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Does U3A participation improve wellbeing?
U3A Brisbane Management Committee member Dr Martin Bridgstock, a well-qualified academic researcher, has written a paper entitled The Impact of Universities of the Third Age upon the Health and Welfare of their Membership. The paper sets out to examine whether Universities of the Third Age benefit the health and welfare of their members.The overall conclusion is that the activities promoted by Universities of the Third Age are strongly beneficial to the physical health and the cognitive health and wellbeing of their members. Feel free to download and use this paper that Martin has generously made available to all U3As.


U3A Granite Belt manned a float in the local Apple & Grape Festival held recently in Stanthorpe.

President of U3A Granite Belt, Julie Barnes says:
"This was an amazing team effort to put the float together. New friendships were formed and new skills learnt by those who helped create the float. The U3A Ukulele Group, The Graniteers, entertained the crowd".

Well done from the team at U3A Granite Belt.

Wide Bay Presidents Council "Road Show" meeting held in

A Presidents Council meeting "Road Show" was held on Friday 13th October at the historic Maryborough Town Hall. The superstitious date however, didn't deter from the success of this meeting with both successes and challenges discussed in a great atmosphere of cooperation between the participating U3As. The discussion also highlighted how diverse U3As are depending on their area of operation with some mainly catering to physical activity while others were more academic in their offerings.
Attending were the Presidents and VPs from Bundaberg, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Howard and Maryborough.
Many thanks to President Pat Dorland and her crew from Maryborough for, not only hosting the event, but for the delicious lunch and morning tea.
Attending from Network Queensland were President Julie Porteous, Secretary Iris Murray, Treasurer Maria Licence, VP Greg Doolan and Fleur Grainger, President of Howard U3A, was welcomed to the Network Committee as the representative for the Wide Bay region.

Grants Writing Workshop, Brisbane
Grants writing is something every U3A should be aware of so, with this in mind, Network Queensland recently conducted a Grants Writing workshop. Facilitator, Lisa Nardone, who writes grants professionally, described the "tricks of the trade" of this source of funding for not for profit organisations such as U3A.
The workshop was attended by U3As from as far away as Cairns and the Fraser Coast and was hosted by U3A Brisbane in their Adelaide Street rooms.
Early next month, another workshop will be held in Townsville for North Queensland U3As and this will focus on Good Governance. Lisa's notes are available through the following link:

Simple steps for strong submissions


                                           U3A Tamborine Mountain 10th Anniversary
U3A Tamborine Mountain celebrated their 10th birthday Friday 29th July with a lunch attended by 80 members and guests.
Among those present were President of Network Queensland, Julie Porteous who gave a speech congratulating Tamborine Mountain on this great milestone in their history recalling that not long ago they had 55 members and now the number is 176, a great achievement. Also representing Network was Andy Fechner, President of nearby U3A Beaudesert who has been instrumental in the assisting Tamborine in its growth. Included in the guest list were Jon Krause, Member for Beaudesert and Scenic Rim Councillor, Nigel Waistell.
Pictured cutting the cake is founding President, Helen Wyatt and Delle Daniels.

U3A Alliance of Australia meeting in Melbourne

Network Queensland President, Julie Porteous, attended a U3AAA (Alliance of Australia) meeting, hosted by Network Victoria at their offices in Queen Street, Melbourne on 28 March. In attendance were delegates from NSW, SA, ACT, Vic, Qld & U3A Online.  Discussion centred around the U3A Alliance of Australia Vision and updating the Memorandum of Understanding between all member States.

Lifelong Participation through Digital Technology

"Lifelong Participation through Digital Technology" is a research project conducted by Claire Mason and associates of the CSIRO. This comprehensive research document has been compiled  to show how technology in all its forms can assist in connecting people in their mature years, who a relatively new to the digital age, to technology that will enrich  their senior years.
to read the full research report, please click on the following link:
CSIRO Research

Good Governance Workshop, Townsville
In the latest of an informative series of events being held across Queensland, a workshop on Good Governance for U3A committees was recently hosted by U3A Townsville. This workshop and one recently held in Brisbane on grants writing, were funded by the 2016 DSS Volunteer Grants which also allowed travel support to regional U3As as distant as Mackay, Cairns and the Atherton Tableland.
Presented by Leisa Donlan, an expert in good governance, this was a really informative and interesting session and was appreciated by all who attended on the day. Copies of Leisa's notes are available through the following links:

Excellent committees

Secrets to a successful U3A

Rocky "Road Show"
To continue Network Queensland's ongoing commitment to supporting member U3As throughout the state, another President's Council "Road Show" meeting was held in Rockhampton on Wednesday 21st June.
Hosted by U3A Rockhampton at the Frenchville Sports Club, the meeting was attended by President Ruth Daly and VP Lyn Coburn of U3A Mackay, who travelled a round trip of 660kms on the day to attend, and also present was President Fran Huston and Secretary Meryl Wallis of U3A Capricorn Coast who are based at nearby Yeppoon.
The discussion was wide ranging covering all aspects of U3A operations and challenges, especially those facing some of the smaller U3As based in country areas.
The meeting was advised of two forthcoming workshops to be held later in the year, these are a Good governance workshop to be held in Townsville, hosted by Townsville U3A and a Grants writing workshop to be held in Brisbane and hosted by U3A Brisbane at their city premises.
The day was an outstanding success with all participants departing with a renewed enthusiasm to take back to their respective organisations.
Of course, all of this wouldn't have been possible without the generosity and hospitality of President Phil Morisette and his committee who did a fantastic job organising and catering for this very successful meeting - A big thank you to you all.
U3A Network Queensland was represented by President Julie Porteous, Secretary, Iris Murray and VP, Greg Doolan.
                                                                                                                                        U3A Rockhampton committee


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

                                                           Website resources

The network offers the opportunity to share information and resources to assist new and existing U3A groups in tutoring and administration. In particular we offer assistance in information technology. For details of information packages go to Teaching Computing

A National Logo

The Alliance has recognized the need for one single logo to identify U3A in Australia. The adoption of a single logo assists in marketing across all of Australia. After considerable discussion, on designs all networks voted on the choice of a national logo for U3A in Australia.  Whilst it is not mandatory all U3A are encouraged to use the national logo in addition to their own .  

To download the logo, right click on the image and save it to your computer.