AUSSIE BEAUTY: The Telopea speciosissima, otherwise known as a Waratah, is an Australian bush native. Join an active group on the Central Coast that encourages the growing, learning about and enjoyment of Australian native plants in home gardens, national parks and bushland areas
AUSSIE BEAUTY: The Telopea speciosissima, otherwise known as a Waratah, is an Australian bush native. Join an active group on the Central Coast that encourages the growing, learning about and enjoyment of Australian native plants in home gardens, national parks and bushland areas

Group guide: Central Coast


Bateau Bay

WORKING for the Smith Family, we will hold our lunch meeting at the The Entrance Leagues Club (Tigers) at 3 Bay Village Road, Bateau Bay on the first Tuesday of the month commencing at 10.30am. Lunch, guest speakers, raffles, outings and meeting new friends. While helping educate underprivileged children. New members and visitors are most welcome.

Phone Lynne on 02 4362 6170 or Heather 02 4362 8405 for more information.

Brisbane Water Evening

WORKING for the Smith Family, we hold our monthly dinner meeting in the Function Room at the Grange Hotel, Renwick Street, Wyoming on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm for 7pm.

New members and visitors are most welcome. Phone Valda on 02 4325 1688 or Helen 02 4367 5670.


NEWLY retired/looking to make new friends? We meet on the second Friday of the month at Club Toukley RSL at 10.30am. We have lucky door prizes, raffles and a two-course lunch $25 followed by guest speakers or members anticipation and interesting discussions. We also have outings, Friendship Morning Teas along with raffles.

Joining our VIEW Club is a perfect opportunity to meet with other like minded women and establish new friendships. VIEW stands for for Voice, Interests, Education of Women and is a valued part of the Smith Family raising money for The Learning For Life sponsorship and education of disadvantaged Australian children and young adults.

Phone Kathie on 02 4393 0647 or 0413 424949.


LOCAL writers meet monthly to encourage and develop their writing skills. Meeting on the fourth Saturday of each month at 1.15pm for a 1.30pm start. Next meeting - September 28 (no meeting in December). Woodbury Park Community Centre, 1 Woolmers Crescent, Mardi.

For more information, phone Mei-Ling Venning, President on 07 4333 7489, email meilingvenning or go to


THE Central Coast group of the Australian Plants Society will present a demonstration on how to grow Waratahs and Flannel Flowers from seed and cuttings at 7.30pm on Friday, October 11 at Phillip House, 21 Old Mt Penang Road, Kariong, as part of its regular monthly meeting.

Guest presenter, Maria Hitchock, OAM, from APS Armidale group, has over 40 years' experience with native plants, owns the "Cool Climate Natives Nursery" in Armidale, and was responsible for Australia adopting the wattle as its national emblem in 1988, and for the introduction of National Wattle Day in 1992. She has written many books on native plants, and runs the APS Waratah and Flannel Flower Study Group. In 2013 she started a Save Our Flora group, aimed at saving threatened native plants. Maria received her OAM in 2018 for service to conservation and the environment. The public is welcome to attend Maria's workshop on October 11. Entrance fee is $5 for non-members, and includes supper.

Go to or phone Pat Carlton on 0458 300922.


WE WISH to invite you to our Coffee Morning with entertainment by the Frantastics Choir on Friday, October 4 at 10am. Donation: $10 includes morning tea, entertainment and lucky door ticket (pay at the door) at The East Gosford Progress Hall, Cnr Henry Parry Drive and Wells Street. You can double park in the car park.

To book phone Elizabeth on 02 4328 1107 or email All proceeds to Children's Medical Research Institute.


AROUND 40 members and visitors at the DWD Central Coast meeting on Friday, August 16 had the privilege of hearing two gifted speakers, talking on two different but very related subjects.

Ms Oana McBride, watched her neighbour and close friend, Elsie Green, die a cruel, lonely death and shared with her the dream of a place where terminally ill patients could be given the comfort, dignity and privacy they need in their final days. Since Elsie's death, Oana, now a committee member of the Elsie's Retreat Project, has been fighting for this dream. Fighting to raise public awareness, to raise money, to push Government to build a stand alone Palliative Care Hospice on the Central Coast which will house a dedicated multidisciplinary specialist palliative care team to meet patients' end-of-life preferences and needs.

Dr, Jill Gordon, our second speaker, taught generations of medical students, at Newcastle and Sydney Universities and is an ex-NSW State Director for training GPs for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. With obvious reference to Oana McBride's talk, Dr. Gordon first commented about the possibilities when one person had an idea. She then moved on to possible conflict between the wishes of the individual and of family, the difficulty of resolving such conflict, emphasising the absolute necessity of discussion with family first and of making an Advance Care Directive and appointing a trusted Enduring Guardian to carry out those wishes.

Many doctors are wary of raising the subject of death with patients, just as many patients are about raising the subject with their doctors.

Make sure your doctor knows and concurs with your views.

Following a refreshment break, there was a busy Q&A session. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the speakers, with bouquets presented to each. The next DWD NSW Central Coast meeting will be on Friday, November 22 (fourth Friday in the month) at the usual place and time.

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