U3A Redlands District

Location: Redland City is located on the South Coast of Moreton Bay between Brisbane City to the North, Logan City to the West and the Gold Coast to the South. It is one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland and in Australia. A very high proportion of residents are retirees who have moved here for the community lifestyle – we have many historical sites, Bay islands, a harbour side with bistros, fishing and boating, an award winning winery, an excellent museum and art gallery and a performance arts complex.

Membership: U3A Redlands was established as an independent organisation in 1999 but classes first started in Cleveland in 1988 under the auspices of U3A Brisbane. Our office is located at Cleveland District State High School in Cleveland. We currently have 1500 members and 100 dedicated volunteer Tutors and Activity Co-ordinators who conduct a wide range of classes in academic and cultural subjects as well as physical and social activities. Classes are held at various venues throughout Redland City.

Next year, in June 2014, we are proud to be the host of the 2014 Queensland State Conference, a 2 day convention which will be held in the Redland Performing Arts Complex and is sponsored by our Redland City Council. For more information please visit our website www.u3aredlands.com.au Visitors from other U3A’s around the world would be most welcome.

Activities: In addition to our classes and courses, we have a large Choir who regularly give recitals at local Churches and Retirement Villages; our Theatrical group “Footlites” produces Musical & Dance Shows twice a year and our “Pedal for Pleasure” cyclists like to take a Cycle Tour each Autumn. This year they spent 5 days cycling in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.

Comments: I quote from a lady, whose inspirational leadership in the beginnings of U3A in the Redlands, who said ….”I love people. U3A is for people, about people and their interests and needs”. I believe this is just one of the reasons why U3A has become the largest educator of seniors in Australia.

Julie Porteous: President