1 December, 2022
CWA unveils a park bench
On Saturday, November 19 Gilgandra Country Women's Association Evening Branch celebrated the unveiling of a new community bench in Hunter Park.
This year CWA of NSW is celebrating its 100th anniversary
and members of the Gilgandra branch decided to
mark the occasion with the installation of a park bench.
Members and guests met at the park on Saturday to
officially open the seat and to share in a morning tea.
Guests of honour including Joy Beames, CWA NSW
state president, and mayor of Gilgandra Shire Council,
Cr Doug Batten. Other guests attended from the community,
and other local and regional CWA branches.
Member Helen Oates began the proceedings with an
Acknowledgement to Country, paying respects to Elders
past, present, and emerging.
Mrs Oates explained that
the group applied to the Gilgandra Shire Council’s 2021
grant fund - Scrap Metal Project.
“This proposal reflected our intention to provide to
the Gilgandra community, a park bench to be located in
Hunter Park - near our CWA rooms,” said Mrs Oates.
The bench features a plaque with the 100 years CWA
logo, commemorating both the state level organisation
and the anniversary of the Gilgandra day-branch’s formation
“We were overjoyed to earlier this year
be notified that not only was our grant application successful,
but that the Gilgandra Shire Council would
fully fund this project,” said Mrs Oates.
“CWA has provided funds and purchased the suitably
engraved plaque. It is important to recognise the
significant role that CWA continues to play in regional,
rural, and remote areas, supported by our coastal and
city fellow members,” she said.
“And acknowledging the achievements of NSW
CWA in the last 100 years in advocating for diversity,
charity and change.”
Gilgandra branch vice-president Hilda Newstead
said a prayer, followed by the CWA Motto.
Cr Batten then unveiled the new bench, installed in
its place under the shade of the trees.
The unveiling was followed by “a very enjoyable morning tea” at the CWA rooms.