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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)

  • 13 June, 2024, 9:30 am: Hardy Perennials - A Morning in a Friends Garden
  • 13 June, 2024, 9:30 am: Qigong Tai Chi with Lesley Jenkins
  • 13 June, 2024, 2:00 pm: Thursday Book Club
  • 14 June, 2024, 1:00 pm: Mahjong Friday
  • 15 June, 2024, 2:00 pm: "Word Weavers" Writing group
  • 17 June, 2024, 9:30 am: Mahjong
  • 17 June, 2024, 2:00 pm: Social Cards Playing Group
  • 18 June, 2024, 8:00 am: Nature Walkers

U3A Victoria Zoom Seminar on E Commerce (Banking and Shopping) posted 30 May 2024, updated 11 June 2024)

U3A Network Victoria with its partners are holding 10 online 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.

The topic on Wednesday 19 June at 10am is E Commerce and safely banking and shopping online. Please Enrol via the classes list on the 2024 Program page.

Please note that because of lack of enrolments, THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

This will be the first time the video conferencing equipment in Room 22 has actually been used to present a teaching and learning seminar. Previously it had only been used for meetings. All going well, we will present the remaining four seminars, which will be:

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 10:00 AM – Safe use of Social Media and sharing interests with friends.

Nov 20, 2024 10:00 AM – Review of technology advances in 2024. Where to next?

We also have access to the other five seminars, which are listed on this Announcements page below. If there is enough interest, we can present these in Room 22.


Automatic car crash detection on smartphones (posted 30 May 2024)

Automatic crash notification can save lives by significantly reducing response time, especially if a driver is unconscious or unable to dial for help themselves. The Car Crash Detection feature uses your smartphone’s accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, GPS and microphone to get audio and movement data. This data is then used to determine whether you’ve been involved in an accident. If you have a Google Pixel or Apple smartphone three or so years old or newer, then your phone has this feature. You just need to turn it on. On Apple phones, this feature is on by default. You just need to have it set up properly. Ditto for Google phones. See the Tech Tips on how to do so.

Note your smartwatch may also have this feature, but you will need your watch and phone to be connected to make SOS calls.

Other brands of phones and older Apples and Pixels can be set up with an app such as SOSmart or Life360 from the relevant play store.


Pizza Night (posted 16 May 2024, updated 4 June 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 between 5:30pm and 7:30pm on Friday 21 June and once again will be in the function room on Halloran’s Hill. Mark your calendar for a great evening!

This is a free event. All members were sent an invitation by email and it is essential to register your attendance for catering purposes. Note your partner is also welcome to attend. Please register your attendance via the link in the email.


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


Pamela Jones will be giving the third and fourth of a series of talks in June. The first, “Ice Age Australia” is at 10am on Tuesday 11th June, and the next in the series is “When Birds Ate Horses” to be held at 10am on Tuesday 25th June. The fifth talk in the series “Low Dose Radiation” will be held on Tuesday 30th July. 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 (updated 22 May 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 June will be “The King’s Speech”.


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!