News from Executive - July 2019

Awareness Week

Held from 1 - 8 September with the theme ‘Start a Sconversation’ focussing on mental health concerns and services in rural and regional NSW, particularly in relation to women. Further details will be sent to Branches ASAP.


Cultural Committee

A Cultural Seminar to be held in Kandos from 9-10 November. Information in the August journal.


CWA of Australia

Feedback is welcome, particularly in relation to energy, telecommunications, health and therapeutic goods at CWA of Australia also provided a newsletter update which is available from State Executive Committee members.


CWA Units

CWA Units for the Aged will now be known as CWA Units. Management of these units will remain in the hands of existing committees subject to to (1) legal advice being obtained on tenancy agreements and (2) the appointment of someone to undertake regular “mini-audits” to assess the effective management of the units and to assist managing committees in meeting their obligations.


Drought Aid Donations

The 2019-20 budget of $5 million to CWA of Australia has been received, of which CWA of NSW received $2 million. This has enabled a backlog of applications totalling approx. $700K to be paid. Total distribution amounts approx. $12 million.



CWA of NSW is to continue as a Gold Sponsor of the NSW-ACT AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award ($5,000).




Handicraft Committee

A Handicraft Workshop to be held in Mudgee from 4-5 September. Information is in the June journal.



Nominations are called for five delegates to attend the 2020 ACWW South Pacific Area Conference in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea from 12 – 17 June 2020. Nominations close on
11 October. Details in the June journal. The conference and accommodation will be at the Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby. Registration forms will be available soon. Registration and payments are to be sent to Mrs Gail Commens, ACWW SPA President. You should make your own travel and accommodation arrangements.



Life Memberships were considered. Full details will be made available later in the year.


Procedures Manual Updates

Please see your State Executive Committee member or the CWA’s website for this year’s updates. It is important that Procedures Manuals are kept up-to-date.



Potts Point grants approved for the following branches: Gloucester Day & Evening, Jerilderie, Gilgandra Evening, Nowra and Gunnedah.

A Project Manager has been appointed to oversee Mascot State Office renovations to the Foyer, Level 5 outdoor area and cladding replacement.


Certain property matters that meet criteria (Potts Point grants, loan applications, selling of property, renovation requests) are now able to be considered and decided upon by a sub-committee of the State President, State Honorary Treasurer, CEO and Executive Assistant.

Social Issues Committee

The SIC would like to hear from members if there are any issues in your local community or beyond that you feel the Committee can assist with. Particularly issues with Lymphoedema.


State Conference Format

The Medical Research presentations are to be streamlined to a two minute presentation with a set format. The following matters must be addressed – Current level of funding or non-government funding? Percentage of population affected? Current research priorities? Potential outcomes from further investment?

All Groups/Branches to be responsible (invoiced) for the full cost of unreturned/missing State or Committee raffle tickets.

A changeover event for State Executive Committee members is to be reintroduced.


State Education Grants

The Education Grants section of the Procedures Manual has been updated. Applicants should use G 21-3-719 to apply for a State Education Grant, with application forms (and two letters of recommendation) to be sent directly to State Office by 30 September, and not via a CWA Branch. Palliative Care Nurse Education Grant G 21-5-719 and information about the Bush Bursary
G 21-10-719 has been added.


The Jean Martin education grant has been renamed the Jean Martin/Louie Jean Mercer Performing Arts education grant as a result of a generous bequest to CWA of NSW from Miss Mercer.


Branch/Group changes

Permission was granted to The Oaks Evening Branch to join Wollondilly Group.



Please encourage Branches to decide all donations by the end of August, preferably by the end of July and forward to your Group Treasurer. If a Branch or Group would like to use a debit card to pay expenses, please see T 2-10-719 in the Procedures Manual.


Virtual Branch

Virtual Branch members wishing to participate in The Land Cookery, Handicraft, International and Agricultural & Environmental competitions should ascertain the Schedule from Branches in their local area. If a member wins at Branch, they will be included in the Group judging day. Cookery - member participation in competitions at a physical Branch will form part of their total points. Handicraft - marks contribute to total marks of the physical Branch or Group in Section 1 of the competition. International and Agricultural & Environmental - to be entered via a physical Branch to Group.


Structure Review

CWA of NSW noted the Structure Review Committee recommendations and resolved to not move forward with those recommendations at this time.


