"Connecting Seniors to Lifelong Learning"

              The Waves Sports Club, Conference Venue 2019          

Our goal is:
"Connecting Seniors to Lifelong Learning"


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.


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.


Hosted by U3A Bribie Island, a President's Council meeting was held on Saturday 10th November with representatives from Caboolture, Pine Rivers, Sunshine Coast & Redcliffe U3As. Unfortunately, U3A Noosa was unable to attend. Many topics were discussed such as anti-discrimination, recruiting tutors and accommodation issues however, the highlight of the day was the news that a U3A is to be established in Beachmere, which is situated between Caboolture and Bribie Island. Attending as observers were Mary & Christine (see photo), two of the enthusiastic members of the local community group BANG who were instrumental in the establishment of this new group in Beachmere which will be operating in 2019.
Attending from Network Queensland were: Gail Bonser - President, Wendy Sanders - Acting Secretary & Greg Doolan - Public relations.
Many thanks to President, Greg Sibthorpe and the team at Bribie Island for hosting this event and for the wonderful lunch.


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.

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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 34 U3A groups in Queensland (including U3A online) with an estimated 22,000 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!

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