, 'whack-a-rat', face painting for the children. Books, plants, craft, cakes. Come along and buy your home made delicious Christmas pudding here and special Christmas cards. Sweets, jams, White Elephants, quality second-hand clothing. As well there will be BBQ, great food stalls, morning tea, snacks, ice-creams and soft drinks. Selected items from the 'Fair Trade' range. Also: Scottish pipers, The Celtic Choir; The Tuggeranong Ukelele Gang; The Melba/Copland Secondary School Band

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 others

Editor Wanted for Shed Newsletter? Phil has been doing this job since September 2009 & it’s time for a change. The Newsletter is issued weekly & is prepared using Microsoft Word. If you have modest writing & Word skills then you can perform this role. Naturally Phil will provide required training & ongoing support. Maybe you don’t want to be permanent editor but would be happy to go on a roster with other interested members. Either way, please contact Phil on 0428.581.935 or philliplaird@gmail.com if you can assist with Newsletter releases

Testing of Solar PV Inverters ACTEWAGL 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 apparently costs $154 incl GST

AMSA Newsletter item says "A SKIN cancer awareness video aimed at older men has proved more effective than written information in prompting them to visit their GP, a study shows"
RESEARCHERS from the Qld Uni of Technology taught 900 Qld men, aged around 50 years, how to check for skin cancers, with half given a DVD and the others receiving only written information. Overall, 69 skin cancers were diagnosed through clinical skin examinations during the seven-month study period, with a higher proportion detected among the group receiving the video intervention. "We found that the men receiving the video intervention once they visited a doctor were more likely to receive a whole-body skin check than those receiving only written information," said lead researcher Associate Professor Monika Janda.The video, featuring Australian cricketer Ian Healy, guides men through the self-examination process and urges them to ask their doctor for a clinical skin examination. Every year, in Australia skin cancers account for around 80 per cent of all newly diagnosed cancers. Between 95 per cent and 99 per cent of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. How-to skin check video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtwTMAOV4n4

The Computer SIG is suspended for the time being. Click HERE for documentation on earlier meetings. Phone Phil Laird on 0428 5821 935 for more information.

Help improve the Shed’s outlook! Do this by doing a bit of garden maintenance around Melba Shed? It would be great if we could establish a decent lawn and garden at the front of our Shed and Brian Wells has agreed to co-ordinate this activity if we can get a few volunteers. If you’d like to volunteer, call Brian on 6156 2316 or talk to him on a Friday

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

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

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

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)


Member & Friends Information

12th Nov 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

16-17th Oct 2014 - Public Trustee (ACT) is holding information sessions about Wills & Enduring Power of Attorney. Details

Weston Creek Shed. A new shed has been set up near Cooleman Court in the hall of the Uniting Church (16 Parkinson St) and supported by the local Rotary Club. They are similar to Melba Shed and meet to hear speakers and socialise. Their first meeting was Thurs 18th Sep where about 40 blokes attended. They may diversify into other activities as required. Convenor is Mal Ferguson Tel 0405 732 837

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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