August 2022

More than just football!

We are delighted to advise you that our August Event is something you will find awe-inspiring!

In 2000 two men had an idea that would become a National Educational program that encourages young Indigenous men to stay at school to Year 12. Using football as a carrot, to keep them at school there are over 10,000 young men in the program across Australia. Many gain tertiary qualifications, vocational education, and apprenticeships, therefore, allowing them to look forward to having a better future..

It is a remarkable story and one you will enjoy.

Please join us on Thursday 25th August when Ross Kelly AO, Chairman of The Clontarf Foundation will tell you the story.

Thursday 25th August 6pm
Bar open from 5pm
Margaret River District Club Tunbridge Street, Margaret River

Visitors Most Welcome,
Gold coin donation at the door.
Free event for U3A members
Please RSVP to

July 2022

Lunch with Patrick Cornish

Fifty Shades of Truth

Patrick trained as a journalist in Wales, and over more than half a century has written thousands of newspaper and magazine articles … many of which have born out his view that people are endlessly fascinating.
But fallible.
He is now a freelance journalist, a regular contributor to the West Australian … and has written well over 650 obituaries.
Patrick’s major priority now is writing books with a biographical bent.

Thursday 28 July
11am with lunch from 12 midday
Margaret River District Club
11 Tunbridge Street, Margaret River.

Menu $25
Main Course:
Chicken Breyani or Vegetable Pilaf
Both served with sambals.
Dessert: Lemon Meringue Pie

Tea & Coffee
Bar available

Talk is FREE event
Stay for lunch $25
Please RSVP with lunch choices.
By 25 July to

May 2022

Talk and Lunch with Bill Bunbury

‘The Country is Alive:
A sense of place among Aboriginal and other West Australians.’

Thursday 12 May
11am with lunch from 12 midday
Margaret River District Club
11 Tunbridge Street, Margaret River.

As relative newcomers to an unfamiliar continent early settlers attempted to reconcile themselves to its ecology and its people.
Bill illustrates this in literature and poetry.

Bill Bunbury joined the ABC in 1969 with his Radio History talks, has written 14 books and was awarded an Order of Australia for his services to broadcasting and Aboriginal communities.

Talk is FREE event
Stay for lunch $25 … menu below
Please RSVP with lunch choices
by 5th May to



Thai Sweet Potato Soup
Cauliflower, Pear & Blue Cheese Soup

Served with Crusty Bread

Main Course

Salmon & Broccoli Quiche
Goats Cheese, Tomato & Basil Quiche

Garden Salad


Chocolate Brownie

Tea & Coffee

Bar available

March 2022

‘Making Life Comfortable’ WA: From Campsite to Thriving State

In his talk, author and historian, Richard Offen, will trace how, from very humble and difficult beginnings, Western Australia, specifically the South West, slowly evolved from nothing more than a camp site into a thriving area with all ‘mod cons’ laid on.

Tuesday 15 March
10.30 am
Augusta Community Resource Centre

Stay for morning tea and a chat with Richard
Please RSVP By 8th March to or text/phone 0411 101 373
Members FREE event
Visitors a gold coin donation

Residents of Augusta are being offered an introductory U3A new member annual subscription of $25 (usually $40) to access over 25 U3A courses and monthly events.
Go to to register and enrol.

February 2022

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Ever wonder how planes fly … and stay up in the sky?
Max Collings will enlighten us all!

Thursday 17th February
Church Gallery, MR Community Centre
33 Tunbridge Street, Margaret River

Max has had 48 years in aviation, starting with the RAAF,
then Cathay Pacific, Ansett, China Southern College.
Author of “International Safety.”
Max has flown everything from a Fokker 28 to a Boeing 707!

Stay for morning tea and a chat with Max
Please RSVP By 10th Feb to
Members FREE event
Visitors a gold coin donation

January 2022

To join U3A for 2022
(just $40)

Go to
You will be guided to our computerised
membership and enrolment system.

In-Person Enrolment
Monday December 13 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Thursday January 13 2022 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

You can attend U3A membership and enrolment days at the Mainbreak Room, Shire Offices, 41 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River
On these two enrolment dates only, membership and course fees can be paid in cash or by cheque at the venue.

Twenty five courses to choose from – and NO exams

Evolution of the Australian Novel
Remembering and Writing
The Play’s the Thing
Writing the Real

Community Singing
Boot Scooting
Gentle Salsa
Swimming Made Easy
Walking Margaret River
Guided Relaxation


Catholic Church Reform… WA’s Railway History… Traveling to Out-of-the-way Places… and MORE!

All welcome – you need to be aged 50 or over and not in full-time employment.

November 2021

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A Visit to Max’s Garden
Patton Road, off Ellenbrook Road, Cowaramup
Thursday 28 October 10.30am

Morning Tea Fundraiser for River Angels
(Please bring $5 cash)

Enjoy walks around the garden
(note: water and steep slopes hazards)

Please RSVP By 25th Oct to

October 2021

The earth needs us to grow food differently!

Aquaponics is on the rise as more people turn to fish poo to grow local fresh produce.
John Bowskill’s Margaret River Aquafarm is the largest of its kind in Western Australia, come and learn more during our U3A visit.

Wednesday 13 October 10.30am

20 Morris Road Forest Grove

Head south from Witchcliffe, turn left into Rocky Road,
200 meters past the end of the bitumen turn right into
Morris Road, continue to end of the road and follow
the signs to the Aquafarm

Please RSVP By 8th Oct to

September 2021

July 2021

10am Tuesday 20 July
St. Margaret of Scotland
Anglican Church Hall
11 Station Road
Margaret River

Tasting and Experiencing Extra Virgin Olive Oils
Uses and Benefits of EVOO

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is now one of the exciting key foods of our region.
Jill James and Thelma Burnett, two experienced national judges will lead a two hour interactive session to explain the importance, flavours and aromas and health benefits of using EVOO in different foods.
Participants will have an introduction to olive varieties and regional differences.
The importance of flavours and aromas and tasting new seasons local EVOO will be explained in fun group exercises.
The session will conclude with pairing EVOO with your
favourite foods plus some tasty treats.

