TWO members of the Scone and District Country Women’s Association (CWA) have returned from the organisation’s annual general meeting at Cowra.
As the largest women’s lobby group in NSW, a number of issues of concern to rural and remote families were discussed at the meeting.
Two of the key issues supported by the CWA are domestic violence and the awareness and research of lyme disease in Australia.
Other issues that were targeted included the blanket rules of attendance for preschools, which precludes many smaller country towns from receiving appropriate funding, fairer testing for the sufferers of Q Fever, and a national immunisation schedule.
More support for rural teachers was also mentioned in a bid to ensure that professional development opportunities were equally available to those at regional centres with no additional monetary disadvantage due to location.
Rural crime was targeted, with CWA of NSW urging the ministers to review legislation to enhance the ability to apprehend and sentence offenders.
“These are just some of the issues being worked on by the state executive committees in the next 12 months and for as long as it is needed to be addressed on behalf of rural and remote country families,” Scone and District CWA president Anne McPhee said.
“Our local branch plays a very intricate part of the works that CWA of NSW carry out by supporting the association through monetary means and supporting the issues put forward.
“CWA is built on friendship and fellowship among members and friends.”
The organisation’s annual meeting also saw a new state president elected, with Annette Turner from White Cliffs accepting the position.
Meanwhile, the local branch’s members are now busy getting ready to host their annual International, Agricultural and Environment luncheon, which is being held on June 29 at the CWA rooms from 11am.
The day will include some interesting facts about Mongolia, culture, history, and cuisine. If you would like to attend please contact Carolyn on 0412468308.
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