HAPPY 30TH: U3A Brisbane has a new, easily accessible venue and expanded classes to offer retirees.
HAPPY 30TH: U3A Brisbane has a new, easily accessible venue and expanded classes to offer retirees.

Time to say happy birthday as U3A Brisbane turns 30

U3A Brisbane has a bright new premises to celebrate its 30th birthday.

After nearly eight months of negotiation, planning and building, the volunteer-run organisation has moved into the remodelled heritage building next to Anzac Square.

It is only about 100m from the existing Creek St rooms, which will be kept for administration and some classes, but the Queen Street location has been vacated.

"These new premises build upon the substantial growth and progress our organisation has experienced through the hard work of many volunteers over our 30-year history," president Marilyn Wagland said.

She added the new state-of-the-art facility would allow a significant expansion of class offerings over the next few years.

That's impressive for a group with over 3500 members, which already offers more than 260 courses each term.

For those not in the know, U3A stands for University of the Third Age, which, they say is the age of "active retirement", following the ages of youth, then work and home-making.

It is not a university in the traditional sense. There are no academic requirements for membership, and no exams.

Its aim is simply to promote learning for personal enjoyment at a very small cost to those of "mature age".

Subjects covered include everything from arts and crafts to family history, computers and finance to history and music, writing and literature to languages, religion, current affairs, science and technology and beyond.

The new building boasts disabled access, is close to bus, train and City Cat services, and there are cafes and retail shops onsite.

To find out more, phone 3236 3055 or visit www.u3abrisbane.org.au. Classes for this term are still open, or Term 4 starts on October 3, 2016.


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