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Community & Business

11 April, 2022

Gilgandra CWA March 2022 meeting

By Hilda Newstead, publicity officer Gilgandra CWA Evening Branch

By Supplied

The Gilgandra Country Women’s A ssociaiton (CWA) Evening Branch held its March meeting on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.

Minutes Business arising, emails, and correspondence.

- State conference information,

- Community grants information was received,

- An invitation was received for the GSC business night out at Curban. Members enjoyed a wonderful evening, with fantastic speakers.

- An acknowledgement to all members was given by president Rebekah for the participation setting up /table decorations, for a successful Macquarie Group Council Meeting.

Donations for the month of March:

      - To the Tonga appeal,

      - The Lismore flood appeal,

      - The Royal Flying Doctor Service,

      - A donation of jams for the Royal Easter Show tea rooms, and

      - Over 40 lavender bags were organised by a member.

Branch officers reports


A fantastic display of a huge variety of handicraft article on show at the Macquarie Group Council meeting. The winning item was a beautiful quilt made by Amanda Colwell.


Jessica Reed organised a cultural event for members to see the ‘Tin Woman’ play in Dubbo a heart wrenching story about a heart transplant recipient. International Our members are invited to celebrate "Women Walk the World" an event to be held this month.


As the CWA Land Cookery was held in Gilgandra, and it was a very successful display. With 87 registered entries, Ruth Shanks AM was the overall winner for her sultana cake, with nine entries in that category it was not an easy task for the judges. Branch with the most entries was Wongarbon. Our cookery officer will provide members with the sultana cake recipe and bring the cake along to our April meeting .

Agriculture and environment

Officer spoke on the wonderful harvest for 2021/2022. Between Coonamble and Gilgandra sites, a staggering 480,000 tonnes of new storage was created, making these sites amongst the biggest in our network. Coonamble effectively became the “super site”. The additional storage helped take pressure of these sites over harvest, with a large grain out loading program underway as the first delivery rolled in we hope for a good year ahead.


The Gilgandra CWA meeting was published in The Gilgandra Weekly as well the Macquarie Group news for the month of March.

ACWW - Associated Country Women of the World

The ACWW was founded around 1929, and was the largest organisation for both rural and urban women, with membership around eight million in over 70 countries. The Triennial World conference is ACWW’s highest deliberated body, and passes policy resolutions when it meets every three years since 1930. Interrupted only by the second world war, with the conference returning after the war in Amsterdam in 1947. Australia held the world conference in Melbourne 1962, and Perth 1974, then Melbourne again in 2019. We hope that this year the world conference will be held in Malaysia 2022. Meeting closed at 9.30pm. All members enjoyed an interesting evening.

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