News and Special Activities and Items of Interest

Latest News

4 Mar 2018 ( ) – 10am -3pm – Wheels 2018 at Queanbeyan Showground – Entry by Gold coin donation – For more information contact Roger Amos at [email protected]

23 Feb 2018 (Fri) – Time: 6 pm to 9 pm – Supper and Jazz Evening at Annie’s Armadillos Café by Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin – Fund raising evening for Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin projects. The entertainment will begin at 6:30pm provide by Lisa McClelland, Gaye Reid, Tony Hayley, Annie and the Armadillos [John Black, Michael Lynch, Ben Schumann]
Cost of the evening is $50 a head. Please book by EFT to BSB 112908 Ac# 464 798 381 Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin Inc with reference “Last NameInitial-Annies” by 16 February at the latest. To ensure you sit with your friends, please provide names and a phone contact by email to [email protected] after full payment. Maximum table size is 8 or 10 patrons.

G Parsons

Gordon Parsons

18 Feb 2018 – Advice on the Passing of Gordon Parsons – Members will be saddened to learn of the passing of former Melba Shed member Gordon Parsons, on Thursday 15 February 2018. Gordon had been in ill health for some time, and first joined Melba Shed as a member in the early days, in about 2011. While not able to attend the Shed in recent years due to his ill health, Gordon maintained a keen interest in our activities and was a great encourager of those who attended. This quiet, gentlemanly man will be deeply missed by those who had the privilege of knowing and sharing time with him. Our condolences go to his beloved wife Audrey and their family.
A service of thanksgiving for the life of Gordon will be held at the North Belconnen Uniting Church (opposite the Shed premises) on Tuesday 20 February at 1.00pm.

5 Feb 2018 – M​embers are requested to think about any presentations to members that the Shed could organise​.   If you know of any interesting speakers or know of topics that Shed members might be interested in, or would like to do a presentation yourself, please give the details to Roger Amos or Rick Causebrook

5 Feb 2018 – Bob Greeney is looking for more volunteers for the Meccano Group.  For details sea this page Activities and then contact Bob.

5 Feb 2018 – Want to understand HDMI and various audio cable options then look at the Cable Chick’s Guides HDMI Buyers’ Guide 2017 and HDMI CEC ARC & Ethernet Simplified

NBN Node


1 Feb 2018 – NBN Rollout Belconnen. This is a summary of some of the issues and general concepts. Most of Belconnen is being served by FTTN which requires every suburb to have 8-15 little green NBN FTTN Node cabinets which connect to the house using old Telstra copper pairs usually though a nearby pillar. Sometimes 5 or 6 pillars will be connected to the node cabinet. The Nodes connect to a main service centre at Telstra’s Scullin exchange for the NBN in Belconnen before being then carried on NBN leased fibre to the Points of Interconnect for Canberra at either Civic or Queanbeyan Telstra exchanges. Once your suburb or area is available for NBN you have around 18 months to move to the NBN or risk being cutoff after that time. A lot of ISPs will take pre-orders for an NBN service. You should be advised by the NBN by email or mail once you house is ready for connection. You then have to talk to an ISP to get connected which can take from several days to a month depending on your circumstances. Most providers (ISPs) will offer you a new VDSL modem/router with phone port on it to plug in your old type phones. Some will charge for the modem, or at least for delivery; some will bundle it in. Some allow you to use your own compatible modem/router. You can check when your suburb is ready on this map or check you address here. Currently the suburbs of Mckellar, Evatt, Latham, Macgregor, Florey, most of Melba, a bit of Giralang are available for connection of the NBN. Most of the ISPs will offer you a basic service ie 12Mb/s or 25Mb/s or higher speeds at 50/100 Mb/s. The TPG group including IINet & Internode will not offer 25Mb/s anymore effectively giving you a 50Mb/s service for the 25Mb/s price. Most of the others offers all speeds. Typically if you only require the phone and the internet for email and some browsing 12Mb/s should be adequate. Some of the providers including most of the well known ones have come in for criticism for not providing enough bandwidth (ie CVCs) and thus users have been getting very slow speeds. Certainly if your a heavy user you probably should consider using a 50Mb/s service as the NBN will be increasing supply of bandwidth to such services which should improve their performance. Telephone or Not. OK if you just want a telephone and no internet you can get a basic service which provides the old POTS phone but it still uses the NBN and a VDSL modem. There are a range of options for not even having a phone number. Many will give it to you anyway and charge nothing for it. Usually you then will pay for any calls as you go. Many will also bundle phone calls, local, national and even to mobiles in for a fixed fee, often $10 per month with untimed calls. You can just have the internet with no number or phone, and then use MyNetPhone (MNP) to make calls over the internet, and receive them for very low costs. They have a zero charge per month option or a pay as you go option, and $5 a year for a number option. Some of the ISPs make it harder for you to use an alternative phone supplier as they pre program their own phone servers into the router/modem they supply. Some like Internode and Aussie Broadband allow you to bring your own modem and thus you have the choice of phone options. Porting Phone Number. Yes most doing that as part of their plans for no extra charge. Connection Charge. Most will not charge for NBN connection if you take a 1-2 year contract or if your an existing customer of theirs. Whirlpool Forums provides a lot of information about the current NBN ISPs. If you scroll down their list of Companies area you can then look at lots of threads that will will tell you some of the issues faced by the early NBN users. Aussie Broadband does seem to be the favoured supplier in recent years as they appear to have provisioned their NBN bandwidth more liberally. If you get into trouble getting connected you can talk to the NBN on telephone 1800 OUR NBN (1800 687 626) Yes thats a free call.
iiNet VDSL. Note they have been advertising this service heavily. It uses the old Transact Aerial FTTN cabling with ethernet style copper cable as the last part of delivery. If you have this service or can get it then your stuck with iiNet. Most will also be able to get the NBN which may be faster, or may not, depending on locations of NBN nodes and iinet nodes. If you have the iiNet VDSL service you can keep it and ignore the NBN. When the old ADSL services and Telstra phone lines are finally all disconnected the iiNet service will continue to function.

