What’s New?

2020 AGM U3A Sunshine Coast





All members are invited to attend, please put this in your calendar or pencil it in your diary now, 

U3A’s Annual General Meeting is only 7 weeks away, more information will be coming soon. 

However, please think about standing for Committee, nomination forms will be available at the end of the month from the U3A Office 

U3A Network Qld State Conference 2020


“Shine a light on learning”

2-3 June, 2020





Redland Performing Arts Centre Cleveland





Great speakers to educate & inspire

Activities for learning & enjoyment

Discover what is happening in U3A across Queensland and beyond by attending this not to be missed event.

Network with colleagues across the state and make new friends.

Enjoy a pre-conference day trip to beautiful Stradbroke Island

For registration & more information  http://www.u3aqldconference.org



2020 U3A Open Day on Saturday 11th January

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Novel Coronavirus

What you should know about the novel coronavirus

   This article has been adapted for U3A advice from a USC email to our U3A office




Originating in the Wuhan region in Hubei province, China, the novel coronavirus has symptoms that include (but are not limited to):
          Sore throat
          Fatigue, or
          Shortness of breath.

Early information suggests that the elderly and those people with underlying health problems or compromised immune systems may be at particular risk. At this stage it is believed symptoms occur within approximately two weeks of exposure to the virus.

While serious, the symptoms of the novel coronavirus are also commonly found in other illnesses so please remain calm.

What you should do
If you have recently travelled to the city of Wuhan or the province of Hubei, China, and experience any of the above symptoms, please see your General Practitioner immediately. Please ring ahead to advise your health provider that you will be attending so they may take any necessary precautions.

If you’ve travelled internationally, please consider whether you could be at risk of having contracted the virus and whether you should limit contact with others.

If you have been in close contact with anyone with a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus and have developed symptoms, contact Queensland Health on 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for assessment. If that assessment shows that you have been exposed to the virus, you cannot attend U3A classes at the university until Queensland Health informs you that it is safe to do so.

If you have plans to travel overseas, please consider your travel and delay it if non-essential. The USC says University travel to Wuhan and the Hubei province is not permitted.

Please take the precautions as advised by public health experts, including:
          Frequently wash hands by using alcohol-based hand sanitiser or soap and water
          When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or a tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
          Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough
          If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share your previous travel history with your health care provider
          Please observe and comply with health-related signage around the University.

Where you can find further information
Queensland Health has published the following advice about the novel coronavirus:

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advice for travellers, including those returning from a destination with reported cases:

The World Health Organisation has further advice about simple personal hygiene practices to reduce exposure to illness:

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.




Never stop learning!