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ACT Seniors Card Discount Directory

Most recent talks & presentations at the Shed on Fridays can be found on this page

15th Nov 2019 (Fri) – The Shed’s AGM was held on Friday 15 November. The current President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and one committee members were re-elected with two new committee members nominating and elected unopposed.

15th Nov 2019 – Ian Cameron was named by the President as Member of the Year. Ian joined Melba Shed back in March 2011 and since that time has donated, set up and each Friday has managed our excellent audio system. Well done Ian

15th Nov 2019 – Geoff Grimmett called for donations of tea towels for the Community Centre kitchen. Maybe Geoff should be known as “sadie”

15th Nov 2019 – Paul also mentioned a request by Department of the Treasury for the Shed to attend a meeting next week on the proposed legislation to enable Sheds to accept tax deductable donations. Rick Causebrook and Paul will represent Melba Shed.

15th Nov 2019 – Barry Howe told us of the success of the Lunchtime Melodies run by Ginninderra Rotary. The last performance for 2019 was on 13 November and featured the Tuggeranong Ukulele Group and the Kingsford Smith School Choirs. The concerts start again next February on the second Wednesday of each month. Barry also sought volunteers from the Shed to assist Ginninderra Rotary man the gates at Belconnen Trash and Treasure on Sunday mornings during the first half of 2020.

8th Nov 2019 – Martin van der Hoek gave an overview talk on The History of the Roman Empire

8th Nov 2019 – First Aid Course – At the Shed meeting Geoff Grimmett talked about attending a First Aid course. If you are interested, the cost is $99.00 for the one day course with a $35 subsidy to be provided by the Shed.  You need to nominate yourself by clicking on this site which will give you all the details & allow you to nominate & pay. After you pay your $99.00 (which is a 40% discount on the normal rate), give Shed Treasurer Paul Taylor a copy of your receipt & he will arrange to pay you the Shed subsidy. It is suggested we all book for the Thur 28th November course so that we can undertake the course as a group

18th Oct 2019 – Talk by Frank O’Rourke about Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

11th Oct 2019 – Martin van der Hoek’s Talk on Hannibal Barca of Carthage

11th Oct 2019 – Exercise Classes – Tori finished her stint (3rd May – 11th Oct) with us as leader of the Exercise Group. The last class were held on Friday 11 October 8.30AM as Tori has started a new job. She will try and see if any UC Students or others may be willing to take on the task for us from early next year.  Tori Montgomery-Martin from The Uni of Canberra ran these further exercise classes, similar to the ones provided in March 2016 by Jon Beale. Each session, including the assessment one, cost $5. It continued every Friday before the Shed Meeting. The previous Excercises in a pdf file format from June 2016 – Tori has had an expression of interest from Arthritis ACT in regard to taking over the group class. Their pysiologist Sophie Bullock could do the job although they would charge us $10 a session each. If they are able to, they have asked if it would be possible for Tori to pass on the pre-exercise screen information she collected so that they do not have to ask participants to fill them out again. The information would be copied and delivered in person and stored securely in the Arthritis Australia records.  Tori needs to keep originals for her own records. If you do not wish your information shared with Arthritis Australia, please respond to this email by Friday 18 October. Pictures of Toris’ last exercise class. So please advise Roger if you would be willing to pay $10 a session to Arthritis ACT

27th Sep 2019 – Excursion to Tidbinbilla Tracking StationGoogle Photos

Light Rail 001 Gungahlin

Light Rail

25th Sep 2019 – Upgrading a Laptop with an SSD Drive

13 Sep 2019 – Deposits on cans, bottles etc. Ted Kell proposed a scheme to assist Shed finances in June. It involves members bringing along used bottles & cans which are subject to the 10 cent deposit scheme (beer and soft drink containers, including things such as Yakult, but not wine bottles). They can be left in the blue basket in the store room and Ted will take them to the recycling centre and deposit the receipts into the Shed’s funds.  Ted said that the numbers of cans and bottles being left have dropped off. So bring in any bottles, cans etc that have had a 10c deposit paid on them and Ted will take them in to the recycling centre. Alternatively, you can take them into the container return centre yourself. To have the refunds paid into the Shed’s accounts they should be deposited using Ted’s mobile number, which is linked to the Shed’s bank account (0438 481 350).

20th Sep 2019 – Dr Bob Miller – Archaeological photographer – Pella Jordan Presentation

13th Sep 2019 – John Machin still in hospital. John is still in hospital and still gets a bit confused at times because of an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic. If you want to visit John you can find him in Ward 5B at Canberra Hospital in Woden. He is now sitting up in hospital and talking as at end of Oct.

13th Sep 2019 – Richard Almond – Volcanologist – His presentation to the Shed

28th Aug 2019 – Phil Hore had open heart surgery on this date for an arterial bypass and to replace a valve. The physio has had him climbing stairs already so it’s fairly clear Phil’s well on the road to recovery. He came out of hospital on 4th Sep. We wish him well.

30th Aug 2019 – Luke Wensing – Travellers’ Tales 1

23rd Aug 2019 – Victor Isaacs Talked About “Australia’s Strange Borders – Border Disputes between the States”

16th Aug 2019 – Prof Rod Jory AM gave a talk  “However Did The Early Explorers Find Their Way Home?”