Dates for Executive Meetings 2020

17-19 February

Sunday, 3 May (pre-conference)

20-22 July

16-18 November


Country of Study

Now to be announced during the International Workshop at State Conference.  

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News from Executive - February 2019 - 01 March 2019

Accommodation for the AgedExecutive considered their recent decision to place the management of the Units for the Aged in the hands of commercial real estate agents. This decision was not rescinded however a hold was placed on any further action on this until a thorough audit of all Units...

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News from November Executive - 16 November 2018

ACWW/International ACWW World Conference to be held in Melbourne from 4 – 10 April 2019. The CWA of NSW delegation will be Annette Turner, Lyn Braico, Ann Adams, Anne Kotz and Gail Kirby. Arlene Roberts is the new Australian Co-ordinator for Friendship Links. To become an ACWW letter friend, start...

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News from July Executive - 31 July 2018

CWA Awareness Week Held from 1–8 September with the theme being “the affordability of and access to quality health care”. Further details will be sent to branches ASAP. Drought Aid Donations The first round of drought aid donations from the Disaster Relief Fund have been processed. Further donations are still...

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News from February Executive - 13 March 2018

Branches An online branch will be set-up and evaluated by the members of that branch as to their satisfaction levels. A group will be invited to be the host group for this branch. Property Executive considered a number of different issues in relation to the ongoing maintenance and improvement of...

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News from November Executive - 20 November 2017

ACWW/International ACWW Central Office has relocated toA04 Parkhall, 40 Martell Road,LONDON SE21 8ENPhone: +44 (0) 20 7799 3875 ACWW World Conference to be held in Melbourne from 4 – 10 April 2019. The CWA of NSW International Seminar will be held in Canberra on...

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News From July Executive - 03 August 2017

Membership Life Memberships were considered. Full details will be made available later in the year. State Committees There are two places available on the Cultural Committee and one each on the Handicraft, Hospital Support and The Land Cookery Committees. Appointments to all committees were made and Executive members were also...

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News From February Executive - 24 February 2017

Committees The Social Issues Committee to consider the issue of pre-school van services and investigate and report on access to services for the elderly in rural areas. The cultural committee will be asked to consider fundraising to sponsor a number of children in the Moorambilla voices choir annually. Financial A...

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News from November Executive - 29 November 2016

ACWW/International The ACWW South Pacific Area SPA Conference is to be held in New Plymouth, New Zealand from 30 April—3 May 2017. Early bird registrations close on 30 November 2016 and forms can be downloaded from the website The delegates chosen to attend the SPA Conference on behalf of...

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News From July Executive - 11 August 2016

Membership The option of providing membership and renewal payments online through State Office was discussed. It was agreed that the CWA adopt an option for the signing up and renewal of membership online with a regular reconciliations back to the branch as to whether they have any new members in...

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Promotional material available for Branches - 29 June 2016

To help promote your branches in the community, we have a number of promotional items available to give away at your street stall, community event or Awareness Week. Brochures, bookmarks, pens and previous copied of The Country Woman (if available) can be sent to your branch - just call up...

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Queen’s Birthday Weekend Celebrations at Government House - 08 June 2016

We have received the following media release from the Governor's Office: QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE On Sunday 12 June the NSW Governor His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) and his wife Mrs Hurley will host an Open House and Family Picnic at...

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Make it Cheaper offer - 08 March 2016

We have recently partnered with a company called Make it Cheaper. They specialize in getting better deals for your electricity and gas. It is a little known fact that 75% of businesses and households pay too much for their electricity. They are offering to analyse your account (business or residential)...

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News from Executive - February 2016 - 25 February 2016

Committees The Show Catering Committee will be given permission to increase their membership to 10 members. Financial The CWA to retain its current investment mix and revisit options in 12 months. The State Executive has accepted the recommendation of Advise & Assist to transfer its funds to a passive investment...

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State President's interview with NRMA's Living Well Navigator - 18 January 2016

State President, Tanya Cameron, recently spoke to NRMA's Living Well Navigator about today's CWA. The full article can be read here:

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News from November Executive - 09 December 2015

ACWW/International The International School Project Book is to be changed to a PowerPoint presentation from 2016. $5,000 to be donated to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to assist in the Syrian refugee crisis. Financial Information $300,000 from the sale of the Dubbo Branch rooms...

