Photo caption: University of the Third Age Armidale committee members are pleased to receive a $190,248 grant to upgrade their premises, Bron Baker, left, Sue Cameron, Penny Nicholson, Doug Barber, Dianne Mitchell, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Margaret Bain and President Ray Weston.
Tuesday, 31 January 2023
ARMIDALE’S University of the Third Age will use an $190,248 grant from the State Government to dramatically improve its home base and accessibility for people with a disability, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced today.
The funding, provided under the NSW Stronger Country Communities Fund, will help U3A undertake a number of much-needed upgrade and maintenance projects on its Markham Street premises.
“U3A has been keen to upgrade its headquarters, an 1880s heritage residence, to ensure that everyone, regardless of age and mobility, can easily access and move around the building,” Mr Marshall said.
“The grant will help bring the premises into line with current access requirements for people with a disability as well as modernise other facilities for U3A’s volunteers, members and those attending courses.
“The current plans will see the construction of a new unisex disabled toilet, upgrades to the existing ladies toilets, provide replacement storage, as well as upgrade water pipes, and install automatic doors and new LED lights.
“U3A does a wonderful job in the Armidale community, providing stimulated courses, workshops and other activities to keep older people engaged and together.
“This funding is brilliant news and will provide a huge boost to the work of U3A for many years to come.”
U3A Armidale’s Joint Course and Office Co-ordinator Penny Nicholson said that the organisation was thrilled to receive the funding.
“This grant will enable us to ‘future proof’ the building for many years to come in addition to providing accessibility and safety for all,” Mrs Nicholson said.
“We have a number of members with difficulty getting around who use walkers, walking sticks and wheelchairs – up until this time there have been non designated facilities for these members.
“We also had a water leak brought about by aging galvanised pipes.”
The University of Third Age currently has an active committee of eight and 30 volunteers and last year a membership was 424 locals.
Local builders, electricians and other tradesmen have been secured to undertake aspects of the work, which will get underway shortly.