15th Aug 2019 – Uni Canberra Magazine UnCover has an article on Bill Murrays heart issues at Black Pepper and student nurse Marisa assisting him

3rd Aug 2019 – Rev Tim Jensen The Future of the Church? and Curry and Soup Morning. Tim talks about what is a church & philosophises on the future of the church

19th Jul 2019 – Talk by Vickie Hingston-Jones End-of-Life Doula plus access to documents End-of-life plans, Paying for funerals, Funeral costs, Paying for funerals, Useful contacts.

Marisa Agostino and member Ian de Plater

Marisa & Ian

14th Jun 2019 – Bruce McAslan’s Talk and Demonstration about CPR and Using a Defibrillator

Shed Notices

Shed Etiquette – See here

12th April – Amy Nussio who presented at the Shed on 22 March 2019 on ‘Driving in Later Life’ has asked that Members be reminded about the research opportunity ‘Living with Dementia and Driving Study’ details of which are on Page 3 of Newsletter #471 of 26th April. If you are interested, Amy will be happy to meet personally with any Member wanting in finding out more about this opportunity. She may be contacted on 0457 779 766 on any Monday or Tuesday and on alternate Wednesdays

15th Mar 2019 – Several members have enrolled for the Grey Medallion Program offered by the ACT Branch of Royal Life Saving Australia. If you would like more details or want to join the program, send Amy Allpress an email (aallpress@rlssa.org.au) or phone her on (02) 6113 1994

8th March 2019 –  Dedication of the “Don Gruber Room”  |  Photo Album of the event

Don Gruber Albums: Album of pictures containing Don Gruber on Shed Walks. This covers from July 2010 until Feb 2016Album of pictures containing Don Gruber on Shed Activities (ex Walks) 2009 – 2017

1 Mar 2019 – Shed DVDs – A couple of hundred DVDs are in the Shed’s DVD library in the store room (thanks to David Ruthven). You can borrow any DVD but please remember to return it once you have watched it. Also, anyone who has DVDs they no longer want could add them to the library.

7th Dec 2018 – Neville Viney’s Close Encounter with a Brown Snake – Quoting Neville: “A timely reminder to your walkers and riders to be vigilant. I came back from a ride this afternoon where a brown snake and I arrived at the same time and spot on a path, I lifted my leg as it struck and it missed me and got thin air where my leg was. I’ve seen them in the area before but not as close, path along Ginninderra Creek parallel to Macrossan Crescent.” (That’s in Latham)

7th Dec 2018 – Belconnen Trunk Sewer Upgrades – Community Consultation

17th Sep 2018 – Accessing and Using NSW SIX Maps and Other Options

Pond in The Farm

Pond in the Gardens at The Farm

Brian Wells still collects second hand glasses. He is also from Sep 2019 collecting Hearing Aids (ie spectacles) & cases from members who no longer can use theirs  as well as out of date medications and passes them onto less advantaged countries. he does this by taking the items to Sister Kim at the Bonner location of the Congregation of Mary Queen of Peace where they are sent to those in need in Vietnam. See

24th Aug 2018 – David Ruthven has a 10’ by 5’ trailer, which he is willing to loan to anyone who needs something bigger than the standard trailer to move furniture etc. Contact David is 0487 222 585

Updated May 2018 – 23 Feb 2018 – NBN Rollout Belconnen. For more information on NBN aspects

AMSA’s Summer edition of its Newsletter ‘The Shedder’

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

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)

12th Oct 2019 – 2019 Spring edition of the Seniors Card Scoop! with information on getting Seniors discounts etc

ACT Seniors Card Discount Directory

18th Dec 2018 – 2018 Summer edition of the Seniors Card Scoop! with information on getting Seniors Transport discounts interstate & the NSW Opal Card, plus the ACT Housing Option Advisory Service, Christmas lunch & Volunteering Opportunities, and New Discounts to ACT Seniors Card holders

8th Mar 2019 –  Free Movie Tickets for DVA Gold Card Holders. Adrian Shee advised us that Dendy Canberra gave him a free movie pass as he had a Gold Card. An internet search found that Hoyts, Dendy & Greater Union all offer DVA Gold Card holders one free pass per day, conditions apply. Hoyts excludes after 6PM or School or Public Holidays

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

6th Dec 2018 – Dog Walks in Canberra – Do you own a dog and are looking for great dog-walking track guides for our city? Why not click on the this link, where the site contain terrific information and maps about numerous walks around Canberra that are suitable for dogs. It also provides great links and information about all major issues relating to owning dogs in Canberra e.g. dog accommodation, training, welfare etc. This link was the basis of the recent walk around Yarralumla 

14th Sep 2018 – Phil advised that Martin was able to get a 25% discount off his ACTEWAGL Electricity Bill by ringing them and saying that Origin had offered this discount and asking what ACTEWAGL could offer. It appears you might get more if you state that Origin offered more than 25%. Apparently the discount is contracted for one year but will continue after that time. The discount does not impact any contracted solar rates a householder receives. However it is not clear what happens if the solar rate is the non Government rate that is the only one currently on offer ie 8c per kwh. Good luck!

24th Aug 2018 – Downsizing contributions into superannuation – Barry Howe has provided the following details of a new initiative that may be of interest to some Shedders. It is an ATO provision, from 1 July 2018, of “Downsizing contributions into superannuation”, whereby those over 65 who have lived in their house for more than 10 years can now contribute up to $300,000 each into superannuation from the proceeds of selling their house. The ATO website provides details for eligibility and application forms

Peters Jokes

Peter Mitchell telling jokes

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 

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 $12 seniors lunch after. The events will recommence in Feb 2020

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)

Health Items of Interest to the Shed

Items or Services for Sale