Welcome to Melba Shed and News and Items of Interest

Melba Shed is a Men’s Shed located in Melba, North Belconnen in Canberra, Australia.  Our purpose is to provide a place where older, mainly retired men can meet, socialise, undertake excursions, community activities and some healthy exercises including cycling and walking.

The image following is from a preso on 2021-06-18 titled ‘Under Full Sail’ by Stuart Allan. Details here

2021-09-17 – Cruising – those were the days!! by Martin van der Hoek

Details here

US Clipper Ship

Important Notice

From 5PM Thursday 12th August 2021 the ACT Government had instituted a community lock down for 5 weeks until 17th Sep. And now its another 4 weeks until 11.59PM 15th Oct.  This means Melba Shed will not be open on Fridays for its usual meeting. You will have to watch for notices in the next weeks if this can occur.

During this time Canberrans, are being asked to only leave their homes for essential reasons – essential employment, healthcare (including a COVID-19 vaccination), essential groceries and supplies, and

  • one household (any size) or up to 5 people can gather outdoors for up to 2 hours for exercise or non-organised recreation.
  • outdoor playgrounds, fitness stations and dog parks will reopen. Canberrans are asked to ensure they maintain physical distancing wherever practicable.

You must use a mask except when exercising vigorously or at home. Running, fast walking or cycling would probably qualify as vigorous exercise. They expect you to shop locally and exercise locally. If you live in Belconnen, then shop and exercise in Belconnen. General retail will be closed, and hospitality venues will only be able to operate takeaway services.

Good luck with your enforced stay at home period. Please check with COVID-19 information and advice in the ACT for any updates as well as altered numbers for funerals, weddings & other religous purposes.

Also allowable now (from 5PM 2nd Sep) is the recommencement of services that operate outdoors and where physical distancing can be maintained, such as outdoor maintenance and gardening and dog grooming services.

This is the link to the Governments Lockdown Requirements

Note you can take your car or bikes for servicing as they define “vehicle and mechanical repair services” as Essential Services

2021-09-12 – Items of Interest – Check in with a Card

Bob Mann in a Shed Newsletter has advised us that the ACT Gov is issuing a new card that will enable people who don’t own a smartphone or are unable to download or use the Check In CBR app. The card contains a unique QR code which can be scanned at all businesses and venues across the ACT that currently accept the Check In CBR app. Checking in will be faster, easier and with private as there is no need for venue staff to manually enter a customer’s details.

For more information on the Check In CBR card, visit the ACT Government COVID-19 website.

To apply for a free Check In CBR card, or for more information, simply click here  or call the ACT Health Digital Solutions Support team on (02) 5124 5000.

2021-09-12 – Items of Interest – Regular newsletter from the ACT Office for Seniors and Veterans (OSV).

Bob Mann discovered this body. They provide a regular newsletter. For more information one can contact them:

Location: 220 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2600 Click to view the Map
Address: GPO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601
Business Hours: 9am to 5pm Mon to Fri.    |     This is their latest newsletter

2021-08-16 – Items of Interest – Servicing Bikes

Dear EasyRiders
David Brand called to let me know that Onya Bike in Belconnen is open for servicing bikes, but not for sales.  I’ve just checked with 99Bikes at Mitchell because I have my bike booked in for a service on Thursday and they told me that, although the shop is closed, they are still allowed to service bikes but with contactless drop off and pick up.  You need to make a booking by phone, call the store when you arrive and they’ll come out and take your bike in then text you with a bill when it’s finished.  You pay the bill online then ring when you arrive at the store and they will bring your bike outside.  It’s a bit convoluted but one of the conditions is that no-one is allowed inside.  So, if you need to get your bike fixed or serviced, it’s still possible.      Cheers, Paul

2021-08-06 Beanies for brain cancer research – An Update from Eric Capello

Eric Cappello is currently in Queensland for his son-in-law’s (Fabio) Memorial Service. However, the Covid lockdowns there have caused the Service to be postponed twice now. In addition, Eric is not sure when he will be able to return home because of the Covid lockdown. He has all the beanies ordered by Shed members and he will distribute them as soon as he gets home. Eric thanks everyone in the Shed who bought beanies in memory of Fabio and to support research into brain cancer. Eric said that a total of 477 beanies have been ordered so far.

2021-07-15 – COVID 19 Update

 ‘Checking in’ via the Check In CBR app is mandatory at for all retail settings, including supermarkets, dept stores, petrol stations, take away places, other retail settings, public transport & taxi, hire car/ride share transport services, in the same way it is already mandatory for restricted businesses, venues & events in the ACT.  If you do not have a smartphone, or are unable to check in via your phone, you can ask a friend or relative who is with you to check you in as a guest, or ask the business to check you in via the business profile.

Note: – Your ACT Seniors My Way card was registered when you applied for your card. If you have not used your ACT Seniors My Way card on ACT public transport (or recharged it) in the past two years it will have expired. You will then need to apply for a replacement ACT Seniors My Way card.

