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15th Nov 2019 (Fri) – Advanced warning that the Shed’s AGM is scheduled for Friday 15 November. The current President and most committee members have been involved in running the Shed for the past 4 years and they feel it’s time to step down. We need some replacements so please consider it.

Light Rail 001 Gungahlin

Light Rail at Gungadin 28th Jun 2019

5th Aug 2019 (Mon) – Annual Dinner. $45 per person at the Southern Cross Club at Jamison. See Ray Osmotherly at the Shed for tickets or call him on 6258 8399.

5th Jul 2019 – Susan Antcliff UC PHD Student is seeking volunteers for a Falls Risks Assessment Study and on Propriocetion (ie. perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body). For more information and details on how to volunteer see this document

16th Jul 2019 – Breakfast from Bill – Bill Murray as a thank you for the Cyclists assistance when he had his heart attack, Bill shouted cyclists breakfast on Tues, 16 July at Black Pepper – 29th Jun 2019 – Bill Murray came home from hospital on this Saturday. He has had a pacemaker inserted but has further surgery ahead to clear a small blockage that is in a very awkward position to operate on. He is pretty well back to normal in himself, but is extremely tired all the time – 24th Jun 2019 (Mon) – The Cyclists presented Bill’s saviours (student nurse Marisa Agostino and member Ian de Plater) with a token of appreciation for providing CPR so quickly and professionally when Bill had his heart attack. Thanks to both for a wonderful effort in keeping Bill going for a quarter of an hour until the ambos arrived – 17th Jun 2019 – Bill Murray had a nasty incident during the Cyclists coffee break. Following Bill’s collapse, he was found to be in a very serious condition for several days. Members were very happily relieved to be told that Bill is now recovering and on the way to better health. Further medical intervention may be required but Bill is going well now. Big thanks you to those who responded rapidly and put their first-aid skills to great use in assisting Bill on the day. Ambulances also attended very quickly and used a defibrillator with great effect

Marisa Agostino and member Ian de Plater

Marisa & Ian

15th Jul 2019 – Cyclists Donations – On this date money, $200, was provided to Rotary to help contribute to provide assistance to a teenage aboriginal boy whose family is in crisis following the death of his brother.  The teenager has taken it very badly.  His single Mum has struggled to cope and believes a major intervention is needed to bring her son back on track. There is a Boot Camp for Koori Kids in Sydney which she wants to send her son to and which she thinks will help in a major way.  The cost is $2,000 and the West Belconnen Child and Family Centre asked a number of organisations to contribute.

3 June 2019 -– Cyclists Donations –  The Cyclists have now donated a total from the “coffee cards” of $9,118. Amazing amount from drinking coffee

June 2019 – Ted Kell has proposed a scheme to assist Shed finances. 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.

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

28th May 2019 – Bob Salmond and Harry Redfern represented Melba Shed at a meeting with ACT Government politicians from all sides of politics. The meeting organised by Gordon Ramsay, the Member for Ginninderra (and, inter alia, the Minister for Seniors and Veterans), included representatives from ACT and Regional Sheds (Group 16 in AMSA NSW). The meeting was very supportive of the Men’s Shed movement and the Legislative Assembly members want to do whatever they can to assist Sheds. 24th Jun 2019 – Bob Salmonds Report on Shed Groups Meeting with ACT Policians on 22nd May 2019

Paul Taylor with his wig

Paul Taylor with his Aust Day 2019 wig

17th May 2019 – On this meeting day Ron Thomson presented the President Roger & Treasurer Paul Taylor with a cheque for $100 – proceeds from the Gungahlin Lakes Club ‘token in a bottle’ competition late last year. This was the second grant to Melba Shed from the Club

3rd May 2019 – Tori Montgomery-Martin from The University of Canberra is running further exercise classes, similar to the ones provided in March 2016. The first session, for fitness assessment, was on 8:30am – 9:15am on Friday 3 May at the Shed. Each session, including the assessment one, will cost $5. It continues every Friday. The previous Excercises in a pdf file from June 2016  Exercises were stilling go in 19th July with 15 attending

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 ([email protected]) 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 (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)

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

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

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

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

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. See the 2019 Program

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)

Davids Eye

View of Davids Eye after Operation

Health Items of Interest to the Shed

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.

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.

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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