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Stronger Communities Fund support for University of the Third Age

Stronger Communities Fund support for University of the Third Age

Armidale Regional Council’s Stronger Communities Grants program has provided funding support of $50,000 to the University of the Third Age (U3A) in Armidale.  

Council Administrator Dr Ian Tiley and Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall dropped into U3A’s premises recently to deliver the good news in person.  

Dr Tiley said the University of the Third Age provide the most comprehensive range of activities and courses for senior citizens in and around Armidale and is the largest organisation of its kind on the Northern Tablelands.  

“U3A has over 630 members and each semester runs more than 60 courses and activities for our community’s seniors,” Dr Tiley said. “The organisation not only provides opportunities for and promotes the value of life-long learning, it also provides a forum and the amenities for members to socialise and make new friends.”  

U3A Armidale is based at ASCA House which requires some urgent repairs to address health and safety issues. The Stronger Communities funding will be used towards repairing the floor, installing new toilets and renovating and repairing the kitchen facilities.  

The Stronger Communities Fund was established by the NSW Government to provide new councils with funding to kick-start the delivery of projects that improve community infrastructure and services. The community grant program allocated $1 million in grants of up to $50,000 to incorporated not-for-profit community groups within the Armidale Regional Council Local Government Area, for projects that build more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local communities.  

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said U3A provided a valuable service for hundreds of locals seeking something different.  

“From armchair theatre to yoga, the University of the Third Age gives older locals the ability to learn new hobbies, skills and ways to keep healthy and engaged in the community,” Mr Marshall said. “Age shouldn’t be an impediment to self-improvement or social inclusion and this support will help U3A continue their important work.”

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