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Welcome to Stateline, I'm program a dire warning for our

Burley future. The rare boats of Flute' in Canberra. We thanks to medical science we're all living longer. On past retiring age. For living longer. On average way

that presents new challenges, past retiring age. For many

retaining a sense after the paid work life retaining a sense of purpose

over. It's a problem after the paid work life is

appears to hit men particularly over. It's a problem that

hard, which is Shed seem #20s fill a void. Scattered across Australia, the Men's Shed movement is far more than just work shops, it can save lives. One opened Goulburn just this week but out save lives. One opened in

at Boorowa, just past Yass, they're old hands. Even at most frenzied, life they're old hands. Even at its

is not exactly the fast lane. But if it's Thursday morning and you're looking for action, this is where you'll find it. Welcome to

Den. Welcome to the Boorowa Men's

In tin sheds across Australia,st there's of sorts. For many here the hard work and the give a focus but what's really hard work and the word work

being built here networks being built here is friendship, do things on my own and not networks and conversations. I

worry about anyone else. Now we come here and we've got the social contact. So it's life a lot better for u? Yes, while 77-year-old don Fitzgerald repairs people's chairs, it's the social glue that sticks the strongest. I'm not a clubber, I'm not a sports - never been interested in sports. And not active in churches or anything, only way to meet people and all churches or anything, it's the

these facilities are women. The women these facilities are there for

other, all the women know each women. The women know each

other but very difficult men to be able to do other but very difficult for

things. Most of the Boorowa shed are of a certain age. something an average but shed are of a certain age. 70

are welcome. I used to be good artist, like I'm good at are welcome. I used to be a

word brutally bashed word turning. After being different kind of life. brain injury and a very

here in Boorowa, in this different kind of life. But

he's simply one of the here in Boorowa, in this shed,

boys. Has it made a big difference to company? Yeah, it's given me shed here and the

purpose to do and some of the company? Yeah, it's given me a

men that come here I bowls with and get on men that come here I play lawn

well. I just love the bowls with and get on really

atmosphere and

#u7 work as a vet to look after company. When Carroll Kew gave

his sick mother, he didn't shi she'd live another seven years. I had very little contact lost my professional contacts, little contact with anyone. I

my friends, seven years was a long time. It must have been incredibly long time. It must have been an you? Yep, and I think incredibly isolating period for

myself prematurely, pottering around behind a little old lady, living an old life. Did that lady, living an old person's depression for you? Yes. And life. Did that lead to

fact amongst these groups will find I haven't tested this one yet, but there's a level of depression amongst the blokes. In group we started up in Goulburn, I put up my hand at a lecture about depression and I got 50% of the group finally joining me, agreeing they either at depressed. But life changed dramatically. First in the new set up, and now for the past two months here in his new home at retired people who have at Boorowa. Uniformly we're

existence f reason for Through their professional status in Through their loss of

through loss of job and I call myself a veterinarian through loss of job and I can't

anymore. I'm just a person and it's a place where anymore. I'm just a retired

you start to get new coming down. They're a very you start to get new roots

friendly bunch of blokes you're accepted the you're accepted in as one of

They're going to be than this side. Women do all this themselveses in WCA and groups like that. They go to each other like that. They automatically

in trouble, go to each other when they're

are OK. There is no restriction on women being involved in these groups but in fact women behind them, pushing often are the driving force

out to get him out of the and go and join a group of sitting, drinking beer and and go and join a group instead

looking at there's another looking at television. And

good. That's alright, that's going, Molly? Pretty

repair and donated a good. The men have already

house to the local preschool, ones with their school now they're helping the young

