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Annual Forum 

U3A Banyule Annual Forum (via a Zoom webinar) was held on  Monday, 22 November, 2021.

Topic: ‘In a democracy such as ours, who is speaking and who is listening when it comes to climate change?’


The proceedings were recorded and can be viewed here.


The Webinar Speakers were:

Judith Brett
Emeritus Professor in  Politics, La Trobe University  and author

Ian Cunliffe
Lawyer and former CEO Constitutional Commission, CEO Law Reform Commission, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, author on legal issues

Lynn Frankes
Lawyer and Co-convenor of Lighter Footprints


The websites mentioned were:


Lighter Footprints www.lighterfootprints.org


Climate For Change Conversation Guide: https://www.climateforchange.org.au/download_guide


Climate Council Conversation Guide: https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/climate-conversation-guides/


Lighter Footprints letter writers bloghttps://lighterfootprints.org/want-to-write-a-letter-to-the-editor-heres-how/


InfluenceMap : https://australia.influencemap.org/


Climate for Change MP Engagement: https://www.climateforchange.org.au/mpeg_resourcesnew


ACF polling: https://togetherwecanmovement.org.au/poll


Banyule Transition website  https://transitionaustralia.net/site/transition-banyule/   (or call Mary Stringer 0431 026 723)


Banyule Transition Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/banyuletransition/


Banyule Parents for Climate Action Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/493102244657554Banyule


Parents for Climate Action: https://www.ap4ca.org


Meet and Greet Sale! 

The November 24 sale of hand-made items made by our members during the lockdowns raised almost $3,000, which will be donated to Banksia Palliative Care. Hundreds of dollars of clothing, bedding and money was also donated to the Montmorency Asylum Seekers. Two very worthy causes.


U3A Banyule COVID-Safe Plan 

A COVID-Safe Plan has been developed (last updated November 2021) to ensure the health and safety of all U3A Banyule members and guests and is in line with government and council policies.  It outlines responsibilities and procedures to be followed during class activities, and will be updated as required to align with government requirements.


Classes at ILCH

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - COVID-19 Attendance at November classes

Some classes are resuming face to face from Monday 8 November. Your tutor would have advised you if your class is resuming. Please note the current requirements:

  • You need to be fully vaccinated
  • Please ensure you have your digital certificate ready to show the Covid monitor; instructions below, or librarians are available to help you in person
  • If you have a physical certificate, you will need photo id as well
  • If you have a medical exemption from a medical practitioner you will need photo id
  • Please wear your U3A lanyard
  • Do not attend if you have a cold or flu like symptoms

COVID-19 Digital Certificates

The libraries are happy to help anyone who is having difficulty downloading the certificate. Meanwhile the following resource will step you through the process:  https://www.beconnectednetwork.org.au/sites/default/files/how_to_access_your_covid-19_vaccination_certificate_accessible.pdf


General points to note

  • Check that you have enrolled in the class you wish to take part in.
  • Remember to register your name when you enter the building. This can be done by the QR code in the lobby or by signing in at the reception desk.
  • Please try and arrive early to allow time for registration, especially when it is a big class.
  • Wait in the community lounge area until the preceding class comes out and the room is cleaned.
  • When you enter the class you must sign in, even though you have registered your name at the entrance of the building.
  • At the end of the class leave the room promptly, to allow time for it to be cleared and cleaned for the next class.
  • You can bring take away tea, coffee, your own flask or water into the classroom but the tea and coffee facilities in the rooms cannot be used for now.
  • Please wear your name badge.