The Hunter Regional Council of Adult Education established Hunter U3A (now called Newcastle U3A) and assisted Lake Macquarie U3A to commence in 1994. There were 159 members at the first general meeting and that has grown steadily to over 750 members that we have today. Several of the original steering committee are still active in our U3A today.
We are a member of Central Coast/Hunter Region of the NSW U3A network.
Lake Macquarie U3A members can engage in new learning in a relaxed and non-competitive environment. No prior qualifications are required and there are no exams. We operate on the principles of self-help and mutual support. All organisation, administration and delivery of courses at our U3A is undertaken by volunteers.
Essentially, U3A study is a sharing of ideas, and an interaction of people to help them learn more about a topic. We would be pleased to hear from any person who, from past experiences or interests, would be willing to share their knowledge with others by volunteering to be a course leader, or group leader. You do not have to be an expert in a subject to stimulate and lead a study group.
The objectives of Lake Macquarie U3A are:
- To provide adult education for retired or semi-retired people over the age of 50 years in accordance with the world-wide organisation, University of the Third Age.
- To conduct daytime courses at a minimal cost to members.
- To conduct courses on a purely voluntary basis.
- To encourage members to act as course leaders, suggest courses or offer assistance in various ways within the organisation.
- To behave in a non-political fashion.
- Not to engage in fund-raising.
Read our U3A Constitution 2011 here.