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SUPERBLY made jams and chutneys, flawlessly
knitted garments, breathtakingly skilful craft,
themed displays which defied the imagination...
The Loch Public Hall was the place to be last
weekend for the Bass Group of the Country Wom-
en’s Association’s 63rd Creative Arts Exhibition
with the added bonus of enjoying the morning
tea, lunch or afternoon tea turned on by the CWA
It was truly a thing of wonder to behold.
But don’t be mistaken, the CWA isn’t just about
knitting, craft and preserves.
In 1992, the CWA of Australia was awarded the
RSL Anzac Peace Prize in recognition of its out-
standing effort in promoting international under-
standing and contributing to world peace in ac-
cordance with best traditions exemplified by the
Quietly but effectively, the CWA has always
embraced its political strength and according to
State President of the CWA, Machelle Crichton,
who was a special guest at the event, it’s a side
of the movement that members heartily endorse.
“We’re going really well. Our numbers are grad-
ually increasing all the time,” Mrs Crichton said at
Loch last Saturday.
“Our fastest growing age groups are the 25-40
year olds and also the Under 18s and these days,
a third of our membership is in Melbourne.
“Why? I thing they really enjoy the sense of com-
munity they get from their involvement in CWA.
“We’ve got 5000 members at the moment (in
Victoria) and I think 9000 is a realistic goal in the
next few years.
“We’ll be hosting the world conference next year
in Melbourne so it’s a big year ahead for us.”
Started in NSW in 1922 and becoming a nation-
al body in 1945, the CWA has been global since
1929 and now has branches in 78 countries.
“We do a lot of lobbying on social issues mostly;
marriage equality, increasing the age of foster care
support from 18 to 21, greenhouse gas issues.”
At the CWA’s state conference last year, CWA Vic-
toria became the first state in Australia to support
same sex marriage and after carrying the vote,
Mrs Crighton wrote a letter to every State MP and
received 60-70 replies acknowledging the position
they had taken.
“It’s always been very important to us to lobby
for things we believe in and it’s an area of our
work that the members strongly support.”
So yes, the sense of community, the opportunity
to get together with other women around a range
of activities, to exchange skills and ideas, is a big
part of it, the main part of CWA membership on a
But they’re a force to be reckoned with as well
and as membership continues to grow back to-
wards post-war levels, they’re certainly a commu-
nity-based group to watch... and to join!
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Among the main winners in the Bass Group CWA’s 63rd annual Creative Arts Exhibition
at the Loch Public Hall last weekend were, from left, front, Barb Kerley (Best Exhibit in
Preserves, Pickles and Relishes), Betty Young (Best Fashion Yarn), Agnes Veldhuizen, Dik-
ki Dikkenberg (Best in Flowers, Wool Article, Handiwork), back, Gwen Swan, Lois Jack-
son (40-year service award) and Felicity Newberry (Best in a variety of sections). m201517
Wonderful CWA show
THE mayors of both Bass Coast and South
Gippsland shires, Cr Pam Rothfield and Cr Ray
Argento, joined forces under the one banner at
the weekend, their shared interest in the Bass
Group of the Country Women’s Association.
With branches stretching right across the two
shires from Cowes in the west to Loch in the east
and everywhere in between including Coronet
Bay, Grantville, Woodleigh Vale, Lang Lang and
Glen Alive; all of them represented at what was
a stunning exhibition.
Special guest at the exhibition was CWA State
President Machelle Crichton who was delighted
with the work on display.
“The creative work of these women is out-
standing and I salute them,” she said.
“Margaret Hyde (long time Leongatha CWA
member) in her words opening the exhibition
said that all items were worthy the entry in the
CWA State Exhibition and I concur with that,”
Mrs Crichton said.
The mayors both joined the ladies for morn-
ing tea where they got the opportunity to sample
the quality of fare that the CWA members can
As well as all the individual sections for handi-
crafts, preserves and jams, flowers and all the
rest; there were team competitions for each
branch to enter including displays on the themes
of ‘Childhood Memories’ and ‘Farmyard’.
It had the hall at Loch positively bulging with
craft and handiwork and to provide some colour
and movement across the two days, members
came in to demonstrate their skills.
CWA makes an art form
out of opinion making
Members of the organising committee for last weekend’s 63rd Creative Arts Exhibition for the Bass Group of the CWA; including Libby
Milner, Helen Bryce, Carol Young, Abbi Cininas, Betty Young and Gwenda Swan the Bass group President are joined by CWA State Presi-
dent, Machelle Crichton (right) for the opening of their annual event last Saturday attended by the mayors of both Bass Coast and South
Gippsland Cr Pam Rothfield and Cr Ray Argento. m191517
THE State Government is tipping in more
than $300,000 to expand an ante and post-na-
tal support service for mothers to more fami-
lies in Gippsland.
Anglicare Victoria runs Cradle to Kinder, a
program designed for young mothers 25 and
under, and their families, which commences in
pregnancy and continues until the child is four.
The program currently only operates in In-
ner Gippsland, but the boost in funding will
mean it will be able to expand to Bass Coast
and South Gippsland.
Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mi-
kakos, said they’re making sure new parents
have the help they need to support their chil-
dren’s learning and development.
“The early intervention provided by Cradle to
Kinder has proven its effectiveness at support-
ing vulnerable families who may have required
child protection intervention.”
The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
will also receive $4.1 million to expand its Ab-
original Cradle to Kinder programs, including
$622,000 for a new Aboriginal Cradle to Kinder
program in Inner Gippsland.
These expansions are expected to see 48
more families assisted.
More support for
Photographs taken by
whether they are published
or not, are available on
order from the
Korumburra and Wonthaggi
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