(Note: to change the size of any page, hold down the CTRL button and press + or -)

This page will be updated regularly, so please check back. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay active!


To enrol in any of the courses listed above, click HERE. Otherwise, go to the relevant Courses page from the menu above.


Open Day (posted 20 Jan 2021)

Our Open Day is a great opportunity for you to come along and see what activities we have to offer and how much fun we have while doing them. There will be a number of displays about various activities such as photography, card playing and even wrestling with smartphones. Many members of the committee will be there to chat. You can even join up on the spot. Morning tea will be provided.

All are most welcome!

When:  Saturday, 30th January between 9am and 12 noon.

Where:  Room 22 Atherton Community Centre, 42 Mabel St, Atherton (opposite the council chambers and behind the new disaster management building)


Using your phone to enter a venue – how to (posted 23 Dec 2020)

As from 1am on Wednesday, 23 December, all pubs, clubs, restaurants and the like in the hospitality industry are required by law to electronically record the following details of anyone who enters the venue:

  • Name
  • Address (email or physical)
  • Phone number
  • Time of entry
  • Time of departure

Most businesses record this data in an online form on a website that is accessed by your smartphone.  Luckily, this is a relatively easy process via a QR code. To open the form, your phone’s camera can read the website address in the QR code. For newer phones, turn on the camera and hold it over the QR code. You do not take a photo of the QR code! Tap the web site address that shows up and you will be taken to the form.

If that doesn’t work, you may need to change the camera mode to search (little square box with a dot in it). On Samsung phones in particular, but possibly others, open the camera, go into settings (little cog wheel probably) and turn on QR scanner.

For older phones, you need to use a QR code reader app, such as Google Lens. You need to download and install a QR reader app first. Open the app, hold over the code and tap the web site that shows up. Again, do not take a photo of the QR code! That does not get you in!

Note you will only need to enter your details once. Your phone will remember them and fill the form in automatically next time you enter the venue. It will be easy after the first time.  Note also that in this form on your phone, you can enter the details of your partner, children and grandchildren, particularly very young ones. All pubs, clubs, restaurants and the like now have to do this, so we need to get used to it.


December newsletter out now! (posted 16 Dec 2020)

Our last newsletter of the year has just been published and what a beauty. It is loaded with photos and news about the recent Christmas party. There are articles about other recent activities such as the gardeners group, the lunch with friends group, the writers group and the cultural review group. The latter two groups have stories by members, which are well worth a read. I didn’t realise a story about a haircut could be so entertaining! As usual Annette has found great funnies to finish off an excellent newsletter. I can’t stop chuckling about the cans, singing because they can!


U3A Writers Group News (posted 8 Dec 2020)

For 2021 we would like to expand our member numbers. Fresh ideas and thoughts are always a welcome inclusion. Writing topics, special guests, and any other ideas are keenly sought. One suggestion is to publish our own book in time for Christmas next year, from the stories we create through-out the year. Our audience can be the U3A membership and family and sold at a minimal cost. We understand some can’t attend every fortnight, so this is not a requirement. So, come along, enjoy, participate and contribute whenever and whatever you can.


New Course Enrolment Form (posted 25 Nov 2020)

There is a new, more convenient course enrolment form, which features a drop-down list of upcoming courses. Just enter your name and email, (mobile phone optional) then select one or more courses, add a comment if you wish, then click “Submit”.

Please don’t forget that you have enrolled. A good idea is to add the course to your phone’s calendar. If you have an android phone, use Google Calendar and have logged into your Google account on the device you are using, this is very easy. Simply go to the calendar above, select the course or event, click on “+Google Calendar” and your calendar will open up. Just click “Save” and the event will be added to your Google Calendar. For those with iPhones, just use the “+iCal” and import the .ics file to your phone’s calendar.


Happy Snappers will restart in 2021 (posted 19 Nov 2020)

Happy Snappers will restart in 2021 on Thursday 4th February.  Paul Gobert will be facilitating this group in 2021.


New website (posted 11 Nov 2020)

You are looking at a new website. It may not look very different to the old one, but believe me it is very different in the “engine room”. The change was requested by the U3A NSW network, who host our site. Basically it is now simpler to manage, so the webmaster job no longer requires a high level of computer expertise.

The Calendar is the most popular feature of this web site. It is now a little different. You can select just one or several categories to show. If you are interested in an event and have an Android smartphone, simply click on the event, then select the Google Calendar symbol and that event will automatically be added to the calendar app on your phone, reminders and all!

It is also easier to print the calendar. Simply select “Print” in the bottom left corner and a printable version will appear. Adjust the size to fit the page by pressing Ctrl and selecting + or – to expand or shrink. Then right click the mouse and print.

The enrol procedure is still the same. I did try another system but it meant creating individual accounts and signing in. Too much trouble!


Annual Membership now due (posted 11 Nov 2020)

2021 Membership Fees (still $25.00 each for the year) can now be paid either online to:

BSB: 633 000 Account No: 161469762

(be sure to include your name and/or membership number in the reference box)

or by cheque to “U3AAT Inc., or by cash in Room 22 on Mondays between 9.30am and 12 noon.


Coronavirus gathering restrictions (posted 11 Nov 2020)

A quote from the Qld Government website and effective from 16 October, “Due to Queenslanders’ great work in keeping up physical distancing, practising good hygiene and sticking to the State’s restrictions, we can now have 40 people gather in people’s homes, non-residences and outdoor settings. This number includes those who live with you.

From 1st December, this number increases to 50.

This means in practice that there are no lawful restrictions on numbers at our events. We do need to continue to follow our Covidsafe Plan, which is to sterilize our hands, sign in and keep 1.5m apart. Do Not Attend if feeling unwell.