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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

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 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 Brisbaback 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.

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 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.

Life membership for long term Warwick member

Long serving Warwick member, Erica Finegan, was recently awarded Life Membership for her many years of dedicated service to U3A Warwick.
Following her move to Warwick in 2002, Erica found life to be a little lonely
so joined Warwick and immediately started a canasta club, she hasn't looked back since.
One of her many duties was to organise the advertising for the newsletter which helps keep membership fees at a reasonable level.
Erica is pictured here receiving her life Membership from President Neil Bonnell.

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.

Another successful "Road Show" in Cairns

The beautiful tropical city of Cairns was the venue for the third of the Presidents Council "Road Show" meetings held at the offices of Cairns U3A, Friday 1st April.
As promised, members of the Network committee travelled to Cairns to hold a meeting with the Presidents and other representatives of U3As in the North of Queensland.
Along with Cairns, Tablelands and Townsville U3As also attended the meeting to discuss the unique challenges of running a U3A in the northern parts of the State.
All attending U3As voiced their appreciation to the Network Committee for making the effort to travel to Cairns to conduct the meeting which was chaired by Network President, Julie Porteous and assisted by Secretary, Iris Murray and VP, Greg Doolan and Townsville based Network committee member, Alan Williams who sincerely thank President, Denise Collyer and her team in Cairns for their wonderful hospitality which included a great lunch organised by their Luncheon Club at the "Raw Prawn" restaurant on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade.

An historic day for U3A in Queensland

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Friday 8th April at the offices of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) by Greg Hallam, CEO of LGAQ and Julie Porteous, President of U3A Network Queensland.
This now means that U3A Network Queensland have the added resources of the LGAQ to help lobby Local governments across the state with the aim of supporting existing U3As and identifying areas where a new U3A would be beneficial to the community. This is also a very opportune time for this MoU to be in place considering the Local government elections have just taken place and and all Queensland Councils will now have stability for the next four years.

Network Queensland meets with Minister for Seniors

President of U3A Network Queensland, Julie Porteous and Secretary, Iris Murray met with the Hon Coralee O'Rourke, Minister for Seniors, to promote the U3A Network Qld and the U3A movement in Queensland. Present at the meeting were Chloe Moss, the Minister's Policy Advisor and Karin Finsterle from the Office for Seniors. Julie has been invited by the Minister to attend a Seniors Summit on Thursday in Brisbane to discuss how to best develop a strategy that prioritizes and addresses older people's needs and aspirations - this will be the first workshop in the development of the Queensland Governments strategy to recognise older people as a great strength and the contributions of older people.


                                     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.

logo for U3A Australia Alliance

Asia Pacific International Conference

The extensive photo gallery of the 2015 Asia Pacific conference is still available so, please go to Conference gallery.