December 2022 Newsletter
President's Annual Report
Where did this year go? It seems like only yesterday I missed the AGM and was voted in as President (that'll teach me!).
A lot has happened this year.
We have had many visitors to the Shed and the consensus among them is that it is a fantastic place for men to go to be with like-minded people and to have some fun whilst pursuing worthwhile causes.
We have implemented some changes and these will continue into the new year with a major clean up planned for January.
Monthly free lunch barbecues continue to be popular.
We have a plan for the next three years, our Strategic Plan, some facets of this have already been implemented, more to come.
We have received some great funding over the year and the Garage Sales continue to be a good revenue raiser for the Shed.
I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Doug Tysoe for his efforts in this area over the last three years, thank you Doug!
Many members have worked tirelessly over the year completing commissioned jobs and I think all members enjoy the camaraderie present in the Shed.
The Shedmen are enjoying being let loose on the general community again, post COVID, and have had some pleasant engagements with various community groups over the last few months. They are going from strength to strength in their larger practice area and are attracting new members also!
We have had some difficulties, what with Dave C becoming unwell early in the piece and Rob left to run the Shed on his own until Alan stepped up, this has been a big year for Rob.
It has also been a big year for Dave battling illness!
We lost a couple of members also in sudden circumstances which was sad but not unexpected given the demographic we operate in.
Most of our members have some health issues and just coming to the Shed is an important tool in addressing the mental health of our members.
As many of you know Rob H is resigning as Shed manager this week and Alan and our new assistant Joseph will now run the office. Rob has done a fantastic job over the last nine and half years in this position and there's nothing he doesn't know about the Shed. I would like also to publicly thank Rob for this marathon effort, thank you Rob!
Thank you to all members for your contribution over the year, we are all working together for a common goal, to remain a great Shed and to be the most supportive Men's Shed in Australia,
Keep up the good work,
$4,750 received from PBBC was the result of a grant application through CLUBS NSW. The donation has been used to purchase a new fixed router table.
Members Health & Well Being
Member Profile: Doug Tysoe
I was still interested in forensic work so we moved back to Sydney in the hope of a transfer to the scientific squad. I was stationed in Parramatta and found the Station culture very challenging. I went to resign and the Inspector talked me out of it and recommended my transfer to the scientific squad.
I had finally got my wish and moved to the scientific squad in Surrey Hills. Where I underwent training in all aspects of forensic investigation. I topped the State exams in the Police Drafting Course. I also topped the Forensic Investigators Course run over three States. I worked on mug shots and fingerprints and in the photographic unit for some time before going out on the road as a Crime Scene Examiner.
Using Fixed Machinery
These records must be kept up to date since the insurance company can refuse compensation claims for injury etc. if it is not. They have the right to request access to these records in processing claims
It is your responsibility to make sure that you are not using machines that you are not inducted or competent to use.
Fixed Costs to open the Shed door - Yearly, Weekly & Daily
Total $13,179.89 Per Week $253.46 Per day $50.69
Job Sheets MUST be filled in and filed with the Office before you start any work at the Shed. This is a common sense rule so that the Shed managers know what is happening in the Shed.
Tool Box meetings are held at morning tea during the week following the committee meeting (2nd Thursday monthly) to give feedback to members.
Free member luncheons have been well received and will continue to be provided every month, on the 3rd Tuesday, as an initiative to promote social interaction away from the tools.
Xmas Party was full subscribed with 80 pre-booked members, the night was a great success thanks to the efforts of Ken Howe and Ken Ryan.
Crib is being played by an increasing number of members during breaks. All are welcome to take part whether you are a novice or an experienced player.
Welcome to the digital world classes have been taken up by 2 members and they were complete novices so have started from scratch. Coming classes will including setting up gmail and other accounts, using search engines and installing and configuring apps.
Cooking healthy meals on a budget Classes have not proved to be of interest to members at this stage.
Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
It is relatively easier to get a card since the Commonwealth increased the income limits.
To meet the income test, you must earn less than the following:
• $90,000 a year if you’re single
• $144,000 a year for couples
• $180,000 a year for couples separated by illness, respite care or prison.
Add $639.60 to these amounts for each child in your care.
There is no assets test.
You can get a card if you meet all the following conditions.
• be Age Pension age
• meet residence rules
• not be getting a payment from us or the Department of Veterans' Affairs
• give us a Tax File Number or be exempt from doing so
• meet identity requirements
• meet the income test.
You can get cheaper medical expenses with a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC).
With a CSHC you may get benefits such as:
• cheaper prescription medicines etc under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
• bulk billed doctor visits - this is up to your doctor
• a refund for medical costs when you reach the Medicare Safety Net.
You may also get the Economic Support Payment. If you’re eligible, this is paid into your bank account automatically.
The NSW government also provides benefits associated with this card.
NSW Seniors Card
As a NSW permanent resident aged 60 or over, you can apply for a NSW Seniors Card.
The card is free and gives you discounts and special offers at thousands of businesses across NSW including shops, restaurants and professional services. Many interstate and oversees businesses also provide discounts on request (make sure you carry your card on you).
