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A chance to meet and make
Jack Martin and Ron Berger test metalworking equipment,
bought with money from a grant.
Mary Lynn Mather
Four mornings every week, the
Belconnen Community Men s
Shed in Page is abuzz with
activity and a sense of
Last Wednesday was no
different as some of the 80-odd
members sanded furniture and
cut shapes from wood.
Jack Martin was busy in a
corner, making a junction for
the dust extraction system.
"It s been 20 years since I
worked so it s all in the
memory bank," he said.
He had experience as a sheet
metalworker which shed
manager Gordon Cooper said
was "a real bonus" for the team.
The group recently extended
its range of programs to include
metalworking, thanks to a grant
from the IMB Community
Mr Cooper said the funding
enabled them to buy sheet
metal and welding equipment
and to carry out training for
He said the fume extraction
unit, which was put in with
money from the grant, would be
hooked up to a fan.
"We also got the folding
machine and we have a
guillotine coming," he said.
The metalworking enterprise
is one of nine projects to benefit
from this year s IMB funding.
"IMB has donated more than
$850,000 to 72 projects in the
local ACT community since the
Foundation began in 1999,"
IMB chief executive officer
Robert Ryan said.
"Every one of the projects
has, in some way, assisted local
communities and helped those
in need and we are proud to
continue this tradition in 2015."
The men who meet at the
shed have been involved in
projects as varied as making
little wooden boxes for pre-
school children, turning out
bowls and fashioning ironing
Some of the items they have
made will be sold as Father s
Day gifts at the Another
Chance Op Shop in Scullin.
"It keeps the blokes
employed," Mr Cooper said.
"If they re not employed,
they get up to mischief."
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0411 567 377.
New holiday to
take tally to 14
Easter Sunday will become the 14th public
holiday in the territory next year, the chief
minister announced during the ACT Labor
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the
decision was a win for "all the hard-working
emergency services personnel, retail and
hospitality workers that work on Easter
Sunday rather than spending it with their
friends and family".
Canberra Business Chamber chief executive
Robyn Hendry said the extra public holiday
would not impact on the working week --
bookended by Good Friday and Easter
Monday -- but came with costs.
"Broadly speaking we re not looking for
more public holidays but we would recognise
Easter is one of those times that is special," she
"This won t stop people travelling at Easter;
it will just erode the profit for the tourism
There were 13 public holidays scheduled in
the ACT this year; Family and Community
Day is the next, on September 28.
The extra day will make 14 in 2016, the
same as NSW and Victoria, who also have an
Easter Sunday public holiday.
The number can vary slightly in any year
due to dates landing on different days of the
A quick chat
with a minister
Canberrans can spend 15 minutes speed-
meeting ACT government ministers as part
of a pop-up cabinet at Woden this week to
encourage community members to have their
say.Voters who live in Woden, Weston Creek
and Molonglo Valley can raise problems and
concerns directly with cabinet ministers at
Woden Town Centre on Wednesday,
September 2, and Thursday, September 3.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the Woden
pop-up cabinet would be the first in a series
that would take in similar events in Belconnen,
Tuggeranong and Gungahlin.
The first pop-up cabinet will give Woden,
Weston Creek and Molonglo Valley residents
the opportunity to meet their ministers and
have their say on local issues that are important
We are always looking for new and
innovative ways to engage with Canberrans,
and to make it as easy as possible for the public
to meet and speak with their ministers.
Government representatives will be on hand
from 9am to 3pm on the ground floor at
Westfield Woden on both days.
The event will include 15-minute one-on-
one appointments with ministers on
Wednesday that people can register for online.
There will also be a Woden business forum
on Wednesday afternoon from 3pm, and a
roundtable discussion with ministers for
community services providers in the area.
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