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30th Nov 2018 (Fri) 6-9PM – Jazz Evening at Annies Armadillos Cafe. Ron Thomson is looking to put together a table to attend this function. If interested, contact Ron on 0478 167 717

22nd Nov 2018 – Dixons Advisory Seminar – You might have heard already that a new super provision has come into play this July for retirees who are selling their family home. According to the ATO website, the downsizer contribution measure “was one of several announced in the 2017–18 Budget as part of the government’s package of reforms to reduce pressure on housing affordability in Australia”. Could you benefit from the new downsizing provisions? Are you interested in optimising your wealth in retirement? Dixon Advisory is holding a free information session on Thurs 22nd Nov 12:30pm-1:30pm for people to understand who is eligible to use the downsizer measure and how it could be of benefit. Shed members over the age of 65, retired, and thinking about downsizing are invited to this free seminar.
Interested? Then RSVP to [email protected] or call 1300 348 897 | Thurs 22nd Nov 12:30pm-1:30pm, Dixon Advisory, Civic, catering provided. Directions and parking.

Melba Shed Committee

Melba Shed Committee 2018-19

AGM 16th Nov 2018 – Our 10th Annual General meeting was held from 10.00AM Fri 16th Nov 2018 at the Shed. The new committee: President: Roger Amos | Vice President: Bob Greeney Secretary: Rick Causebrook | Treasurer: David Ruthven | Committee Members: ( 3 positions) | Ron Thomson | Ray Osmotherly | Bob Salmond

16th Nov 2018 – Shed Member of the year is Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor Member of Year 2018

3rd Nov 2018 – Thanks to John Arundel for thisA walk in nature can be good for your head, your happiness and your relationship

1st Nov 2018 – Ron Thomson & Gungahlin Lakes Be Giving – The following is an extraction from an email addressed to Melba Shed again offering us the opportunity to share in Gungahlin Lakes Club grants to deserving community organisations. We recently received $300 through this program – Gungahlin Lakes Club – “We are happy to confirm that Melba Men’s Shed will receive inclusion in Ainslie Group’s begiving initiative during the month of November at Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club. Your inclusion will commence on Thursday 1st November 2018. Attached is an image which you will be able to use be giving promotion across your networks to encourage people to vote along with an information sheet as to how the initiative works. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Gavan Newland or myself at the club …. Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club”
What you need to do is every time you visit the Gungahlin Lakes Club, buy something at the café and deposit the token they give you in the Melba Shed container adjacent to the café- Click HERE for more details from the information sheet.

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

Shed Notices

Shed Etiquette – See here

1st Nov 2018 –  Social Walks started from Melba Shed every second Thurs, alternating with Standard Structured Walks

21st Aug 2018 – The committee has agreed to erect a plaque on a wall of the main meeting room naming the room “Don Gruber Room” in memory of one of our founding members

Brian Wells still collects second hand glasses (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

14th Oct 2018 – 2018 Spring edition of the Seniors Card Scoop! with information on getting Seniors Transport discounts interstate & the ACT Light Rail

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

AMSA’s Spring 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

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

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

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)

COTA’s List of Services and Businesses that offer Senior Card Holders Discounts

Aug 2018 –  Alternative Drought Relief Options: Buy a Bale, Helping Aust FarmersYou can also help through Aussie HelpersYou can also donate through the Red CrossYou can also donate at any CommBank Branch or onlineAustralian Lions Foundation National Appeal – Rotary Australia World Community Service | The Shed & its members have already contributed $1,166 through the Rotary Services

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

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 $12 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

28th Sep 2018 – Shingles Vaccinations – Bob Mann advised us that Shingles can be quite debilitating and we should consider getting a vaccination. For those over 70 it is free and for others its may cost around $170 but is worth it.

3rd April 2018 – Spanner in the Work – AMSA’s Newsletter on Mens Health Issues – covering Mens Health Week 11-17 June, etc

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

11th May 2018 – Ian Peters from Diabetes Australia NSW & ACT talked about Diabetes & the massive impact it is having on the health of Australians. Ian handed out numerous NDSS Information Fact Sheets. These can all be accessed by clicking on this link

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