"Whale Tales" short story competition on again for 2019
An initiative of U3A Hervey Bay

President's Council meeting in Warwick

U3As represented were Toowoomba, Warwick, Dalby and Granite Belt with an apology from Roma. Discussions were wide ranging with many items common to all U3As mainly challenges recruiting new tutors and candidates for management committees. Growth was very pleasing with all U3As reporting increases in membership for the last year. Toowoomba deserves a special mention as they have now in excess of 2,000 members. Warwick also reported they have reached the milestone of 200 members.
Presidents attending were: Rhonda Weston - Toowoomba, Neil Bonnell - Warwick, Marg Cook (VP) - Dalby & Julie Barnes - Granite Belt. Attending from Network were: Gail Bonser - President, Iris Murray - Secretary, Maria Licence - Treasurer, Greg Doolan - Publicity with Julie Barnes doubling up as Network News representative for Network Queensland.
Many thanks to Neil Bonnell and his team in Warwick for hosting the day and for the delicious lunch.

"Whale Tale" Writing competition a
great success

Organised by Vice president of U3A Hervey Bay, Alison Taylor, the "Whale Tale" writing competition was open to all U3As across the state and the competition has now been won.
Alison said It was indeed a very encouraging process and the future is looking good with all the support we have attracted both locally and from the Qld clubs.
Yesterday, the winners were announced and the ‘’surprise’’ element was amazing.
The winners were:

1st Sue Phelps – U3A Hervey Bay
2nd Peter Hutton – U3A Capricorn Coast
Highly Recommended – Lyn Harold Maryborough [U3A Hervey Bay member]

The judge Trudy Graham U3A Noosa & U3A Toowoomba was present to announce the winners and gave feed back to the top 10.
Winners were presented certificates by our Mayor George Seymour


President of U3A Network Queensland, Gail Bonser, recently attended the 122nd Annul Conference of the Local Government Association of Queensland at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

Gail found it very beneficial to mingle for 2 days with the grass roots people of Councils from across the state to enlighten them as to what U3A is all about and to encourage as much support as possible with items such as suitable premises or promotion of the U3A concept within a region, just to mention a few.

This also gave Gail the opportunity of reminding Councillors and their staff that Network Queensland has renewed a MoU with the LGAQ which encourages councils to offer U3A as much support as possible.

Many thanks to CEO of the LGAQ, Greg Hallam, for offering Network Queensland observer status at this very important conference.

Long serving President retires

A STALWART of Redlands University of the Third Age has left the organisation’s helm after eight years.

Julie Porteous had served as the group’s president since 2010, taking up the role after her previous involvement with the committee.

She was succeeded by Deb Barker at the university’s annual general meeting earlier this month.

   A spokeswoman for Redlands U3A said Ms Porteous had been tireless in her efforts to grow the university, boosting the number of courses offered and student enrolments.

More than 100 classes are taught by Redlands U3A tutors to a cohort of more than 1700 senior students.

“It is with heavy hearts that the University of the Third Age Redlands has farewelled their president, Julie Porteous at the recent AGM,” the spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman said Ms Porteous had used her business acumen to source funding for the school.

She had championed education for the elderly throughout her reign, campaigning for seniors to be lifelong learners and helping the Queensland Government to develop a seniors strategy.

Ms Porteous, a former Redlands Senior Citizen of the Year, had also served as president of the U3A Network Queensland and is currently Vice President of that organisation.

“(She) is highly regarded for her commitment and her tireless work ethic,” the spokeswoman said.

“U3A Redlands thanks Julie for her significant contribution to the U3A and the community over many years".

Network Qld. President, Gail Bonser attends WA State Conference

President of U3A Network Queensland, Gail Bonser, recently attended the two day State Conference of Network Western Australia in Mandurah south of Perth.

Gail, who is originally from WA, also visited relatives in Perth. The conference was attended by 120 delegates of which a number were from most states of Australia.

This is a great testament to the popularity of the U3A movement considering the huge distances required to travel to WA from the eastern states. Gail has written a very comprehensive report on this conference which can be accessed on the following link:

Memorandum of Understanding with COTA Qld. renewed.

Following two
successful years of operating collaboratively with COTA Queensland, this agreement was resigned by U3A Network President, Gail Bonser and Chair of COTA Qld. Peter Howells for a further two years to allow the work currently underway to continue for the mutual benefit of both organisations.
This MoU, along with a similar one with the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), allows U3A Network Queensland to not only work with the peak body of seniors but to also have access to the resources of local Government across the state.

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

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" ofthis 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 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:

Two important links below to help improve your U3A

                                                        Website resource

The network offers the opportunity to share information and resources to assist new and existing U3A groups in tutoring and administration. Wherever possible, we also offer assistance in information technology.

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.