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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 talks and courses discussed below, please go to the Course Enrolment page and fill out the Enrolment Form. Remember to turn up for whatever event in which you have enrolled.

Seasons Greetings (posted 8 Dec 22)

To All Our Members

As we say farewell to 2022, I would like to reflect on the year that has been. U3AAT has once again provided interesting presentations and also continued with the usual popular pursuits. I would like to thank all the people who gave up their time to research and deliver these talks as this all takes a considerable amount of time and effort. The quality of presentations is testimony to the meticulous preparation efforts undertaken by presenters.

Committee members attend meetings throughout the year run by Tablelands Regional Council Inclusion Committee. These meetings are to help with the future direction of our area, with special emphasis on having a safe and age-friendly environment for older members of our community.

We once again held a Pizza and Punch night earlier in the year at the Halloran’s Hill lookout. This was done as a thank you to our members. It also provided the opportunity for members to interact with others that they would not normally meet as they attend other activities. This informal event was well attended and enjoyed by members.

The Christmas lunch was held at Nerada Tea Rooms. Those attending had a most enjoyable time and the food was again delicious.

The last function for this year was a morning tea picnic at Tinaroo to acknowledge and celebrate International Volunteers’ Day. This get-together was held to thank everyone who ran a course during the year, and to acknowledge the contribution and effort made in coordinating these courses. As a sign of our appreciation, volunteers were presented with a special thank you from U3AAT.

I wish everyone a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2023.

Barbara Whybird,

President, U3A Atherton Tablelands.

Note, to see the full Christmas Card, click here.

U3AAT Open Day (posted 25 Nov 22)

Our annual Open Day is scheduled for Saturday 28th January 2023. It will be held in Room 22 and run between 9:30am and midday. Please spread the word to book this date. Further details closer to the day.

Latest Coronavirus Rules (posted 5 Nov 22, updated 13 Nov 22)

As we have done consistently throughout this pandemic, this U3A continues to follow the Qld government’s Covid health directives. The wearing of masks and compulsory isolation are no longer mandatory in Queensland, except in some situations. However, some places such as a doctor’s surgery may still require to wear a mask. In our Room 22, masks are optional. However, we do ask that if you have any symptoms of a cold, the flu or Covid, stay home and get tested!

Queensland now has a “traffic light” system which describes the current level of Covid in the community. Currently, the level is  Amber, which means there are moderate rates of community transmission and Queensland is entering a new wave. A full explanation can be viewed by clicking here.

The following has been copied from the Qld Government website.

From 6 p.m. Monday 31 October 2022, there are no Public Health Directions in effect requiring you to wear a face mask.

Masks are still recommended:

Queensland Health’s traffic light system will help you understand the current level of risk and take appropriate precautions.

From 14 October 2022, it is no longer mandatory to self-isolate at home if you test positive to COVID-19. If you have symptoms or have tested positive to COVID-19, Queensland Health strongly recommends you:

  • stay home to isolate until you no longer have acute respiratory symptoms
  • avoid entering hospitals, residential aged care facilities and disability accommodation services for at least 7 days and only when you no longer have any symptoms
  • wear a face mask in an indoor setting and if you are unable to physically distance outside for at least 7 days after testing positive to COVID-19.

Tableland Ramblers recess (posted 31 Oct 22)

Tablelands Ramblers will take a break over Dec–Jan. The last walk for the year will be at 7:30am at Malanda Falls on Tuesday 29 November, returning on Tuesday 7 February 2023.
Morning tea at Malanda Falls will be a Bring-A-Plate to share Christmas picnic, running from approximately 9–10:30am. Pop a chair in your car just in case we need extra seating.

Storing medical e-scripts on your phone (posted 13 Mar 2022)

These days many consultations with your doctor are held over the phone, not face to face. As a result, you no longer get a paper prescription, unless it is emailed to your pharmacy. You receive an email with a link to your script.

I have put a tech tip together to explain how to store these electronic scripts on your smartphone. See under Tech Tips.