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CWA celebrates 100 years in 2022

Emma Pritchard


Their scrumptious scones with jam and cream, delicious lamingtons, and mouth-watering homemade bikkies have made them famous across Australia, but the Country Women’s Association (CWA) is also renowned for their unified strength, unwavering passion, community networking and support services, and the camaraderie of thousands of women across the nation which has proudly established a historic legacy unlike any other.

Formed in 1922, the CWA focuses on bringing women and families in regional areas together, to improve their conditions and welfare, provide a forum for women’s voices, deliver necessary health facilities to regional communities, including baby healthcare centres, funding for an increase in nurses across rural areas, to support schemes which enhance the value of country living, and fundraising for various local causes.

Since its inception, members of the CWA have worked hard to introduce substantial changes throughout their communities.

During her visit to the Grafton CWA branch in April 2021, former President of the CWA Stephanie Stanhope said she was proud to be associated with the largest women’s organisation in Australia, and to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2022 would be “something special to behold.”

“The CWA has a long and proud history,” she said.

“100 years is a significant milestone, and an important time to reflect on how far we have come, the changes we have made possible, and the many women who have been involved with the organisation since its formation.”

To commemorate the 100th anniversary this year, the Iluka CWA will host a special celebration between July 2-16 at the CWA Rooms/Iluka Museum at 2 Charles Street, Iluka.

President of the Iluka CWA Marcia Hunter said the event will be open to the public from 9:30am on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and include a historic display of CWA memorabilia.

A delightful morning tea with scones, tea and coffee will also be available on Saturdays only.