A new U3A Association in the South Burnett area is becoming a reality, with support from the local Council and U3A Dalby taking on the ‘parent’ U3A role. A recent meeting with stakeholders in Kingaroy endorsed the need for a local U3A, and a steering committee has been formed.
Network Queensland – through its representatives Rhonda Weston, Margaret Cook and David Weston – have been instrumental in connecting with stakeholders locally, offering the Network’s assistance to progress the new U3A centred on Kingaroy.
Rhonda Weston, U3A Toowoomba President and the Network’s Membership Committee chair, said that South Burnett Councillor Kirstie Schumacher has already emailed all interested parties to coordinate and host a meeting with the Steering Committee in Kingaroy and to organise a trip to Dalby to meet with Dalby U3A.
“It’s just great to work with such proactive Councillors to establish this new U3A,” Rhonda said. “Such support from local government is important to the new U3A’s sustainability.”
For its part, the South Burnett Council regards the establishment of a local U3A as important in enabling ongoing education and encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle for seniors.
Councillor Schumacher said that a U3A would be of enormous value. “We have some incredibly talented people here who can share their learning experience with others, regardless of age, and make a positive difference in learning, health and wellness in the community.
“I’m so excited about the prospect of progressing as quickly as possible to establishing a U3A here, and the positive benefits that will bring to the community.”
Network President Gail Bonser congratulated Rhonda, Margaret and David on their success in this exciting new venture. “As U3A Dalby has offered to be the umbrella organisation for the fledgling group, it seems very possible that the group will have a program going before long, and they’ll more than likely be looking to incorporate fairly quickly.”
A public meeting to further the establishment of the South Burnett group, sign up members, discuss possible courses and appoint a management committee has been planned for early in 2022.