Community

COMMUNITY

Cowra has a wide variety of Community groups and services available, from the Cowra Community Chest who run Cowra’s monthly community markets to the Cowra Motorcycle Racing Club having their race meetings at the Woodstock Speedway, there is something for every member of the community.


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COWRA & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Cowra & District Historical Society & Museum Inc. is a not-for-profit group that is dedicated to preserving and recording the history of the Cowra area and the outlying villages that fall into the Cowra Shire. The group also hold information relating to some of the surrounding shire areas.

Opening Hours: Thursday and Saturday 9am-Noon (other times by appointment)

Address: Corner of Mid Western Highway and Lachlan Valley Way, Wiradjuri Country, Cowra, NSW 2794
Phone: 0429 423 548 (Ray Walsh)
Email: cowrahistory2794@gmail.com


COWRA ANTIQUE VEHICLE CLUB

Formed in March 1993 the club caters for all types of historic vehicles over 30 years old. Included are Cars, Motorcycles, Trucks, Tractors, Stationary Engines and Horse Drawn Carriages as part of the charter for the club. The Cowra Antique Vehicle Club (CAVC) meet regularly at the station and promote the heritage of old cars in Cowra and the surrounding regions.

Phone: 02 6342 3117

Email: rd415@iprimus.com.au


COWRA ART GROUP 

Located in the room behind the Cowra Visitor Information Centre, Cowra Art Group Inc. includes Art, Craft, Quilting, Spinning and Weaving groups and welcomes interested new members to attend.

Throughout the year various workshops are held, one of these during Seniors Week, but mostly members meet in a friendly environment and assist one another.

Opening Hours: Mondays – Fridays from 10am

Address: Corner of Mid Western Highway and Lachlan Valley Way, Wiradjuri Country, Cowra, NSW 2794
Phone: 0498 249 580 (Martina Lindsay)
Email:p.mlindsay@bigpond.com


COWRA BREAKOUT ASSOCIATION

The Cowra Breakout Association organises the annual commemorations of the Cowra Prisoner of War Breakout on 5 August 1944.

Get in contact with the members of the Association for all research and reference enquiries.

Phone: 0412 669 576 (Graham Apthorpe) or 0408 639 088 (Lawrance Ryan)
Email: anniversary@cowrabreakout.au


COWRA COMMUNITY CHEST

Cowra Community Chest is community based organisation which provides financial support for residents of Cowra Shire who are in a health related situation. The Cowra Community Chest organizes the monthly Cowra Community Markets that are held at Sid Kallas Oval.

Postal Address: PO Box 208, Cowra
Phone: 0473 346 046


COWRA COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE

Cowra’s Favourite Op-Shop helping to save usable items from going into landfill. Our motto is: rethink ~ reuse ~ recycle ~ repurpose

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 10am til 4pm (Closed Monday)

Address: 80 Redfern Street, Wiradjuri Country, Cowra, NSW 2794
Phone: 0478 554 955
Email: cowracommunityenterprise@gmail.com


COWRA COMMUNITY NYE BEACH PARTY COMMITTEE

The Cowra New Year’s Eve Committee run the annual Cowra New Year’s Eve Beach Party & Fireworks Spectacular, offering a fun, family friendly atmosphere with entertainment for all ages with live music, jumping castles, food and drink, capped off by an incredible fireworks display.

Phone:
0419 279 929
Email:
cowranye@gmail.com


COWRA COUNTRY WOMENS ASSOCIATION – EVENING BRANCH 

The CWA was formed in 1922 when country women were fighting isolation and a lack of health facilities.  The CWA is the largest women’s organisation in Australia and aims to improve conditions for country women and children. We reach that aim in various ways including lobbying for change, helping the local community, creating a network of support and meeting together in towns and cities. The Cowra CWA Evening Branch meet every second Wednesday (except January) at 7pm at Club Cowra.

Phone:  0439 048 541 (Cheryl McAlister)
Email:cherylmac0753@gmail.com


COUNTRY UNIVERSITIES CENTRE CUC COWRA REGION

CUC COWRA REGION is a dedicated learning and study space that supports any student, studying any course, at any Australian university or TAFE. Students can connect with like-minded people and engage in a learning community while they study locally. We are focused on supporting the academic success of students and ensuring they have the tools to succeed in their higher education journey. Registration and use of the centre is free. 