This session has a 20 person maximum so get in quick!

RSVP By 15th July to

Look for our U3A sign on Station Road.
Parking on site.

June 2021

We have two events on offer this month: In-person enrolment for Semester II courses, and a talk by Dr. Paul Wilkes. Enjoy!

In-Person Enrolment

Semester II is almost here! We will offer in-person enrolment at the Shire offices in two sessions-

  • Monday 14 June, 10am-12pm
  • Thursday 24 June, 1pm-3pm

The course program will be made available on the website here on 7 June. Enrolment on-line in UMAS will be available from 10am 14 June.

And for course leaders, a short session on course presentation will be held on Monday 14 June from 1pm to 2pm, also at the Shire offices.

Talk: Climate Change, Renewable Energy And Ways Forward by Dr. Paul Wilkes

Monday 21 June 2pm

Duggan Pavilion, Hall Road, Cowaramup

A summary of the most important aspects of global climate change and the consequences.
We clearly need to markedly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in electricity generation, agriculture, industry and transport.
This talk will provide Australian and international examples of how we can achieve the required changes.

Presented by Dr. Paul Wilkes, a geophysicist with wide international experience in energy ranging from nuclear power to oil, gas and geothermal.
Paul has worked in the private sector as well as in the public sector including time in Geoscience Australia, Curtin University and CSIRO.

Please RSVP By 15th June to

Look for our U3A sign on Bussell Highway
Stay for afternoon tea after Paul’s talk.

May 2021

This month, rather than have our own event, we instead are recommending that you consider attending one of the free events on offer at the Margaret River Reader’s and Writer’s festival.

See below for more information on these events- note that registration is required for several of them.

For more information about the Festival, click here.

Fantastic FREE EVENTS at the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival

The 2021 Festival program is now LIVE and boasts a number of FREE events across the weekend, suitable for all ages.

38. Put it in Writing with Mark Greenwood
Friday 14th May, 10.00am – 11.30am Augusta Council Chambers

39. Ignite your Writing Workshop with Sasha Wasley
Saturday 15th May, 10.00am – 11.30am Busselton Library

41. Creating Stories Writers Workshop with Rebecca Higgie
Saturday 15th May, 2.00pm – 3.30pm Dunsborough Library

JULIA solo dance theatre work
Readers & Writers Room, Margaret River HEART
Friday 14th May, Saturday 15th May, Sunday 16th May
1.25pm – 1.45pm, 15min performance followed by 10min Q&A.
FREE EVENT, ALL WELCOME (no ticket required, just come along and join us)

44. The Wilding Stories Listening Lounge
14th – 16th May, HEART Upstairs Balcony
Please be advised this audio installation contains emotive content.  Three listening experiences, allow one hour.

March 2021

Hubert Wilkins and Douglas Mawson – Chalk and Cheese

A Talk by Peter Alcock

Sir Hubert Wilkins
Sir Douglas Mawson

Tales of an extraordinary life as a Polar explorer, cinematographer, aviator and spy!

Monday, 22 March, 10am

Duggan Pavilion

Please RSVP to Bunty via email
or text 0411 101 373

December 2020

To join U3A for 2021 (just $40)

From 10am Monday 14 December go to You will be guided to our computerised membership and enrolment system.

OR attend U3A membership and enrolment days at the
Mainbreak Room, Shire Offices, Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River
on the following dates and times:

Monday 14 December 2020 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday 14 January 2020 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

On these two enrolment dates only, membership and course
fees can be paid in cash or by cheque at the venue.

Twenty eight courses to choose from – and NO essays or exams

Art History – The Modernists
Wondrous Watercolours
Painting with Acrylics

The Garden Doctor
Pet Care Tips from a Vet
Dying to Know in MR
Health & Wellbeing in the Elderly

All the Worlds a Stage
The Story of the Novel
Writing Letters that get Action
Cryptic Crosswords

Opera 101
In Search of Fine Music
Understanding Jazz
The Bard in Song

All welcome – you need to be aged 50 or over and not in full-time employment.

November 2020

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Join your fellow U3A members to celebrate
the end of an unforgettable year,
our good fortune in living in the South West,
and the friendship and support of our U3A friends.

The wonderful Riversong Choir will entertain us with festive music
followed by Margaret River Wine and Cheese
for an evening of laughter and love.

Wednesday 25 November

6.30pm to 9.30pm

Margaret River Lifestyle Village

410 Bussell Highway

Please RSVP to Bunty

Text 0411 101 373

By 23rd Nov

October 2020

Thursday 15th October 10am
The Church Gallery, Margaret River Community Centre

Barbara Scott OAM.

“I became very outspoken, saying every child in WA should
have access to early childhood development”

A champion of children, a teacher, activist and politician over the years. Writing government policies for expanding kindergarten and early childhood learning.

Limited numbers so please RSVP By 12 Oct

Stay for morning tea after Barbara’s talk.

September 2020

Tuesday 29th September
Visit Leeuwin’s famous Art Gallery with a guided tour by
the curator Tricia Horgan.

Meet at Leeuwin Estate Arts Gallery
downstairs entrance at 10.30am.

Limited numbers so please RSVP By Tuesday 22nd Sept

Stay for morning tea after the tour.
$5 each.