16th Dec 2017 – The Green Bin Program & Bulky Waste Collection Services

16th Dec 2017 – List of Services and Businesses that offer Senior Card Holders Discounts

8th Dec 2017 – Aoife Berenger from Care Inc gave members an overview of Discounted energy from ACTEWAGL -Click on this line to see details

30th Nov 2017 – Harry’s new poem – The Bullocky’s Dog

24th Nov 2017 – Information on Battle of Balikpapan July 1945

Roger Birthday

Roger at Black Pepper eating cake

3rd Nov 2017 – Volunteers for Knee Study. Researchers at ANU, UC, UNSW (ADFA) & Canberra Hospital are seeking healthy people aged 60-80 with no knee problems. They need to study healthy knee motions so they can understand how well knee replacements work. If interested contact Joe Lynch 6244 3873 [email protected] See notice

13th Oct 2017 – Mike Dwyer provided an Anzac Presentation. He presented the story of Sgt Pat Donnelly 2nd Pioneer Battalion Brigade, Second Aust Div, 1st Anzac Corps. Mike talked about the war on the Western Front & how it affected the soldiers involved. Read more

15th Sep 2017 – John Jervis gave an interesting talk about Towrang Convict Stockade, its history, the life of convicts & some background the roads from Sydney to Goulburn. Here is a link to some NSW Govt information on Towrang Convict Stockade, Associated Sites & Road FormationsInformation & pictures from Newsletter #395

Calvary Care

We Need You

4th Aug 2017 – Peter Harvey Pastoral Co-Ordinator, Calvary Haydon Retirement Community visited the Shed & sought volunteers to help with various tasks including driving a 20 seat bus for various trips & outings. Click link to see the pic of the details

Shed Etiquette – See here

Shed Notices

Sending out emails from Melba Shed – Note this is aimed at the Committee & others who send out emails from the Shed Email account or even their own Email

Viewing Shed Google Photos Albums – The Pictures TAB at the top of the web site will take you to an archive site for Picasa which will still show any albums uploaded from Picasa desktop in some strange order. Click on this for more info on Using & Managing Google Photos

Living Item for Shed Members (ie Pension Issues, Passes, Discounts, Health, etc)

30th Jun 2017 – Securing IDs – One member advised us to look at securing our IDs & bank accounts. People can also get a free credit check one a year and also check with ID Care to secure their own ID data. Tel 1300 432 273. Info on Credit Reports & Bans Also info from The Office of the Aust Info Commissioner 

Peters Jokes

Peter Mitchell telling jokes

Member & Friends Information

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

Yin Yoga – North Belco Uniting Church – Every Tue evening 7.30-8.30PM – Enjoy benefits of Yoga – Gentle stretching, fully qualified instructor, Judith, flexible commitments (no RSVPs), $5 per evening. These 1 hour classes are a great way to take time out & enjoy some gentle & invigorating floor exercises, set against some relaxing music or poetry. Arrive 10 minutes early if you can. No RSVP is needed & there is no commitment to long-term attendance. An enjoyable way to give yourself some breathing space in your busy week & develop your core strengths via safe, stressfree exercises for all levels of fitness. Bring a yoga or exercise mat, cushion & light blanket with you

2014 – Open letter from North Belconnen Day Centre – It meets in the Church building. Any Melba Shed member is welcome to talk to Jeanette Branch on 6258 5784 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)

Echidna MtAinslie Sep12

Echidna Mt Ainslie

Health Items of Interest to the Shed

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

Items or Services for Sale