The 2017 State Conference will be held on the beautiful Gold Coast hosted by Twin Towns U3A

 The 2017 U3A Network Queensland Conference will be held on the Gold Coast and hosted by U3A Twin Towns on 18/19 May 2017. Venue will be the Tweed Civic Centre, Brett Street, Tweed Heads.
     the theme of the conference will be "Live, Laugh, Learn without boundaries".
     Thank you Twin Towns for your kind offer. For further details, please check the following websites:
                                 U3A Twin Towns                                 Queensland Conference


Another successful "Road Show" in Noosa

Network Queensland conducted another President's Council "Road Show" on Friday hosted by U3A Noosa. Wide ranging discussions were held on many issues effecting all U3As, including tutor recruitment and management systems.
U3As from Caboolture, Bribie Island, Redcliffe, Sunshine Coast & Gympie attended along with the host, Noosa who generously provided the use of their facilities and catered with a delicious morning tea and lunch.
Network Queensland was represented by President - Julie Porteous, VP - Greg Doolan, Secretary - Iris Murray, Treasurer - Maria Licence and Conference Convenor - Gail Bonser. An apology was received from U3A Pine Rivers as the date clashed with their AGM.
Network Queensland wish to extend our sincere thanks to President, Annie Lowe, VP Griet Hesse and the team at Noosa for their hospitality on the day, it was greatly appreciated.

Network Queensland welcomes U3A Mackay


Network Queensland would like to warmly welcome U3A Mackay into the Network family and wish them all the best for the future.

Established in 1991, Mackay currently have 300 members but that a should grow substantially after holding a very successful "Give it a Go Day" on Friday 3rd February.

For 2017 the following activities will be offered:-

Armchair travel ,Art/Painting group, Ancient history, Card games and Whist, Coffee and chat group, Collectors group, Computers-Advanced, Computers-Beginners, Computers-Internet, Creative Writing, Family History, Friday Lunches, Garden Group, Get Moving Exercises, Golf Croquet, Golf,  I Pads, Italian Conversation, Mah Jong, Modern Technology, Movie Buffs, Musical Chimes,  Needles and things, Opera Appreciation, Petanque, Photography, Pottery, Scrabble, Scrapbooking, Tai Chi, Trivia, Woodwork, Conversation and culture – Exploring languages.  Various short courses are also available during the year.  The monthly newsletter keeps members up to date on what is planned. Information is also available on the Mackay websiteu3amackay.com

Pictured is Mackay's new committee: L-R Lyn Coburn (VP & publicity), Jocelyn Wood (Committee member), Brenda Murray (Treasurer), Janette Dark (Asst. Secretary & newsletter), Angie Nagy (Social sub-committee), Ruth Daly (President), Peter Reardon (Secretary), Iris Harvey (Course coordinator).

U3A Ipswich joins Network Queensland

U3A Ipswich & West Moreton held a double celebration on     Tuesday 24th January. Not only have they now joined as a member of U3A Network Queensland, but their new premises in the Ipswich city Mall was officially opened by the Mayor of Ipswich, Paul Pisasale.
With the security of having a permanent home in the heart of Ipswich, they can now look to the future with a great deal of confidence in the knowledge that they will be able to offer their members, not only improved facilities, but a comfortable and relaxing venue for social events. They are also very fortunate that the Ipswich City Council is very supportiv
e of U3A Ipswich as was  evident from the rousing speech given by Mayor Pisasale at the official opening.
Network Queensland would like wish President Paulette Montaigne and her team at U3A Ipswich all the best for a very bright future.
More details of Ipswich can be found on the Ipswich page of Find Qld U3As 

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 Brisbane back 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.

      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. 

                                                  LGAQ Conference 2016

As part of our partnership with LGAQ (Local Government Association Queensland), Andy Fechner, President of U3A Beaudesert and committee member of Network Queensland, was granted Observer Status and attended the annual State Conference on the Gold Coast as the U3A Network Qld Committee member.

Network Qld is of the belief that U3As need to build close relationships with their local councils.   Andy found sitting under the "Moreton Bay fig tree" in the relaxation area, for a coffee and a chat with delegates, very informative.

President Julie reports to U3A Australian Alliance

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

Bulletin newsletter, October 2016

                       Newsletters - Grey Matters & the National Bulletin

The National Alliance of U3A - U3A Alliance Australia - now has a newsletter which provides news from most states of Australia.

All issues of our Queensland newsletter - Network News - are available from this site

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 33 U3A groups in Queensland (including U3A online) with an estimated 21,000 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!

If you wish to share your experiences or expertise in management or as a tutor or as the presenter of a special interest talk, your local U3A group will welcome your offer.   

Look on the Find Qld U3As or Members pages to find a group near you. Many have their own websites where you can obtain details of programs and membership application forms.

Click here to learn more about U3A in Queensland or interstate, to view our promotional videos or read the aims of our network outlined in our network constitution.

Your Committee

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