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U3A Brisbane holds another successful Winter School

Now in its 10th year, U3A Brisbane's Winter School just goes from strength to strength. With a record 59 speakers at the event held from 3rd to 8th July, nearly 2,000 people attended the sessions that covered subjects to satisfy just about every taste.
the highlight was the keynote address by eminent Queensland paleontologist, Dr Steven Salisbury with the subject being "Dreamtime, Dinosaurs & Drones", the story of the fight to save a Western Australian dinosaur track site in the Kimberley region where a large resource company wanted to build an LNG plant. Dr Salisbury told the story to an enthusiastic audience in a packed auditorium at the State Library of Queensland.
U3A Brisbane is planning another Winter School for July 2018 and the organising committee has already commenced the pre-planning work to make that an even greater success.

                         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.

A Big "Thank You" Twin Towns U3A

Twin towns U3A deserve all the accolades they can get for organising the 2017 U3A Network Queensland State Conference at the Tweed Ultima Conference centre on 18/19 May.
The conference was an outstanding success with great list of speakers on a wide range of subjects including a little humour.
The conference was also successful in bringing together 28 of the 32 U3As in Queensland for two days of networking and idea sharing which can only be beneficial to all but especially to those smaller U3As which, through no fault of their own, may, at times, feel isolated.
The conference organising committee shown above did a fantastic job even though there was an unscheduled venue change only one month out from the event. Well done to you all.

U3A Alliance of Australia meeting in Melbourne

Network Queensland President, Julie Porteous, attended
a U3AAA (Alliance of Australia), 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.
U3AAA Bulletin newsletter, July 2017

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

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

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. 

           U3A Mackay hosts informal meeting with Network VP
Network's newest member, U3A Mackay, hosted an informal meeting on Monday 27th February with Network VP Greg Doolan, who was on a flying visit to the North Queensland city, to discuss a wide range of issues that effect all U3A across the state such as class venues & content, publicity, administration and good governance.
U3A Mackay have got off to a great start for 2017 with over 100 new members joining after a very successful "Give it a Go" day held in early February.
The future looks bright for this vibrant U3A with many new activities and classes planned for the rest of the year and beyond.

Defibrillator for U3A Beaudesert

U3A Beaudesert applied for and secured a grant of $2,000      from the Federal Volunteers small grants program with an objective of purchasing a portable defibrillator as a potential lifesaving aid. It is housed at Centacare in Beaudesert where many of their courses are conducted, and where it is also available for use by any of the many other activity groups organised by Centacare should the need arise. President of U3A Beaudesert, Andy Fechner says “In addition,  a roster is provided for Tutors of our physical activity groups which are held elsewhere to pick up the defibrillator, take it to their class, and return it afterwards. This works well for us, as those classes do not clash with each other or indeed any group activities held in the main location”.
The Director of Priority First Aid, (situated on the Sunshine Coast) came along recently to attend a publicity shoot with the local Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz (pictured on right of Andy Fechner), and on that day he and his sales manager demonstrated the device several times to our Tutors and also the employees of Centacare.  He is willing to do the same for any other U3A who might be interested in securing an AED for their use.
Priority First Aid are pleased to advise they can offer of a 5 year leasing program to those U3A branches who may not be able to (or may not want to), pay outright for the equipment.


                               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.