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CWA State Office has moved - 02 December 2015

The CWA of NSW State Office has moved to Mascot. For our updated contact details to go: Contact Us

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Caring for Country Kids - 29 November 2015

Children’s Healthcare Australasia (CHA) and the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) are joining forces to host a national Conference on quality healthcare for children and young people living in rural, regional and remote communities across Australia. For more information

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ATO assists drought affected farmers - 20 November 2015

The ATO have been working on ways to better help farmers in drought with their taxation requirements. The ATO will review individual circumstances of those who are affected by drought and offer support through: Payment plans Extensions to lodgements or payment of tax bills Other measures that may...

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Postage rates increase - 30 September 2015

Postage rates for the CWA shop have increased to cover the cost of postage and packaging. The new postage rates commenced on 1st October 2015. Postage weights cost 1g-80g (eg badges,...

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Shopnate application to make it easier to shop and donate - 29 September 2015

Shopnate allows you to shop and donate to a charity or not-for-profit at no extra cost. Shopnate have now released their "Easy Fundraiser" for your browser which alerts you when using a Shopnate shop making it easy to donate to the Country Women's Association of NSW. Go to

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NSW workers compensation & WorkCover changes - 03 September 2015

On 1 September 2015, the regulatory and insurance functions of WorkCover NSW became three new discrete organisations:• the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) for workers compensation regulation,• Insurance and Care NSW (icare) for workers compensation insurance and• SafeWork NSW for work health and safety regulation. SafeWork NSW...

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News from July Executive - 31 July 2015

ACWW/International It was agreed that the CWA of NSW will pay $500 to Mrs Sullivan, South Pacific Area President, to go towards her travel expenses. The CWA of NSW is to second a motion at the next ACWW Conference to raise all categories of...

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Gresford CWA wins grant - 16 June 2015

With the help of votes from members, Gresford Branch has won Nabo's $10,000 Community Kitchen Grant. Well done Gresford, and a big thank you to those who voted!

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Hidden Treasures Honour Role - Nominate a member - 28 May 2015

Do you know a CWA “Hidden Treasure” living outside the larger metropolitan centres of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong? Nominate someone from your branch/group who gives their time to improving their community at or 02 6391 3433 or email: before 31 July 2015. Please let CWA Head Office...

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NBN Co pilot to boost broadband speeds for the bush - 23 April 2015

The NBN Co would like to inform CWA members that a nationwide pilot aims to significantly boost broadband speeds available to families and businesses in rural and regional Australia. Starting next month, fixed wireless consumers on the current highest speed tier, will be able to experience increased wholesale download speeds...

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News from February Executive - 10 March 2015

Committees The Show Catering Committee need volunteers, particularly afternoons over the  Easter weekend Land Cookery entries will be accepted at conference from 10.00 am Sunday morning until 7.30pm when the venue will be closing. Judging will be from 8:30 am -12:30 pm on Monday. Group cookery officers to have...

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CWAA 2015 Conference information - 17 February 2015

The Country Women's Association of Australia has published the information for the National Conference in Port Macquarie, 24-27 August 2015 on their blog. The 70th Anniversary of CWAA will also be celebrated at this time. To view or download the documents go to the CWA of Australia blog

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Far South Coast member named Local Woman of the Year - 08 February 2015

Congratulations to Robyn Wright, former State Vice President and Group Representative, and current Branch and Group Secretary who has been recognised by her Bega Electorate as Local Woman of the Year. Here is a link to the newspaper article:  

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The Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWAA) Invitation to Meet and Celebrate - 08 December 2014

CWAA National President Noela MacLeod extends an invitation to members of the Country Women’s Association to join her at the next National Conference. The 2015 CWAA National Conference will be held in Port Macquarie 24-27 August. The 70th Anniversary of CWAA will also be celebrated at this time. Information is...

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News from November Executive - 02 December 2014

President’s Report The State President met with Joe Hockey on 11 September in Walgett regarding drought The NSW and Queensland State Presidents to meet with Diana Hallam (advisor to Barnaby Joyce) on 25 November in Canberra Financial Bush Bursaries are given out...

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WorkCover Trailer Safety Alert - 03 October 2014

WorkCover has issued a Safety Alert warning about the risks associated with the lack of a locking mechanism on landing legs of trailers whilst they are under repair. The alert highlights the potential risks when; releasing the brakes of a trailer when it is not connected to a prime mover,...

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