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Last change to hear great lectures – Term 1

Looking West – Australia and the Indian Ocean
Sam Bateman, USC 11 February and Mudjimba 19 March

Improving Disaster Resilience
George Walker, Caloundra 12 February

Tim Metterlekamp, Nambour 12 February and Mudjimba 5 March

The changing face of Museums from showcase to show-biz — are museums experiencing an identity crisis?
Dr Tom Hewitt, Mudjimba 13 February

New Silk Roads – A Trillion $ gamble ?
Gwyn Jarrott, Caloundra 26 February and Maleny 24 March

Some volcanoes I have met
Ken Granger , Mudjimba 12 March and Nambour 24 March

IRAN      Persian people, poets & empire
Gwyn Jarrott, Maleny 17 March

New Lectures – Term 1 2020

Dr Mary Garden – Sundowner of the Skies – The Story of Oscar Garden, the forgotten aviator – Maleny Tuesday 4 February – will be one of our new lecturers during 2020.  The extraordinary story of her father, Oscar Garden , with just 39 hours flying experience, is remarkable and historically significant.

Nick Stroud has said that the time for his name to join those of his illustrious pioneering contemporaries – including Charles Kingsford Smith, Bert Hinkler, Amy Johnson and Jean Batten – is long overdue.

Paul Ryan  – An Itinerant Forester – Maleny 18 February
My experience starts in PNG, where I grew up; then includes tales from Costa Rica, where the snakes and rain made life interesting in the forest; Burma, where I worked for a year in 1977 on developing their forest management; Afghanistan, where I was faced with raising fuelwood woodlots in arid conditions; the Philippines and an introduction to social forestry; several African countries that weren’t always friendly, but included Tanzania where I introduced a form of community management of forests; Bhutan where the concept of Shangrila didn’t meet our expectations when it came to traveling across country;  then on to India for more community forest management; Bangladesh, where they were planting mangroves to extent the country into the Bay of Bengal and help mitigate the effects of cyclone storm surges; and Nepal with their community management of forests.  In the process I joined the World Bank as a Forestry Specialist, after working for it as a consultant for some years, and that in itself is an interesting experience.   

The talk would be about personal and sometimes unusual experiences as well as cover some interesting socio/cultural and forestry topics with which I was involved.

Peter Benkendorff – Cement Production – Mudjimba 20 February and USC 17 March
I have had an intention of writing a book about the history of cement production Australia. I have given some presentation on this including to an Australian Mining History Association conference. I have quite a few photos and illustrations. I recall giving presentations to U3A on ancient construction material but can not remember if I gave one on modern materials.

Karl Tietze – The Goldfish Bowl – Nambour 26 February and Caloundra 18 March
Karl’s background is in electronics, computing, and telecommunications maintenance requiring system analysis skills.  Basically, this is a talk about computer and internet safety (or the lack of same) 

Lidia Kardos – A Boy from Zara – The Rebuilding of Croatia
 Maleny 3 March and Nambour 18 March
This is a story of a boy, Joechim, and his family living in Istria before and during the Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995).  As background Lidia masterfully explains the troubled history of the region in World War II when it was part of Italy, and the subsequent civil war with Yugoslavia and the renaming of the city of Zara to Zadar in 1947.

Dr Ken Lynn –  Exploring the Ocean Depths – Nambour 25 March
Born in 1940 and educated in Brisbane schools with a B.Sc, MSc. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Queensland (1973). His PhD was on the propagation of Very Low Frequency (VLF) radio waves via the ionosphere which included the effects of solar x-ray flares. Ken worked in a large laboratory area (now Defence Science and Technology Group) of the Department of Defence in Salisbury, South Australia until retirement as a Principal Research Scientist in 1997. Fields of research covered radio astronomy, radio navigation, radiowave propagation via the ionosphere and ionospheric physics in general. Subsequently Ken has worked for many years as a private contractor to the Department of Defence in support of the Australian Over-The-Horizon radar system as well continuing with private research. He has been able to continue working and publishing in retirement because he can write his own unique computer software and has continuing access to ionospheric data.

