Congratulations to Joan Learmont!

At the Banyule City Council Volunteers Awards Dinner on Wednesday 23 May, our extremely hard working Course Coordinator won the Individual Volunteer Award amongst a field of 24 impressive nominees. Our very best wishes to Joan from U3A Banyule – her contribution has been invaluable over the past four years and we are delighted Joan’s remarkable work has been recognised.


Joan is pictured below with members of the Course Coordination team and U3A Banyule President Helen McKinnon



Musical Gathering, Friday 13 July

For several years, U3A Banyule's choir, Audacity, has been a popular performer at Deakin Edge, at the opening of Seniors' Week in October.  If you have not heard Audacity perform, here is your chance to do so!  The choir will present a Musical Gathering on Friday 13 July, from 2 to 4pm, at the U3A Hall.  Conducted by Nancy Cornwallis, and accompanied on the piano by Helen Shinkfield, Audacity will delight the audience with a varied repertoire of popular, classical and humorous songs.  In addition, popular local baritone, Graham Ford, will be guest soloist, and solo vocal and piano items from choir members will also be featured.  There is no charge to attend, and afternoon tea will conclude the Musical Gathering. 
Enrol online for 13 July through MyU3A, and bring a friend if you wish. You are assured of a great afternoon's entertainment.

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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 – A Report on the Special Consultation Meeting for U3A Banyule Members

A special meeting for U3A Banyule members was organised on Friday 16 March to hear about the draft Ivanhoe Parking plan. A presentation was provided by Kathleen Petras, the Transport Planning Team Leader, Banyule City Council. It was pleasing that the Mayor and several Councillors also attended.


Thanks to the members (approximately 50) who attended this meeting to express concerns about the proposed drastic changes to parking around Ivanhoe.


Several of our members spoke about the deleterious effect of reducing parking near the U3A Hall from 4 hours to 3 or perhaps 2 hours; people who attend two consecutive sessions, people who volunteer at the office, people with mobility problems, all would be severely disadvantaged by such a move.  Banyule prides itself on its commitment to the welfare of older residents; it is unfair to make senior members of the community walk long distances to their cars, and to be deprived of some of the benefits of learning and socialising that U3A offers.


Mention was made of the need for additional disabled parking, for seniors’ car parks close to venues to facilitate access, for 4 hour parking near the railway station and perhaps a long-term car park outside the main centre of activity, with a mini-bus service.


Kathleen Petras advised that a report on the consultation process is to go to Council soon, probably by the end of April. U3A Banyule will be informed of the recommendations and members will be able to attend the relevant Council meeting. I urge interested members to keep abreast of this matter and to make sure Council is aware of our ongoing concerns.


Helen McKinnon



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Annual U3A Banyule Lunch 2018


Date: Tuesday 26 June, 2018 Venue: St Georges Restaurant (Building K) at Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT), Preston Campus, 77 – 91 St Georges Road, Preston.


Time: 12noon for 12.30pm Cost: $30 for 3 courses plus coffee/tea. (Payment is required at time of booking). Drinks at member’s expense will be served at the tables.


Parking and Public Transport: refer to separate invitation and map.


Guest Speaker: Bev Moss, a popular, engaging speaker with a gift for entertaining audiences with stories from her fascinating life experiences, who is also a member of U3A Banyule. Her topic is "Buckingham Palace in My Underwear".


Bookings: Close on Friday 15 June. Book online via MyU3A or in the office. (If you have special dietary requirements, please indicate this at the time of booking).


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Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub - Final Plans


The Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub is a major Council project to redevelop and revitalise the Ivanhoe area with a state of the art building providing a range of community facilities. Upon completion in 2020, U3A Banyule will be moving into this facility. We will have an office and access to the facilities and a range of meeting rooms of varying sizes in which to conduct classes.


A special meeting has been arranged for U3A Banyule members to hear about progress to date, view the final plans and see the timeline leading to the completion of this significant project. There will be plenty of time for questions. Prior registration is not necessary.


Presenter:     Roberta Colosimo, Manager Youth & Family Services, Banyule City Council

Date:             Thursday 7 June, 2018

Venue:          U3A Hall

Time:            11.45am – 1.15pm


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