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13th Apr – 5th May 2019Canberra & Region Heritage Festival

10th Apr 2019 – Next Lunchtimes Melodies at Canberra Raiders Club at Kippax will feature Andrew Leonard singing songs made famous by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Dean Martin.

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 ([email protected]) or phone her on (02) 6113 1994

15th Mar 2019 – Food Drive for Karinya – Ron Thomson is organising a food drive for Karinya.  For the next month, you can leave tinned or bottled groceries on the table as you come into the Shed.  Ron will arrange for the goodies to be passed on to Karinya

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

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

8th Mar 2019 – Rex Wiseman described his experiences in a hyperbaric chamber to treat cancer.  The treatment involves 2 hours per day in the chamber with up to 9 others.  The chamber is pressurised to the equivalent of 2½ atmospheres (like 14 metres under water) and pure oxygen is pumped in for an hour.  The treatment is an attempt to avoid radiation therapy, which is a last choice because of the potentially serious complications.

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

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.

22nd Feb 2019 – Shed Members Database – Phil Laird is going to update everyone’s contact details on the Shed’s database. As part of the process, anyone who has an existing condition that would be useful for the Shed’s First Aiders to know about will be asked to provide details.

22nd Feb 2019 – Shed Exercises – The Shed’s committee is trying to arrange with the UofC to set up an exercise group on Friday mornings prior to the Shed’s meeting. It will be similar to the class that we had a year or so ago.

22nd Feb 2019 – Eye Care – David Brand. Several years ago David  discovered that he had Fuchs Dystrophy, which is an eye disease caused by losing control of the volume of fluid in the cornea. In David’s case, about 60-70 cells at the back of the cornea degenerated so that they could no longer pump water out of his eyes. The cells do not repair themselves and David’s had deteriorated to the point where he needed a cornea transplant to retain his sight. David was conscious while his cornea was removed and replaced by a healthy one. He said it appeared as though he was looking at a series of red and green stars. The stitches in the cornea were to remain for one year but it turned out that the eye surgeon decided not to remove them until two years after the operation. The fine lines in the photo below show how neat the stitches were. Special eye drops were required to prevent the new cornea being rejected. David suggested that everyone should have a full eye examination that checks out all aspects of the structure of the eye to ensure that any problems are identified in time to prevent them becoming serious enough to require major eye surgery.

9th Feb 2019 – Work Started on Replacing the Shed’s Pergola with a large Shadecloth Structure. Unfortunately in the demolition of the pergola some of the material caused Phil Laird to fall off a ladder and seriously cut his right arm. Phil had to go to hospital and spent a day or so there. He is recovering well. Apparently he is now banned from climbing ladders

Davids Eye

View of Davids Eye after Operation

8th Feb 2019Wally Kulesza gave us an update on his health problems. After three months or so of tests, the specialist has concluded that Wally’s cancer is relatively low grade and will be able to be treated with tablets – good news compared with the alternatives that have been contemplated during the past few months | 30th Nov 2018 – Wally Kulesza announced that following an ultrasound some six weeks ago & a recent biopsy it was found that he had health issues with his liver & stomach. Wally has had various tests to determine the source of his cancer. Wally thanked members for the particular care & concern they have shown him of late.

7th Feb 2019 – Cyclists Donations – They donated $400 to Uniting Care Kippax (UCK, through Alan Liah, Emergency Material & Financial Aid Coordinator / Counsellor) which brought a smile to the face of the bloke, nicknamed Mr Smile or PR, whose infected tooth was removed. Alan advised Mr Smile had been referred to UCK for having a swollen mouth due to a tooth infection. This happened a couple of times & his GP prescribed him with antibiotics to reduce the swell.  On multiple occasion he was being referred to the government dentist however due to having no health care card was declined service many times. Similarly, he had been to Centrelink & applied for Low Income Pension card but received no reply after multiple attempts. Mr Smile drove more than 30kms to UCK just to say thank you for the assistance provided. With the generosity of our external funder (guess that’s the Cyclists from Melba Shed) & the quick service from our Centrelink outreach worker, he came in & reported that he has had his infected tooth removed & his Low Income card was posted. Well done again you Easyriders

Paul Taylor with his wig

Paul Taylor with his Aust Day 2019 wig

1st Feb 2019 – The Operation of the Snowy Mountains Scheme – John Edge 

18th Jan 2019 – Talk by Warwick Fulton, President of St Vincent de Paul (SVdP), Canberra/Goulburn

14th Dec 2018 – Excursion to the Cook & the Pacific Exhibition at National Library. The exhibition was a large collection of photos & drawings collected from all over showing the work of Cook & his colleagues over his 3 momentous voyages to the Pacific area. Here are a few photos of some of the exhibit 

Shed Notices

Shed Etiquette – See here

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 (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

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)

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

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

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

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

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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