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U3A plans a Queensland conference to remember

Convenors Gail Bonser (left) and Ilona Tanner hope to welcome at least 150 guests to The U3A Network Queensland State Conference.
Convenors Gail Bonser (left) and Ilona Tanner hope to welcome at least 150 guests to The U3A Network Queensland State Conference. Yvonne Gardiner

THE U3A Network Queensland Conference at Tweed Heads Civic Centre in mid-May is an opportunity to hear top-notch speakers and to mix with seniors who really practise lifelong learning.

Hosted by U3A Twin Towns, the conference will be held on May 18 and 19.

On the first day, 2018 Commonwealth Games CEO Mark Peters will give a keynote address on the upcoming landmark sporting event, while the conference will be opened by Gold Coast MP Karen Andrews.

Southern Cross University lecturer Dr Louise Horstmanshof will speak on the care of older people living independently.

Office of Fair Trading officer Gordon Phillips will address The Essentials of the Incorporations Act, and Dr Stephen Holden will speak about the Sharing of Wisdom - Older to Younger.

Conference co-convenor Gail Bonser said hilarious and well-loved author Ellie Wilkie will give the subject of being over 60 and fabulous an airing.

On day two, delegates will learn more about avoiding cyber fraud, and ageing in the LGBITQ community.

Line dancing will give an opportunity to get up and be active, and Council of the Ageing Queensland will discuss the four "pillars of wisdom".

"We have a program that we have developed around our theme, Live, Laugh Learn ... without boundaries," Gail said.

"We have people who are also talking about things like the needs of the LGBITQ community in terms of ageing.

"Their needs have pretty much gone unnoticed.

"U3A Twin Towns started planning in February last year. It was announced in June that we would be the hosts.

"We're working towards getting 150 people. Last year's conference at the Sunshine Coast had just over 100.

"In all the conferences I ever attended, the real learning comes from talking to others about how the organisation works."

Thirty-five branches form the U3A network in Queensland with a membership of more than 21,000 members.

Delegates can arrive before the conference and take an excursion that visits the Tweed River and regional gallery, including the Margaret Olley Centre, or enjoy a game at the Coolangatta Bowls Club.

Major sponsor of the event is The Henley on Broadwater retirement resort.

The pre-conference dinner will be held at Currumbin RSL Club.

To book, phone 07 5534 4733 or 0405 445 164.

Topics:  education general-seniors-news outandabout u3a university of the third age


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