11 December 2017

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How we function


A management committee is elected for the succeeding year at our Annual General Meeting in October. Written nominations for the positions are required to be submitted to the Secretary in advance of the meeting.

The Management Committee for 2017 comprises:

  • President:Joan Parke
  • Vice-President and Course Coordinator:Gwyn Cracknell
  • Secretary:Rose Vella
  • Treasurer:Chris Masterman
  • Member:Deirdre Chell
  • Member:Margaret Maloney
  • Member and System Administrator:Lorraine Watts

Newsletter (The Crier) Editors Gwyn Cracknell and Joan Parke. To see current and earlier editions of Naturaliste U3A's newsletter, The Crier, please go back to the home page and click on 'Latest newsletter'.
We encourage our members to contribute to the newsletter and for newcomers it is a great source of information about what is happening at the grassroots level.


We currently pay membership fee per calendar year which entitles a member to seek enrolment in as many courses as they wish in both Semesters 1 and 2.
Most courses have a maximum capacity and if there is over-enrolment a ballot system may be used to fill the available places. Often a negotiation process is employed to endeavour to meet the needs of as many people as possible.


The backbone of any U3A group is its leaders. These people give freely of their time to present courses exploring their interests and expertise with members who are keen to learn something new, or who may want to enrich what is already an interest. These courses - some of which may be a year long, others just a few weeks - offer a range of topics and activities that allow participants to interact in a stimulating environment. Naturaliste U3A has been fortunate to have leaders who offer a wide range of courses throughout the year, ranging from those looking at environmental issues, art for pleasure, learning new languages, various forms of writing, Mah Jongg, journeys into self-discovery, Book Club - the list goes on. Leaders are starting to find that interest in their courses is ongoing, even after they are formally finished, with a number of participants excited about following up their course with informal gatherings and discussions.


As well as the courses we present, there is an enormous amount of knowledge, guidance and support available within the materials of U3AOnline.


As with all groups, volunteers are a very important part of the successful running of our U3A. They carry out many of the day-to-day tasks involved in the running of meetings, provision of refreshments, arranging publicity, producing the newsletter and the numerous chores that lessen the load for the committee members and course leaders.

Joining Naturaliste U3A gives you the opportunity and an outlet to develop new interests - a vital thing for us as we start leaving the workforce and have more time to do all those things put aside for 'when we retire', or are semi-retired. It gives a starting point for making contact with people who have similar interests - especially important for those who have recently moved to our area. It can have a considerable social spin-off as members have the opportunity to make new acquaintances and develop friendships.

Apart from our courses, which are quite a feature, we have several meetings per year which feature a guest speaker ('Topical Talks') as well as our Annual General Meeting. The Committee is always interested in finding out the needs of our members so that we can continue to develop as an interesting, stimulating and vibrant U3A group.


What we are

Naturaliste University of the Third Age was formed in 2009 in the Busselton - Dunsborough area of southwest Western Australia, its name linked to nearby Cape Naturaliste. Currently with about 220 members, we are a 'university' in the sense of groups of people of like minds gathering to enjoy learning - there are no educational pre-requisites, awards, paid staff or campuses in the traditional sense of a university. We are of the Third Age in that we are of 'mature years' - fully or semi-retired with the time to enjoy learning and exploring new interests.

There are many interesting websites that can be Googled to gather further background to the history of Universities of the Third Age, which is now an international organisation with its foundation in Toulouse, France, in 1972.

Links: For further information about U3A and its history, both in Australia and overseas, please refer to the links at the bottom right of the home page.


We currently pay .00 per person per calendar year membership fee which entitles us to seek enrolment in however many courses we wish, both in semester 1 and 2. Most courses have a maximum capacity so if there is over-enrolment then a ballot-system is used to fill the available places. Quite often there is negotiation to meet the needs of as many people as possible.

Why not join us?

Coming Events (3)

coming events






Courses can be viewed here from 2 January 2018

Membership for 2018 will open on 9 January 2018 - $25 Annual Fee

More information about course enrolment dates will be provided shortly.

Enrolment Day will be held on Friday 2 February 2018 at The People Place.


President's Annual Report (355KB) - Click here to read the Presidents Annual Report

Treasurer's Annual Report (120KB) - Click here to read the Treasurer's Annual Report





Our latest Newsletter is now available. Click on the link below.





Semester Timetable




Where are we


Contact Us

Postal Address
PO Box 1792, Busselton
WA, 6280

Email Address