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0418 749 228


Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub (ILCH)
275 Upper Heidelberg Rd
Ivanhoe Victoria 3079

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Important note about communications from U3A Banyule:
Most of our news is sent out by email and it is important to select 'Newsletter by email' as an option in your membership profile and keep your email address up to date. You may also need to alter your email security settings to ensure U3A Banyule emails arrive in your Inbox, instead of going into your Junk Mail.


For instructions on how to update your email address through MyU3A (Member Login) and how to review your email security settings, see this handy guide.

37th Annual General Meeting of U3A Banyule Inc, Thursday 21 September, by Zoom

U3A Banyule AGM 2023 was held on Thursday 21 September, by Zoom. 

The business of the meeting is outlined in the AGM 2023 Notice to Members. Other relevant AGM 2023 documents can be found on this website in the Document Library. Full financial members were provided with the 2022-2023 Annual Report, Financial Report and Minutes of the 2022 AGM and 2023 Special General Meeting.  

Live Life Digitally Connected - NBN Co Free Fortnightly Online Safety Series 

Hosted by Network Victoria 

A six session series for Older People - fortnightly, 10am-11.30am, starting on 13 September. You can register for all or any of the sessions:

Session 1: 'How a SMART Home Can Extend Independence', 13 September.

Session 2: 'Health Solutions in the Digital World', 27 September. 

Session 3: 'How to Get and Stay Connected to Broadband', 11 October.

Session 4: 'What Devices Do I Need and Where to Get Them', 25 October.

Session 5: 'Learn How to Identify and Report Scams', 8 November.

Session 6: 'Light Online Yoga Warm-Up and a Family Tree Demo', 22 November.

Click here to register through Eventbrite

Urgent - Lecture Facilitators Required

Our U3A relies on our volunteers, and there is lots of fun and friendship enjoyed in this participation! For further information please  email, attention Marg Fievez. Marg is our Lecture Coordinator and oversees our excellent lecture program.


We are seeking volunteers for sessions on Mondays at 2.15 (2 per month) and Thursdays at 11.30am (2 per month). The role involves identifying speakers on topics of interest, then engaging these people to present their talks at ILCH. There will be training and mentoring, and a transition period to allow the current volunteers to spend time passing on their knowledge. Note: There is always backup available should you wish to take holidays during the U3A semester.



At an impressive ceremony held at Viewbank College on Saturday, 25 March, four hard-working U3A Banyule people were among the recipients of Jaga Jaga Community Volunteer Awards, presented by Federal MP Hon. Kate Thwaites. To have one recipient is special but to have four is amazing; a testimony of the super efforts of Margaret  Fievez, Sharon Karasmanis, Andrew Lees  and Milena Maranville.

Margaret Fievez

Recognised for her previous work at U3A as Course Information Manager and Venues Coordinator, and her current role as Lecture Coordinator.  Her efficient work behind the scenes is invaluable.

Sharon Karasmanis

Acknowledged for her huge contribution as our ongoing Course Coordinator, with praise for her attention to detail, strong sense of commitment, efficiency and good humour.

Andrew Lees

A member of U3A’s talk facilitation team, and himself a Tutor, recognised for his long- time role as President of Friends of Yarra Flats Park.  His efforts help us all to benefit from beautification of the area, and increase in biodiversity.

Milena Maranville

Has served U3A as Secretary of the Committee of Management, then President, and now Vice President, bringing outstanding leadership qualities to all these roles. Milena has taken on many other roles at U3A Banyule and her commitment is impressive. 

U3A Banyule is very grateful for their commitment and very proud of them. Bravo to our worthy recipients!  If you see Marg, Sharon , Andrew or Milena please congratulate them in person.

U3A Banyule Policies

Our Strategic Plan identified a need to ensure that our members were aware of the policies that have been developed over several years by the Committee of Management.  From time to time, we summarise and feature policies just to give members a little refresh.



The Privacy Policy articulates the importance of protecting the privacy of the personal information collected from members and volunteers, such as through membership and course registration processes. Images may be used in  U3A Banyule publications, on the website and in class or meeting recordings, subject to members' willingness. You can always opt out at the time images are being taken.

Your information will not be shared with or disclosed to third parties and will be stored and used as set out in the policy. If you believe that your personal information has been compromised or misused, contact the Secretary as soon as possible, The Privacy and Security Officer will investigate and report their findings, including remedies as appropriate.

You can view the policy by following the link above or under the Document Library tab on the website.


COVID Update - April 2023

COVID is on the increase again.  With lots of crowds it stands to reason, transmission is easy. 

  • If you are feeling peaky, please don’t come to classes until you are SURE you haven’t got COVID. 
  • Please take care in classes to distance, to sanitise hands and to wipe tables.
  • Masks would be really good. 
  • If you haven’t had your 5th shot, now is the time to get it. While you’re there, get your flu shot as well.  You can get both shots at the same time and they are readily available. 
  • IMPORTANT: If you have COVID and you have attended a class, please notify Health and Safety Officer, Alan Marks, or the Office, by or phone: 0418 749 228. Class members will be alerted but your privacy will be protected.
  • Please take good care of yourself and for everyone around you.

Banyule City Council Celebrates Seniors

Banyule Council has released the video "Age is Just a Number" on positive ageing.  President Judith Craze was asked to be involved as an interviewee and tutor Sheila and the French class are featured. Watch the little video all the way through and we hope you have a bit of a laugh as well as the sense that there is plenty for Seniors to do in Banyule. 


U3A Banyule Strategic Plan 2022-24

The U3A Banyule Strategic Plan 2022-2024 builds upon the work of previous Committees of Management and has been informed by member surveys undertaken over the last year.


This is the third strategic plan prepared by the U3A Banyule Committee of Management. It was prepared at the beginning of 2022 supported by a Banyule City Council Community Grant, which enabled the Committee of Management to engage a consultant to facilitate the preparation of the plan.

Click here to read the U3A Banyule Strategic Plan 2022-2024.