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ASBESTOS FORUM IDEAL
FOR RAISING CONCERNS
Inner south residents are invited to put their
questions to the ACT Asbestos Taskforce at
a public meeting on July 9 from 7pm at
Eastlake Football Club.
With the full list of contaminated
properties due to be released by the ACT
government on June 30, Inner South
Combined Community Council president
Gary Kent hoped residents would air
concerns on the night. Contact the council
with any queries via isccc.org.au
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at 12.30pm at the National Capital
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COPING WITH GRIEF
Tools of new kind at social shed
Weston Creek Men's Shed president John Burrowes.
Kimberley Le Lievre
For John Burrowes, joining the
Men s Shed movement wasn t
about carving wood or making
After the death of his wife in
2009, Mr Burrowes joined to
help him deal with the grief.
Each week he would travel
the 20 minutes from his home,
in Weston Creek to Melba,
where he sat down to share a
cuppa and a chat. Mr Burrowes
was introduced to the Melba
group through a friend. He said
without the initial
encouragement, he wouldn t
"Initially, it s not easy in a
way to come out to these guys
and say you are a widower," Mr
After two years as an active
member of the Melba shed, Mr
Burrowes was forced to stop
"The only reason I didn t
continue going there was
because I ve had a loss of
vision, which happened
towards the end of 2012, he
said. I can t drive any more;
I ve had to give up my licence."
Luckily, the Weston Creek
Men s Shed was set up in
Mr Burrowes was proudly
elected president late last year.
The volunteer position has
enabled him to co-ordinate
meetings and organise events
for the group of men.
"We would have at least 20
guys here at a meeting every
week," he said. "We ve now
organised to try and go on an
excursion once a month, or a
luncheon and we have one or two
guest speakers every month."
The men meet at the Weston
Creek Uniting Church as a
social shed once a week on a
Thursday from 2pm.
The group is looking into the
possibility of finding a new
location in the area so it could
become a workshop shed if
the members were interested.
But for Mr Burrowes, it s not
about getting his hands dirty.
"Through being with the
shed, it has certainly helped me
with my grieving and the loss
of my wife, he said.
I ve had companions, new
guys I hadn t met before. It s
also for the guys who still have
their wives and they re still a
married couple. They need to
have half a day away and get
down here, and talk to the guys
and have a cup of coffee.
When Megan Flynn reached breaking point
and was overcome by ceaseless bullying and
online trolling, Lifeline listened.
As part of her road to recovery, the
40-year-old former Canberran created an
ambitious national campaign, Bowling the
Blues Away, to raise money for the crisis
In a one-woman challenge like no other,
Ms Flynn has compiled a list of more than
120 bowling alleys across Australia and has
vowed to host a fundraising event at each
"Lifeline gave me real relief because I
knew there was somewhere to talk to," she
"I have been bullied most of my life.
After all the stuff I have been through I
thought I could do something to help others
that might be going through the same thing."
Bowling the Blues Away is coming to the
ACT on Sunday, June 21, at AMF
Belconnen from 5pm.
Ms Flynn said returning to bowling was a
real turning point.
"In my high school years I was involved
in league bowling and I was pretty good at
it," she said. "I am just bouncing back. My
bowling gives me something to focus on and
look forward to."
Ms Flynn, who co-ordinated the event
from her home in Ballarat, said she was
grateful to many ACT businesses which got
behind the cause. Each ticket sold will
generate $15 for Lifeline Australia.
Along with two games of bowling, food
and a thank you pack, all ticket holders go in
the running to win $1000 worth of raffle
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