connect generations that connect generations that may otherwise have passed other by. So twha do you like about coming down here? It's just easy to do all the stuff because everything's here. helpful, are they? Yes. They know a thing or two wood work thing? Yeah. I think the community are aware we're doing something for community, well not the elderly but these citizens. Future citizens. And maybe some of them future members. Well, that's right, that's right, yeah.? Hopely. 50, 60 years down Hopely. 50, 60 years down the track. interesting too, Philip, that well John, for instance, his family are all here so family are all here so he's got grandchildren. All my grandchildren are in so, you know, it's good for the likes of myself to have contact with young people. Here any loneliness and depression is met by the quiet met by the quiet hum of friendship, support and a sense of purpose. And a practical forum for forum for all those men's health issues we'd love to avoid. We've got coming up avoid. We've got coming up in a fortnight's time is another men's health day but this men's health day but this time it is concentrating cancer, prostate, testicular, bowel, all these things wants to know about. Serious issues. Yes, issues. Yes, yes. We're not just talking wood here. No, no. And, lots of ways the woodworking probably just pure will vehicle to loop into other thing. Is Bear in mind the variation in the timber too. For all the costly therapies invented, a tin shed and a bunch of old blokes and a bunch of old blokes may simply be the most effective. I'm the happiest now I've been that I can think of in that I can think of in many, many years. Yet still living alone but not feel aig lone and very much more optimistic very much more optimistic about the future. Do you think you'll live longer because of this? Yes, yes. Seriously? Very seriously. I suffer from blood pressure, from a very, very stressful sort of career had and the best antidote had and the best antidote for that is just to relax and enjoy myself for a start and social contact has proven it's in literature, it's an established fact that it fact that it increasing your life span. I'm sure it's life span. I'm sure it's one of the reasons why ladies live the reasons why ladies live a whole lot longer than we do. SONG: # SONG: # Yeah, all Australian boys need a shed. # Yeah, all

boys need a shed. # Yeah, all Australian Australian boys need a shed. # A magic of a shed. Next meet two young Canberra singers training at the ANU School of Music. It's not a conventional career conventional career choice and they understand the they understand the competition and hard and hard work that lie ahead if they're to make it. they're to make it. Canberra audiences will share part audiences will share part of that journey with the talented duo performing at the

duo performing at the ANU Art's Centre in Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. It's a rare production produced locally even rarer when its co-director ed by when its co-director ed by one of opera singers. Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' is loved by opera audiences around the world.

now it's coming to now it's coming to Canberra, performed by our own School of Music singing stars hard at work rehearse ing hard at work rehearse ing for opening night in two weeks time. And in international coup for Canberra audiences and

audiences and young performers Anna Peterson and Ben Connor, one of the world's most experienced experienced opera conductors is co-directing the show. I'll be easy to see, I'll be floor. I work most of the time professional situations, this is a little bit of different thing for me, I'm working with students.

working with students. The level that I see here excellent. Worked a lot better. Yeah. There's a few even with some of my even with some of my technical stuff as well. He seems really understand singers. The best thing now is we best thing now is we take little snips, OK? OK. He also helps us helps us with how we're breathing and how breathing and how we're moving and everything, he's really supportive and he's lots of supportive and he's lots of fun to work with really nice. And the really nice. And the good dss will in this group goes both ways. I mean ways. I mean I love working with pros but there's a certain kind of professional singer who is is sort of constantly checking the watch and, you know, is making noises about a break and a good artist, regardless of age, has the student in him her. And so it's a pleasure to work in a situation where learning is at the front. I learn as much from what I'm doing and offering them as other way around. But I think what I like most about it and most about working with students is that that's a given. If you're given. If you're working with professionals, it's sort of like well it's the like well it's the performance is the goal or the fee get out I've been interested in music forever. it's an audience get up on a stage and I in front of lots of people and when that's going I can't imagine anything because you're in the moment, you're not thinking about anything else and it's just a mass of adrenaline. And a lot adrenaline. And a lot of hard work and dedication to there. You have to drive. I think probably drive. I think probably the best advice first of all is if you can imagine something else, do it. Because it's such a tough industry? It's very industry? It's very tough, it's very competitive and it's a very complex job. An opera singer is arguably the master of multitasking. I mean, talking about memorising spoken and song, spoken and song, often in a foreign language that you foreign language that you may not speak. German's very different to itoolian obviously we study Italian,

obviously we study Italian, German, French, there are some Spanish songs mean, German and Italian being your biggest two lanction they're so different understand with Kons nant and Italian is all about vowels. Occasionally vowels. Occasionally you'll have a problem with a certain word that's hard to saismt sometimes when there's 20 sometimes when there's 20 Kons nants in a row and you have to get through all

get through all of them. Shone shone. Yes, and trying to that high and make recognisable it's not recognisable it's not easy. But that's your problem, the audience doesn't want to know about it. Pretty much, no-one else cares. It's our problem. And only one element among a myriad of

