As you will doubtless be aware, we're in one more week of Lockdown in Melbourne, with some easing of restrictions including an increase in our travel bubbles to 10km. Most importantly, Acting Premier James Merlino has advised there will be no travel allowed to Regional Victoria over the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend between 12-14 June to prevent any spread of infection to these areas; please monitor your preferred news services for any updates on this.
Melbourne, unlike any other State, has had more than its fair share of Lockdowns. But that alone means we know how to do it, and we can do it very well; so this will be one more challenge for us and to date we are rising to that challenge admirably.
What Can You Do?
Get Tested if you have Symptoms
If you experience even the mildest of symptoms, get tested. Daily COVID-19 testing rates continue to break records and are causing hold-ups at some testing sites, so it pays to look for the quickest and best option to suit you. On the Coronavirus.Vic.Gov.au website you'll find a list of testing locations, along with expected waiting times as well as how to register online before your test, where applicable. Click on the 'Victoria Strong' button below to go that page.
Keep up-to-date with Exposure Sites
Public Exposure Sites continue to be added to the Victorian Government's Coronavirus page as more information comes to light. Some of these sites are added many days after the infected person visited as there is a lag in infection, reporting and contact tracing, but they are listed as NEW so you can scan through them more quickly. We advise that you check this site regularly as some are within the City of Port Phillip area. Click the 'Victoria Strong' button below for direct access to this page.
The Federal and State Governments highly recommend COVID-19 Vaccination for all eligible members of the community. You can find relevant information on both the Federal and State Government sites below - just click on the individual buttons.
Victorian Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton, has advised members of the community to 'shop around' if you're having difficulty making an appointment to have your Vaccination; try more than one GP Clinic or Vaccination Site to find the best fit for you and your schedule.
Federal Gov How to Get Vaccinated Vic Gov Vaccination Sites
Check in at all the Venues You Visit
The Victorian Government now requires all members of the community to check in at the Venues you visit using the Services Victoria QR Reader app and we highly recommend that all our Members are diligent in doing this during your shopping trips. Contact Tracers rely heavily on timely information in order to track down close contacts and identify exposure sites.
Advance notice - Checking in with QR Codes
Update from Alex Mifsud - Health & Safety Officer, U3APP
From 28 May 2021 The Victorian Government requires that all visitors to our U3APP Venues must check-in using only the QR code (Service Victoria app) and the manual contact log will no longer be in use. Checking in at venues and facilities helps with contact tracing and keeps Victoria safe and open. Where internet or a mobile device is unavailable, U3APP will provide a secondary method of checking in.
What to do now? If you have not already done so, download the Service Victoria app and familiarise yourself with how to use it. This Service Victoria app and the requirement to check in, now applies throughout Victoria, in supermarkets, shops etc.
Face-2-Face Classes on Zoom Next Week
Tutors of the Courses listed below will run their Classes via Zoom during next week's Lockdown. If you have the Zoom app downloaded on your device, you’ll be able to join your Class by logging on to the U3APP Website and scrolling down to the button labelled ‘Click here to join your Online Class’.
If you haven't used Zoom before and don't want to miss out on your Class, please contact us by email at Webmaster@u3app.org.au and a Member of our Team of IT Volunteers will assist you.
All Face-2-Face Classes not listed here for Monday 7 June - Thursday 10 June have been cancelled. A decision on Friday Classes will be made later in the week when we have an update from the State Government regarding Lockdown.
- 1S06 Melbourne: A History
- 3L07 German
- 4L10 Italian Intermediate
- 4L12 Indonesian Language for Beginners
- 4M05 Allsorts
- 4M07 Beaut Ukes
- 4M11 Ukulele Post-Beginners
- 4S07 Origins of the Bible and the Koran
At a Loose End During Lockdown?
At U3APP we still have vacancies in plenty of Courses, so perhaps now (while you may be sitting twiddling your thumbs and wondering what to do with yet another week in Lockdown) is the time to try out something new. Click the 'Courses' button below to view our current Course Guide. Course titles in bold type indicate they still have vacancies and can be booked right away, but remember to log on to the Website before you try to book; of course you can always Waitlist yourself for a Class that is currently full.
Perhaps You're in the Mood for some Shakespeare?
Shakespeare on Stage and Screen - Monday 7 June 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Helen Vorrath is opening up her Shakespeare Class to all U3APP Members who'd like to join in the fun during this second week of Lockdown. There's no need to sign up for this Course or book; just go to the Online Course Links page on Monday afternoon, as you do for any of your Zoom Classes, and click on '1B13 Shakespeare on Stage and Screen', then sit back, relax and enjoy the show. You can find out more about the Class by clicking this 'Globe Theatre' button.
