Kiama U3A

Talks – Term 1 – 2019


4th February, 2019 – KIAMA CEDARS: Past, present & future — Peter McAra *

Past:  Kiama developed as a port exporting the valuable product cedar timber.  Wide-spread exploitation resulted in a law, passed in 1802 which forbade further logging.
Present:  Today cedar timber attracts revenue of $5,000 – $7,000 per cubic metre. Restoration of the forests would give returns of several billion dollars to Kiama LGA.
Future:  Where to from here?  World shortage of timber and continuing destruction of forests makes cedar production in Kiama LGA an interesting investment opportunity!

11th February 2019 –  THE DROUGHT POEM – Little Buster (Bowral School Boy) —  Darcy Howard

Recital of the Poem, explaining how it came about, and how the media coverage of the poem led to speaking engagements, television and radio appearances.

18th February, 2019 – Excursion – Taronga Zoo

When did you last go to the zoo?  Now is your opportunity to visit Australia’s finest, with the background of Sydney Harbour.  Travel by rail and ferry and lunch with the meercats.

Depart:  8.15a.m. Train from Kiama Station.  Arrive: 10.30a.m. Central
Connect:  with circular quay train from platform 17  Connect: with Zoo ferry at wharf 4.  Travel up to main entrance by shuttle bus.
Cost: Opal card for trains and ferry Approx. $35 entry to zoo to be paid at enrolment.

25th February, 2019  – THE ROLE OF DESTINATION KIAMA AND THE KIAMA COUNCIL  —  Karen Ronning

Kiama has welcomed visitors since the mid 1800’s and in mid – 2017 the Council amalgamated all tourist operations – this new entity is known as Destination Kiama.


Because of erosion from above and intrusion of magma from below, Earth’s rocky crust is progressively destroyed through time – but then refreshed again.  Extremely rare rocks surviving from the first billion of Earth’s 4.56 billion year history, are found in Greenland, in the Isua supracrustal belt at the edge of the Icecap.  This best-preserved oldest volcanic and sedimentary record, includes the oldest known Stromatolites, – ‘trace fossils’ formed by the activity of microbial communities.  This attests to increasing evidence that life on Earth started very early, showing the development of DNA in our last universal common ancestor (LUCA) dates from at least 4 billion years ago.

11th March, 2019 – THE GEOLOGY OF THE KIAMA AREA — Peter Clarke *

A look at the geological history of the Gerroa to Bombo region from the eruption of the Gerringong volcanics some 270 million years ago to the present day.  We will also touch upon the possible future impacts of sea level changes on our coast and in the world.

18th March, 2019 – THE ENERGY COMPANY — Carolyn Lee

(Saving energy through solar energy, battery storage and energy efficiency).  Learn how to become more energy independent through a range of energy-saving measures and technologies that allow you to be 50-100% self -sufficient.

25th March, 2019 – JAPAN REVISITED — Sharon Parker *

Japan has become an interesting and enjoyable place to visit.  Only a 12hour plane trip away the country is so accessible to travellers using the famous bullet trains.  There is just a two hour difference in time zone and seasonal weather is similar to ours.  The Japanese people are very friendly to Australians, and learning of their culture and history, whether good or bad, is a great experience for all.