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Collapse Issue 461 - 14 Jan 2019Issue 461 - 14 Jan 2019
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Mayor criticises non-complying development approvals
Measles alert issued for the Peninsula
Station building may become retail space
Change of faces at Peninsula News
Chamber reports strong Christmas trade
Peninsula Tourism Partners claim council neglect
West St development attracts 40 submissions
Peninsula properties deleted from heritage list
Nursing home proposal to go before planning panel
Council staff sum up Woy Woy plans in two paragraphs
Peninsula won't reach potential without plan - Mehrtens
CWA branch joins tourism campaign
Short-term rental strategy deferred
Mayor calls residents' views on planning controls
Council reject 'mystery shopper' for service assessment
Council forms social issues committee
Former mayor named as Australia Day ambassador
Lantern parade returns for Australia Day
Lantern-making workshops
Chamber outlines agenda for 2019
Free cooking workshop
Technology workshops at library
Gamer tournament comes to Woy Woy
Euchre school makes $500 donation
Juggling demonstration held for local children
Christmas lunch held for volunteers
Mehrtens asks: Is development leading to lower quality?
Record fair to be held at bowling club
Ask residents first about apartment blocks
No more free passes to the races
Zoning changes usually come after a plan not before it
Read draft climate change policy
Determine climate policy before planning review
Council should take a stand against whale slaughter
Where are the wharf and mooring levies going?
Why single out dual occupancies in new standards?
Tidy up the Peninsula
Reorientation follows resident traffic observations
Golf enthusiast raises funds for Cancer Council
Hospital staff raise money for mental health support
Big year at local hospital
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Association revives Dancing by the Water
Beach gathering for full moon
Folk club concert
Blues and beers
Brent Walker decides to move on
Changes to bus zone in Sydney Ave
Aboriginal education centre has new sign
Aboriginal cultural enrichment day
Alternatives offered with religious education
Class placements may change at Woy Woy
Principal warns of impact of online game
End-of-year excursion
Student leaders elected
Christmas concerts
Jemma Smith named in State life saving team
Woy Woy player named Star of 2019
Lachlan is finalist for gymnastics awards
Surf club scatters ashes of former member
Membership milestone
Social golf club makes presentations
Surprise gift

CWA branch joins tourism campaign

The Woy Woy branch of the Country Women's Association has become part of the Central Coast Council's tourism campaign, This is the Central Coast, to promote the Peninsula.

"When we were approached by Central Coast Council a few months ago to tell our story, how could we say no?" asked branch president, Ms Jane Bowtell.

"We love a chat and were very happy to have an opportunity to share our stories, both from the past and present," Ms Bowtell said.

She and other members of the branch have shared the branch's rich history in their own feature.

The branch was founded in 1932 by the matron of the Staples family and served the community for years as a baby health centre upon the founding of the Woy Woy Country Women's Association Hall.

When Ms Bowtell rang the branch and asked to sit in on a meeting, she had recently returned from a stint in the Middle East where her husband had been working.

She found herself at a stage of life where she wanted to be involved in her community, to make a difference.

Ms Bowtell found an organisation that had previously made such a contribution to locals' lives but was currently struggling to remain active and to maintain relevance.

After 80 years, she found the branch was a shadow of its former glory, with only a handful of members remaining and their role in the community markedly decreased.

She could see so much potential but the aims of Mrs Staples and those original women were definitely waning.

"I felt so much respect for the history of the Woy Woy branch, the work they had done in the community and the vision of its members.

"I really felt that it was such a shame to see it fading away when there was still so much potential," Ms Bowtell said.

Two and a half years later Ms Bowtell is the branch's president.

"We currently have around 35 active members and I'm so proud to be with them.

"We don't all knit or bake. We are apolitical and non-religious.

"We have a range of ages and abilities within our group and we pride ourselves on being inclusive not exclusive," Ms Bowtell said.

"Basically, if you want to be involved we'd love to have you.

"It's great to see interest in the branch increasing and there is so much scope for what we can achieve."

The contribution to the Peninsula community made by the Woy Woy branch continues to grow.

The branch supports Coast Shelter, Mary Mac's Place, Australian Seabird Rescue, local schools, hospitals and other not-for-profits.

The branch donates both money raised and handmade items to be sold, raffled or used.

Including those famous scones.

One of their most popular has been crocheted sleeping mats, made from used plastic shopping bags and donated to Coast Shelter for distribution to those sleeping rough on the Coast.

More recently the branch has been looking for ways to utilise their hall and its grounds.

They recently hosted BreastScreen within their grounds which saw a huge increase in both visibility and response.

The Measure Up van was next, offering bone density tests, free to those over 70.

"Hosting these organisations not only makes vital health services available to locals in a convenient spot, it also raises funds that the branch can then use to support our community. "Plus, if you are lucky, there might be a lovely cup of tea and slice of homemade cake available after your test," Ms Bowtell said.

"The secret of the CWA's success has always been the theory of many doing a little.

"Individuals can have a huge impact when they work together.

"The CWA is also about forming friendships and it is the perfect conduit to bring different generations of women together to contribute to their community," Ms Bowtell said.

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