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22nd Dec 2017 – Ray Osmotherly is running an Old Time Melodrama and needs a couple of artistic recruits to help with the performance at our last meeting for 2017. So if your game contact Ray on 6258 8399

13th Dec 2017 (Wed) – Lunchtime Melodies2nd Wed each month between 11.30-12.30PM at Raiders Belconnen (Kippax), gold coin donation – This month Annie of The Armadillos, Sloane & Tony Haley coffee, tea & option of $9 seniors lunch after

12th Dec 2017 – Cyclists Donations – The EasyRiders contributed to another worthy cause by donating $180 to the Red Cross to cover the payment gap in an ultrasound for a soon-to-be mum.  The total donated from the “coffee card” funds is now $5,907

8th Dec 2017 – Aoife Berenger from Care Inc gave members an overview of Discounted energy from ACTEWAGL – Care Inc is a community organisation set up to ensure consumers are treated fairly & have support to overcome debt problems. Aoife (pronounced Eefa) Berenger, who is the, Community Development & Education Officer from Care Inc (i.e. Care Financial Counselling Service), told us about the eligibility requirements for ACTEWAGL’s Energy Support Voucher Scheme, which provides households on low to moderate incomes $100 credit towards their electricity or gas bill. Aoife said that everyone whose energy supplier is ACTEWAGL & who applies via Care Inc, can have their ACTEWAGL account credited $100 under this scheme. Click here for a copy of the application form. (There is also a word version) Note that the completed form has to be returned by snail mail or a scanned copy by email to Care Inc (addresses are at the top of the form). (Note from Ed. If you only have a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders you can still apply for the Energy Support Voucher. This is a one off payment of $100 to help compensate for the recent large electricity price increases.)

Aoife said that the increases in electricity and gas prices last July had caused financial hardship for many people on Centrelink payments. She said that, to reduce the shock of a large quarterly bill, Centrepay can deduct a specified amount from the regular fortnightly Centrelink payments & pay it to ACTEWAGL or, for that matter, other organisations such as the ACT government for rates. One of the key services provided by Care Inc is financial counselling. Aoife emphasised the importance of contacting ACTEWAGL & similar organisations as soon as you realise you cannot make a payment by the due date to make arrangements to pay off your bill.
ACTEWAGL has a system that stores all past bills electronically (“E-pay plus”) so that you can check on what you have paid in the past & so estimate what any upcoming bills may be. Its apparently easy to register and will help users to understand their usage and look for better plans. ACTEWAGL also has concessions for pensioners & Commonwealth health card holders. If you are eligible & not currently receiving such concessions, then they can be backdated for up to 2 years once an application is approved.
ACTEWAGL regularly offers discounts to match other providers such as Origin Energy. At present, ACTEWAGL is offering 12% price reductions for the next 12 months for anyone who takes out a new contract (the phone number is 13 14 93). Bundling concessions are also available so it is worthwhile calling or looking at the ACTEWAGL website to check out what is currently being offered.
Finally, Aoife said that the ACT Government, in conjunction with St Vincent de Paul, has a program (“actsmart”, click here for a copy of the brochure) which provides a free home energy audit for pensioners & low to moderate income households. An energy efficiency officer visits your home & provides advice on ways in which you can reduce energy bills, & provides a free heated throw rug as well.
Vicky from Care Inc also advises us to check Energy Made Easy the Australian Govt’s Australian Energy Regulator’s website that enables you to see providers in your postcode and compare offers. The ACT’s Act Smart website also offers guidance on how to be more energy efficient amongst many areas of improving environmental outcomes. (Information from our Newsletter #407 dated 15th Dec 2017 as well as follow up contacts)

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

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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

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