Andrew Edmonds – Cyber Awareness – Lessons from recent phone scams – all venues
Andrew has been working with the Institute of Cyber Investigations and Forensics for the last year, and will present at each of our 5 venues during Term 1.  Check the website for details of a lecture near you.

During a 3 month period from September to November 2019, Andrew has been assisting victims of fraud, theft and deception due to an online incident. Usually the people he helps have given remote access to their computer to a caller who claimed to represent the ATO, Telstra, NBN, Australia Post and others. Andrew will be sharing his insights after having made over 70 calls to people who thought it could never happen to them.

Lee Myers – Albert Namatjira – all venues
Albert Namatjira, was a pioneer of contemporary Indigenous Australian art, he was the most famous Indigenous Australian of his generation



Tutors and Volunteers Luncheon 2019

About 70 guests enjoyed the friendship, fun and flavorsome food at this year’s Tutors & Volunteers Luncheon held at Kawana Surf Club on Sunday, November 24th.

Special guests for the day were Rita Condon, Sally Mason and May Johnston, who were surprised and pleased to receive framed certificates for achieving their 25th year of U3A membership.

Talented entertainers, Aart and Bev Schouten delighted everyone with their beautiful vocals, encouraging guests to join in with their varied selection of songs.

Another special guest was Lance Cowan, Vice-President of Rockhampton U3A who enjoyed catching up with Geoff Bailey, another former executive member of the Queensland Council of Parents & Citizens Associations.

A special thank you goes to Allan and June Blackburn, our cheerful and competent Masters of Ceremony and chief photographers.

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Anti-Discrimination Policy

In March 2019 the U3A Sunshine Coast Management Committee produced an Anti-Discrimination Policy and Procedures (click on the document title).

It can also be accessed by clicking on the title in the dark blue bar at the bottom of a website page.


The President announced on 23 February 2019 that Joanna (Jo) Evans had been appointed to the Administration Officer position. Jo will support the broader organisation and complement the work of all our wonderful volunteers.

New Policy Documents

In February 2019 the U3A Sunshine Coast Management Committee produced 2 new policy documents and these are now on this website. The Code of Conduct is an updated policy. Click on the document titles below to read them

Code of Conduct including Grievance Policy and Procedure

Safety, Health and Wellbeing Policy and Procedures

They can also be accessed by clicking on their titles in the dark blue bar at the bottom of a website page.


Aquacise / Water Aerobics Tutors

U3A has had a strong demand from people wanting to enrol in water-based exercise activities and we currently do not have enough classes to cater for our member’s needs. This is especially true in the Maroochydore, Buderim, Sippy Downs areas. If any member has experience or training in these types of exercise activities or knows of anyone that would be willing to volunteer their time to conduct a class/s then we would be more than happy to hear from you and help get something started.   

Open Day 2019

The Open Day was a great success and HUGE thanks to the army of volunteers who supported the event. There were approximately 450 visitors. Volunteers included 23 working in the administration building, and 53 tutors and 10 volunteers working in the Innovation Centre. About 100 new members signed up during this past week. The assistance and involvement by the University of the Sunshine Coast was vital to the success. Thank you to all who volunteered and our wonderful entertaining Ukulele players. Colin Maddocks

CLICK for photos from Open Day.

International Dining Group

The International Dining Group, a new class for 2018, have had a successful year eating their way around the world, right here on the Sunshine Coast. During the year, they have sampled Korean, Greek, German, Lebanese, Japanese, Tibetan and Italian cuisines. The course continues in 2019.  for photos of their final lunch for 2018.

Tutors & Volunteers Lunch 2018

Ten of U3A Sunshine Coast’s longest serving members were acknowledged at this year’s Tutors and Volunteers luncheon. for the story and to see photos (which can also be accessed through PHOTO GALLERIES in the OUR ACTIVITIES drop down menu above).



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