** PLEASE NOTE **
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 situation, the Council has advised that the Newport Community Centre is closed for all activities until the end of February 2021.
We are hopeful that we will be able to resume our program in March and will keep this page updated with the latest news.
Please check here for the latest COVID-19 requirements before attending
face to face courses
Topics of Interest at Newport (Pages 37 and 38)
Main Hall, Newport Community Centre, 11-13 The Boulevard, Newport
(off Barrenjoey Road)
Come and join a friendly group to experience nine separate presentations by people who are experts in, or have enthusiasm for, their subjects, covering a wide variety of topics from science, history, travel, the arts, social justice and some quirky topics.
First Wednesday and Fourth Tuesday of each month, 1.30-3.30pm (no school holidays)
Note: Pre-booking is required for each individual session
Bookings: By email to Tricia Haines, or 0417 686 399
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and the need to have limited numbers at our venues, bookings for lectures can only be accepted for ONE MONTH AHEAD. We hope you understand that by doing this we can give all members the same opportunity for booking individual presentations. The only exception to this is if the lecture series continues for more than one session and is on ONE SUBJECT, by the SAME SPEAKER.
|Wed 3 February||Alix Thoeming||How the internet has and has not
changed the way we teach at University
Where is the development team at Sydney
University leading us with online learning
today? How much face to face will there be
in the future?
|Tue 23 February||Lucilla Ronai||Paper conservation at the Maritime
What is conservation and a conservator?
Hear from the professional responsible for
the preservation of artistic and cultural
artefacts, also known as cultural heritage.
|Wed 3 March||Dr Anthony Lewis||Human factors in anaesthesia
“To err is human, to cover up is
unforgiveable, and to fail to learn is
inexcusable.” Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief
Medical Officer of England, 2010.
|Tue 23 March||Ian Thompson||Quackery – a brief history of the worst
ways to cure everything!
The golden age of quacksalvers – an
historical look at quackery from the middle
ages to current time and the treatments
that these medical-peddlars offered.
|Tue 27 April||Michael Maley||Understanding the veterans’ experience
Our Defence Forces’ core values are courage,
initiative, respect and teamwork. After serving
in the Middle East, East Timor, Israel and South
Sudan, what happens when they are discharged?
|Wed 5 May||Greg Ross||A voyage to the Arctic
Follow this pictorial journey of intrepid
travellers traversing the Northwest Passage,
the sea route from the North Atlantic through
the Canadian Arctic Archipelago to the Pacific
|Tue 25 May||Stewart Reed||Historic houses of Australia
Over 240 years many houses (and usually
gardens) in different styles have been built in
Sydney. This talk takes us on a tour of these
houses, many of which are open to the public.
|Wed 2 June||Katrina White||What are the responsibilities of the big
What is Artificial Intelligence and the ethics
surrounding it? What are the new key
technology trends? Where are we heading?
Hear about future plans.
|Tue 22 June||Keith Amos||Dorothea Mackellar at Pittwater
The famous Australian poet’s leisure use of her
secluded holiday cottage at Lovett Bay, from
1926 to about 1950. How did it impact her writing?