Annual Forum: Population Growth in Australia – what is sustainable?

U3A Banyule's Annual Forum 2018 was held on Monday 26 November 2pm–4pm at the U3A Hall.

The following prominent researchers addressed the issue of population growth in Australia with
particular emphasis on immigration:

  • Dr Bob Birrell, President, Australian Population Research Institute.
    Topic: “Immigration and Housing”
  • Dr Katharine Betts, Vice President, Australian Population Research Institute.
    Topic: “Immigration and Public Opinion”
  • Dr Ernest Healy, Centre for Population and Urban Research, Monash University.
    Topic: “The Politics of Immigration”


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2018 Annual General Meeting of U3A Banyule Inc.

The Annual General Meeting was held  on Thursday 16 August 2018, at 10.00 am at the U3A Hall, Rear 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe. Click here for details of the business which was conducted at the meeting. 


Over 80 members were in attendance to hear the Annual Report (see here), as presented by Helen McKinnon, President. The Financial Report for the year ending 30 June, 2018 was tabled and carried as  was a small increase in membership fees, to take effect as of 5 November, 2018 for 2019 .


A Special Resolution to amend the Rules of U3A Banyule Inc was proposed at the meeting and carried.


The Committee of Management was elected for 2018 - 2019 and can be viewed under About/Committee of Management or here.


Life Membership was bestowed on Janice Kelly, former President, in recognition of her extraordinary contribution towards the advancement of U3A Banyule, demonstrating outstanding qualities of leadership and innovation. A hearty thank you was extended to Janice.


President Helen McKinnon and Janice Kelly


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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



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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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