• Cairns Family History – Get a better understanding of your family history and resources available to help you with this. Includes planned activities, workshops and information sessions.
  • Cairns Walking Tours – Get to know Cairns and its history.
  • Cairns Arts And Culture Map – Learn more about the local arts and culture. 
  • A recently finalised app for both iPhones and smartphone, called “My Cairns”, specifically for people who live, work and play in the Cairns region to stay connected You can use “My Cairns” to get information relevant to you, including: • find out what events are happening across the Cairns region;
    • find ‘Things to do’ – locate activities, walks, places to see and public facilities;

    • find free Wi-Fi hotspots in and around Cairns;
    • report problems for Council to fix;
    • check your general waste and recycling collection days;
    • get the latest Council news;
    • give Council feedback;
    • get notifications for Council jobs, bin nights and water restrictions;
    • use the shortcut links in the side menu to: find a lost pet, get up to date disaster information, check flight times, check the weather;
    • share content through social media. To install “My Cairns” on your phone, go to Play Store (for Android phones) or “App Store” for iPhones and type in “My Cairns”.

In addition to IT classes held by Cairns U3A (depending on tutor availability), IT sessions are also being held regularly at Cairns Regional Council Libraries; – keep watching this space for details as they become available. 

In view of the ever growing interest and demand by our members for IT classes and information, this page also contains advice and links to assist with everyday questions regarding use of phones, tablets, laptops, computers, online connections and subsequent queries arising from this. This page is intended to assist with problem solving (it is not a problem solver in itself) and provides some useful links.  

Some general advice:

  • All the sites listed below need to be financed somehow or earn an income. Therefore they contain ads (sometimes lots of them) or directly offer products for sale. 
  • These sites may also re-direct you somewhere else. That in itself is usually not a problem. Just be aware of this and what you click on (that, of course applies to all of your online surfing). Simply Be Aware What You Click On And Where This May Lead You! If applicable, take the time to read the small print. It’s worth it in the long run!!
  • When entering a question, phrase this initially as simple as possible, ie “how to replace Samsung tablet battery” or “what is Samsung note phone” or “how to stop spam email” (you can, of course, also enter this type of question into any search browser).
  • The list of suggested sites will often include links starting with “www.youtube.com/watch?….” which usually directs you to a You Tube video clip – very useful as the answer is mostly not only verbally explained but also practically demonstrated.
  • If you have found a particularly useful answer or page, bookmark it to easily find it again (don’t know how to do this? – search for “how to bookmark in Internet Explorer” (or Mozilla or Google or Yahoo or whatever search engine you are using). 
  • Many or most of the sites invite you to subscribe to their newsletter which you may or may not want to take up.
  • Don’t expect to always find the answer within minutes. Sometimes it takes longer, other times you get your answer straight away. It varies.

Questions And Answer Sites  

    • The Cloud – to find out if it is safe to use, click here.
    • Mobile Phone Emergency And Safety Featuresclick here.
    • Windows 10  – To get help with Windows 10, click here
    • https://beconnected.esafety.gov.au/ – Connecting seniors online; starting with the essentials, including accessing the internet safely, setting up email accounts and more. Includes details information and activities to do. 
    • http://ask-leo.com/ – This site’s author send weekly to fortnightly newsletters to his subscribers, which are highly informative and factual. A massive database of information is also available via “Best Articles”, the site’s search function (both can be found on the top menu) and its archive at http://ask-leo.com/archives.html?awt_l=61KXJ&awt_m=1aSXBneq9ZdfbL.
    • https://www.howtogeek.com/# – Click on “Search” (top right) and start typing your question.
    • https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us – Microsoft questions and answers site. 
    • https://www.apple.com/au/shop/help/questions_and_answers – Apple questions and answers site.
    • https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12373/windows-update-faq – Windows Update Frequently Asked Questions
    • https://www.computerhope.com/qanda.htm – Computer Hope answers your questions and shows questions previously answered.
    • https://techguy.org/ – A free support site but you need to sign up for it.
    • http://www.ascca.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=291&catid=69&Itemid=69 – Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Organisation. Get connected with other seniors.
  • Staying Safe Online
    • http://www.marketwatch.com/story/12-tips-to-help-retirees-avoid-being-scammed-2016-10-1 – How To Avoid Being Scammed
    • http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2373130,00.asp – 11 Tips For Safe Online Shopping
    • https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/ – Scamwatch – News and Alerts
    • https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0060-10-things-you-can-do-avoid-fraud – 10 Things To Do To Avoid Fraud
  • Various Topics (sites that were found useful and are worth sharing with others)
  • Activities and Studies external of U3A Cairns – ALL FREE – go to the “Other Activities & Studies” menu for further information.
  • JCU Studies – free to any U3A Cairns member. For more, got to the webpage on this site.
  • Understanding Dementia – Massive Open Online Course FREE at University Of Tasmania. 
  • An Independent Voice For The Over 50’s 
  • Information For Australian Seniors – on various topics including seniors health, work, travel, finance, retirement planning, etc.
  • Seniors Enquiry Line is a statewide information and referral service for Queensland seniors, families, friends, grandparents and carers., helping with concessions, social activities, household assistance, retirement accommodation, financial and legal matters, health, education, transport. Click here or call 1300 135 500.

  • Consumer Rights
  • Gems For Enquiring Minds – A treasure trove of information
  • Know Your Rights
  • Your Rights, Crime And The Law
  • Do not fall victim to scams where the current COVID-19 pandemic is used to trick people into releasing personal information. Click here to learn more.  
  • It is your right to live free from elder abuse. Elder abuse is any act that causes harm or distress to an older person and is often carried out by someone they know and trust, such as a family member or friend. Call 1800 ELDERHelp (1800 353 374) to talk to someone for advice and support.
  • Radio COTA (Council On The Ageing) – discusses and provides information on a variety of issues affecting older Australians. Search the library for previous posts and podcasts or continue to listen to the latest information.
  • Ageing Mind Initiative – Ageing research that is provided and undertaken by The University Of Queensland. Go to their newsletter section for a wider range of informative resources.

Handy tips for Pumping petrol

  • Fill up your car in the early morning – when the ground temperature is still cold, gives you more value for money. Storage tanks at service stations are located below ground and the colder the ground, the more dense is the petrol. As it gets warmer, it expands, so buying in the afternoon your litre may not be exactly a litre. 
  • When filling up, do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to fast mode (the trigger has 3 stages – low, middle and high). Pumping petrol in low mode minimises any vapours.
  • Don’t fill up if a petrol truck is pumping into the storage tanks at the same time, to avoid picking up any stirred up dirt while filling up.