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


To attend any of the activities below, please go to the 2024 Program tab to Enrol. See the How to Attend tab for further information.

Remember to turn up for whatever event or class in which you have registered/enrolled.

Upcoming Activities (go to the Calendar or 2024 Program tabs for more information)

  • 18 May, 2024, 10:00 am: Annual General Meeting
  • 18 May, 2024, 2:00 pm: "Word Weavers" Writing group
  • 20 May, 2024, 9:30 am: Mahjong
  • 20 May, 2024, 2:00 pm: Social Cards Playing Group
  • 21 May, 2024, 8:00 am: Nature Walkers
  • 21 May, 2024, 9:30 am: Greeting Card Workshop
  • 21 May, 2024, 2:00 pm: Learn Conversational Italian as a Second Language
  • 22 May, 2024, 7:30 am: Walking Group

Pizza Night (posted 16 May 2024)

This is always a very popular social get together, put on by the committee and this year sponsored by the Tableland Regional Council. The date is 5:30pm on Friday 21 June and once again will be in the function room on Halloran’s Hill. Mark your calendar for a great evening!

More details coming soon.


Attending U3A Activities (posted 26 Apr 2024)

All U3A activities such as talks, courses and events are now called Classes. They are all listed under the 2024 Program tab. You need to enrol to attend any activity because we need to know numbers. A full “how to” can be read under the “How to Attend” tab. A summary follows.

For more information on any “Class”, simply click on it.

To attend a “Class”, after clicking on the class of interest, click on Enrol Now and enter your email. A confirmation email will be sent to you with your details, which you need to confirm to secure your enrolment. Don’t forget to complete the confirmation email. Otherwise you are not registered to attend. Simply tick the box if your other details are correct, such as your mobile number, and click on Confirm.

Please note you need to enter your email address correctly and it has to match your email in our records. If you have changed your email, please notify the Membership Manager membershipu3aat@athtablandsadmin


Annual General Meeting (posted 14 Apr 2024)

The AGM is being held in Room 22 on Saturday 18 May at 10am, followed by a get together over morning tea.

Please come along and support your U3A. Bring any ideas or requests along and you will definitely have an interested audience.


Expressions of Interest needed for a new U3A activity (posted 7 Apr 2024)

Markus Ryf has offered to give us an “Introduction to the art of Bonsai”. This activity will take place at Markus’s home in Atherton. A tentative day and time of a Friday morning has been set, but another day and time may be possible if Friday mornings do not suit.

Please email coursesu3aat@gmail.com if you would be interested in this activity.


As there have been significant changes to the way classes, talks, events and all other activities have been classified and advertised along with enrolment procedures, we will highlight one-off activities here for the time being.

Pamela Jones will be giving the first two of a series of talks in May. The first, “Empire of the Grasses” is at 10am on Wednesday 8th May, and the next in the series is “Bushfires in Australia” to be held at 10am on Wednesday 15th May. Please go the the 2024 Program page to register.


Last Tuesday we had a really interesting and useful talk about road rules and driving information relevant to seniors, presented by Kim from the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR). For those that missed it, I have added links to the relevant information in the Links to Other Sites page.


Movie Night (posted 2 Mar 2024)

Movie nights will start again next Tuesday night (and the first Tuesday of the month thereafter) in Room 22, starting at 6pm with a small plate of food to share and BYO drinks. The movie shown in April will be “Pretty Woman”.


Staying safe online (posted 24 Feb 2024)

The internet is now a part of our everyday lives. While our lives have been enriched, there are also dangers, from being scammed to being bullied. The best way to protect yourself is through awareness and education.

Australia also has online safety laws administered by an independent eSafety Commissioner. Under Australian law, eSafety can issue a takedown notice to an online platform or service to remove the worst type of harmful online material, or block access to protect Australian users from viewing this content. If you have suffered from scams, cyberbullying and so on, this eSafety Commission is the place to go for help and to report it.

To increase your awareness and education, I have put a number of tips together under Tech Tips. Please keep checking this page as there are regular additions. There are also valuable links to information on the Other Links page.


