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The 2017 State Conference will be held on the beautiful Gold Coast hosted by Twin Towns U3A

 The 2017 U3A Network Queensland Conference will be held on the Gold Coast and hosted by U3A Twin Towns on 18/19 May 2017. Venue will be the Tweed Civic Centre, Brett Street, Tweed Heads.
     the theme of the conference will be "Live, Laugh, Learn without boundaries".
     Thank you Twin Towns for your kind offer. For further details, please check the following websites:
                                 U3A Twin Towns                             Queensland Conference


Dalby hosts regional "Road Show"

The focus of Network Queensland has turned to the Darling Downs region with a President's Council and forum being held in Dalby on 3rd November.
These "Road Shows" have become invaluable in recent times as it allows members of the Network committee to see at first hand the challenges and needs of U3As within their own region. It also offers a golden opportunity to get to know our colleagues better in social sense.
This meeting was attended by U3As from Roma, Granite Belt, Warwick and, of course, Dalby. Network was represented by President Julie Porteous, VP Greg Doolan, Secretary Iris Murray, Treasurer Maria Licence and committee members, Andy Fechner, Gail Bonser and Julie Barnes.
Our sincere thanks go to President Marg Cook and her wonderful team for doing a great job of hosting and catering for the event, it is much appreciated.

U3A Brisbane 30 year history book launch a great success

Following two years of extremely hard work by co-authors Ian Lipke and June Morris along with a veritable army of contributors and assistants, the launch of the 30 year history book FOREVER LEARNING, took place on Friday 18th November at 232 Adelaide Street to an audience of just under a 100 people including Patron, ex lord Mayor of Brisbane, Sallyanne Atkinson, members, special guests and Brisbane City Council Councillors, Vicki Howard and Ryan Murphy.

 U3A Brisbane were very honoured to have the presence of His Excellency, Hon Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, to perform the official launch of the book and to have a private chat to a number of our “pioneer” members who were thrilled with the attention paid to them by His Excellency. Speeches were also made by author Ian Lipke, Acting President Greg Doolan and CEO of COTA Qld, Mark Tucker-Evans who spoke of the involvement of his organisation in the establishment of U3A Brisbane back in 1986.

 This was a very successful and memorable afternoon which could not have been possible without the organisational and catering skills of Yvonne McGann, Helen Davis, Mary Calder and their team of helpers. A big vote of thanks must go to all the eager volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, some for days, to ensure all went smoothly.

      Another historic day for U3A Network Queensland

U3A Network Qld attended the AGM of COTA Queensland in October at which we signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) reaffirming our wish to extend and nurture our collaborative partnership. I was invited to address the attendees on the objectives of U3A in Queensland and how our two organisations have had a long history of working together for the benefit of seniors.

Photo - Peter Howells, Chair COTA Qld & Julie Porteous

As part of our closer working relationship, U3A  will shortly be featured in a COTA Qld. Radio Podcast for Seniors and Greg Doolan (Vice President, Network Qld) and Julie Porteous are shortly to be interviewed and recorded to make an audio digital file which will then be available to download from the internet. 

President Julie Porteous visits WA                                 

During October, President Julie Porteous travelled west to visit family but took advantage of the "Long haul" across the continent to attend the WA Network conference being held in Perth at the same time.
Julie was the Keynote speaker of the conference, which was themed "Growing and Working Together", exchanged ideas with our friends out west and was made to feel very much at home by the attending delegates. Julie said "It was a golden opportunity to meet with our friends and colleagues in WA and to recognise we all have similar challenges".
Pictured here with State President, Don McDonald, Julie is repaying a visit Don made to Queensland earlier this year.

       LGAQ Conference 2016

As part of our partnership with LGAQ (Local Government Association Queensland), Andy Fechner, President of U3A Beaudesert and committee member of Network Queensland, was granted Observer Status and attended the annual State Conference on the Gold Coast as the U3A Network Qld Committee member.

Network Qld is of the belief that U3As need to build close relationships with their local councils.   Andy found sitting under the "Moreton Bay fig tree" in the relaxation area, for a coffee and a chat with delegates, very informative.

President Julie reports to U3A Australian Alliance

Read the recent report by president Julie Porteous to the U3A Australian Alliance this month.

Bulletin newsletter, October 2016

                       Newsletters - Grey Matters & the National Bulletin

The National Alliance of U3A - U3A Alliance Australia - now has a newsletter which provides news from most states of Australia.

All issues of our Queensland newsletter - Network News - are available from this site

Your Third Age

U3A is the largest provider of adult education programs for retirees in Queensland. All programs are provided by volunteers. There are now 33 U3A groups in Queensland (including U3A online) with an estimated 21,000 members. Weekly classes are held in a whole range of subjects - including computing, languages, travel, the Arts and a range of physical fitness activities. We learn for the joy of learning- no prerequisites, no exams!

If you wish to share your experiences or expertise in management or as a tutor or as the presenter of a special interest talk, your local U3A group will welcome your offer.   

Look on the Find Qld U3As or Members pages to find a group near you. Many have their own websites where you can obtain details of programs and membership application forms.

Click here to learn more about U3A in Queensland or interstate, to view our promotional videos or read the aims of our network outlined in our network constitution.

Your Committee

U3A Network Queensland appoints a management committee to manage its operations. These members are only too happy to assist members in many ways. If you have a query please Contact Us

 Resources page information for starting up a new U3A.

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