The 2018 State Conference is to be hosted by U3A Redcliffe on
31st May & 1st June 2018 on the beautiful Redcliffe Peninsula.

Conference theme:
"Big things have small beginnings"

Although the 2017 conference is now over, the following gallery of photos is available for your enjoyment
Conference photo gallery, 2017 State Conference, Twin Towns                                                                                      
                                                        Queensland Conference

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.

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

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.

                 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).

                 President Julie reports to U3A Australian Alliance

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

President's newsletter, July 2017

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.

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