U3A Network NSW Inc.

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16 April, 2024

Message to U3A Network Members

What a successful U3A State Conference was held in Early April in Belmont!     The program and venue were excellent and congratulations to Eastlakes U3A for the enthusiastic and professional hosting of this year’s event View Conference Report.

Next year we will be hosted by Orange U3A and when planning is complete, you will be invited to our 2025 State Conference. The Central West has so much to offer visitors so start thinking about joining U3As from around our State for this Conference.

By now you are probably aware of “Office Works” special arrangement for U3As. If you haven’t already opened your special 30 Day Account, you should seriously consider the benefits for your U3A.
A special General Meeting will soon be held to accept some revisions to the Network’s Constitution to ensure that the Member U3As needs are truly being met by the Network Committee, which your Regional Representatives will control.

U3A Australia has initiated a “Think Tank” to determine whether online courses can be provided for any U3A that wants to use them. Representatives from all State Networks comprise the Working Group and preliminary discussions show promising outcomes. As results are known your RR will keep you informed.

The Network is still seeking a volunteer Web Administrator to assist the Committee keep our Website relevant to our members’ needs. Please let me know if you think that you could fill the role.

By now you should have heard about the new Tax Office requirement for Not for Profit Associations to submit annual statements to justify tax exemption. This ruling will not apply to associations registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC). Many U3As have registered and if your U3A has not, please take the necessary action to register your U3A. There are also reporting advantages that registration with ACNC provides. The ACNC website is worth visiting if you are not a member.  Their “instructions to apply online” are easy to follow.

2024 has begun with the promise of returning to pre-pandemic operation and many U3As are reporting membership growth. We are approaching 100,000 members in Australia and we have in U3A Australia, a voice to the Federal Government. In NSW, we still need 15 “Friends of U3A” in our State Parliament. Please encourage your local MP to become a “Friend”. Ask your RR if you don’t think you have sufficient information to approach a Member of Parliament.

Yours in U3A,
Denis Simond
President
U3A Network Inc.
Email: u3answ.pres@gmail.com

About the Network

The U3A Network NSW Inc consists of over 60 autonomous U3As throughout NSW and several more groups from interstate, who are dedicated to providing life-long learning opportunities for their members in their 'third age', “The Age of Retirement”. Retirees, using the skills and interests gained during their working years either participate and/or present for the sheer pleasure of affordable “learning for fun”, engaging in physical activities and the resultant social benefits from meeting like-minded people.

The primary object of the U3A Network NSW Inc. is to assist the U3A Network Members by providing advice and relevant services to them and to encourage their involvement in the wider community, while recognising their autonomy.

Through Regional Representatives, U3A Network NSW encourages and facilitates cooperation and networking between Member U3As and shares experiences and benefits for all affiliated members.

By participating with other Australian State Networks, the NSW Network keeps in touch with Australia-wide U3A developments to ensure that Members of U3A Network NSW are made aware of initiatives that can benefit them.