End of an era for CWA

The first meeting of the Jindabyne CWA in the Jindabyne Hall.

The first meeting of the Jindabyne CWA in the Jindabyne Hall.

Christiana Kern and Shelia Bollard cleaning out the kitchen.

Christiana Kern and Shelia Bollard cleaning out the kitchen.

IT was with mixed feelings that members of the Jindabyne branch of the Country Womens Association (CWA) said goodbye to the hall they had owned since 1964.

Their first hall, in "old" Jindabyne, was built in 1956 primarily to provide a "Rest Room in the town ... for the use of Country Women coming into the Village to shop".

Almost 10 years later, the imminent flooding of the original township necessitated a move to the new town site and the Snowy Mountains Authority allocated "a suitable block" in Thredbo Terrace for the CWA hall.

Sir William Hudson dedicated the foundation stone for the new building on October 12 which was opened on November 4, 1966 by Mrs Edna Sharrock who was then the CWA State President.

In 2013, the branch members decided to put their much loved hall up for sale.

This move was made because, despite their very successful fundraising activities, the ever increasing costs of maintaining the hall were seriously inhibiting the ability of the Jindabyne branch of the CWA to make any meaningful contribution towards the needs of the local community. In July 2014 a contract of sale was signed by the CWA of NSW and the Jindabyne branch moved on to a new home. For the foreseeable future, the branch will be holding their meetings in the supper room of the Jindabyne Memorial Hall on the second Tuesday of each month.

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