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24-27th Nov 2017 – David Brand seeking Volunteers for Hartley Lifecare, whic is a Canberra-based not-for-profit organisation providing supported accommodation for people with disability, their families and carers. Their major fund-raising event is a cycle ride from Canberra to Charlottes Pass and return, with 22 teams of 12 cyclists participating. This year’s event is being held from Friday 24 Nov to Mon 27 Nov & aims to raise $600k for Hartley Lifecare. They require drivers/crew to accompany each team of cyclists. You’ll have a lot of fun with your team & a real sense of achievement. A car with a driver & offsider will be leading each team of riders. A sag wagon (also with a driver & offsider) will be behind the field to pick up any broken-down bikes (or broken-down cyclists). All costs (accommodation & meals) will be paid for by Hartley Lifecare. Anyone who can help out should contact David (0418 693 329). More details

10th Nov 2017 – The AGM will be held on Friday 10 Nov. Nomination forms were available from our 6 October meeting.​ Previous AGM minutes & collateral – Note that nominations for the Shed Committee close 7 days earlier on Friday 3 November

21 Oct 2017 (Sat) – Bel Nth Uniting Church Annual Fete – Jumping castle, toys, ‘whack-a-rat’, face painting for the children. Books, plants, craft, cakes. Come along & buy your home made delicious Christmas pudding here & special Christmas cards. Sweets, jams, White Elephants, collectables. As well there will be BBQ, great food stalls, morning tea, snacks, ice-creams & soft drinks. Also entertainment Scottish pipers; The Celtic Choir ; Rhythm Syndicate; COZMO (Mandolin Band); Melba/Copland Secondary School Band  |  The Church is seeking a few volunteers to help out for about 90 mins on Sat morning 21 Oct. The work involves erecting a number of tents & gazebos. If you can spare some time from 8:00am to about 9:30am on the day, let Phil Laird know.

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

13th Oct 2017 – Bob Salmond advised at the Shed meeting that a recent vets newsletter, announced that “….. current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) are now able to access treatment for any mental health condition through DVA’s Non-Liability Health Care (NLHC) treatment arrangements. There is no need to prove the condition is related to their service. NLHC does not depend on lodging a compensation claim and is open to all current and former members of the ADF who have rendered at least one day of permanent or continuous full-time service. A formal diagnosis is not required to seek treatment under NLHC.” Check with Bob for full details of the article.

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

7th Sep 2017 Planning walk to Molonglo & Butters bridge Google Earth views came up with a strange object in some open fields south of the Molonglo & west of Denman. On zooming in one can see a jet plane flying over the area. But it looked like it was on the ground. What do you think?

Molonglo Butters Bridge

View of Molonglo & Butters Bridge

Is it a plane

Zoomed in to Object


Umh a real plane. Maybe VIP








4th Sep 2017 – Cyclists Donations Continue Again – Paul McCarthy provided a donation of $289 to Alan Liah of Uniting Care Kippax to help an elderly lady pensioner pay for skin specialist and car service

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

28th Jul 2017 – Kellie Toohey Gave a Talk on How Exercise Can Assist Cancer Patients With Recovery. Summary information & links to relevant advice

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 

2nd Jun 2017 – John Edge’s Talk on the Australian Electricity Network & its Survivability

26th May 2017 – Gambling Support Items from talk by Aoife Berenger from Gambling Counselling & Support Service (AGCSS) Guess what! You have better odds at marrying a millionaire than winning at poker machines or Powerball

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

3 Mar – 7 Apr 2017 (8.30-9.30AM) UC Health Exercise Sessions and Assessments. (Final Results were presented 21st April) This was a voluntary program for members assembled by Kellie Toohey using 5 students from UC. This is a follow on from work started last year. More info & the assessment sessions

13 May 2016 – 10 Feb 2017Jon Beale, a UC grad ran exercise classes at the Shed. Some information & link to his 19 pages of exercises

Peters Jokes

Peter Mitchell telling jokes

9th Dec 2016 – Genioz Study – Secretary outlined information sent to the Shed about the Genioz Survey which is a Genomics : National Insights into Australians. You can also participate in this study by clicking on this link and going to the bottom

3rd Jun 2016 – Understanding your Pension, Fiona Fleming

4th Jan 2016 – Are you getting your postage stamp concession

1st Jan 2016 – Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card for interstate seniors to Sydney Region. Updated to cover no expiry dates and online applications  & New MyWay Cards

7th Aug 2015 – Brian Wells requested members consider donating out of date old pharmaceuticals to send to places like Vietnam


Karinya Painting

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

Member & Friends Information

3 Mar 2017 – Canberra Times – Where to go out in Canberra if your over 40 – Think this applies to us!

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)

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Echidna Mt Ainslie

Emergency Preparedness from the Red Cross – With the advent of spring storms and summer bushfires it is timely to remind ourselves of the need to be prepared. Disasters and emergencies happen when we least expect them ….  It contains advice and checklists. It is an update from previous advice See all the Emergency Management & Red Cross advice here

Free Annual Pass to National Parks in NSW for Pensioners & Seniors Card holders are entitled to a discount of approx 20% on the full price of an annual pass for a vehicle in their name. An NPWS Exemption Card is available for individuals who hold a valid Pensioner Card or Veterans on an Extreme Disability Allowance, Int Rate & Special Rate pensions

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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