Supporting rural women
FOR the women of rural and remote Australia in the 1920s there was a demand for better support and access to quality health services.
As a result, the Country Women’s Association was formed. The members went from strength to strength to tirelessly set up health centres for new mums and fund bush nurses.
As the CWA grew, it built maternity wards, hospitals, schools, rest homes and employed staff for the facilities.
The CWA is the largest women’s organisation in Australia and aims to improve conditions for all country women and children.
What bonds the women are the friendship and their strong desire to support and help their local community.
Over the decades, the members of the Childers branch worked hard to get services and equipment for the hospital, including two defibrillators for the ambulance.
The Childers branch was called upon in the aftermath of the devastating fire at the Palace Backpackers. The shocking event affected the entire community and the ladies handed out emergency items to the survivors.
For days after the fire the CWA supported the emergency services by providing meals.
The CWA is there in times of need and organises events such as Childers Australia Day celebrations.
Over the years the CWA has had many wonderful ladies, strong personalities and all with their own ideas.
They have all gone over and above what has been asked and continue to keep a brave face in public.
Now the CWA is calling for community support. It is at risk if it doesn’t get new young members to join.
The small team has concerns all the hard work won’t be worth anything if the doors are locked forever.
For many women living in a rural area, isolation and loneliness is common and the CWA friendship group encourages young mums to support each other.
Times might have changed but the support the CWA provides has increased with the growing list of social issues and concerns.
For further information and to sign up as a member phone Rosie Shuttlewood on 4126 3092.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE: CWA Childers ladies Jacqui Roberts, Sandra Schneider, Vanessa Perry and Rama Willis.