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Membership Fees for 2020 (posted 23 Feb 2020)

Membership fees for 2020 for those who have yet to pay are due by 31st March 2020.  Payment details can be found under Membership Form (click on U3AAT Membership Application).  The fee is $25 for the full year (Jan to Dec 2020).

Familiarization Session for Website and Enrolments (posted 23 Feb 2020)

For members who have had some difficulty in finding information on the website, and enrolling for classes and talks, there will be a familiarization morning on Tuesday 3rd March at 9.30am in Room 22.  You will be shown how to access information on courses and talks and how to enrol for them.  Please note that there will be no enrolments taken on the day, but bring along your laptop / tablet / smartphone if you would like assistance to do so yourself.  There is no need to enrol for this familiarization day, just turn up on the day.

Why men’s health matters (posted 22 Feb 2020)

This is not a U3AAT activity but is announced because it could be relevant to many members.

The Hand Heart Pocket charity of the Freemasons invite you to learn more about the following:

  1. Nutrition and physical activity
  2. Early detection of cancer
  3. Important check-ups for men
  4. Diabetes and heart disease
  5. Mental health and wellbeing
  6. Relationships

This information session will be held at the Masonic Centre, 4 Fig St Yungaburra, commencing at 5:00pm, followed by a sausage sizzle.

Cultural Review Group in 2020 (posted 17 Feb 2020)

Bev Masasso will host a Cultural Review Group again in 2020.   Please enrol if you would like to join this group, or contact Bev on masassobev@bigpond.com.  The following are planned and proposed/possible events:-

Sun 23/2/20 A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood 10.30am – Movie at the Majestic Theatre

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbour’.


Thu 19/3/20 ‘To Kill a Cassowary’ – Possibility – Play Bulmba-ja Arts, Cairns 11.00 am

Tickets appear to be $38 ea

Lunch Following for discussion


  • Guided Tour of the historic town of Yungaburra
  • VP Day at Igloo – Rocky Creek August
  • 30 May – Acapella @ the Orb


There will be the usual Exhibition, Live Theatre, and other events throughout the year considered.

February Lunch with Friends (posted 17 Feb 2020)

The next meeting of the Lunch with Friends group will be on Tue 25th February at 12.30pm.  Please enrol under Food Experiences /Culinary Delights/Lunch with Friends/Dining Out with Friends if you would like to join in with this group

Coffee & Tea Tasting (posted 25 Jan 2020)

A small group will meet for a unique Coffee & Tea tasting event at Altitude Cafe, Gillies Highway on Fri 28th Feb. Numbers are limited to 6, however a waitlist will be kept for a possible repeat of the visit.  Enrolments are essential.  Visit Food Experiences, Culinary Delights, Lunch with Friends & Dining Out with Friends for more details and to enrol

Classical Music Appreciation (posted 25 Jan 2020)

Herman will be showing excerpts of the traditional and flamboyant Wiener Opernball 2019 and Sydney Harbour  West Side Story part 1 on  20 February.  Enrol under Music and Movies

Knee Pain study (posted 18 Jan 2020)

Many of us suffer knee pain. Here is a way you can help yourself and fellow sufferers. The survey to see if you are eligible for the study takes about a minute. Just click on the web site mentioned below.

Hello U3A Atherton Tablelands,

I am a researcher at the University of Melbourne, Department of Physiotherapy, and I am taking the liberty of writing to you with a request for your assistance regarding our recruitment drive for volunteers over the age of 45 to participate in a range of new research studies to determine the efficacy of non-surgical interventions on knee pain/osteoarthritis. We have one physiotherapist as a part of the PEAK study located in Mareeba & Atherton which makes this opportunity specifically relevant to the members in your community. I would sincerely appreciate the opportunity to reach out to your members and tell them about osteoarthritis and the purpose of this project (all treatments are at no cost to the participants). We believe that this would be a great opportunity for the community in our hopes to reduce pain and improve function in those living with osteoarthritis!

The PEAK Trial: This 9 month long study is comparing two different methods of delivery of physiotherapy for people with knee osteoarthritis. This will involve 5 consultations with a physiotherapist over a 3-month period, including an individualised strengthening exercise program, physical activity plans, wearable activity monitors, and educational/exercise resources. For more information and to register your interest, please visit: www.peakstudy.com.au

Osteoarthritis can contribute to a loss of functional independence and a profound reduction in quality of life, Access Economics recently published a report on the economic impact of arthritis in Australia estimating that more than 3.85 million Australians currently suffer from arthritis (20% of all females, 17% of all males) with the total cost to the economy of $24 billion. 

Please contact me anytime on (03) 8344 3109 or email (alexander.kimp@unimelb.edu.au) if you would be willing to assist us or have any further questions. I have attached a copy of a poster and advert image for newsletters to help circulate.

My greatest appreciation and kind regards as always,


Alexander Kimp |  Research Assistant & Physiotherapist

Centre for Health, Exercise, and Sports Medicine  |  Physiotherapy Department

Level 7, 161 Barry Street, bldg 104

The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 Australia

T 03 8344 3109  E: alexander.kimp@unimelb.edu.au

Hardy Perennials Gardening Group (posted 19 Jan 20)

The first meeting of the Gardening group will take place on Thur 12th Mar at 10am, at 1 Currawong Ave, Yungaburra.  There will be a demonstration about grafting plants.  Please enrol under Gardening to join this group.  More information can also be found in this section under “Courses for 2020”

Happy Snappers – Field Trip Dates (posted 12 Jan 20)

The Happy Snappers will be on Field Trips on the following dates in 2020, so will not be in Room 22.  They are:- 20th February; 19th March; 16th April; 14th May; 11th June; 9th July; 6th August;  3rd September; 1st  and 29th October; 26th November  Contact for more information is Judith Barnett on 0466 107 966 or Paul Gobert 0407 168 928

New!  Dinner With Friends (posted 19 Jan 20)

Update:  We now have enough members interested to go ahead with this event.  The website has been updated and you can Enrol to join the group under Culinary Delights / Lunch with Friends / Dining out with Friends.  The first Dining Out will take place at Our Place in Yungaburra, on Thur 13th Feb at 6.30pm.  Enrolments are absolutely essential as a reservation has to be made

U3AAT has a new Facebook page (posted 11 Dec 19)

The page is called U3AAT noticeboard and can be accessed by clicking here. There is a “join” button at the top of the page, so please join and post anything interesting about the courses you have attended or would like to attend. Photos are most welcome. Have a look at what is already on there and join in!


Italian Classes (posted 2 Nov 19)

Beginner Conversational Italian Classes for this year finish on 26th November.  This class will continue in 2020 if there is enough interest.

Expressions of Interest are currently being sought for an Advanced Conversational Italian class to start next year.  It is envisaged that this class will run after the beginner class, starting at 5.45pm and finishing at 6.45pm on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Please enrol under languages and literature, if interested.

New – Walking Group (posted 14 Oct 19)

A walking group has been established starting from Wednesday 23rd October at 7.30am from the Platypus Park carpark in Atherton. See under Exercise for details.

Please Note:  The walking group commences at 7.30am and not 7.00am as stated in the December newsletter

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