U3A Banyule receives Jagajaga Community Australia Day Award

We were honoured that the contribution of U3A Banyule to making the community a better place was recognized at the annual Jagajaga Community Australia Day Awards. Jenny Macklin MP presented us with a handsome certificate, and spoke of “ongoing dedication to inspiring and engaging local
seniors through lifelong learning.”


President Helen McKinnon and members of the Committee of Management, Russell Scoular and Bryce Phillips, accepted the award on behalf of U3A Banyule at the Award presentation.



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Draft Ivanhoe Parking Plan - Special Consultation Meeting for U3A Banyule Members


A special meeting for U3A Banyule members has been organised to hear about the draft Ivanhoe Parking plan. A presentation will be provided by Kathleen Petras, the Transport Planning Team Leader, Banyule City Council. The local Councillor, Cr Peter Castaldo has also been invited. After the presentation, there will be a Q &A session where questions and any concerns can be voiced.  Kathleen has been leading the consultation and will be able to incorporate suggestions into the report that will go to Council (most likely in April). Details of the meeting are:


Date:               Friday 16 March, 2018

Time:              2.00pm – 3.30pm

Venue:            U3A Hall, 14 Ivanhoe Parade (rear), Ivanhoe


Members are also urged to respond to the draft plan via the online survey on Council’s community consultation website: https://shaping.banyule.vic.gov.au/ivanhoe-parking-plan (or alternatively write a letter). A summary of key findings and recommendations is also available from this website.


We hope as many members as possible can attend this important meeting to show their support.


For more information, see the flyer.


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National Broadband Network Update - New session


The rollout of the NBN is due to commence in Banyule at different times for different areas.

Amy Jaballah, NBN local manager, will provide an update about the rollout and how to connect to NBN.


Tuesday 10 April, U3A Hall, 12.30pm - 2.00pm.


There will be plenty of time for Questions and Answers. This important session is not to be missed and builds on the NBN presentation from last year. Enrol either via Member Log-in from the U3A Banyule website, in the office, Monday to Friday, 10.00am - 12 noon, or telephone 9499 2080.


Link to flyer


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Report on U3A Banyule 2017 Annual Forum, Monday 27 November, 

Australia is the only Commonwealth country that has never signed an official Treaty with its Indigenous peoples.  At U3A Banyule's 2017 Annual Forum, four prominent members of the Indigenous community spoke about how a Treaty would address unresolved issues of reconciliation and how it would affect both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Click here for a report on the views and perspectives presented by our speakers.


Over 100 members and other interested people attended and afterwards enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea and drinks. A big thank you to all the volunteers who made this event such a success and in particular our wonderful Social Organiser and support team.



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Annual General Meeting 2017

U3A Banyule's Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 17 August, 2017. 


Helen McKinnon, President, presented the 2016 -17 Annual Report on behalf of the Committee of Management to over 80 members. The Financial Report was also submitted. A new Committee of Management  was elected and these positions will be held until August 2018.



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U3A Banyule Annual Luncheon

The Annual Luncheon at St George's Restaurant at Melbourne Polytechnic, Preston was attended by 75 members, who enjoyed a delicious three course meal prepared and served by the students. The speaker, Rod Horsfield, related the story of FareShare, a not-for-profit organisation that rescues food and prepares over a million nutritious meals every year for Victorians doing it tough. 


Members responded generously to an invitation to make a donation to support the work of FareShare, giving a total of $500; this was later supplemented by a further amount from the "profit" from the event, bringing U3A Banyule's total support up to $800 - a wonderful result.


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Noel Griffith wins "Lifetime Achievement Award" at 2017 Banyule Volunteer Awards.

Congratulations to Noel Griffith, who has been a tutor with U3A Banyule for 21 years, presenting his popular Music Appreciation class in his home every month.  At the Banyule Volunteer Awards celebration held at Centre Ivanhoe on 10 May, Noel’s remarkable contribution to the community as a volunteer over the past 70 years was recognised with the “Lifetime Achievement Award”.


U3A Banyule has featured strongly in the Volunteer Awards in recent years; we received the Community Group Award in 2014, and former President Janice Kelly was joint winner of the 2016 Individual Volunteer Award. We can all be proud to be making a very real contribution to growing a better community.


The photos below show Noel with Mayor Tom Melican and Cr Craig Langdon, and Noel with U3A Banyule members who attended the ceremony.


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