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I’m sure you have been monitoring the coronavirus situation and making preparations for the potential challenges ahead. U3A SurfCoast committee has been paying attention to DHHS the lead Victorian agency dealing with the coronavirus disease and we encourage you to stay informed directly with DHHS via As a result the committee has decided that […]

The story behind Native Title

On February 25th around 35 U3A members and guests came to Lions Village to hear Dr Angus Frith speak about Native Title. Dr Frith, a barrister since 1999, has practised largely in native title law, working in the field of Indigenous land rights and native title.  He has worked with Aboriginal communities across Australia regarding […]

U3A Tutors Attend First Aid Training

On January 6th U3A SurfCoast celebrated its first activity for the year with a training morning in First Aid attended by 24 participants, mostly U3A tutors covering almost all U3A classes as well as representatives from the Mens Shed. The session was conducted by Leah Tait from Eclipse Foundation. We learned how to distinguish between […]

Farewell 2019

The final event for U3A SurfCoast for 2019 was celebrated on 6th December with the end-of-the-year function at Torquay Improvement Association. Around seventy attended including U3A members as well as guests, including Surf Coast Mayor, Councillor Rose Hodge, Laura Connor, Coordinator of Torquay Community House, Jenny Trezise from Star of the Sea and Aileen Bruce […]

Too precious to lose: long term studies of the unique mammal fauna of the eastern Otways

On November 15th the Occasional Lecturer was Associate Professor Barbara Wilson, from Deakin University who has spent her career studying Australia’s mammal fauna, which is unique and diverse, but since European settlement have experienced one of the most dramatic extinction rates in the world. Barbara explained that “many current species have declined significantly and are […]

Toni McCormack Receives COTA Senior Achiever Award

Having been nominated by U3A Surf Coast for a 2019 Council Of The Aging [COTA] Victorian Senior of the Year Award, U3A Surf Coast member Toni McCormack received the award from the Victorian Governor, Linda Dessau and the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, The Hon. Luke Donnellan MP, in a ceremony at Government House on […]

Back to school for U3A Surf Coast Tutors

As a follow-up to a tutors’ meeting in February this year, a further workshop was conducted on October 10th with professional education facilitator Axel Leonhardt The two-hour session was attended by 17 of our tutors. Axel has delivered a number of workshops for various U3As around Victoria and has more than 30 years experience in […]

Family History Online Workshop Proves Popular

Thirty participants, including non-U3A members, attended this workshop on October 9th organised by Toni McCormack with funding from the Federal government’s “Be Connected” program. Cheryl Baulch opened the session outlining potential online resources for the amateur historian. Cheryl is a local historian and author of the recently-released Together They Served, which relates the stories of […]

Councillor David Bell launches Be Connected for Seniors programs

On Thursday 26 September, Councillor David Bell, from Surf Coast Shire Council, launched the U3A Surf Coast’s Be Connected for Seniors program at Kurrambee Myaring Community Centre before an audience of around forty people. The event was preceded by morning tea and Toni McCormack, the ‘Be Connected’ coordinator and driving force behind the project, introduced […]

“The time has come,” the scientist said, to talk of many things: Of wool, of food, of jumping fleas, of honeybees and stings.”

Our Occasional Lecture of 13 September 2019 featured Dr Mickey Huson, a retired CSIRO Scientist. With apologies to Lewis Carroll for slightly subverting his famous line, Dr Huson, who holds a PhD in Polymer Science, went onto inform us in an entertaining manner, about some of his research in the 30 years he spent with […]