Travelling on Transport Canberra buses & light rail vehicles

It is mandatory to check in via the Check In CBR app when travelling on the Transport Canberra network.  Check in codes will be available in each vehicle.

If you do not have a smartphone, or are unable to check in via your phone, you can ask someone travelling with you to check you in or ensure you tap on & off with your ACT Seniors My Way card. If required, & there is a positive case identified that travelled on a particular service, ACT Health can be provided with the name & contact details from your card.

Your ACT Seniors My Way card can only be used for contact tracing purposes when travelling on the Transport Canberra network. If you are out in the community, you will need to check in via the Check In CBR app.

2021-06-04 Items of Interest & Catching & Removing Snakes in the ACT

An interesting morning with two snake catchers and trackers, Associate Professor Dr Gavin Smith of the ANU School of Sociology and Mr Alex Borg, a forensic scientist, both specialising in the capture and tracking of snakes in the Canberra area. Gavin is the owner/operator of ACT Snake Removals (0450 210 090) and Alex is the owner/operator of Canberra Snake Catcher & together they catch some 400 snakes a year. Snakes are tracked by a small electronic tracker being inserted into the snake’s body through a simple process of administering an anaesthetic by placing the snake in a plastic tube with a section removed giving access to the snake’s body for insertion or removal of the tracker. The presentation finished with a demonstration of how to treat a snake bite. Essentially this involves keeping the patient immobilised & applying a pressure bandage (preferably with tension squares printed on it) commencing at the extremity of the affected limb (ie the fingers or toes) & continuing to the groin or shoulder as the case may be. More on ACTIVITIES 2021 page.

2021-02 26 At this Meeting Vice President Bob Greeney welcomed church visitors who had come to attend the CPR demonstration and particularly welcomed the newly arrived minister at North Belconnen Uniting Church, Rev Andrew Jago.

29 Jun 2020 – Google collects a frightening amount of data about you. You can find and delete it nowGoogle will auto-delete data — for some users — but only after a year and a half. You can do better than that. We’ll show you how. (From Pocket News Hits)

9 Jun 2020 – How to take screenshots with Windows 10 Snip & Sketch.  To take a screenshot with Windows 10 Snip & Sketch, just press the Windows Icon on the keyboard plus SHIFT S and select the area you want to copy. You will get several options you can choose from the top of the window. From Phil. See Newsletter #528 12th June 2020

1 Jun 2020 – Hardening Your Home Router

This article came from an Acronis newsletter. With so many people working remotely, cybercriminals are aggressively attacking home networks. Securing your router, the gateway to your data, is highly recommended. See this article to get useful information to achieve this.

12 Mar 2020 – Security Issues with Melba Shed web site – Note it has been advised that a couple of users found issues trying to access Melba Shed. They used Norton’s Security software which advised them that MelbShed.com was a dangerous page. Checking this out it appears that Norton’s shows Melba Shed with:- Computer Threats: 0; Identity Threats: 0; Annoyance factors: 0 – Total threats on this site: 0 Yet it still rates MelbaShed as dangerous. They have been asked to re-assess as the rating doesn’t make sense.  Google rates Melba Shed’s Safe Browsing site status as a Green tick and “No unsafe content found”

7 Feb 2020 – Arthritis Australia commenced exercise classes at the Shed. The starting date had been delayed until Friday 7 February because some of the Arthritis Australia staff involved have been directly affected by the recent bushfires. The cost is $10.00 per session for attendees. Before starting the exercises you need to fill out two forms which can be downloaded here. Photos of some of the activities from the 1st session on 7th Feb 2020.

Exercises were suspended after 20 Mar 2020 due to Corona Virus assembly restrictions

Previously 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 Oct as Tori Montgomery-Martin from UC started a new job.  Tori ran these further exercise classes, similar to the ones provided in March 2016 by Jon Beale. Each session, 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 physiologist Sophie Bullock could do the job although they would charge us $10 a session each. Pictures of Toris’ last exercise class. After Sophie’ talk on 6th Dec Roger has announced that we will consider starting Exercise Sessions with Arthritis ACT in Jan 2020 for $10 a person per session, later updated to 7th Feb start.

Shed Notices

Shed Etiquette – See here

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. 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).

12th April 2019 – 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. Contact her on 0457 779 766 on any Mon or Tue and on alt Weds.

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.

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

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 under Shed Activities > TAB >Activities 2021-2015 > then heading 

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

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 Items for Shed Members (ie Pension Issues, Passes, Discounts, Health, etc)

Council on the Ageing (COTA) for information on getting Seniors discounts, Seniors cards, etc

ACT Seniors Card Discount Directory

Feb 2020 – Living with Dementia and Driving – Uni QLD

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

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

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 

30th Jun 2017 – Securing Your 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. Also info from The Office of the Aust Info Commissioner 

Useful Links for Members