myriad of pressures on stage, says about moving properly, you're talking about staying in talking about staying in touch with the with the orchestra, listening and visually and visually with the conductor, plus with players on the stage, I mean, the other singers, plus got bright lights blinding you, you've got make-up your eyes and just by the way, you've got to sing on you've got to sing on an op rattic world class level. But that's music to that's music to the ears of these in training soaking up the knowledge of and looking forward magic flute debut in magic flute debut in Canberra and many more singing ahead. I'm not one of ahead. I'm not one of those people who go be an opera singer. I don't shy away away from it. I'm training to be an opera singer, I've got a long way to do but that's what I'm doing. I'd like to go to opera school in Sydney or overseas, Europe and really are the places where opera is big and where you opera is big and where you can - where there's work. to opening night speaking I started really, really excited and opening night is normally opening night is normally the teller. It will either work teller. It will either work or it won't and normally it works. The great thing about live performance is their own performance. I mean we give them hopefully something very good, very alive but the every night is different because every audience is dimpb. So I hope that dimpb. So I hope that they come and enjoy the joy of a story that has a happy ending and is eternally young. Opening night, Wednesday the 19th. Don't miss it. What great talents. To listen to ANU Lindenmayer is both Lindenmayer is both frightening and inspiring at the same time. He He warns unless we take drastic action in the next couple of decades the degradation of the entire country will leave us economically and environmentally crippled. He's just published a book called 'On Borrowed Time' in which he outline whas he says is the good, the bad and the ugly and he includes Canberra. I he includes Canberra. I caught up with him at the back of Aranda. Australians would be horrified to discover that we lead the world in lead the world in recent mammal extinctions, worst records of species loss on the planet. By any Jarrod stick we have stick we have the worst species loss anywhere in the world. When we local area here in Canberra, what are the features that stand out for you? The the good thing is that the good thing is that Canberra really can be the bush capital. It's extraordinary to go 20, 50 50, 100 metres from an urban area and be in bushland and wonderful bushland. As we are right now. Absolutely. The right now. Absolutely. The bad side of it is that we know side of it is that we know how valuable some of our woodlands are and our native grasslands are and we're tonighting to see urban development crawling across that kind of country and of course once that's really the end of those habitats and environments. So Gungalan,. Some of these are very sensive and are very sensive and we're going to have to use good science and good planning to avoid the problems that avoid the problems that have really beseted the really beseted the environment of Australia and the environment of the ACT in last 20 to 30 years. When you drive around this country, around Canberra, what depresses you? When you look at you? When you look at the landscape what landscape what upsets you? One of the things that upsets that we can see really quite potentially important woodland areas and really need a lot more have and I think one of exciting things about the Canberra area, some of the new national parks or reserves like Mulligan's flat and the Mulligan's flat and the ACT Government's really Government's really grasped the nettle there and are looking at a predator proof fence reintroducing some of the amazing animals that most knarians would be unaware they were there. Bilbies, bandicoots, they used to be in this Canberra area and they're long gone. But I think there's a really exciting opportunity to bring to bring them back and to showcase Canberra showcase Canberra as a really exciting place that. I zbess for landholders around the air yarks one of the big question marks is of course the money to restore or the money to take a paddock money to take a paddock out of production native species or native species or whatever. How do you get around that? Well that's a really good that's a really good question and it's one that we've working on on the south-west slopes of NSW for the last 6 or 7 years and the really excite thing there is that focused restoration restoration programs, replanting programs, replanting programs, altered grazing practices can have a huge positive impact on bio diversity but also on farm productivity. So it is possible to friendly farms that friendly farms that are productive. And productive. And we're seeing fantastic south-west slopes area and I'd like to see things more widely adopted on the southern Tablelands in the areas around Canberra. To get land own tors do things land own tors do things like that, they can't entire burden of the costs doing something like that and that's where I think taxpayers, the taxpayers, the Government, needs to come to the party with things like land care lefies things like land care lefies an stewardship payments to really help people make on environment that needs to be made and can talk about an people's hackles. They're saying oh no, not another saying oh no, not another tax. How would you convince How would you convince the population that we need that? I think people already accept that we have a Medicare levy for the health of Australia's human population. I think it's time that we had time that we had an environmental levy for the nation's environmental health. How much time have we got? I think we've really got about 20, 30 years to turn around some of these issue salinity, overcommitment of water, overcommitment of degradation, problems with fishing industries and kind of thing. They're going to need big investments and soon. Are all of those soon. Are all of those problems evident wb this coast? Absolutely. So it's something very much something very much in our faces right here in Canberra? It's in our faces in Canberra, it's in our faces in NSW and nationally and so have to tackle these things, not only locally but not only locally but regionally state wide and nationally and that's part of the basis for the book. Ened if the book. Ened if we do nothing? If we do nothing nothing? If we do nothing we're going to see serious erosion of bio diversity, serious erosion of the capacity of agricultural land, of fisheries of or forests environmental fabric of fisheries of or forests and the

