U3A Sunshine Coast tutors discuss courses at the open day.
U3A Sunshine Coast tutors discuss courses at the open day. CONTRIBUTED

U3A Sunshine Coast celebrates 30 years of learning

EXTREMELY hot weather didn't faze more than 400 seniors and retirees who flocked to the Innovation Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast for the U3A's recent open day.

U3A is the University of the Third Age, whose motto is: "Connecting seniors to lifelong learning”.

The U3A choir entertains.
The U3A choir entertains. CONTRIBUTED

Founded in Caloundra in 1987 by Frayda Cooper, the U3A Sunshine Coast branch is the second-largest in Queensland, with more than 2000 members.

Frayda Cooper.
Frayda Cooper. CONTRIBUTED

Now located at B block at the University of the Sunshine Coast's Sippy Downs campus, U3A offers about 140 courses.

These range from languages to art, book clubs and music.

Outdoor activities include cycling, aqua aerobics and bird-watching.

Guest speakers at the open day were the USC Vice-Chancellor Greg Hill and Sunshine Coast Division 9 councillor Steve Robinson.

As well as being the U3A's 30th anniversary, 2017 also marks 20 years since the university was founded, and 50 years since the Near North Coast changed its name to the Sunshine Coast.

This prompted the U3A president and speakers to cut three birthday cakes to mark the occasion.

U3A Sunshine Coast's 30th anniversary.
U3A Sunshine Coast's 30th anniversary. CONTRIBUTED

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