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TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY

TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY



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U3A goes bush

U3A members from all over Victoria gathered in the shadow of the Grampians this week (13 - 15 October 2014) for their annual conference. Box Hill was well represented with a contingent of thirteen in attendance. In a ground breaking move, this year's conference was held outside the metropolitan area at Hall's Gap. The rattle of trams was replaced by the haunting call of Currawongs, the warble of magpies, the high pitched twitter of rosellas, and the wild shrieks of cockatoos. A walk to the shops involved negotiating mobs of brazenly fearless free range kangaroos. Between rain showers delegates took part in a 'welcome to country' ceremony before learning about the "thin skinned tectonics" that had created the cuesta shape of the hardened sandstone ranges.

Wildflower rambles in search of elusive spider orchids among the tea tree heath and tranquil walks to the Silver Band falls gave way to serious climbs to the top of Mt Boronia and a view to die for over the township and surrounding ranges. Visits to the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre enlightened delegates to the traditions of the Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people's and their stories of Gariwerd.

Delegates returned somewhat reluctantly to classes at Strabane refreshed from their time out in 'Victoria's wonderland' and full of energy to renewed faith in the efficacy of the U3A movement to better the lives of seniors.

Valerie Bourke
Regional and Network representative for Box Hill U3A and delegate at the recent Grampians U3A Gathering.

The Grampians Conference agenda