Women en­joy week­end camp get­away

Pilbara News - - News - Shan­non Beat­tie

Ladies of ru­ral and re­mote WA gath­ered near Ex­mouth on Oc­to­ber 27 and 28 for the in­au­gu­ral Bullara Ladies Cam­pout hosted by the Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion Ex­mouth branch.

The camp-out, held at Bullara Sta­tion Stay with the as­sis­tance of owner Ed­wina Shall­cross, gave the ladies a chance to leave their nor­mal lives be­hind and spend the week­end with like-minded women.

CWA Ex­mouth pres­i­dent He­len Turner said CWA’s ba­sic prin­ci­ples are based on re­mote and re­gional women get­ting to­gether and fos­ter­ing friend­ship. “We wanted to have some­thing in this re­gion, which is a bit iso­lated, that al­lowed women north of Ger­ald­ton to get to­gether, go camp­ing and do fun stuff; there was noth­ing more to it than that,” she said.

A to­tal of 60 ladies from Kar­ratha, Co­ral Bay, Carnar­von, Ex­mouth, Ger­ald­ton and some of the sta­tions at­tended, aged from young mums to ladies in their 70s.

“That was fan­tas­tic, we didn’t think we would get that scope so we were thrilled to get such a cross- sec­tion of women in our first year,” He­len said.

All ac­tiv­i­ties and food were in­cluded in the price of the week­end, only ac­com­mo­da­tion was ex­tra. Bullara has many op­tions rang­ing from cot­tages for $200 plus a night to a camp-site for $30.

The ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded yoga, mas­sages, a wine ap­pre­ci­a­tion work­shop, Amish knot rug mak­ing, pa­per crafts and a scone mak­ing class by Ed­wina.

“We stressed to peo­ple that they did not have to par­take in ac­tiv­i­ties, it was a week­end for them to do what­ever they wanted to do,” He­len said.

The camp-out will be back in 2019 on the last week­end of Oc­to­ber.

Pic­ture: Lynette Smoje

The women in at­ten­dance at the 2018 Bullara Ladies Cam­pout.

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