Would You Like to Share Your Expertise?
Calling all U3APP Members! Do you have an interest, passion or hobby that you would be willing to teach other Members?
We're looking for Tutors as well as new Courses for next Term, and we know there are lots of talented people like YOU out there.
Courses can be as long, or as short as you like - from a one hour Talk to a year long Course; you're the boss. There's lots of help available to get you started and plenty of time to develop your ideas before Term 3 starts on 12 July.
If you'd like to have a chat to one of our friendly team about it, just drop an email to our Course Coordination Team at email@example.com and we'll get in touch with you.
U3APP's Program of
Each month we present a Saturday afternoon Seminar on Zoom. Topics are varied and are always engaging and relevant to those fascinated by the world around us.
Upcoming Saturday Seminar-Webinars
Saturday Seminars are free to attend and open to all, Members and non-Members, but places must be reserved, so click on the Seminar/s of your choice in the list above, or choose the 'Click Here' button below to view all our Public Events, make your bookings and catch up on recordings of earlier Seminars you may have missed.
Angela Merkel: The Woman Who Remade German Politics
19 June 2:30 pm - Presented by Joe Hadju
This year Angela Merkel will have been the Chancellor (PM) of Germany for sixteen years; the longest period in power of any democratically elected leader in the world. She has managed this feat despite being a woman and having been originally a political novice. Her skilful leadership has changed many aspects of the German political landscape. However, as Merkel’s Chancellorship draws to a close, challenges confront her and her Party that may tarnish her political legacy.
Dr. Joe Hajdu is a retired academic who has long-term connections with Germany; he was a post-graduate student at Bonn University, and at a later stage of his academic career taught at the University of Cologne. He has conducted research in Germany and has been a very interested follower of German politics past and present.
Margaret Byron has once again created a beautiful flier for this Event; sadly you can't see it pinned up at Mary Kehoe right now, but you can view it by clicking this 'Click to View' button.
Things to Make You Smile During Lockdown
Marine Mindfulness Week 7 - 11 June 5:00 pm
Melbourne Aquarium is once again Live Streaming the activities of some of its beautiful creatures, from Monday through to Friday this coming week. You can enjoy the show by clicking the 'fish' button below to go to their Website. The shows are streamed live via their Facebook page, and you can also view previous videos as well.
Victorian Senior of the Year Awards
The Victorian Government is celebrating the contributions and talents of senior Victorians with the opening of the 2021 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards. Victorians are encouraged to nominate a deserving person to ensure the outstanding contributions of Victoria’s seniors are recognised. The nomination period closes on 9 July 2021 for nominations of people over 60 years of age (50 years of age for First Nations people). Click on this "2021 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards" button for further information.
Victorian Government Information
Public Exposure Sites
As the list of Public Exposure Sites continues to grow, including several sites in the City of Port Phillip area, including Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and St Kilda, we recommend you check them regularly. Click on this 'COVID-19' button for details.
The Victorian Government continues to update COVID-19 information and restrictions; you can keep up to date with them by clicking on the 'COVIDSafe Settings' button below.
COVIDSafe Settings - VicGov
Federal Government Vaccine Rollout
The Australian Government Department of Health provides regular updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. AstraZeneca vaccination is now available for those aged 50 and over; for those under 50 the Pfizer vaccine has been made available to eligible members of the community.
Click on this 'Vaccine' button to go the Department of Health Website. We suggest discussing any queries unanswered on this Website with your doctor.
Federal Government Department of Health
Dates For Your Diary
Semester 1: Monday 1 February - Friday 25 June
Monday 14 June - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday - usually no Classes held - check with your Tutor if unsure
Saturday 19 June - Seminar - Webinar: Angela Merkel: The Woman Who Remade German Politics
Friday 25 June 11:00 am - The U3APP Coffee Club - Sandbar Beach Café, 175B Beaconsfield Pde - to be confirmed
Friday 25 June - End Term 2
Semester 2: Monday 12 July - Friday 10 December
Monday 12 July - Start Term 3
Saturday 17 July - Seminar - Webinar: Beyond the hero-leader: effective leadership in troubled times
Saturday 21 August - Seminar - Webinar: Art Deco Furniture and Jewellery
Friday 17 September - End Term 3
Term Break: Saturday 18 September - Sunday 3 October
Monday 4 October - Start Term 4
Tuesday 2 November - Melbourne Cup Day - usually no Classes held - check with your Tutor if unsure
Friday 10 December - End Term 4