Thank you to Mandy Nolan for her wonderful article on the Country Women’s Association (CWA). Her personal experience of CWA’s support would be a story familiar to many, many women and their families throughout the State.
CWA members tend to go about their work quietly but support the community in a multitude of ways. We provide friendship and a voice for women. For Bangalow CWA, the baking and craft sold in our rooms allow us to contribute both significant funds to disasters and local groups supporting those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, eg SHIFT, Liberation Larder, One Roof Byron and also to smaller causes and needs within our local community such as an annual school scholarship and the Bangalow Show.
Local CWA branches use their collective voice to lobby for issues of particular importance to this region such as homelessness, ceasing offensive slogans on Wicked vans, support for the Uluru Statement and improved regional health care services. Yes, Mandy, ‘there is mood for change’ and, many of us, like you, look forward to debating changes to the motto.