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm

Address: 175 Kendal Street, Wiradjuri Country, Cowra, NSW 2794
Phone: 0466 245 599 (Centre Manager – Stephen Kilner)
Email: stephen.kilner@cuccowraregion.org.au

 


COWRA HOSPITAL AUXILIARY

Established in 1881, the Cowra Hospital Auxiliary was formed at a public meeting. The Auxiliary is the oldest in NSW and every year, local volunteers have continuously raised funds to provide world-class medical equipment and facilities for the Cowra Hospital. The Auxiliary then provides the funds for the purchase of vital up-to-date medical equipment; helping doctors and medical staff support patients in their care and comfort and their recovery at home.

Since 1988, in excess of $669,700 has been donated.

Phone: 02 6342 4205 (Pat Smith)


HEADSPACE COWRA

headspace Cowra is a youth-friendly FREE service for anyone aged between 12 and 25 years who are having a tough time, or would just like to improve their health and well-being. headspace Cowra provides short-term services for mild to moderate difficulties, and is not an emergency service. If you or someone you know needs immediate crisis support, please dial 000 or visit your nearest hospital. You could also contact the 24 hour Mental Health assistance line on 1800 011 511.

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday from 9am – 5pm

Address: 118A Kendal Street, Wiradjuri Country, Cowra, NSW 2794
Phone: 02 6941 9022
Email: hs.cowra@marathonhealth.com.au


COWRA JOCKEY CLUB 

The Cowra Jockey Club was formed in 1878. The club hosts four meetings per year which include the Cowra/Japan Cup, Diggers Cup, and the Winter Cup.

Mission Statement: “To promote the spectacle of horse racing in a fun, family friendly environment.”

Address: Cowra Showground Grenfell Road, Wiradjuri Country, Cowra, NSW 2794
Phone: 0455 267 547
Email: cowrajockeyclub@outlook.com


COWRA LOCAL ABORIGINAL LAND COUNCIL

Cowra LALC provides public housing to Aboriginal people, deals with Aboriginal land claims and Aboriginal culture & heritage. The LALC also regularly collaborates with other community groups to run and host events that showcases and celebrates First Nations heritage, history and culture.

Address: 124 Fishburn Street, Wiradjuri Country, Cowra, NSW 2794
Phone: 0400 398 557
Email: cowralalc@gmail.com


COWRA MAGPIES RUGBY LEAGUE 

As the Cowra Magpies embark on their new and exciting campaign in the 2024 Woodbridge Cup competition, we are working hard on and off the field to create an impressive and impactful season presence.
We love playing for and representing our Cowra community and making all our supporters and followers proud.

Phone: 0417 756 524
Email: cowramagpiespresident@gmail.com

COWRA MOTORCYCLE RACING CLUB

Established in 1997, the Cowra Motorcycle Racing Club specialises dirt track and long track racing for both junior and senior riders. The Woodstock Park Speedway, the club’s home circuit is regarded as one of the safest in the country, with large run off areas.  The club conducts Dirt Track and Longtrack Track, usually on the last Sunday of each month. There are outstanding facilities including a modern canteen and amenities block and a large pit and spectator area.

Address: Purcell Drive, Woodstock NSW 2793

Mail: PO Box 446, Cowra, NSW

Phone: 04
Email: cowramotorcycleracingclub@outlook.com


COWRA MUSICAL AND DRAMTIC SOCIETY 

Amateur Dramatic Society, producing musicals, comedies, plays, one act plays, variety concerts etc. We also have 2 choirs who perform regularly.

Address: PO Box 81, Cowra, NSW 2794
Phone: 0408 639 088 (Lawrance Ryan)
Email: cowramand@gmail.com


COWRA NETBALL ASSOCIATION  

Local netball sporting club, situated in Cowra. Cowra Netball Association has successfully run Saturday and representative competitions for many years. Cowra Netball Association are in the exciting stages of a facility upgrade.

Address: PO Box 367, Cowra, NSW 2794
Email: cowra.netball@hotmail.com


PCYC COWRA

We host a broad range of activities to suit all interests, and are proud to boast facilities, spaces and classes that cater to all ages and fitness levels. By training and playing at a PCYC, you’re supporting our mission to empower youth, and give back to the community.  We have a quality Out of School Hours (OOSH) care facility  and school holiday programs along with our Safer Driver Course, and our Police Programs, Fit for Life. All our activities are ran within a safe and clean environment with qualified coaches.

