U3A Network NSW Inc.
Supporting our Members for over 30 years
Welcome to our websiteWe trust it will assist those who are:
- from an affiliated U3A group,
- current or prospective members of a U3A group,
- wishing to locate a U3A group, or
- simply inquisitive.
Click the image above to learn about the Network’s 2024 State Conference, planned for April 8 and 9, at Belmont in the lovely Lake Macquarie area just 140 km north of Sydney. The Conference will be hosted by the team at Eastlakes U3A.
24 November, 2023
Message to U3A Network Members
As we approach the end of another U3A year I will look back over the significant achievements we have enjoyed in 2023. Since my last message we have completed Regional Forums in all nine regions as well as for the Associate Members in Tasmania. These Forums facilitated the exchange of information amongst regional U3As, provided to opportunity foe Members to meet new RRs and allowed the Network to update Members about recent developments and benefits for Members. The Riverina Forum welcomed Temora as our first new Member since the Pandemic. Your RRs will be identifying new Member opportunities in 2024 and would welcome any suggestions.
Temora is the 64 th U3A in NSW. Victoria, a smaller State, has many more. Please identify potential U3As and tell your RR about them.
The two most significant developments in 2023 were the obtaining of 23 cents per member for the OneMusic licences, which in 2024 would have cost $470+ per member, and the incorporation of U3A Australia to replace U3AAA. U3A Australian Alliance lacked the status to represent U3As at the Federal Government level and there are already benefits identified for Network Members.
Details of the NBN’s “Live Life Connected” initiative being trialed in Victoria and Queensland prior to its introduction in NSW and details of the Office Works assistance to U3A Members has been distributed to to Members. There are many other initiatives which should come to fruition in 2024.
On this Website you will also find the details for the 2024 State Conference. Eastlakes U3A has found a wonderful venue for the Conference and has developed an excellent program with something for everyone. I encourage Committee Members and ordinary members to participate in the Conference, at which the spirit of U3A will be in abundance. Belmont, on Lake Macquarie is also close to the popular tourist destination, The Hunter Valley, which could be an attractive add-on to the Conference.
In my last “Message” I mentioned that some U3As were trialling a new data management, course organisation and finance system, Member Wizard. Some testing is ongoing but two have adopted the system and are very happy using it. Check out the Member Wizard Website if you would like to learn more.
Our November newsletter, U3A News, can also be found on our website. Please contribute articles and pictures to the Editor for her to include in future editions.
And finally, on behalf of your Network Committee, have a wonderful Summer break, a very Merry Christmas and an enjoyable New Year. Let’s make all our U3A wishes come true!
Yours in U3A,
U3A Network Inc.
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.