country which will then have to environmental fabric of our

kick on flow on impacts on social communities and kick on flow on impacts on our

ultimately our economic well being. We've been warned. Well if you've ever seen collection of craft put putting or Griffen, you've spotted or sailing on Lake Burley

of an unusual flotilla. Members feel as passionately their hand craft any car lover. Jo Laverty beginning a 6 wonderful and weird clubs of Canberra. It's a wonder f that's to get out there and use thing to do to build a boat and thing to do to build a boat

it on the water. I feel very and I think most of the guys in restful when we're in the boat restful when we're in

on the water. We go out at least once a week, sometimes twice a week. I was spending software developer and this is just so different being in the real world virtual world. real world rather than a Can you tell me your most special memories of boat? It's when my daughter marry and he and her used it as the boat to leave their reception instead of using a car or something like that, they rode Burley Griffen. Can you tell me that, they rode off into Lake

both of you, how it makes you feel when you're on the boat the water? Terrific. fabulous. Get away from house work. No mowing, that sort of thing, and mowing, that sort of thing,

on the water. We go out at house work. No gardening, not

least once sometimes twice a week. don't race anymore. At my age you have to stop somewhere in your life. You haven't really stopped, have you? No, racing we've stopped sailing we we've stopped sailing we never

stop. Until we go to the big ocean upstair, and sail there. The thing that ocean upstair, and then we'll

appeals to me the most wooden boats is the combination appeals to me the most with

of wood and water. You can't force the timber to do anything other than bend in way so you've got this nice other than bend in a certain

shape, a beautiful curved and it seems to blend shape, a beautiful curved shape

well with the waves and the and it seems to blend in really

ripples and the only criteria for joining the traditional boat squadron is that the hull either over 30 years old a design that's over 30 years old. That's the only We're into historic boats. old. That's the only criteria.

We're not into the modern materials. Sometimes fibreglass replicas materials. Sometimes we've got

particular shape of boat fibreglass replicas of a

it's always a historic type particular shape of boat but

boat. it's always a historic type of from household duties and family duties, they're generally in the garage working on their boats. There's a lot of effort goes into getting them into this condition, particularly if boat that's been abandoned for particularly if they're an old

quite a while. What is it about it that you love? I think I like is the detail, which is fortunate because a lot of the areas of the boat are complicated and detailed. But I something that looks really enjoy bringing it back to

beautiful, really nice. There's room for all ways of looking room for all these different

but they're united by a common love of boats and the water and just being on the water. And I think that's what most, is just being bunch of guys who have that on the water Looks like great fun. Before recently showed clips I go, you may remember we

Canberra schools entered in the recently showed clips of two

eisteddfod NSW finals of the rock College did well eisteddfod challenge. Daramalan

but Calwell High blitzed the their interpretation of the co-code da trail. Here until next week,

Hi, I'm Andy Muirhead. to German pups And from grandfather clocks and the famous Brown Bess, is sure to go off with a bang. tonight's episode of Collectors

Hello, my lovelies. collection on the program. Now, Niccole, we've got a firearms Yeah, that's right. charm pistols, And from whaling guns to tiny little this collector has it all. and swords Most men like guns about being a pirate or soldier. and have a little bit of fantasy It's fun. who's building a time capsule. And we meet a man In his apartment. by Marion Hall Best, This apartment had a unique design Australian designer. who was a well-known