Address: 40 Young Rd, Cowra NSW 2794
Phone: 02 6341 2035
Email: cowra@pcycnsw.org.au


COWRA RETIREMENT VILLAGE – BILYARA 

Cowra Retirement Village is a community owned, not for profit organisation.  Known locally as “Bilyara”, we have been in operation since 1988. e are the largest Residential Aged Care provider in our catchment area, caring for approximately 170 residents.  Within the village itself we offer residential aged care including dementia care and independent living units. For those who want to stay in their own homes, we also deliver services for community home care package recipients.

Address: 1 Holman Place, Cowra NSW 2794
Phone: 02 6341 1666
Email: admissions@bilyara.org.au


COWRA RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION 

Riding for the Disabled Cowra is a Not-for-profit organisation providing equine therapy in the Cowra community. The RDA Op Shop at 177 Kendal St, Cowra is very thankful to the Cowra community for their generous support. As this is the only Shop in Cowra fully supporting Cowra RDA, it is registered under the Australian Charities & Not For Profit Commission and all funds raised go towards funding the equine therapy for the students. The Shop is pivotal in the support of the day to day running of Cowra RDA and will contribute towards the ongoing maintenance and running of the new arena. The shop opening hours are 10am till 4pm every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Address: PO BOX 660, Cowra, NSW 2794
Phone: 0428 436 237 (Jenny Wright)
Email: rdacowra@gmail.com


ROTARY CLUB OF COWRA

The club was formed in 1938 and has a long and proud tradition of helping the Cowra community and contributing to the wider Rotary International community. Rotary offers locals a chance to concurrently develop business networking opportunities whilst building lifelong friendships. Rotary meets weekly on a Thursday evening at 6pm for a 6.30pm dinner at the Cowra Bowling and Recreation Club, and meetings usually have a guest speaker covering a vast range of topics of interest both in business and community affairs.

Email: cowrarotaryclub@gmail.com


COWRA TENNIS CLUB 

The Cowra Tennis Club is a 10 court facility run by a committee of volunteers.  We hold tournaments, night comps, social tennis, adult and kids coaching, cardio tennis and the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program. Membership includes reduced casual court hire, registration with Tennis NSW,  access to entry into Tennis NSW events and personal accident insurance.  Membership fees go towards the general cost, maintenance and improvement of the club.

Casual court hire is available.

Address: 1 Grenfell Road Cowra, NSW 2794
Phone: 0407 139 164 (Helen Garrett)
Email: cowratennisclub@gmail.com


COWRA YOUTH COUNCIL

The Cowra Youth Council (CYC) is a committee established by Cowra Council in 2011. The Youth Council is made up of two Councillors (currently Cr Judi Smith and Cr Erin Watt), the Community Projects Officer, and 14 young people that live or attend school in Cowra

The Cowra Youth Council is a group of young people appointed by Cowra Council to run youth events, including Youth Week celebrations, and to represent the views of young people to Council.

Address: 116 Kendal Street, Wiradjuri Country, Cowra NSW, 2794
Phone:(02) 6340 2000 (Community Projects – Cowra Council)
Email: cowrayouthcouncil@gmail.com


WOODSTOCK MEMORIAL SHOW 

The Woodstock Memorial Show is held annually on the first Sunday in September, the first day of spring, Fathers Day. The show encourages the development of pastoral, agricultural, horticultural, viticulture, industrial and cultural pursuits of Woodstock and the surrounding district. The Show provides prizes including cash and trophies.

​The beneficiaries of the annual show include the Woodstock War Memorial Hall. The show also makes numerous donations to the community or other charitable organisations in Woodstock and surrounding districts. The Show also provides the opportunity for community groups to raise funds through activities on Show Day.  The success of our community event has been recently recognized by Agricultural Societies Council of New South Wales, with the show receiving the Innovation Award for 2016 and the Resilience Award in 2021. 

Address: Robinson Street Wiradjuri Country, Woodstock NSW, 2793
Email: woodstockmemorialshow@gmail.com


WOODSTOCK MEMORIAL SHOW 

Advocacy and representation of the Woodstock and district community in relation to significant planning, development, heritage and environmental issues and the provision of government services.

Phone: 02 63 450 104
Email:
woodstockprogressassoc@gmail.com
Website:
www.visitwoodstock.com.au/community


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