The NSW Seniors Card gives you access to the Gold Opal Card transport concessions and public transport concessions Australia-wide.
How to get rid of mould
How to clean mould yourself, and when you should call the pros.
Getting rid of mould in your home takes time and elbow grease – and you probably won't be using that 'miracle' mould killer you picked up at the supermarket.
It's important you don't just ignore mould growing in your home. It can give off toxic spores and vapours which can be dangerous to your health – possibly resulting in allergic reactions, asthma and flu-like symptoms.
• Non-porous surfaces such as hard plastics should be relatively easier to clean.
• Semi-porous surfaces will be variable.
• Grab a microfibre cloth, dip it into the first bucket, then use it for cleaning a patch of mould.
• The same microfibre cloth should then be rinsed in the second bucket, then rinsed again in the third to ensure cross-contamination doesn't occur.
• Microfibre cloths, which reach deep into tiny crevices and have a slight electric charge, can be bought cheaply and washed on a hot cycle in the washing machine with vinegar up to 100 times.
• After using vinegar there may still be streaks or discolouration on surfaces which you should be able to remove with bleach.
Commercially available mould cleaning products may look like they're doing the job, but it's probably an illusion.
When to call in the professional mould removalists
• Install a good exhaust fan in the bathroom and prevent moisture build-up on surfaces. Squeegee or towel-dry your tiles and floors immediately after showering, and make sure you clean bathroom scum, which mould feeds on.
• Ventilate your home. Inadequate ventilation is one of the main reasons homes become vulnerable to mould growth. When the air stops moving, you can get a build-up of humidity and moisture in those areas. If you can't ventilate, think about a dehumidifier for the room.
• Avoid air drying clothes indoors, especially without adequate ventilation.
• Be careful about extreme differences in heat between indoors and outdoors (for example, having super cold air conditioning when it's 40°C outside) as condensation will form if there's a gap in the window or you open the door.
• Make informed heating and cooling choices – several experts we consulted warned against the use of unflued gas heaters, which release moisture into the air.
• Mould needs organic matter – such as dust or dead skin cells – to thrive, so it's important to keep up with regular vacuuming and dusting.
Ben Hall, Clown Prince of Bushrangers
A lot of people think Ned Kelly was the funniest bushranger, but any fool can put a bucket on his head and swan about writing letters. For bushranging comedy with some real originality and intelligence behind it, you need to look to the conceptual art of Bold Ben Hall, the tragic hero who turned to a life of crime after his wife left him and the police burnt down his house.
Unlike most bushrangers, Hall was not all that interested in shooting people. Even robbery under arms took a secondary place in his priorities to the all-important goal of publicly humiliating the police. To this end, he conducted a criminal career that was less a reign of terror than an extended live episode of Candid Camera.
Hall never killed anyone and gained a reputation as "the gentleman bushranger". And unlike the fifty other "gentleman bushrangers", he actually deserved it.
On two separate occasions, Hall's gang bailed up the NSW town of Canowindra, locked the police in their own cells, and threw a huge party for the rest of the population in the town's pub.
On leaving, they paid the landlord for all goods consumed and the townspeople for their time, just to really rub it in that they were not only smarter than the cops, but more generous.
However, Hall's bushranging career hit a peak when he was being pursued by the local police, near Bathurst.
Disarming the troopers, the gang proceeded to strip them naked and tie them to trees, whereupon Hall delivered a stirring lecture on the pressing problem of police misbehaviour, before riding off into what I presume was a beautiful sunset, leaving the long arm of the law to await assistance in its highly embarrassed state.
It was the ultimate example of Ben Hall's raison d'etre as a bushranger — on that day, one of Australia's greatest bushrangers proved that you could make as powerful a statement by taking the piss out of the coppers as by shooting them.
If Hall's educational address was not particularly well-received by its captive audience, it was certainly well-timed, and one might think a warmer embrace of the Hall method in the corridors of power might be beneficial when dealing with disciplinary matters.
In any case, it was a shining testament to the legacy of Ben Hall, a man who defied the law not for personal gain or the satisfaction of base desires, but for the innocent and noble purpose of having a bit of a laugh at others' expense. Good on him.
Ben Pobjie is a writer, comedian and poet with no journalistic qualifications whatsoever. He has written for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, New Matilda, The Roar, and Crikey, among others. His latest book, Error Australis, is out now.
New Management 2023 (voluntary)
President: Chris Hansen
Vice President: Robert Houston
Secretary: Tony Winter
Treasurer: Garth Howard
Assistant Secretary: Chris Hansen
Assistant Treasurer: Ken Ryan
GENERAL COMMITTEEDavid Churchyard
Shed Managers & Office Administration:Joseph
Health & Welfare Officers:
Metalwork / Engineering:
Equipment Maintenance:Ken Ryan
Music Group - The Shedmen:
Supporters of the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed
The Coffs Harbour Community Men's Shed wishes to thank all our supporters, both large and small,
for their ongoing support and generous donations of time and money.