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15 Nov 2021
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Funding agreement signed for Umina oval facilities
All ages acknowledge Remembrance Day
Construction starts on Rogers Park amenities building
Amenities include change rooms, canteen and storage
Memorial seat at Patonga for Malcolm Waters
Association calls for pilot Peninsula Green Grid project
Men's Shed to hold twice-yearly sale in Woy Woy
Planning to sell Christmas trees
No cases this month with dose rate over 90 per cent
Council to repair Umina whale tail sculptures
Council gives grants to four Peninsula festivals
Council starts work on Woy Woy Bay wharf
Tesch seeks disabled access to shopping complex
Lucy Wicks hits the hustings
Produce swap planned
Bacon and egg rolls resume
Song meter installed at arboretum
New facilities under construction
Social evening at Lions Park
Three Rotary clubs make joint donation
Monitor website for Pearl Beach carols details
Bays group restarts activities
Pictures of Sydney red gums wanted
Club raises $6000 in Melbourne Cup sweep
Dual occupancy proposal for Barrenjoey Rd corner
Amendment allows earlier start on Umina Mall site
Planning approvals total more than $5 million
ACF branch holds its own 'engagement' meeting
Housing for older women at risk
Sleeping bags and swags for the 'hidden homeless'
Committee wants council reinstatement or election
Water asset sale should not be dismissed
Prime Minister's plan is like Regional Plan
Vale Ettalong
Australia is becoming a stupid country
Answer for recreation precinct
Request for Breastscreen bus 'sooner rather than later'
Jed provides support at clinic
New approach to geriatric care trialled at hospital
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Coastal Twist festival receives $73,000 in grants
Patchwork group learns to make cosmetic bags
Fred Smith to perform at Troubadour folk club
Three-day open-air exhibition at Pearl Beach
School air-conditioning applications unsuccessful
Local teachers' association supports pay rise call
Great book swap at Ettalong
Car parts wanted
Class artwork on display
Letters delivered to Hammond Care residents
Opportunity class assessments online at school
Class requests wanted before November 26
Parent survey on student engagement
Hoping for a smooth transition to secondary school
Students help plant local native trees
Shane Waddell wins Umina Major Singles title
Past presidents' bowls association re-elects committee
Outrigger canoe club seeks new members
Brisbane Water Bridge Club results
Umina Bunnies look for junior players
Southern Spirit cricket results
Brett Harrod awarded SLSA life membership
Little Athletes back at training
Junior touch trials
Hoping to fill second under-12 water polo team
CWA will celebrate 100 years of service
Historian role 'innocently put on myself'
Malcolm Waters - 'loved this place with a passion'



CWA will celebrate 100 years of service

Next year the Country Women's Association in NSW will celebrate its 100 years of service to the community.

The 13 CWA branches on the Central Coast area are busy preparing festivities for next year.

It all started in 1922 when lots of country women met at the first "Bushwomen's" Conference during the yearly Royal Agriculture Show in Sydney.

It was simply a gathering of women concerned about their problems in the bush.

Many were very isolated and there were hardly any services in rural areas.

For many women, it was a hard life.

The conference was a success and from then on branches, or rather "Restrooms", started to appear in towns, sometimes to the disbelief that women could organize such a thing.

At last, there was a place for women to rest, feed their babies and have a conversation with other women in similar circumstances, while their husbands did some trading.

Gosford, Terrigal and Somersby were the first branches being set up in this local area in 1930.

Often the women started a branch in their own home, fundraising steadily to acquire their own rooms.

As the women were mostly also mothers, they understood the need for baby health centres, where their babies could be checked and were given advice about their baby's health care.

The first baby health centre was established in Gosford in 1937 and over the years the baby visits steadily increased.

By 1972, over 8000 babies were examined a year.

The branch members worked hard to keep these centres going.

In later years, health policies changed, and the Department of Health closed many of the baby health centres and took over their running.

Here on the Coast, the transport was not great.

Many women had to travel by ferry with their prams and children in tow up to Gosford or Woy Woy, which had a baby health centre established 1932.

It was a day's hard work.

Time has changed a lot, but not the compassion and the financial or material help the CWA branches are still providing to their local communities, often working together with other local charities.

Making craft, sewing articles, or cooking for market stalls are still major fundraisers.

Sometimes branches are getting much appreciated donations from local residents and business - all for the common good

Next year, the CWA will celebrate all those women who have over the last 100 years delivered programs, assistance, advocacy, and compassion - advancing themselves, but also others in their quest for helping their country.

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