U3A Network Victoria Online IT Seminar Series (posted 19 Feb 2024)

U3A Network Victoria with its partners NBN, RMIT, Northern Health and others are holding 10 online Zoom sessions, one each 3rd Wednesday of the month, to provide a range of topics such as how to stay safe online, taking advantage of new technologies, what is AI, and many other topics. Basically, how to use online systems effectively and safely.

Anyone can register and I encourage U3AAT members to do so. I have registered and it is a very easy and quick process.

The dates are planned as follows (Brisbane time):

Feb 21, 2024 09:00 AM – Introduction to Tech Cafe for Seniors and Digital Skills Mentoring Program.

Mar 20, 2024 09:00 AM – Cyber Safety and What is Two-Factor authentication (2FA).

Apr 17, 2024 10:00 AM – Advancements in Connectivity Home Network Connection and 5G Networks.

May 15, 2024 10:00 AM – AI and its applications to U3A Activities.

Jun 19, 2024 10:00 AM – E Commerce and safely banking and shopping online.

Jul 17, 2024 10:00 AM – Technology available to support independent living. How do I make my home a Smart Home.

Aug 21, 2024 10:00 AM – Choosing devices and configuring for everyday use.

Sep 18, 2024 10:00 AM – Taking advantage of Health Solutions in the digital world.

Oct 16, 2024 09:00 AM – Safe use of Social Media and sharing interests with friends.

Nov 20, 2024 09:00 AM – Review of technology advances in 2024. Where to next?

To register for one or all sessions, click on the link below:

https://u3avictoria.org.au/online-courses/2024-series-live-life-digitally-connected

Once you have registered, the Zoom link will be emailed to you. You can use this link for all or any of the sessions above.


Two-factor authentication (posted 21 Dec 2023)

Many of you with Gmail accounts would have received an email from Google stating that more security has been added to your account, basically making it compulsory for you to make two steps to log into your Gmail. The first step is to enter your account password and the second step is to enter a one time password (code) that is sent to you via text to your phone or email.

As we have recently experienced, mobile towers go out in bad weather. You could also be travelling overseas or in a poor reception area. A much more reliable alternative is to set up 2-factor verification for your online accounts to use an Authenticator App. Many companies have their own app. The ANZ bank, Xero and Microsoft are examples. Many others such as PayPal, share companies, security camera apps and the like use the Google Authenticator App.

Authenticator apps, which you download onto your phone from the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store, generate a code that you enter as your OTP (one time password). The app generates a new code every 30 seconds or so. As long as your mobile is turned on, even in airplane mode and with no reception, your Authenticator App will work.

I have added a Tech Tip on how to set up your Google/Gmail account with Google’s Authenticator App. See under Tech Tips.


Covid medication (posted 1 Nov 23)

Did you know that if you are aged over 70, regardless of risk factors and with or without symptoms, you are eligible for heavily subsidised anti-viral pills. The actual cost of these pills is over $1,100 but the cost to 70+ year olds can be as little as $7.30. See your doctor!

By the way, Covid is still circulating in the local and regional communities. If you have symptoms, take a test and please don’t attend any U3A event until cleared of all symptoms and have a negative test.


Toilet Access from Room 22 (posted 2 Oct 23)

The TRC has been locking the toilet block, presumably to deter homeless people using the area. It is sometimes opened during business hours, but if not, our Room 22 key will unlock it.

Please remember to return the key to Room 22!


Latest Coronavirus Rules (posted 1 Aug 2023)

As we have done consistently throughout this pandemic, this U3A continues to follow the Qld government’s Covid health directives.

Queensland Health is now monitoring COVID-19 as part of its broader surveillance of acute respiratory illnesses, like influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

The COVID-19 traffic light system is no longer in use.

This change is in response to:

  • evidence pointing to a decline in COVID-19 waves, and
  • the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration that the illness is no longer a public health emergency.

However, we do ask that if you have any symptoms of a cold, the flu or Covid, stay home and get tested!