VISIT TO HUME RECYCLING FACILITY
March 1, 2018, Members of Weston Creek Mens Shed gathered at the Chisholm Sports Club, adjacent to the Chisholm Shopping Complex, at 12 noon for Lunch, prior to going onto the ACT Government’s Hume Recycling Facility (which is adjacent to the Mugga Lane Land-fill area).
There was a very detailed presentation at the Facility which provided us with all the information about the recycling process. Thanks to Alan for volunteering to participate in the ‘Virtual Reality’ session (see his photo!!) – you did a good job, Alan.
Each Recycling Truck can hold about 600 ‘yellow-lid’ bins full of waste. All this adds up to about 200 tonnes of waste that is processed, each day, at the recycling facility.
At the landfill area, just up the hill, it is considered that there is enough capacity for another 20 to 30 years, if they keep on improving their processes. Also, they generate enough electricity from the methane gas, that is produced from our rubbish in the landfill area, to supply 3500 homes. So, our ‘rates money’ is being put to good use!
In the ACT, about 90% of what we put into the Recycling Bin is being used. The other 10% is regarded as ‘contaminated material and is rejected at the facility and goes into land-fill.
And ‘Thanks’ to President Graham for organising this Excursion.
<—————-Hall Men’s Shed Visit————————————->
Visit to Hall Museum and Heritage Centre, ACT.
Weston Creek Mens Shed visited the Hall Museum and Heritage Centre at Hall in June 2017 and Members were treated to a broad range of exhibits including the World War I ANZAC Exhibition, the Hall School Museum and the intriguing collection of indigenous artefacts.
The trip was capped off with a tour of the Hall Men’s Shed and farm tools collection. A most satisfying lunch was put on by the Hall Men’s Shed to cap the day off!!
<—————-AFP Museum Visit—————————————->
“The Weston Creek Mens Shed visited the Police Museum in August 2016 and enjoyed a tour of the exhibits”.
<—————-Snowy Hydro Visit, Cooma NSW———————–>
The Weston Creek Mens Shed travelled to Cooma on the 16 February 2017 to visit the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre and Members were treated to a short video of the development of the Snowy Scheme from its planning in the 1880’s to its completion in 1974.
The Displays and exhibits showed the power generation through the various Dams and Pump Stations which make up the Scheme.
We then visited the Cooma Mens Shed and met President Rick and the members for a hearty chat and discussion of ideas and activities being carried out by both Sheds.
Next stop was lunch at the Cooma RSL and then to Cooma Monaro Historic Automobile Club to see their collection of vintage cars and exotic sports cars (including the wood framed plane hanging from the roof!). Members were amazed by the collection and the large and modern facility that housed the cars.
An enjoyable day was had by all!!
<—————- WoodLawn BioReactor October 2016 —————>
The Weston Creek Mens Shed visited the Woodlawn Bioreactor at Tarago on 13 October 2016 and Members were treated to a conducted tour of the site and its operation.
About 200,000 tonnes of residential waste is transported from Sydney to the site by rail each year and it is deposited in the old mine. Gas is recovered from it and converted to electricity. This as well as electricity generated from the site wind farm is put into the State electricity grid.
The heat from the electricity generation is used in aquaculture where barramundi fish are farmed for the commercial market.
The bus trip and tour was enjoyed by all including the great lunch at the Loaded Dog Hotel at Tarago.
<————– Member for Canberra visits May 2016 —————–>
The Member for Canberra Ms Gai Brodtmann visited the Weston Creek Mens Shed fledging workshop and meeting rooms at Eternity Church on 26 May 2016. She showed great interest in each and every member, their working life, interests, hobbies and activities in retirement.
The President John Burrowes showed her around a range of projects in the workshop and concluded the day with afternoon tea provided by the ladies of the Church.
<————– Questacon WorkShops May 2016 ———————->
The Questacon Workshops were toured by the Weston Creek Mens Shed on the 19 May 2016. The Workshops develop and build the exhibits for the separate Technology Centre where the community interact with them.
Each year over 430,000 visitors experience the fun of the Technology Centre as well as 110,000 from the road tours in towns and communities across the country.
Members enjoyed the day, particularly the lighting projects, the skeleton and the talking robot!
<————— Canberra Railway Museum Feb 2015 —————–>
The Weston Creek Men’s Shed visited the Canberra Railway Museum on 19 February 2015 and Members were treated to a conducted tour of the site showing displays of historic locomotives, carriages and rail memorabilia. These include the 1210 stream locomotive built in 1878 and the Beyer-Garratt 6029 steam locomotive weighing 265 tonnes, the heaviest locomotive class to run in Australia. Also an American built luxury Pullman carriage is being restored.
A great day enjoyed by all.
<——————- Canberra Fire Museum July 2015——————>
The Weston Creek Men’s Shed toured the Canberra Fire Museum on 2 July 2015 at the old Forrest Fire Station. The Museum has some operational vehicles as well as some vehicles under restoration. Some older units include a 1928 Dennis 250 and a 1934 Dennis Ace. There are also other historical items such as uniform, photos and alarm systems.